tim-cooper-RmLSBjS5diE-unsplashThe Spiritual Growth and Community Center is an outreach program of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson. We provide high-quality, inspirational programs, classes, and events to awaken peace, joy, love, compassion, personal growth, and creativity.  All programs are open to the community—people of all faiths, including atheists, can participate.

The Spiritual Growth and Community Center is made possible through the generous support of the members and friends of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson.

 

Upcoming Events

 

"Lotus Lady" by Nan Rogers
“Lotus Lady” by Nan Rogers

In-Person Women’s Red Tent: “Knowing Our Personal Power”

Sunday May 22, 2022

1:30-5:30 EST
Unitarian Church of Marlborough & Hudson (Union Hall)
80 Main St., Hudson, MA 01749
Leaders: Nan Rogers, Jody Zolli
Cost: $10 suggested donation

 

The Red Tent movement, inspired by Anita Diamant’s fictional story “The Red Tent,” supports women in reclaiming the gifts of community as we gather together to co-create safe, woman-centered, restorative, inclusive community. Here in Hudson, MA, we have created and facilitated this space for over a decade!

“Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances.” ~Maya Angelou

Personal Power: your inner strength, that core of your own truth and authenticity, is about your character, your integrity, how you treat others, and first and foremost, how you treat and see yourself. There are so many brilliant manifestations of personal power: standing up for others; following the beat of your own drummer; creating and enforcing your own boundaries; developing YOUR own definition of success; speaking up for your needs while caring for others; dressing to express your own style. Loving, honoring, celebrating, appreciating, and claiming (or reclaiming) your autonomy over your own body, mind, spirit, and destiny. Supporting one another in expressions of power such as art, dance, writing, healing, caregiving, ministering, building, problem-solving, creating. The power in our Doing; the power in our Loving; the power in our Just Being.

Women are inherently infinitely powerful; it’s in our heart, our soul, our ways, our resilience, our resourcefulness. Society has, in the past and present alike, attempted to suppress and exert dominion over women’s power. As more women recognize this (it can be so subtle) and resist these attempts, we begin to shift the power structures in the world back into a place of balance, which the world so desperately needs right now.

POINTS TO PONDER:
– What does it mean to you to be a person of power? A woman of power?
– How do stand in your own power?
– Have you encountered obstacles to accessing and/or nurturing Power in your life? What did these look like, and how did you overcome them?
– What is your favorite story of the time you stood tall in your own power?

Let us gather together again inside the Women’s Red Tent to Tell Our Stories, and to share our wisdom, strength, and love. Our time together will include meditation, conversation, some light enrichment activities, and much community-building. You are invited!

RSVP: Via email or via Facebook
**PLEASE READ:
So that we may preserve the integrity of the Container we create together, and out of courtesy to your Tent Sisters, we ask that you kindly adhere to the following guidelines:
– We are following UCMH’s Covid protocols, therefore we will be masked and distanced unless eating and drinking.
– Feel free to bring a snack to share; we will provide tea, juice and soda.
– Please be prompt; we will be closing our registration table soon after we begin. If you need to arrive late or leave early, no problem, Life happens; please just let Nan or Jody know.
– NO ANIMALS in Tent with the exception of CERTIFIED therapy animals. If you’ll be bringing a therapy animal with you, please contact us in advance.
– Please be mindful to not overuse high-fragrance products; some Sisters are scent-sitive.
– This is a smoke- and substance-free space.
Many thanks for your contributions to making this a Safe and Restorative space for all!
*Please consider connecting with us on Facebook: Hudson MA Red Tent*


Ongoing Events

Zoom Morning Dance Parties 
Facilitated by: Jonathan Slate
Dates/Tiimes: 40-minute parties every week on Monday at noon and Tuesday-Friday at 8AM
Cost: Free
Dance on Zoom with friends! There’s no right or wrong way to dance, it is entirely up to you. You don’t even have to have your camera on if you don’t want. The music is pretty eclectic, including, rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and more.
Zoom link or how to get this info: https://tinyurl.com/zoom-morning-dance-parties
Facilitator bio: Jonathan is a resident of Berlin. He is a husband, father of two college kids, music lover, and software developer. He’s been hosting dance parties on Zoom every weekday for well over a year. He is always delighted to have new people join the parties!

MoonCircle Esbats (Full Moon) and Sabbats (Wheel of the Year) Gatherings and Rituals 
Facilitated by: Alan R. Anacheka-Nasemann
Dates/Times: Online through February, tentatively in our building in March, will update; please see full list below; subject to change.
COST: $1 – $10 (sliding scale) to offset any costs or be donated to the church.

CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) is a UU subgroup that follows a pagan path. They exist in part to promote the practice and understanding of Pagan and Earth-centered Spirituality within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). MoonCircle is in the UU Church of Marlborough and Hudson and is just one of several chapters of CUUPS located across the country. ESBATS are Full Moon Rituals that recognize the power of the Moon, high tides, influences that the moon has on our cycles of life and things that we might work toward in any given month. Full Moon Rituals include calling the four quarters of the earth, the Goddess and the God, cakes and wine, and Magick which you so desire. SABBATS recognize the turning of the wheel of the year, in four main quarters (Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lammas) and for minor ones (Ostara, Litha, Mabon and Yule). The author confesses that this is untried yet in our church, but hopes that we will have a reduced length ritual and some feasting on seasonal foods. So, JOIN US for spiritual growth!
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ESBATS (Full Moon Rituals; ongoing)
Monday, January 17, 7:30 PM, via Zoom.
Tuesday, February 15, 7:30 PM, via Zoom.
Thursday, March 17, 7:30 PM, TBA.
Friday, April 15, 7:30 PM, TBA.
Sunday, May 15, 7:30 PM, TBA.
Monday, June 13, 7:30 PM, TBA.
Tuesday, July 12, 7:30 PM, TBA.
Thursday, August 11, 7:30 PM, TBA.
Friday, September 9, 7:30 PM, TBA.
TENTATIVE: Saturday, October 8, 7:30 PM, TBA
Monday, November 7, 7:30 PM, TBA.
Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 PM, TBA.

SABBATS (Wheel Of the Year)
IMBOLC: Wednesday, February 2, 6:30 PM via Zoom.
OSTARA: Sunday, March 20, 6:30 PM, TBA.
BELTANE: Sunday, May 1, 6:30 PM, TBA
LITHA: Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 PM, TBA (or possible outdoor potluck at 6 PM)
TENTATIVE: LAMMAS: Monday, August 1, 6:30 PM, TBA
MABON: Thursday, September 22, 6:30 PM, TBA.
SAMHAIN: Monday, October 31, 6:30 PM, TBA.
TENTATIVE: YULE: Sunday, December 18 or Monday, December 19. Further details TBA.

Mooncircle_bio_bestFacilitator Bio: Alan R. Anacheka-Nasemann is a lifelong UU and the son of a UU minister. He grew up in Syracuse, NY, and spent much of his time enjoying the Adirondack Park of New York State. Ultimately, he went to school at Paul Smith’s College (in the Adirondacks) and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he earned his Master’s. For five years he was active in the Finger Lakes of New York State followed by 30 years as a Senior Wetland Scientist (10 in Buffalo NY and 20 in Concord, MA), and is now retired. He has remained a UU, but has studied Wicca and paganism, off and on, for 30 years. Alan has been happily married to Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann for over 25 years.

 


 

We are hard at work preparing virtual and in person offerings for the upcoming season! Please check back for more information, or contact the office to receive notification via email:  administrator@ucmh.org