August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015


Cresset deadline

It’s that time again. The September Cresset will be coming to you online and for a few of you in the mail at the start of September. Do you have information to submit?  Please send it to me by Thursday, August 20th at 12 noon. Thanks, Vanessa


Ingathering Service

Sunday, September 14 at 10:15, including water communion. Bring water from your travels or just from someplace special to you. We will pour them into a single bowl so they can merge. Water is a symbol of life, and in this ritual it is also a way to symbolize the rejoining of our congregation after being away for the summer. The combining of our water is also symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. Bring yourself, bring some water and come together.


Property Committee

Just to let you know, two projects approved by the Property and Standing committees are about to start at the church.

First, fire law and building code requires that we rehang the three front doors of the church so that they swing outward rather than inward as they currently do. Crash bars also need to be installed.  This requirement stems from the fact that in the event of an emergency in the sanctuary, people must exit the church quickly without negotiating with doors that swing the wrong way.  One door at a time will be removed, modified, and rehung to swing the proper way. The work is likely to start in 2-3 weeks, and will be done over six weeks.

A second project is to repair and repaint the ceilings under the balconies in the sanctuary.  Work will be done during the week not on weekends, but it probably means that one side at a time of the sanctuary under the balcony on that side will be blocked off in order to do this work

Work is currently scheduled to start in late August or early September.

Jim Fearnside

Property Committee Chair


CCJ Meeting with Chaplain of Women's Prison

The Community Concerned for Justice, the Social Justice Committee's work with the Quakers regarding prisons, is soon going to be offering transportation and perhaps other assistance to women released from the Women's prison in Goffstown.  In preparation for this we will be meeting with the long-time Chaplain there, Beth Richeson, at noon on Sunday, August 23.  A bread and soup lunch will be served at the meeting which will take place in the dining room.  Anyone interested in learning about or participating in this project is urged to attend.


Monadnock Summer Lyceum presents between eight and ten cultural events in the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church on Sundays, between the end of June and beginning of September.

Please join us on Sunday mornings to hear world class speakers on social, political, educational, cultural, scientific, economic, environmental and artistic topics.  Enrich your summer in Peterborough, NH in the heart of the Monadnock Region.

Presentations begin at 11:00am. Presentations are rebroadcast by NHPR on the following Sunday at 9 pm.
Presentations are free ~ donations accepted.
Wheelchair accessible.
Parking is available next to the church courtesy of People's United Bank.
Reception following the presentations in the Parish Hall.  Go to for more information.


Last one! Sun 8/23/15 11:00am 
Rev. Keith L. Magee 
Race in America: Can We Talk?




The Way of Tea: History of Tea in the 13 Colonies


Date:   Thursday 27 August 2015

Time:   7:00 p.m.

Place:  Parker House Coffee, 50 Jaffrey Road, Peterborough, NH

Cost:    $10.00


Peggy Leedberg will be giving a talk on the History of Tea in the 13 Colonies, from Jamestown to the Boston Tea Party.  During the talk she will also brew up tea that would have been common in the colonies at that time, mostly Chinese black teas, for you to sample.  There will also be discussion about tea plantations in the colonies during this time, describing the terrior needed to produce good tea.


To register please contact:     Peggy Leedberg

                                                            Phone:  603-718-9298

                                                            e-mail:  mklel@earthlinknet


Fall in Singing with Two Rivers Community Choir

New semester starting, new and returning singers welcome. Interested singers are cordially invited to join


Two Rivers Community Choir in either (or both!) of two distinct sessions (rehearsals held in Peterborough, NH):

Sundays 3:00-6:00 PM, beginning Sunday, September 13, 2015.


Wednesday 7-9 PM*, beginning Sunday, September 9, 2015.

RSVP to join either session.


Two Rivers Community Choir has become a well-known group of inspired singers creating community music for community causes.


Our music celebrates myriad cultures and diversity; our concerts benefit area non-profits.

This semester's program includes songs from South Africa, the Republic of Georgia,  gospel and American Shape Note traditions, as well as incredible arrangements from contemporary composers. Join us! 

RSVP to join either session.


This is a non-auditioned choir, note-reading is not required.

Two Rivers is a mixed choir (SATB), all voices (ages 17 and up) are welcome to join.

All that is necessary is a commitment to learn, grow, sing, share and attend weekly rehearsals.

See rehearsal schedule below.**


*These are two distinct sessions of Two Rivers Community Choir, each group singing their own repertoire, performing a combined concert at the end of the semester. Singers can join either Sunday, or Wednesday, or both sessions.


**Semester dates:

Two sessions to choose from (or join BOTH SESSIONS!...different music in each session)

Wednesday evenings 7 - 9 PM

September 9 - November 18




Sunday afternoons 3-6 PM.***

September 13 - November 29   ***except Sunday, Nov 8


BOTH CHOIRS: Dress Rehearsal Saturday November 21, 3-6 PM

First concert Sunday Nov. 22, 6:30 PM   (2:30- 5:00 rehearsal prior)

Final concert Sunday, Nov. 29, 6:30 PM (2:30 - 5:00 rehearsal prior)


Fee:  $155 for semester, includes rehearsal space, and all music.

Senior and student discounts; discounts for family members!

Some scholarships available. Please inquire.

RSVP to join either session.


Sending smiles and song, for a sweet remainder of summer.

All my best,






"It is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest, that holds human associations together." --H. L. Mencken


It’s getting to be the end of the summer. This is the last weekend before school starts. Maybe one more day at the beach is in order, one more camping trip or nighttime paddle before it gets too chilly.  At any rate, enjoy what life brings, be well, be loyal to peace, justice and the social good.  Vanessa


Contact Information and Regular Office Hours

Shayna:  Monday 2-6, Thursday 9-1; (802)579-6066  (no summer hours, please call)



Olivia: (603) 554-2294  (no summer hours)



Vanessa:   Monday & Thursday  8 am – 4:30 pm. Tues. 8 am-12 pm;  924-6245 

Summer Hours: Monday & Thursday 8 am – 2 pm, Tues 8 am – 12 pm through this week.



Char:  Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 2-5 pm; 924-6245.  I plan to check my church e-mail on Mondays throughout the summer. I do not have summer office hours.  My regular church office hours will resume on Monday August 17, 2015.  Have a wonderful summer!


Note* Actual times are subject to change dependent on individual schedules.