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New Lighting Installed

Thanks to the efforts of many, new stage lighting designed by Stephen Larrett has been installed in the front of our sanctuary. A crew consisting of Mark Belanger, Jim Bonnar, Dan Hotchkiss, Bill Howe, Brian Kowalski, Marc MacQueen, and Alan Melchior did most of the work, all under the active leadership of Rick Benard. The … Read more

Opportunities to Help Get Out the Vote

Are you concerned about the health of our democracy? Would you like to be able to do something about it? Social Justice is joining other UU churches in sponsoring a letter-writing campaign to get out the vote. We feel that it is imperative that everyone who would like to vote has the opportunity to do so. It is also important that people who feel their vote may not matter understand that it does. In pursuit of these ends, we are sponsoring six letter writing sessions at the church. Read more

Vote Riders

Our Cash in the Plate offering for the month of September is going to Vote Riders, a non-partisan, non-profit 501 organization whose mission is to ensure that all U.S. citizens over 18 years old are able to exercise their right to vote. Their website is  www.voteriders.org.

September Music Musings

Homecoming, at long last! After two and a half years of mostly virtual church, we are moving into a time of mostly in-person worship. Last spring, as a few people started coming to church, I heard people crying. I was crying! Experiencing the resonance of our sanctuary reminded us of what we had lost during our months of virtual services–not only in music but in the warmth of physically being together. This year we are gathering in a new but familiar way. For those who cannot be with us in person, there will still be a virtual option, but the focus will be on the experience within the sanctuary. Kudos to our technology folks. Read more

Religious Exploration

Welcome Back Everyone! Sunday School is back in person this year!! Church starts at 10:30, and we will be meeting during the church service. We head downstairs after the Message for All Ages around10:45. We will have registration on 9/11/2022, and our first class will be on 9/18/2022. Our older youth will meet on Sunday evenings every other week. More to come on this! Read more

Memorial Garden Blooms

This summer, the FUUSM Memorial Garden was a sight to behold! Kudos first of all to Mike Schroeder who was the group leader for many years and has now moved and passed the baton to Patty Simon. Read more

Updated Covid Safety Policy

Adopted 8/17/22 We seek to be a community that is inclusive, hospitable, and safe for all people. To this end, our Parish Committee has adopted the following COVID safety protocols. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a system of Green, Yellow, and Orange Community Levels based on hospitalization rates, hospital burden, and case rates. … Read more

Black Mamas Matter

Our Cash in the Plate offering for the month of August will go to the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. They are a national 501c3 that has been working on improving reproductive health and outcomes for people of color for over five years and has a presence in Massachusetts. They provide direct care and are focused on reducing the … Read more

Special Announcement: Interim Ministry

We are pleased to announce that Rev. Peter Connolly will be joining us on September 1 as our full-time interim minister.  Rev. Connolly was a ministry intern with our Congregation back in the mid 2000’s, so he has history with us.  He served a UU Congregation in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for eight years as settled minister.  … Read more

Minister’s Meditation

Summer is almost here.  As my ministry with you approaches its close, I am grateful that our plans for the coming year are beginning to fall into place.  As you know, due to a clergy shortage, we were one of twenty Unitarian Universalist congregations in the U.S. that were not matched with an Interim Minister.  Luckily, we have some talented ministers in our area who have had considerable experience offering part-time ministries to congregations like ours.  In addition, we have dedicated staff and volunteer leaders who are ready to help with everything we need going forward while we prepare for our next ministries. Read more

Summer Music Musings

July and August mark a shift into “Summer Slowdown” where we let go of weekly choir rehearsals and music participation in Sunday services. This is a time to cut back on planning and practicing, to try out new music with no set agenda, to explore without a schedule. The usual hustle and bustle give way to longer and warmer days with sunshine, gardens, and diversion. Read more

Religious Exploration

Thank you to everyone who made this year a success! I love being the Director of Religious Exploration, and I’m excited to announce that we rocked it this year!. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who contributed inside and outside the classroom. We were successful in having weekly Sunday School virtually, and by the end of the year we were able to consistently meet together in person. What will next year bring?  We will see, but we are all optimistic that it will be mostly in person.  Read more

Pride Fest & Juneteenth Celebration

Middleboro’s First Annual Pride Fest Bridgewater Juneteenth Celebration Saturday, June 18. Read more

Minister’s Meditation

On Friday, December 14, 2012, our country was devastated by the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown. Two days later, this church held our Christmas Pageant with our precious children and with heavy hearts. On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, we were confronted yet again with the ravages of calculated rage. Read more

Music Musings

There are just three worship services in June before we finish out the formal church year. Throughout this year, the Chalice Choir has been rehearsing on Tuesday evenings and singing for church services. Read more

Religious Exploration

We are wrapping up our pilgrimage of faith. We have explored how Unitarian Universalist translates into life choices and every action. Our lessons will culminate at the youth service on June 12. Read more

The Elsie Gaudette Award

There will be an Elsie Gaudette Award presentation during the worship service on Sunday, June 19! Come and see who the mystery recipient is! Read more

Virtual Annual Meeting

FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY OF MIDDLEBOROUGH ANNUAL MEETING Friday, June 10, 2022 7:00 p.m. We will be holding the Annual Meeting of our Society on Friday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m.  Information about how to connect will be sent out later.  All are welcome to participate.  Only members of FUUSM as of May 10, 2022, … Read more

Memory Book

On June 11 at 2:00 p.m., we will be celebrating Rev. Sarah’s ministry in our UU church. We would like members and friends of our community to contribute to a memory book which we will create in Rev. Sarah’s honor. Read more

“One Way to Help in the Real World”

Sometimes it’s hard to realize what an impact this congregation has had on Middleborough and the communities around us that we serve.  Not only do we support nonprofit organizations serving populations needing a helping hand with our Cash-in-the-Plate program, but we support our Minister’s Discretionary Fund.  On behalf of our church, with our discretionary fund … Read more

Music Musings

WELCOME TO MAY Such an exciting time of the year as we enter warmer days of growing light and new beginnings. On May 22 we will celebrate Music Sunday with a special worship service called “Considering Music.” You can read more about this service in our calendar line-up of Sunday descriptions. The “music department” is … Read more

You are cordially invited to Sarah’s Shindig – a celebration of Rev. Sarah Person’s retirement on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 2 pm. Read more

Religious Exploration

May 2022 Sunday School Classes: An Amazing Journey, On the Road Again We are continuing on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday action. Our lessons will culminate at the youth service on June 12.  Has your child completed any activity that aligns with our seven principles?  Please be … Read more

We affirm that…

Some time ago, our congregation voted to display a Black Lives Matter banner on the front of the church.  Knowing that there were reasons both for and against doing so, the Social Justice Core Team and the Parish Committee wanted to approach this decision with care.  We spent months in preparation.  Although it was current … Read more

Updated Covid Safety Policy

COVID Guidelines Update We’ve been watching the trends carefully and have determined that given the current state, we’re prepared to begin opening the sanctuary on Sundays for a limited number of individuals to attend Sunday services.  Starting on March 6, we’ll have 12 sections designated for units of up to four individuals (families, couples, friends … Read more

Welcome to April

“Over my head, I hear music in the air…There must be a God somewhere.” This African American spiritual is one of my favorites, dating back somewhere between 1750 and 1875. It is set as a five verse “zipper” song in hymn #30 in our grey hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition. The verses tell the story: … Read more

Religious Exploration in April

Classes:  An Amazing Journey, On the Road Again We are on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday action. Has your child completed any activity that aligns with our seven principles?  Please be sure to come downstairs in the Parish Hall and add the activity to our path. We … Read more

Guidelines for Sunday Services in the Sanctuary

All those who are fully vaccinated are welcome to attend our Sunday services in person.  We’re doing all we can to ensure the safety of those who attend: Masks are required in the church building, except for those who are speaking from the platform. All are expected to observe proper distancing of at least three … Read more

Thank You!

Thanks to Tanya T. for offering a Felting Workshop through the Service Auction.  These were our creations and inspiration: Andrea Priest

Vigil for Ukraine

Saturday, March 26 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Middleboro Town Hall Lawn There will be a vigil for Ukraine on Saturday, March 26, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the Middleboro Town Hall Lawn. Please, feel free to pass this information on. All are WELCOME!

Lessons from Ukraine

One of my favorite Broadway shows growing up was “South Pacific.”  When Nellie belted out her soul-defining song “Cockeyed Optimist,” I wanted to jump up and shout “Take That, Life!”  Read more

Music Musings

Welcome to March: month of wind and women. I’m not sure where that takes us. Historically, March has always been windy, just as women have struggled to be recognized as serious musicians and composers. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and practicing and pondering “music as cooking.” Read more

Religious Exploration

MAGIC MARCH! We have been discussing magic as a pagan spiritual practice that combines energy, focus, and intention to effect positive change. We would like to involve the congregation in spreading magic in our local community by practicing random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty by proclaiming our own Magic Month in March.  These … Read more

Covid Guidelines Update

February 28, 2022 We’ve been watching the trends carefully and have determined that given the current state, we’re prepared to begin opening the sanctuary on Sundays for a limited number of individuals to attend Sunday services.  Starting on March 6, we’ll have 12 sections designated for units of up to four individuals (families, couples, friends … Read more

We Need You!

FUUSM needs a few good recruits to join our Tech Team! From the beginning, it has been our goal to always provide real time remote access to our Sunday services and special events. With impending vacancies both short and long term, we need to bolster the ranks of Tech Team stars able to commit to … Read more

Thank You!

Thanks to all for a great Valentine’s Day lasagna fundraiser. We raised over $700.00! It takes many hands, including Dorine L. who helped with planning and prepping, 6 shoppers (who donated all ingredients), 4 prep helpers and 3 helpers on sale day. Three volunteers made yummy desserts. Thanks to the Council on Aging for their … Read more

Minister’s Meditation: The Look of Love

The Rev. Sue Phillips was the first Regional Lead for the UUA’s brand-new New England Region.  An experienced minister and administrator, Phillips offered training in organizing and offering lay pastoral care.  She would open by reminding us that “Caring for one another is a primary expression of Unitarian Universalist theology.  Caring for one another is a foundational ministry … Read more

We meet weekly on a virtual platform at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  We are following our faithful footprints.  The children have handouts from the curriculum and are coloring in trees, signs and feet for our path through the church.  Information about family time ideas is being provided, and we have had a great start … Read more

Music Musings

Get ready for a special treat on Saturday evening, November 6, at 7:30 when we host “A Concert of Negro Spirituals and Art Songs” by bass-baritone Oral Moses and pianist Jakari Rush. This concert is part of a tour funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council that has been postponed twice due to the Covid pandemic. We … Read more

Every Sunday morning, while the musicians and the tech team are settling preparations, I light the altar candles and offer a silent prayer from Psalm 19.  In Hebrew scripture, it translates as “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my … Read more

Our music program at UU Middleboro is officially launched. Singers and instrumentalists are doing what we love best – practicing, exploring new music, enjoying pieces we’ve done before, rehearsing in ensembles, and sharing with the congregation. It’s a joyful thing to be performing live again. When we perform live, we are creating an experience in … Read more