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What is B'link?

Hello, I am Liam Amery, one of the many youth in the “B’link”* group going to Tuscon, Arizona next summer. We are going on a justice learning trip to learn about a very pressing issue in our country today, Immigration. After the amazing experience I had on the last service trip to Pine Ridge, I immediately signed up to go on this trip. I believe immigration is something I already have a strong stance on, but I believe it is so important to go on this trip in order to learn more and experience the hardships so many immigrants go through.

In the Tiny Gallery

Ann McCreaSunday, December 4, 2016: Tiny Gallery reception. Lower Meeting House, 12-5pm. Newburyport artist Ann McCrea will host a reception for “Small Works for the Tiny Gallery.” The show will feature sculpted bird ornaments, cards of prints from the artist’s collages and her book, “Walking Haiku,” for $15 or less.

Rev-eries - December 2016

FRS Members and Friends,

At the approach of the winter holidays, I used to feel very conflicted. While I loved the promise of the season, I felt an always unrealized need to create the perfect holiday. I knew something was off, but in the midst of the cultural hype, it was hard to focus on what. Then I entered ministry. As you might imagine, the holiday season is the busiest time of the year for ministers, and sometimes the most stressful. Yet, for me it saved the holy days. For the first time I was focused on helping others to find truth and beauty in the celebrations as well as deeply engaged in finding the meaning of the ancient stories.

Solitary confinement film and discussion

Wednesday, November 30, 2016: “Breaking Down the Box.” Lower Meeting House, 7pm. A documentary exposing the torture of solitary confinement and calling the faith community to action. Presented by Phoebe Lanham, student at Barnard College, intern at the Prison Visiting Project, and FRS member. Includes an opportunity to sign up to be a pen pal with someone who is experiencing solitary confinement. 

Why you need to learn about and participate in the Transition Workshops

by Lynn Kettleson and Tom Stites
November 22, 2016

The ministerial transition process is gathering steam and now’s the time for us to speak up.

“By next June, the Congregation needs to be able to articulate where we want to focus, where we want to go, and where this new settled minister needs to lead us,” said Interim Minister Susan Milnor.

Julie Menin's Journey of Faith

Julie Forney MeninJulie Forney Menin gave this Journey of Faith on October 30, 2016.

Religion played a central role in my childhood. My parents were raised in Anabaptist Protestant churches in Pennsylvania. Anabaptists practice adult baptism by immersion and are pacifists. They also eschew worldly and sinful pleasures, to varying degrees. My mom chose to leave her austere religion as a teen, for which I am forever grateful. At the same time, I adored my maternal grandmother, a small, hunchbacked, plain-clothed spitfire who was deeply religious. Her life had been hard, yet she would often recount hilarious stories of her childhood antics. Many of my best childhood memories are from summer weeks with Grandma, climbing her chestnut tree to read a book, exploring her decrepit barn, patching quilts with her, and reciting the Bible ABCs at night in bed together.

UUA New England Region workshops

For more information and to register for these workshops, visit and search “new england region uua”

Generosity & Stewardship: Going to the Heart of It
Presenters: Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, UUA Director of Stewardship and Development and Special Advisor to the President, and Joe Sullivan, New England Region UUA
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7-8:30pm Webinar

Stepping up in our community

Can lidOur annual Community Service of Newburyport Food Drive takes place in November 2016, sponsored by the Human Services Committee. You can support this project by bringing food to the table in the vestibule and/or make a donation and we will do your shopping. A member of the Committee will be collecting donations after church service each Sunday in November.


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