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A UUA Congregation in the historic
1739 First Meetinghouse
welcoming people of all faiths and children!

Served by Rev. Steve Wilson
Music: Lynne Walker
Lay preacher: Dan Tinen
Program Coordinator: Annette Mackin
Web, Building: Mark Wadleigh
Coffee at 11:00 ~ Service at 11:30





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Art Show: "Beverly Phelps Paintings and Photographs,"



Nourish your spirit at the Bernardston Unitarian Church in the historic 1739 Unitarian Meetinghouse,
a UU Congregation joining people of all faiths in love and community.

Services are at 11:30 am, coffee starts at 11 am. Rev. Steve Wilson starts his 12th year as our Pastoral minister and is a fun and engaging speaker on topics concerning our modern day lives and challenges.

"First Saturdays" is a Pot Luck Supper with Rev. Steve at 5:30pm followed by a program, activity, movie, or discussion. Anyone in the community is welcome to join in.

The Arts and Activism Program sponsors a weekly free art workshop on Wednesdays from 9:30am to noon after which participants traditionally join for lunch at a local restaurant. Bring your own materials and any skill level to this congenial group. We also collaborate with other local arts and service organizations to provide workshops, lectures and service projects.

Come share your interests and concerns in a spirit of good will and fellowship. Schedule is posted below. Questions and pastoral care: contact Rev. Steve Wilson, or Annette Mackin at 413-330-0807.


Upcoming schedule:

January 2017~ 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse

Art Show: "Beverly Phelps Paintings and Photographs," First floor and front foyer of the 1739 Unitarian Meetinghouse.
times by arrangement: 413-330-0807 Commission from Art and Print sales will benefit the 1739 Meetinghouse restoration fund.

Sun. Jan. 8, 11:00 Coffee, 11:30 Service~ Dan Tinen will elaborate on his topic begun in Dec. on "Truth Telling" Has our society entered a "post-truth" era? Where are the lines between advertising, promotion, deception, and lying? Is "truth" just a social construct that is subject to change, or is there some bedrock principle that rationally distinguishes truth from falsehood? People have been asking these questions, and we'll start a search for answers on Sunday.

Sun. Jan 15th 11:30 am ~ Rev. Steve Wilson "MLK was (nearly) a UU:" While in Boston, MLK regularly attended UU Churches. On this Martin Luther King Day weekend, we will survey this and other behind the scenes views of the civil rights movement. Today we imagine MLK in one of our pews, and look at the history that could have been, and the hidden history that was.

Sunday,Jan. 22nd 11:30 am ~ Back by popular demand and almost full ~ Art Workshop. 11:30 am Pastel Painting like the Masters with Greg Maichack. Free and all supplies included. Supported by the Bernardston Local Cultural Council and the MA Cultural Council.You must sign up as space is limited: contact annette@bernardstonunitarian.org or 413-330-0807

Sun. Jan. 29th ~ 11:30 am Our own Susan Cummings, off, off Broadway!! One woman show supported by the Bernardston and MA Cultural Councils "Adventures in Liking My Looks: "Normal" must be so boring!
Cummings’ journey takes her to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to art therapy and ballroom dance lessons, to London. A certain green vine turns out to be pivotal. Cummings tells her story with the help of over 12 characters and a bit of music.
“I hope the show nudges and inspires the audience to realize that each of their bodies is uniquely beautiful, that all of our bodies are parts of the beautiful human palette.”

Come before the show between 11 and noon for brunch and conversation.

These two special programs Hosted by Arts and Activism at the Meetinghouse and supported by the Bernardston Local Cultural Council with the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Saturday Feb. 4nd First Saturdays with Steve~
4 pm writing group,
5:30 Pot Luck Program: Oscar Previews ~ See what's worth seeing and vote for your Oscar "best bets."

Sun. Feb. 5th 11:30 am ~ Rev. Jean Wahlstrom 11am coffee, 11:30 Service, Topic TBA Music, Lynne Walker

Sun. Feb. 12th 11:30 am ~ Dan Tinen 11am coffee, 11:30 Service, Topic TBA Music, Lynne Walker

Sun. Feb. 19th 11:30 am ~ Rev. Steve Wilson 11am coffee 11:30Service, Topic: Another Look at Jesus: What He seems to get right and wrong This morning we ask the rarely asked but obvious of what 2000 years hence he actually gets wrong and right. Come for a respectful, funny, heretical, informative, and fresh look at Jesus. A scholarly and a “you only hurt the ones you love” review about someone who doesn’t get it all right, but even when the historical record is screened for sap, seems to score pretty high.

Sunday, Feb. 19 Barry Deitz, 11 am coffee 11:30 Service Topic: Louisa May Alcott, Not a "Little Woman". Music, Lynne Walker

Weather updates at www.bernardstonunitarian.com or call 413-330-0807



Try out Dan's Franklin County UU YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/FranklinCountyUUs

Call 413 330-0807 for information or if you need to carpool to come to church or events.

Wednesdays On-going Wed. Meetinghouse Artists group, 9:30am to noon. Bring your project, materials, craft to a congenial gathering. We are planning for a group exhibition in November at the Meetinghouse. Join us!

Contact Rev. Steve Wilson if you have a pastoral need or would like a visit.- 617-852-2292




Experience Unitarian Warmth
There's always something happening at
the Bernardston Unitarian Church

Meetinghouse artists at the State House with Sen. Rosenberg

DVAA & our Meetinghouse Artists getting a special tour with Sen. Stan Rosenberg


Recent Events!


Saturday. Dec. 24, Special 4:00 pm~ A Christmas Eve Candlelight Musical Celebration, with Singer, Songwriter Jim Scott, held at 4pm at the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse. Lift your spirit with holiday music, friendship, and sweets.


September October art show at the Meetinghouse!
2016 River Rooms Installation,
paintings by Alice Thomas
and Water Views,
photographs by Annette Mackin Wadleigh
more information click here




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"Agriculture ~the Heartbeat of the Valley"
May 30 ~ June 13, 2015 ~ 10am to 2pm daily
A Multi-Media Art Exhibit Celebrating Working Farms of the Pioneer Valley
co-sponsored by DVAA, Pioneer Valley Institute, Bernardston Agricultural Commission, Arts and Activism at Bernardston Unitarian with funding support from the Bernardston and MA Cultural Council
Closing Event: Michael Nix Concert Saturday, June 13, 7:30-9:30 More Information



Earth Wisdom Saturday, May 2 , Screen time ~ 6:30pm "Oil & Water" ~ The third film in a trilogy of inspiring environmental films following our first Saturday with Steve Pot Luck at 5:30. Suggested donation for the movie $5, bring a dish to share for the Pot luck supper before the movie. About the movie: Two boys come of age looking for solutions to the global problem of reckless oil drilling following years of oil contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Local connections. Spoiler alert! They find a solution! More Information


Shadows of Liberty
Thanks to Jean Philippe Tremblay for his amazing film, to Debra Brown for bringing the film to Bernardston, and thanks to Dan DeWalt and Sara Longsmith of Free Press for their astute commentary on the film and thanks as well to our animated audience!Photos
Their website:shadowsofliberty.org
They made their Kicksarter Goal!
Here's their Kickstarter page





Jim Scott at the Bernardston Unitarian Church




Jim Scott giving a special holiday service December 2013

Explore Jim Scott's music at jimscottmusic.com, some of it is in our hymnal!





Inequality Poster

Special showing of Robert Reich's movie "Inequality for All"
December 8, 2013








The Deerfield Valley Art Association Fall Members Show Columbus Day weekend, ending Monday Oct. 14.

Under the Oaks "LIVE ARTS UNDER THE OAKS!" Special Thanks to Linda Lively, Kathy Hale, Chantal Dupuis, Roy Morgan, Mark Wadleigh, Rev. Steve Wilson, Robbianne Mackin, Bev Phelps, Martha Stiles, Joel Fowler, Sandra Haynes, Barry Deitz, Jim Gildea, artists under the tent: Karen Evans, Leni Gaudet, Genevieve Abate, Gary Fiske-White, Edith Hunsberger, Mary Glabach Field, and Maureen Moore, and of course the Band- Pat & Tex LaMountain, Rick Mauran and John White. A great team effort to clean up and down, set up two art shows and outside booths, and run a complex event with great success and fun for all!





Reinhardt's 99th Birthday celebration


climate rally
No Pipeline through New England!
Climate Rally - 10:30 on the Meetinghouse steps.
Sunday February 17th in solidarity with the DC Rally and 350.org






Thanks for a good laugh and sweet treats on Valentines day

The Valentines Cabaret was sooooo great!


Past Events!






Happy time on the church steps watching the parade!
"Sense of Place" Celebration. Sept. 22, Story telling, meetinghouse tours, parade float and artist reception


Thanks to every one who helped with the Cabaret to benefit Franklin County flood victims and the Guinoppe Honduras Project!!! It was a great success!!!
Thanks to the Great Local Business Sponsors for our Cabaret Raffle!
Click here to find out who they are!









This is Louise with Caryl after an amazing presentation. Boy can she make history come alive! The paintings describe the only successful Native American rebellion.
Link to Louise's Website


Dreams of Home Event The "SHELTER: Dreams of Home Event" included a panel of professionals speaking about housing, getting a home, keeping a home and related issues.
The Art Exhibition accompanying a free community event held May 14, 2011 from 11am-8pm. The subject of the exhibition was "HOME" and all that the word evokes in our hearts, minds, and senses.
The Opening Reception to celebrate the artists held from 3-5 pm on the 14th followed by The Walter Mittys Band from 5- 8pm.


river view
GREAT SPRING WATER EVENT!

thanks to all who participated!

Click Here Spring Water Event 2009 for the photo page.




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Keynote speaker Daniel Esty, author of "Green to Gold"
Yale Professor and advisor to Pres. Obama






river view
Al and Jane

Photos of Al's 15 years with the Bernardston Unitarians celebration!




Eric and Steve

Eric Wasileski and Steve Wilson
Australian Send-off for Rev. Steve Wilson
Party Pictures



David Korten at the Bernardston Unitarian ChurchThanks to David Korten
progressive visionary author
Speaking about creating a positive future
David Korten's blog
The Great Turning website
Thanks to the sponsors and contributors for their generous support!



Dr Robert Sidorsky Ultimate Peace
Saturday April 10, 2009
Robert and Linda Sidorsky have been doing their part to bring peace to the Middle East by facilitating Ultimate Frisbee games between Palestinian and Israeli youth. Dr. Robert Sidorsky spoke about this exciting venture as part of the Great Decisions discussion. Pictures & More Info


Peace Mantra:
"To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance." -Buddha


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Bernardston Unitarian Declaration of Fellowship:
We unite to affirm
that love is the spirit of this church
and service it's mission.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To give service to humanity.


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