Sunday Service – November 23, 2014 – 10:30 AM

Rev. J. Mark Worth
“A Sanctuary For the Spirit”
Before the Pilgrims came to Massachusetts they found
sanctuary in the Netherlands. Some of the Pilgrim Separatists
remained in tolerant Holland and there is a Pilgrim church there
today. The Dutch decided that religion does not need to be
divisive. “Sanctuary” is often something small; we are in truth
each other’s shelter.

This is a Children’s Worship Circle start.

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Wanted: Acting RE Director

Acting Director of Religious Education

Unitarian Universalist Society of Westborough 64 West Main Street, Westborough MA

The Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough is an active and vital congregation with approximately 111 members, 70 children and youth currently enrolled in our religious education program. The volunteer-based program offers classes on Sunday mornings, hosts a youth group, coming of age program, as well as programs like Our Whole Lives (OWL).

We are seeking a part-time Acting Director of Religious Education to help us complete the current church year and prepare for the future.

This position requires vision and leadership, with a goal of increasing spiritual growth while living out the mission of the Religious Education program. This involves fostering a sense of community, building relationships, and encouraging participation of children and youth in the life of the congregation.

The Acting Director will work collaboratively with the Religious Education Committee and the Minister 18 hours per week through June 2015, with the possibility of renewal to a settled position. The hours during the week are flexible but morning work is required on all Sundays other than February 15th, April 19th, and May 24th of 2015.

We offer a salary and benefits package that meets fair compensation guidelines of the Unitarian Universalist Association, commensurate with the candidate’s education and training. This position is accountable to the Board of Trustees with at least one evaluation and review meeting in the Spring to review progress with the expected tasks.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • ●  Training and experience working with children in an educational and/or religious


  • ●  Strong interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills.
  • ●  Willingness to embrace and respect diversity of spiritual paths.
  • ●  Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • ●  Working knowledge of Unitarian Universalism, world religions, and religious

    philosophy is highly preferred.

  • ●  UUA RE Credentialing in progress or completed is highly preferred.
  • ●  College degree, preferably in a field related to education, religion, counseling, or

    human services.

● Comfortable with computers and technology.

Responsibilities with the support of the RE committee and minister:

  • ●  Work with the RE committee to further develop the RE program and decide

    curricula for church year 2015-2016.

  • ●  Support teaching teams in preparing reference materials, gathering supplies,

    answering questions.

  • ●  Available Sunday mornings to answer teacher questions, welcome a new family,

    take attendance, provide snack, address any classroom/parent issues.

  • ●  Collaborate on Coming of Age service and multi-generational services with

    Minister. Work with COA students and parents to prepare for spring 2015


  • ●  Prepare and facilitate Children’s Worship Circle (preschool to 6th grade)

    approximately twice a month.

  • ●  Organize and facilitate twice monthly Youth Group meetings and support

    members with special projects.

  • ●  Communicate with congregation about RE program using a variety of media

    including weekly web site and email updates as well as monthly newsletter and

    bulletin board updates.

  • ●  Organize a Teacher Appreciation service/breakfast, plan Easter and End-of-Year


    To apply please send your resume and cover letter to by December 5th 2014 (or until position is filled). We ask that all applicants, especially those from within the UUCSW, share their intentions only with the Search Committee so that all who might be interested in applying feel encouraged to do so, knowing their privacy will be respected.

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Sunday Service – November 16, 2014 – 10:30 AM

Speaking – Youth Group

“Highlights of the Youth Group Service Trip”
This past summer, twelve youth and six adults embarked on a service trip to the Rockaway Peninsula of New York. Our task was to assist in recovery efforts. Today, the Youth Group will thank the congregation for their support and share highlights of their trip.

This is a Sanctuary Start for the children.

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Sunday Service – November 9, 2014 – 10:30 AM

Speaking Janet Davis and Reverend Mark Worth

“Branching Out”

Trees are a source of wonder and inspiration. With their roots
planted firmly in the ground and strong trunk supporting
branches that blow in the wind, they are a symbol of stability
and flexibility. As trees reach for the sky and continue the cycle
of death and rebirth each year, they are a symbol of hope and
life. There is much to learn from trees, and through song and
story we will experience their wonder and mystery.

This is a Multi-generational service.

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Sunday Services – November 2, 2014 – 10:30 AM

Speaking Reverend J. Mark Worth

“Faith of an Unrepentant Liberal”

In the past several decades the word “liberal” has been trashed so successfully that many liberals refuse to admit that they are liberal.  What is the heritage of liberalism?  What does it mean to be a religious liberal?  Who owns the powerful symbols of flag, family, and faith?

This is a Sanctuary Start for the children.

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Sunday Services – October 26, 2014 – 10:30 AM

Search Committee Sunday Service

Beyond Categorical Thinking

Please join the Ministerial Search Committee and the Rev. Jory Agate, a representative from the UUA chosen to lead this service and workshop, for this special Sunday and special program, designed to be an important part of our search process:

Beyond Categorical Thinking Service and Workshop following the Service (with a Potluck brunch/lunch in between the Service and Workshop).  This is an informative service and workshop that is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the search process for a new minister. This program includes a thought provoking service led by the Rev. Jory Agate followed by a three hour interactive workshop. Babysitting will be provided for the workshop so please join us, even if you need childcare!

This is a Children’s Worship Circle start.

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Maria Ahmed and Ellen Rutter are coordinating this year’s Fall Yard Sale. We are budgeting $3000 for this year’s combined Fall Fundraisers, which include the Pie Sale (or some version of it), the Poinsettia Sale, and this Yard Sale. It takes a LOT of hands on deck for this sale to be the success it’s become.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • DONATE items to the sale. Furniture and other big-ticket items are highly desired. Please make sure electronics are in working order! Books, household objects, decorations, sporting equipment, toys — all are welcome. Items can be brought to the church on Saturday from 9 AM until 1 PM. (If you need to drop things off later or need us to pick them up, please let us know so we can arrange it.)
  • HELP OUT! Your help is needed to set-up (Saturday), work the sale and clean-up.
  • BAKE for the bake sale! (Please consider packaging that will allow us to sell single servings – for instance, 2 or 3 cookies together in a baggie.)
  • MAKE soup or chili. We will sell single servings as well as pre-packaged (2 or 4 servings).
  • SEE the sign-up board in the chapel and take on a job. Many hands make light work and lots of money for the church!
  • Have a truck or some muscle we can borrow? We need a truck and strong folks to move things on Saturday morning!
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