WEST PARIS — May is a transition month. We really begin to feel the warmth of the season, and we can actually see plants blooming and tree-buds bursting. In ancient Greece, the month of May (or Maius) was named after the Greek goddess of growth. Join us for Sunday worship services at 9:00 a.m., where we may also grow in spirit. All are welcome! Please note that we are following safety practices of wearing masks and social distancing.

May 2, “Crucible Moment” led by The Reverend Fayre Stephenson. Webster’s defines crucible as “a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.” Many believe racism in our country has evoked such a situation. Our service will be an exploration of our nation’s crucible moment and our role in it.

May 9, “Where 2 or 3 are Gathered” led by The Reverend Scott Campbell. In a divided world,  choices about how and with whom we will be known in the world are more vital than ever.  How shall we make such important decisions? Reverend Campbell is a retired United Methodist pastor living on Paris Hill with his wife, Lin, and two grandsons. He served churches in Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium, and Harvard Square, in Cambridge, MA.  He was an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Divinity School for twenty years. His Maine roots go back to the early 1960s when his parents bought a home in Winthrop. He regularly attends the First Congregational Church in South Paris.

May 16, “Pandemic Resilience” led by The Reverend Fayre Stephenson. Living for more than a year during the covid-19 pandemic has begotten sources of resilience we may not have known we possessed. Join us on this Sunday to hear pandemic stories of resilience and to celebrate the inner resources our fellow travelers found during what we hoped would be a sprint but has become a marathon.

May 23, “Measuring Enough” led by The Reverend Fayre Stephenson. Some 200 years ago cartographic pioneer Charles Joseph Minard created an exceptional graph depicting Napoleon’s disastrous Russian Campaign of 1912. Viewing Minard’s classic graph one can only ask “when is enough ‘enough?’” At this service we will consider those times in our lives, as individuals and as a nation, when we reached the tipping point of “enough” and changing course became a necessity.

May 30, “Breathing New Life into Memorial Day in a Time of COVID” led by Jennifer Wixson. How remembering those who went before us ~ and those we have loved and lost ~ can give rise to new hope for the future. Jen is a farmer, author and former Quaker minister, she lives with her husband in Troy where they raise Scottish Highland cattle and help preserve honeybees and native pollinators.

For more information about the church and services, please contact Marta Clements, 674-2143, [email protected], or Bob Clifford at 674-3442, [email protected] To learn more about the Unitarian-Universalist Association, visit http://www.uua.org/.

 

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