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 on how you can best support UUSC activities.

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:

December 28 – "Letting Go – Congregational Sharing”  –  Year's end is an ideal time for letting go. In place of a sermon, we'll have a “Congregational Sharing” about simplifying, forgiving, moving beyond—Letting Go in all its freeing varieties. Bring thoughts, stories, and poems to share. – Music: Marian Rose, piano.

January 4  –  "The Prodigal Son"  –  Rev. Carol Allman-Morton  –  a new look at an old story…  –  Music:  Hilda Banks Shapiro.

January 11  –  “Antiracism, Anti-oppression, Multiculturism  –  What's in it for the White People”  –  Ken Wagner  –  Ken Wagner is former president of the Clara Barton District and a founding member of the New England Region's Antiracism / Antioppression / Multicultural Transformation team.  – Music:  Cardinale Montano and Lee Dixon.

January 18  –  "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."  – Rev. Carol Allman-Morton  –  Today we celebrate and honor the ongoing legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.  –  Music:  Bonnie Benson, piano;  Jose Garcia, alto recorder.  Share the Plate:  Berkshire Bounty.

January 25  –  “Beyond the Barbed Wire”  –  Rev. Sarah Lammert   –  Rev. Lammert serves as the UUA's Director of Ministries and Faith Development.  She is also the UUA's Ecclesiastical Endorser for Military Chaplains.

One of the key themes of Peter Morales' Presidency at the UUA has been “Congregations and Beyond”---celebrating and challenging congregations' efforts to lower their walls and engage with those whose lives might be transformed with our UU approach to religion. One sector we tend to overlook, however, is military veterans, service members, and their families.  How might we engage with this tremendously diverse population, learn from them and include them in our communities?  Can we reconcile peacemaking and honoring those who serve?  –  Music: Marian Rose, piano.

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