Welcome

We come together from diverse traditions as a welcoming, religious community with shared values, seeking spiritual growth, lifelong religious education, and fellowship. We strive to promote justice, acceptance, and compassion in the world.

Please watch this short video (click on the image to the left) and listen to some of our members talking about our congregation.

Join us at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, at our new church in Housatonic (see story below), at 1089 Main St. Housatonic, Great Barrington, MA.

Map and Directions to our Housatonic church.

NOTEWORTHY:

UUMSB Has a Home of Our Own!

We are very happy to let you know that on June 2, 2014 UUMSB became the owner of a church building for the first time!  Our purchase of the historic Housatonic Congregational Church building marks the end of our 19-year journey in search of a permanent home.  Our first service at our Housatonic church was on June 15, 2014. Here is a link for more details about this happy story.

Our services are at 10:30 every Sunday.  For an interactive map and directions to our Housatonic church, please see our Map and Directions page on this web site.

Don't miss these two special events:

Two upcoming programs that are part of our Welcoming Congregations process:  Beyond the Gender Binary, a discussion led by Carol and Ray Garnett on Sunday, February 8, from Noon to 1pm (details through this link);  and Call Me Malcolm, a film on Sunday, February 20, from 7 to 9pm (details through this link).

3rd Friday Gatherings

The Membership and Growth Committee is sponsoring 3rd Friday Gatherings providing entertainment, timely discussions or pot luck dinners for both our congregation and the community. Follow this link for schedule and details.

UU Service Committee video:  thank you for your support of human rights

Here is an inspiring video from the UU Service Committee highlighting the work of UU members in support of human rights around the world (click on the image to the right).  Please visit the UUSC web site at  www.uusc.org.  If you have any questions about the social justice work of UUSC you may ask UUMSB/UUSC members Tommie Hutto-Blake, Al Blake or Bill Young for more information.

Jan Hutchinson's poetry books

Jan's most recent book is Raggedy Prayers and Crooked Ladders, and its price is $14.  Follow this link for a preview.  The second edition of Jan's 2008 book, Poems of Prayer and Heresy, is now in print.  Follow this link for a preview.  The price of this book is $12. These books would make wonderful gifts for family and friends.  They are available after our services and also at Yellow House Books, 252 Main St., Great Barrington.  All proceeds will go to our congregation.

 

UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES:

February 1  – "Joyful Noise”  –  Rev. Carol Allman-Morton  –  Let's talk about lifting up joy, risking of ourselves to get there, and the power of naming. – Music: The Lucky Three:  Matt Downing, Kip Beacco and Jonathan Talbot play early swing inspired by Django Reinhardt.

February 8  –  "Religion for Atheists – What's the Point?"  –  Peter Bluhm  –  Peter is a member of UUMSB and co-chair of our Building and Grounds Committee,  He is a lawyer who retired in 2008 from state service in Vermont. His career included work for the Attorney General's Office, the Legislature and the Public Service Board. He currently maintains a consulting business relating to telecommunications and he volunteers for Tanglewood and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  –  Music:  Marian Rose, piano.

February 15  –  “Radical Hospitality and Living the Welcome”  – Rev. Andrea Ayvazian  –  Rev. Ayvazian will discuss the growth of her UCC congregation in Haydenville from 15 people (in 2005) to 200 people (today) and how their radical welcome made visitors into friends, and friends into parishioners! She will discuss her church's understanding of hospitality and why we are called to welcome the stranger, serve one another faithfully, and support each other on our spiritual journey.

Rev. Ayvazian is the Senior Pastor of the Haydenville Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, outside Northampton MA.  She is the former Dean of Religious Life at Mount Holyoke College where she served for ten years leading a vibrant spiritual life center that involves nine active faith communities. Andrea is an anti-racism educator, a long time activist for peace and social justice, environmental activist, and nonviolence trainer.  She is a singer/songwriter with three albums in circulation, a published poet, and the editor of the book PSALMS IN ORDINARY VOICES.  – Music:  Hilda Banks Shapiro.

February 22  –  "Shh ..."  – Rev. Carol Allman-Morton  –  Today in words and in deed we will talk about the power of quiet and contemplation, as well as have more time in the service for quiet meditation and reflection than the average Sunday.  –  Music:  Bonnie Benson, piano;  Jose Garcia, alto recorder.  Share the Plate:  Literacy Network of South Berkshire.

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