October 2021

Theme: Cultivating Relationships


Sunday Services Options


For those who want to gather in person for Sunday services in October, you are welcome to join the in-person watch party at Odd Fellows park. We will be live-streaming our Zoom services there. Please wear a mask when moving around the space; masks may be removed when seated. If you wish to stay for a picnic lunch after the service, bring your own food and drink. There are some tables and   benches, or bring your own chair if you prefer.


For those who don’t feel comfortable gathering in person or who prefer Zoom for any reason, we’ll continue to create sacred space on Zoom together, separately.


When COVID case numbers are low enough to gather indoors, we’ll begin live streaming from the sanctuary with limited seating. Until then, we’ll continue with Zoom and outdoor gatherings in order to prioritize both safety and community. Links for the Sunday Zoom meeting will be sent each week through the UUFN-Announce email group. Contact jwhitson@uunorthfield.org if you would like to begin receiving the weekly email.



Sunday, October 3rd • 10:00 am

“ A Blessing of the Animals” Hosted by Naomi Estes-Tullo

Join us for our Annual Blessing of the Animals as we celebrate our animal brothers and sisters who share our lives and our planet. As we begin a new month, we embrace a new theme: cultivating relationship. In this service we will share our stories as we look at our relationships with the many creatures who teach us, enrich us, make us laugh and cry, and may truly be at the heart of how we give and receive love.  We are indeed blessed by the sacredness of their presence.



  • Next Sunday everyone is invited to join Carleton students, guest musician Tret Fure, and Rev. Sara for our annual National Coming Out Day service at 11:00 a.m. at Carleton Chapel.  All are welcome as we celebrate authenticity, creativity, and love! Note time and location change!  Watch you email for more details about Carleton and covid safety, masks, etc in the middle of the week.
  • Hooray!  The time is almost here to start our book study of NEITHER DOG NOR WOLF by Kent Nerburn.  Join them on zoom this Tuesday, the 5th, from 7-8:30.
  • Sign ups for Sacred Circles are now open through October 7th.  Sacred Circles are small groups of 8-10 people that meet once a month from October to May for reflection and connection.  They are a great way both for newcomers and long time members to cultivate relationships and engage in the spiritual practice of listening deeply to self and others.
  • For more information about any of these events, please see the current REACH newsletter and other information available on our website.
  • After the service today everyone is welcome to stay for coffee hour and conversation.  All those on zoom on computer at home will be invited to join a breakout group.  After 10 minutes we will close those rooms and launch another set of random groups two more times.  Of course, you are free to leave zoom whenever you need.  Hello to everyone meeting to share the service at Odd Fellows Park today.  Everyone there is invited to stay after the service to socialize.




Sunday, October 10th • 11:00 am (Note location and time change)

“Tret Fure—Her Music and Her Life” Rev. Sara Smalley

Featuring guest performer Tret Fure, award winning American singer-songwriter. Join Carleton students, guest musician Tret Fure, and Rev. Sara for our annual National Coming Out Day service at Carleton Chapel. One reviewer wrote: "To engage with Tret Fure is to feel her warmth, her humanity and her fierce determination." All are welcome as we celebrate authenticity, creativity, and love! Note time and location change!


Sunday, October 17th • 10:00 am

“Cultivating Relationships” • Rev. Sara Smalley

As Unitarian Universalists, we believe “we need not think alike to love alike”, but what does that mean in practice? In the often-beautiful and sometimes-messy work of being human, how do we stay in right relationship with each other? This Sunday we explore the UU concept of covenant, and what that means for cultivating healthy, authentic relationships with ourselves, with one another, and with the divine.


Sunday, October 24th • 10:00 am

“Elliott: You Gave Me the Greatest Gift” • Presented by Dr. Laurie Sieve

Join us on zoom to hear Dr. Laurie Sieve talk about her personal experience as a mother raising a transgender child. As a parent and a mental health nurse, she is acutely aware of the importance of     family acceptance and its direct impact on mental health. She will also share her professional experience and passion for raising awareness and working for equity, inclusivity, and acceptance of all sexual and gender minorities.


Sunday, October 31st • 10:00 am

“Beyond the Veil” Rev. Sara Smalley

During this season of Samhain, Halloween, and All Souls Day, we gather to peel back the veil that     covers much of everyday life in order to look more closely at grief, gratitude, and mystery.

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