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Bernardston Unitarian Church
August Bulletin 2007

in the First Parish 1739 Meetinghouse

A UUA Congregation welcoming people of all faiths and children!

Ministers Al Ciarcia & Steve Wilson, Music ~ Beverly Phelps

Peace of the evening sunset photo by TEAGA





Considering Peace and Solutions for Iraq”

11:00 am ~ Coffee & Refreshments

11:30 am ~ Guest Speaker and discussion: Eric Wasileski

Theory of Conflict Resolution- Domination vs. the Gandhian Model

Eric Wasileski, a Persian Gulf War Veteran, Operation Desert Fox, is Pres. of Wally Nelson Chapter 98 Veterans for Peace and a divinity student at Andover Newton Theological School.

12:30 ~ Barbecue Luncheon & Tag Sale to benefit Iraq Veterans

          Songs of peace and activism with folksinger Peter Siegel

1:30 ~ Film: Howard Zinn, You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train

film by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller, Narrated by Matt Damon


Women's Group will meet on Wednesday, August 15 – 7-9pm at the home of Robbianne Mackin. Email Robbianne for directions: or call 413-627-1695 or Annette at 648-9574.

Men's Group will meet at the barbecue, Aug. 19th!

Sat. Aug. 11, 10am-4pm All Church Picnic and Old Home Days in Cushman Park on Saturday, Aug. 11 ~ 10am-4pm

Regular Services resume at Bernardston Unitarian Church August 12:

August 12 & 26 Coffee ½ hours from 11-11:30 will feature video excerpts

from UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon.

Aug. 12 – Rev. Al Ciarcia - “Is Religion Necessary?” Start bringing your clean saleable tag sale items for the Veterans benefit Tag Sale on the 19th.

Aug. 19- beginning at 11:00am~ see schedule on page one.

Special event: “Considering Peace and Solutions for Iraq” - Guest speaker- Eric Wasileski, Music- Peter Siegel, Benefit barbecue & tag sale, videos and film- Howard Zinn, You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train film by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller, Matt Damon narrator. (Please donate your saleable clean tag sale items!)

Aug. 26- Steve Wilson, Minister

Sept. 2 No Service - Labor Day ~ celebrate with family and friends!!

Sept. 9 – Rev. Al Ciarcia

Sept. 16- Steve Wilson, Minister ~Water In-Gathering ~ Sunday School activities begin. Don't forget to collect your bottle of sacred summer water for this Service !

Sept. 22– Sat. 10 am book discussion : The Great Turning, From Empire to Earth Community ~ David C. Korten This topic came out of a wonderful presentation by David Korten at UUA General Assembly. It's a must for those working toward a positive future (as we should all be!)

Sept. 23- Fall Equinox Celebration led by Rowshei Maghsoodi and Dwane Coffey Come experience earth based worship together!

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web master: Mark A. Wadleigh


This Fall we are “Honoring our Senior Members” by highlighting their own stories. We thank Ed Phelps for helping us collect some wonderful memoirs from Seniors which will be highlighted at various services this Fall, live and on video!

Children are also valued members of our congregation. Children's Focus time has been an important addition to our regular service, followed by UUA curriculum activities for children in the play and art room.


Bernardston UU will offer a children's choir program this Fall with Beverly Phelps, our music director, learning new songs on the 4th Sundays of each month during the adult Arts and Activism Programs at the regular meeting time, 11:30-12:30.


The addition of gallery walls and the art work of our neighbors has inspired our lives this past year. We also hosted art workshops enjoyed by our congregation and our community members. The Meetinghouse Community Gallery hopes to enter a second stage of activity with local artists participating in cooperative open studio and gallery hours. Call Annette to attend the artists organization meeting in September. 648-9574

Middle Eastern Dancing classes are taught by “Kismet” on Thursday evenings at the church. Contact number is 413-522-4563

SAVE THIS DATE - UPCOMING CONCERT – sold out last year:

FRIDAY ~ OCT. 5, 8PM the return of ~ THE MAMMALS!

Come join in the fun at Bernardston Unitarian!

We welcome your individual spirit, participation and ideas.

About our ministers:

Rev. Albert Ciarcia has been serving our church for over 10 years on the 2nd Sunday of each month throughout the year. Al's wisdom runs deep having served the UU Church of Greater Bridgeport for 32 years and before that Norwich, CT and Central Park West, NYC. He currently is Minister Emeritus of the Bridgeport Church and also serves the New Britain, CT UU fellowship.

Minister, Steve Wilson is a Boston bred social justice activist with a Masters in Divinity in Social Ethics from BU. Steve has worked for The National Interfaith committee for Worker Justice and United for a Fair Economy in Chicago. He was recently Chair of the Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community and has spent over 15 years as a human service provider for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill.

Steve presides on the first and third Sundays. Steve also serves the Rutland, VT congregation.

Fourth Sundays are devoted to local concerns, guest speakers, special arts programs, and time to be active instead of just listening! Fifth Sundays, when they occur, may or may not be scheduled. Check our website, or call 648-9574.

Bernardston Unitarian Administrator~ Annette Mackin Wadleigh ~ 648-9574 or Water view” copyright 2007 TEAGA/Annette

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