The Scoop

Exploring Growth and Change at UCM: August 12th Shared Ministry Retreat

On this lovely summer Saturday the UCM staff and 28 committee and task force chairs and members met for a day-long workshop in the Vestry with Rev. Joan Javier-Duval and Hilary Allen, Innovation and Growth Specialist from the New England Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).  We started and ended the day with a … Continued

Annual Meeting Warning, May 21, 2017

​ WARNING For the Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier To be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary Annual Meeting Materials can be downloaded here and will be available at the budget forum on May 14th. All are encouraged to attend to discuss and have Active Members … Continued

April 2017 Letter from the Board

Dear UCM members and friends, We hope you enjoy the turning of seasons from winter to spring.  May we each experience the light within as well as the light each day bestows upon us. The board is busy planning and preparing for our Annual Meeting set for Sunday, May 21. We continue to support our … Continued

Uprooting Racism — Resignation of UUA President

Dear UCM members and friends, Over the last few weeks, Unitarian Universalists across the country have turned their attention to the ways the culture and practices of our denominational institutions still fall short of the multicultural, multiracial, and anti-racist ideals we espouse. In particular, the hiring practices of the Unitarian Universalist Association have been a … Continued

Update on Religious Education Transition Process

“Honor the space between no longer and not yet.”  Nancy Levin   Dear UCM members and friends, As many of you know, UCM has been in a transition process with our religious education program and staffing since the retirement of former Director of Religious Education, Sally Armstrong, at the end of the 2015-2016 church year. … Continued

2017 Clarke Lectures and Dinners

Reserve Now: Clarke Lecture Dinner Tickets Are a Bargain! Enjoy three delicious vegetarian dinners for just $40! All dinnerswill be followed by an engaging speaker and slide presentation. Theevenings (third Saturday in January, February, and March) begin withhot cider at 6:00 pm. A palate-pleasing vegetarian dinner is thenserved. A few details about the topics and … Continued

Christmas Pageants 101

A Christmas Pageant is usually the retelling of the biblical nativity story. It differs from a play in that it is generally a procession with limited, if any, dialog. The story is usually told by a narrator with actors portraying the various parts.  Since my job title is Acting Director (of Religious Education) I will … Continued

December Letter from the Board

Dear UCM members and friends, We hope you continue to enjoy a season full of thanksgiving and receiving! The board has been learning about its roles and responsibilities working closely with the ET, Stewardship, and Finance Committees.   We are also reading and discussing the Dan Hotchkiss book,  “Governance and Ministry.”  Here are some of … Continued

Letter from Rev. Joan after the Election

Dear beloveds, I know that many of your hearts are bruised and broken this week. Though we cannot assume that we all voted the same way or see through the same political lens, we have all been through a contentious election season and have witnessed the deep divides in our country through the election results. … Continued