October News from the Ministerial Search Committee

October was a busy month for our congregation in its search for a new minister. We’ve asked a lot of you these past few months — to complete a lengthy survey, participate in cottage meetings, and attend the Beyond Cate- gorical Thinking (BCT) workshop. The Committee has also interviewed individual members of the staff and … Continued

Musings from the Interim Minister’s Inkwell: Prayer, Praise and Parking

A few weeks ago, I started a GoFundMe page to help the good people from the Hampshire Mosque raise the required funds they need in order to complete their parking lot project and move into their new worship space. We are going to dedicate our December Dedicated Offering to their goal. I thought you might … Continued

UUSA Big, BIG Tag Sale on Saturday, September 30th, 9 AM-3 PM

Meetinghouse at 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst. Don’t miss this event filled with great items including collectables, kitchenware, small appliances, toys, office supplies, art objects, small furniture and more. Come for the sale; stay for the fun. All proceeds support the social justice, environmental and other ministries of the UU Society of Amherst.

Connecticut River Clean-Up Scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017

Help keep the Connecticut River clean at the annual Source to Sea Clean Up with the Connecticut River Conservancy, Sept 23, 9:30, at the Herlihy Park in Whately.   Directions to clean up site:   This is a project for UUSA congregants of all ages, the Green Sanctuary committee, and the UUSA Youth Group. … Continued

September Offering from the Interim Minister’s Inkwell

A New Year of Possibilities I have always appreciated the summer months for their warmth, their fecundity, and their adventures. It is al-ways good to have a break from one’s routine and to embrace life from a different perspective. Admittedly, there is an element of sadness to leave the lazy hazy days of this season … Continued

Ministerial Search Committee July-August 2017 Update

Hello from your Ministerial Search Committee! July and August have been very busy and all members of the committee have jumped into this work with both feet. Our most important work has been the creation and fine tuning of our Congregational Survey. This survey will help to create a meaningful picture of our congregation’s current … Continued

The Search for a New Minister is On!

The Search is On! Your Ministerial Search Committee is already hard at work in the search for a new settled minister who will be the best match for the UUSA. During our kick-off, day-long retreat (facilitated by our Ministerial Transitions Coach, Debby Bergh), we discussed our next steps, deepened our understanding of the entire search … Continued

Title of Minister Emerita bestowed on The Rev. Alison Wohler

At a Special Congregational Meeting before the service on June 4, our members voted unanimously to bestow the title of Minister Emerita on The Rev. Alison Wohler, our Setttled Minister from 2005-2016. We were pleased to see her light our chalice once again during the service led by our Interim Minister, The Rev. Cynthia A. Frado (at left … Continued

Social Action in April

MAKE A DIFFERENCE The UUSA recently voted unanimously to sign the UUA/UUSC Declaration of Conscience, a statement about putting our Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. Below are resources that make it easy for you to do just this in these times of great challenges to our values. The first … Continued

April Musings from the Interim Minister’s Inkwell

I’m writing this on the Ides of March, looking out my window at the piles of snow left over from yesterday’s late winter storm. In an odd sort of way, this reminds me of the final month of pregnancy. Those last few weeks of anticipation feel longer than the previous 34-36. There is such a … Continued