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January Calendar
Bernardston Unitarian Church
in the First Parish Meetinghouse ~ 1739
Welcoming people of all faiths and children!

Served by ministers Albert Ciarcia and Steve Wilson

and music coordinator, Beverly Phelps

January Calendar & Events

Sun. Jan. 7 Guest Speaker, Marvin Shedd “Raising Children In Today's World” Music, Marvin and Susan Shedd on guitar and flute.

Sun. Jan. 14 Rev. Albert Ciarcia ~ "WHO AM I, REALLY?"

Sun. Jan. 21 Steve Wilson ~ “ Exploring the Martins: Luther and Jr.” Two of the most significant figures of the last 500 years share a name. This sermon examines the characters of these two often confused but different men.

Sun. Jan. 28 Arts and Activism Sunday welcomes Nick Fleck, English Professor and writer and Susan Cummings, writer. Sit back and enjoy their special readings.

Margot Fleck, local artist, will show her work on our gallery walls this month.

Left to Tell, Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza. Susan Cummings, Book Discussion Group coordinator, brings this story to our attention. Contact Sue or Annette for a book copy if you can't find it at the local library. Discussion date TBA

Check the web soon for our book discussion date and information about the new Great Decisions series for 2007!

GOOD NEWS! Middle Eastern Dancing Class and Yoga Class now forming to eliminate winter blahs! Contact Rowshie or Annette.


      Al's favorite girls                                                                            Christmas Eve supper


Steve with halo, receiving the word of mother nature from whale.


Holiday carols........                                                       Santa finds gifts for all!

About our ministers:

Rev. Albert Ciarcia has been serving our church for almost 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 Northfield, MA and Rutland, VT congregations.

Fouth Sundays are devoted to local concerns, guest speakers, special arts programs, and time to be active instead of just listening!

For more information about our church and our UUA principles, join us for informal conversations and refreshments from 11:00-11:30 before the regular service. We'll enjoy meeting you!

We are looking forward to a new season of fellowship with kindred souls, music, joy from our children and sharing of community art and literary readings. We will also meet in groups to grapple with some of the more difficult questions of social justice and world peace and prosperity.


The Bernardston Parish Committee

Bill Griswold, Caryl Dyer, Annette Mackin Wadleigh, Mark Wadleigh , Robbianne Mackin

***Did you know that the first meetinghouse of Bernardston was built on top of Huckle Hill and moved three times before settling itself in the middle of our village? For the whole history of this National Historic Building and for Bernardston Unitarian program information, UUA Principles, or concert information find us on the world wide web at: