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June 1, 2017

Spotlight On UUism – June 2017

Universalist, Unitarian, & Unitarian Unversalist Milestones

  • Annie Adams Fields (6 June 1834 Boston, Massachusetts – 5 January 1815) Writer, Philanthropist, Social Reformer

  • Charles Sinclair Weeks (15 June 1893 Newton, Massachusetts – 7 February 1972 Concord, Massachusetts) United States Secretary of Commerce, Senator, Mayor, Businessman

  • Anna Laetitia Aiken Barbauld (20 June 1743 United Kingdom – 9 March 1825 Stoke Newington, United Kingdom) Poet, Literary Critic, Essayist, Editor

  • Harold Hitz Burton (22 June 1888 Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts – 28 October 1964, Washington, District Of Columbia) US Supreme Court Justice, Senator, Mayor

  • Norman Cousins (24 June 1912 West Hoboken, New Jersey – 30 November 1990 Los Angeles, California) Editor, Author, Peace Activist, Professor

  • Celia Laighton Thaxter (29 June 1835 Portsmouth, New Hampshire – 25 August 1894 Appledore Island, Maine) Poet, Author

In U/U/UU History

  • Unitarian Universalists adopted seven unifying Principles, on June 21, 1985.

  • On June 25, 1863, Olympia Brown became the first woman to be ordained by any denomination in the United States. She was ordained as a Universalist

    minister.

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First Thursdays Peace Vigil At Foxborough Universalist Church, UUA (A.K.A. UUFoxborough) On June 1, 2017

You are invited to join the Peace Vigil from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Foxborough Universalist Church, UUA. Everyone is invited to participate in the ongoing peace vigils – please show up during the hour and stay as long or as short as your schedule allows. There will be spoken and silent meditation in addition to a sign explaining what the peace-vigilers are doing.

 

 

UUFoxborough is located at 6 Bird Street (on the common/Route 140) in downtown Foxborough; directions to the church and more information about the First Thursdays Peace Vigils can be found through http://www.uufoxborough.org. Area residents are welcome and encouraged to participate!

 

 

Visit UUFoxborough on-line at:

December 2016 marked the 10th Anniversary of Foxborough Universalist Church, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Social Action Committee’s First Thursdays Peace Vigils.

A Brief History Of UUFoxborough’s First Thrsdays Peace Vigils

 

In April, 2003, the Foxborough Universalist Church, UUA lit the Peace Candle that sits in the front window of the church and serves as a symbol of the congregation’s continued prayers for peace, especially in Iraq. In the Fall of 2006, the church’s Social Action Committee began the First Thursdays Peace Vigils and the community of vigilers have stood in front of the church with peace candles and signs once a month since then. The plan was to continue until the war in Iraq was over, but it has continued to this day because troops are still deployed in the region and peace has not yet been achieved.

 

December 2016 marked the tenth anniversary of the First Thursdays Peace Vigils and the community of vigilers is still going strong. The group has fluctuated in numbers over the years, but it’s members are always appreciative of newcomers, pedestrians interested in the vigil, and the numerous honks and waves of support they receive from people traveling by the common every first Thursday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

If you’re interested in finding out more about this endeavor or the community of vigilers, please contact office@uufoxborough.org or firstthursdayspeacevigils@uufoxborough.org or stop by sometime between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on a First Thursday. Area residents are welcome and encouraged to participate!

 

December 2016 Marked 10th Anniversary Of First Thursdays Peace Vigils at UUFoxborough / Foxborough Universalist Chrch, UUA

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Jun. 1 Around Foxborough | Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, First Thursdays Peace Vigil, Class Night, Grade 6 Concert, Poker, Meetings, Sports, Art Class, And More!

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  • Jun. 1 – Graduation Rehearsal at Foxborough High School.*

  • Jun. 1 – Biology Bootcamp for Foxborough High School.*

  • Jun. 1 – Book Fair at #AhernMiddle 8:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – #FoxboroughStuCo Class Officer Speeches 8:35 a.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – #COEAlliance Women’s Bible Study 9:00 a.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – User Group at Boyden Library 9:30 a.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – FRD’s Ladies Light Hike 9:45 a.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Art Class With Barbara at Foxborough Senior Center 10:00 a.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – #NewTradingPost Open 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Grade 4 Weather Program with BarryWBZ / #DanielleWBZ4 at #Taylor_foxboro 10:30 a.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Class Officer Elections During All Lunches at Foxborough High School. 11:30 a.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Rotary Luncheon at #OliveandMint 11:45 a.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – 15 Minute Hibachi Lunch at Saga Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar ends 3:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Davio’s Power Lunch.*

  • Jun. 1 – Thursday “All You Can Eat Wings” at CBS Scene.**

  • Jun. 1 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Lane Property 12:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – FoxVox ToastMasters Club #9771 Meeting at Schneider Electric Company 12:00 p.m.* *

  • Jun. 1 – Thursday afternoon Zumba class at B&W 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Women’s Prayer Meeting at Union 12:30 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Canoe River Aquifer Advisory Committee Meeting at FPSB 1:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Decorative Glass Painting with Diane at Foxborough Senior Center 1:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Kindergarten Here I Come at BoydenLibrary 1:15 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Appy Hours at JakeNJoes Foxborough 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – FRD’s Tennis For Children 3:30 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – 1/2 off selected appetizers at Bar Louie 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Jun. 1 – FRD’s Men’s Softball 5:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Thursday afternoon aqua fitness class at B&W 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Village town home Meeting at Boyden Library 6:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – $1 Burger Night at #Waxysfoxboro O’Connor’s 5:00 p.m. – Close.*

  • Jun. 1 – Live Fish Feeding & Demonstration at Bass Pro Shops 6:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – First Thursdays Peace Vigil at @UUFoxborough 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.**

  • Jun. 1 – Heather Abbott Foundation (#Heather_Abbott1) Charity Event at #AlexAndAni 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Coach Directed Practice at Ace Archers today.

  • Jun. 1 – Grade 6 Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Concert at #AhernMiddle 6:30 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Class of 2017 (#foxboro2017) Class Night at Foxborough High School 6:30 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Foxborough Judo class 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – #COEAlliance’s Worship Team Rehearsal 6:30 pm.*

  • Jun. 1 – Committee On Ministry Meeting at @UUFoxborough 7:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Relay for Life Meeting at #BoydenLibrary 7:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Eastern Poker Tour at Fusion Thursdays 7:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Troop 7 at Bethany 7:00 p.m.

  • Jun. 1 – Thursday Prayer Gathering at Foxboro Bible Church 7:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Thursday Night Boy Scout Troop 32 Meeting 7:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – “Live & Let Live Group” Meeting at St. Mark’s 7:00 p.m.

  • Jun. 1 – #TriviaThursday Night at #99Restaurants.*

  • Jun. 1 – #RedSox at Orioles 7:05 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – FRD’s Tennis For Adults 7:30 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Vagabond Blues at #Scorpionfoxboro 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.*

  • Jun. 1 – Darren Bessette Band at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill Foxborough 9:30 p.m.* | *

  • May 17 – Dining Deals at #CBSScene, #ChickieFlynns, #JakeNJoes, #Waxysfoxboro, #DaviosFox, #AsianGingerMA, and more in Foxborough today.*

  • May 17 – Classes at #MPCourts, #brighamwomens, #Answer_Fitness2, #EPS_Strength, #FoxboroSC, #shannonbarbato, #bcpaa, #AceArchers, and more in Foxborough.

Fun Stuff & Interesting Information

  • Jun. 1 – Today is National Hazelnut Cake Day.*

  • Jun. 1 – Society of American Artists was formed on June 1, 1877.*

  • Jun. 1 – On June 1, 1877, U.S. Army was authorized to pursue marauders into Mexico.*

  • Jun. 1 – Kentucky was admitted as the fifteenth U.S. state on June 1, 1792.*

  • Jun. 1 – Tennessee was admitted as the sixteenth U.S. state on June 1, 1796.*

  • Jun. 1 – Under provisions of the Boston Port Act, Boston Harbor was closed on June 1, 1774.*

  • Jun. 1 – June is National Oceans Month.* *

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May 20, 2017

May 20, 2017 – Blood Drive by Foxborough Rotary Interact Club at St. Mary’s (9:00 A.M. – 1:45 P.M.)

Title: May 20, 2017 – Blood Drive by Foxborough Rotary Interact Club at St. Mary’s (9:00 A.M. – 1:45 P.M.)
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Date: 2017-05-20
End Time: 13:45
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May 20, 2017 – Foxborough Street Painting Festival at #PatriotPlace on #Route1_Foxborough (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Title: May 20, 2017 – Foxborough Street Painting Festival at #PatriotPlace on #Route1_Foxborough (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
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@foxboroartfest http://foxboroughstreetpainting.com/ http://www.patriot-place.com/fspf2017
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2017-05-20
End Time: 18:00

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May 13, 2017

May 13, 2017 – Yard Sale At UUFoxborough (9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)

When: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Where: Foxborough Universalist Church, UUA (UUFoxborough)
6 Bird Street
Foxborough, MA 02035-2301

Shine or rain! Contact yardsale@uufoxborough.org for more information.

Visit UUFoxborough on-line at http://www.UUFoxborough.org

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Donations from the community are welcome too! You can drop your items off at the church on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., or Saturday, May 13, 2017, after 8:00 a.m. Thank you!


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May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017 – “A Vision For #Downtown_Foxborough” at #BoydenLibrary (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

Title: May 3, 2017 – “A Vision For #Downtown_Foxborough” at #BoydenLibrary (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
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Start Time: 08:30
Date: 2017-05-03

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April 27, 2017

Apr. 27 Around Foxborough | Vincent Van Gough Lecture, Love & Theft, MASSCruisers, FHS Spring Senior-Athlete Dinner, Family Evening Story Time, Mother Goose, And More!

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  • Apr. 27 – Bi-County Collaborative Operating Committee Meeting 8:00 a.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Men’s Breakfast at Foxborough Senior Center 9:00 a.m.

  • Apr. 27 – FRD’s Fun Learning With Rene 9:00 a.m.

  • Apr. 27 – #COEAlliance’s Women’s Bible Study 9:00 a.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Art with Barbara at Foxborough Senior Center 10:00 a.m.

  • Apr. 27 – New Trading Post Open 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Mother Goose on the Loose at #BoydenLibrary 11:00 a.m.

  • Apr. 27 – FRD’s Lunch Bunch Thursday 11:45 a.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Davio’s Power Lunch.*

  • Apr. 27 – Thursday “All You Can Eat Wings” at CBS Scene.**

  • Apr. 27 – Thursday afternoon Zumba class at B&W 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Union Meeting at BOyden 12:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Women’s Prayer Meeting at Union 12:30 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – #HockomockYMCA Diabetes Prevention Program at Foxborough Senior Center 1:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – FRD’s Lil’ Picassos 1:30 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – No Late Buses / No After School Activities at #AhernMiddle 2:30 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Health Insurance Meeting at #BoydenLibrary 3:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – #Foxborough_MA Council On Aging And Human Services Committee Meeting at Foxborough Senior Center 3:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – 1/2 priced appetizers at CBSSCene 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Appy Hours at JakeNJoes Foxborough 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – FRD’s Right Brain Curriculum 3:45 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – FRD’s Zumboga For Kids 4:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – MASSCruisers at #PatriotPlace 4:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – 1/2 off selected appetizers at Bar Louie 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – FRD’s Tennis For Children 4:30 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Early Bird Special at Saga Hibachi 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – ?$1 Burger Night at #Waxysfoxboro O’Connor’s 5:00 p.m. – Close.*

  • Apr. 27 – FRD’s Men’s Softball 5:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Thursday afternoon aqua fitness class at B&W 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Live Fish Feeding & Demonstration at #BassProShops 6:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Coach Directed Practice at Ace Archers today.

  • Apr. 27 – Vincent Van Gogh Lecture presented by Carol Berry at #BoydenLibrary 6:30 p.m.**

  • Apr. 27 – #RESOLVENewEng at Boyden 6:30 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – #COEAlliance Worship Team rehearsal 6:30 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Foxborough Judo class 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – #FoxboroughVets Meeting 6:30 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – #Foxborough_MA Veterans Services Advisory Committee at Town Hall 6:30 p.m.(Minutes, Iraq & Afghanistan War Memorial Update, New Town Hall Uodate, Cemetery Flags, Memorial Day Plans, Sidewalk Flags-Memorial Squares Project, Posts Updates/American Legion & Veterans Of Foreign Wars, Veterans’ Services Director’s Update, Chairman’s Update & Announcements, +)*

  • Apr. 27 – #Foxborough_MA Planning Board Meeting at FHS 7:00 p.m.(#TownOfFoxboroughMA Planner’s Report, Minutes, ANR/Fire Station/Keating Funeral Home, London Estates/Lot Releases, Special Permit/Borrows Road, +)*

  • Apr. 27 – @UUFoxborough Committee On Ministry Meeting 7:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Get In Shape For Golf Season program at #BrighamWomens 7:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Family Evening Story Time for Ages 3-6 at #BoydenLibrary 7:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Spring Senior-Athlete Dinner at Foxborough High School 7:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Eastern Poker Tour at Fusion Thursdays 7:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Troop 7 at Bethany 7:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – Thursday Prayer Gathering at Foxboro Bible Church 7:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Thursday Night Boy Scout Troop 32 Meeting 7:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – “Live & Let Live Group” Meeting at St. Mark’s 7:00 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – #TriviaThursday Night at #99Restaurants.*

  • Apr. 27 – FRD’s Tennis For Adults 8:30 p.m.

  • Apr. 27 – “Bullet” Free Ride / Mechanical Bull Riding at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill Foxborough 8:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – Vagabond Blues at #Scorpionfoxboro 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.*

  • Apr. 27 – #LoveAndTheft at #TobyKeithboston’s I Love This Bar & Grill Foxborough 9:30 p.m.* | *

  • Apr. 27 – Dining Deals at #CBSScene, #ChickieFlynns, #JakeNJoes, #Waxysfoxboro, #DaviosFox, #AsianGingerMA, and more in Foxborough today.*

  • Apr. 27 – Classes at #MPCourts, #brighamwomens, #Answer_Fitness2, #EPS_Strength, #FoxboroSC, #shannonbarbato, #bcpaa, #AceArchers, and more in Foxborough.

Fun Stuff & Interesting Information

  • Apr. 27 – Today is National Prime Rib Day.

  • Apr. 27 – On April 27, 1805, U.S. Marines helped capture a pirate fortress at Derna on the shores of Tripoli.*

  • Apr. 27 – British Parliament passed the Tea Act on April 27, 1773.*

  • Apr. 27 – On April 27, 1861, Virginia offered to join the Confederate States of America.*

  • Apr. 27 – On April 27, 1870, Heinrich Schliemann began an archaeological excavation of Troy.*

  • Apr. 27 – Jamaica Race Track in New York opened on April 27, 1903.*

  • Apr. 27 – Grant’s Tomb was dedicated on April 27, 1897.**
  • Apr. 27 – April is National Financial Capability Month.*

  • Apr. 27 – April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.*

  • Apr. 27 – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.*

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April 1, 2017

Spotlight On UUism – April 2017

Spotlight on UUism

Some Famous Universalists, Unitarians, & Unitarian Universalists born this month & Milestones



Aurelia Isabel Henry Reinhardt (1 APR 1877 California – 1948)
She was a professor, author, and peace advocate.In 1940, she served as the first female Moderator of the the American Unitarian Association [AUA]. She also served as President of Mills College from 1916 to 1943, in 1945 was a delegate to the founding meetings of the United Nations in San Francisco, and was president of the American Association of University Women. “Let us not forget that the future includes more women in the ministry than we have ever known before.”



Deborah Webster Greeley (4 APR 1911 – 29 OCT 1998 Concord, MA)
She had been the longtime member and president of the Fragment Society. The society, founded in 1812 by some of Boston’s most prominent women, is believed to be the oldest sewing circle in the city and members pooled their sewing skills to repair old clothes for donation to the needy. She also served as president of the Herb Society of America and lectured widely on the propagation and uses of herbs.



Dorothea Lynde Dix (4 APR 1802 Hampden, ME – 17 JUL 1887 Trenton, NJ)
She was a social reformer, teacher, mental health advocate, and humanitarian. She helped pass a bill for the enlargement of the Worcester Insane Asylum, Union’s Superintendent of Female Nurses during the Civil War and authored “Remarks on Prisons and Prison Discipline in the United States”.



Charles Bliss Bowles (5 APR 1901 Springfield, MA – 25 MAY 1986 Essex, CT)
He was a politician. He was Presidential Elector for CT in 1940, a CT delegate to Democratic National Convention in 1948, Governor of Connecticut 1949-51, served as U.S. Ambassador to Nepal 1951-53 and India from 1951-53 and 1963-69, U.S. Representative from CT 2nd District 1959-61, and U.S. Ambassador at
large from 1961-63.



Maja Veronica Oktavec Capek (8 APR 1888 Chomutov, Bohemia – 1 DEC 1966)
She was a minister, librarian, and humanitarian. She was co-founder of the Czech Unitarian Church, ordained as a minister in 1926, introduced the first Flower Communion Service to America in a spring 1940 celebration at the First Unitarian Church in Cambridge, and served as Minister in New Bedford during the early 1940’s. She also joined the staff of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency and worked from 1944 to 1950 helping displaced persons settle in Yugoslavia, Egypt, and Palestine.



Chester Greenough Atkins (14 APR 1948 Geneva, Switzerland – )
He was a politician. He was Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives from 1970-72, member of MA state senate 1972-84, MA Democratic state chair 1977, MA delegate to Democratic National Convention in 1980, and U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 5th District, 1985-93.



Rev. Samuel Willard (18 APR 1775, Petersham, MA – 8 OCT 1859 Deerfield, MA)
He was a Unitarian Minister, “The Blind Preacher”, educator, author, and hymn writer. In 1814, he published Deerfield Collection of Sacred Music.



Daniel Chester French (20 APR 1850 Exeter, NH – 7 OCT 1931 Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA)
He was a sculptor. He received his first commission in 1873 from the town of Concord for the statue “The Minute Man” and is most noted for the sculpture of “Abraham Lincoln” in Washington, D.C. which was completed in 1922.



Winfred Overholser (21 APR 1892 Worcester, MA – 6 OCT 1964 Wahington, DC)
He was a psychiatrist and professor. He helped enact the “Briggs Law”, was appointed Superintendent of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from 1937-1962, was an active member of the USC, and served as AUA Moderator from 1946 to 1948. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be tolerant of the peculiarities of others. Try to do something worthwhile in your life and observe the Golden Rule.”



Abigail Williams May (21 APR 1829 – 1888)
She was a social reformer and suffragette. She worked for women’s suffrage, was one of the first women elected to the Boston School Committee, worked to establish the Latin School for Girls, was founder and president of the New England Women’s Club, and during the Civil War headed the New England branch of the Sanitary Commission.



Richard Bowditch Wigglesworth (25 APR 1891 Boston, MA – 22 OCT 1960 Boston, MA)
He was a lawyer and politician. He served as U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, and U.S. Ambassador to Canada.



Mary Wollstonecraft (27 APR 1759 London, England – 10 SEP 1797)
She was a writer. She wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792, advocated for social and educational equality for men and women, and was the mother of Mary Shelley.



Milestones In U/U/UU History

On April 22, 1781, at Pennsylvania University, Elhanan Winchester gave his first sermon publicly advocating Universal Restoration.



globalchalice“Have you seen the candle in the front window of the Foxborough Universalist Church (UUFoxborough) and wondered ‘What’s that candle lit for?’ The candle has been lit since April 2003 and serves as a symbol of the congregation’s continued prayers for peace, especially in Iraq.”*


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March 1, 2017

Spotlight On UUism – March 2017

Spotlight on UUism

Some Famous Universalists, Unitarians, & Unitarian Universalists born this month & Milestones

Alexander Graham Bell (3 MAR 1847 Edinburgh, Scotland – 2 AUG 1922 Baddek, Nova Scotia)
He was a teacher of the deaf and inventor of the telephone who also patented the photophone and designed aircraft. Bell once said, “Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. Every time you do you will be certain to find something that you have never seen before. Follow it up, explore all around it, and before you know it, you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind.”

 

George Mortimer Pullman (3 MAR 1891, Brockton, NY – 19 OCT 1897 Pullman, OH)
He was an industrialist and developer of the railroad sleeping car. In 1867 he founded the Pullman Palace Car Company and in 1880 he built the town of Pullman, Ohio as a model community for workers of his sleeping-car company. He also built the Universalist church in Albion, New York, in honor of his mother.

 

Luther Burbank (7 MAR 1849 Lancaster, MA – 11 APR 1926 Santa Rosa, CA)
He was a scientist, inventor, and horticulturist. In 1871 he developed the Russet Burbank “Idaho” potato, which was introduced in Ireland to help combat the blight epidemic. During his life he developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, including 10 varieties of berries, 113 varieties of plums and prunes, 50 varieties of lilies, and the Freestone peach. His last words were “I feel better now.”

 

Vard R. Johnson (11 MAR 1939 Kansas City, MO – )
He is a lawyer, politician, and teacher. He served as Director and Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Omaha-Council Bluffs from 1969-82, served ten years in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature 8th District, and currently teaches Legislation.

 

Joseph Priestley (13 MAR 1732 Fieldhead, Birstal Parish, Yorkshire, UK – 6 FEB 1804 Northumberland, PA)

 

He was a Unitarian clergyman, political theorist, and physical scientist whose work contributed to advances in liberal political and religious thought and in experimental science. He is best remembered as one of the discoverers of the element oxygen.

 

William L. Langer (16 MAR 1896 South Boston, MA – 26 DEC 1977 Boston, MA)
He was an historian and teacher. He wrote “An Encyclopedia of World History” and articles for Foreign Affairs, served as Chief of the Research and Analysis Branch of the OSS, was awarded the Medal for Merit in 1945, and was President of the American Historical Association. He was one of the first to urge that historians make fuller use of related disciplines.

 

Neville Chamberlain (18 MAR 1869 Edgbaston, England – 19 NOV 1940 Heckfield, UK)
He was a politician. In 1915, he was elected Lord Mayor of Birmingham and served as British Prime Minister 1937-1940.

 

Sarah Billings Doolittle (19 MAR 1840 Foxborough, MA – 18 JUN 1927 Mansfield, MA)
She was a teacher, librarian, philanthropist, social activist, and musician. Born to Allen Chilson and Orra Hodges Doolittle, Sarah taught and was Superintendent of Sunday School at the Foxborough Universalist Church, served as Librarian at Boyden Library, and was member of the Foxboro Womans Club, the Foxborough Branch of Good Templars, and the local branch of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. She was also a member of a female string quartet and an accomplished artist. Years before her death, Sarah donated her home to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention to help serve the housing needs of their elderly.

 

Dorothy Tilden Spoerl (20 MAR 1906 Brooklyn, NY – 21 DEC 1999 Unity, NH)
She was ordained as a Universalist minister in 1929, was in fellowship with both the Universalist Church of America and the American Unitarian Association, and wrote and edited religious education programs, booklets, and pamphlets for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). She became the UUA’s Adult Program Editor in 1966.

 

Thomas Hiram Andrews (22 MAR 1953 Easton, MA -)
He was a ME Representative 1983-85, ME Senator 1985-91, and U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District 1991-95. He served as executive director of the Maine Association of Handicapped Persons and became the CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) in 2016.

 

Fannie Merritt Farmer (23 MAR 1857 Boston, MA – 15 JAN 1915 Boston, MA)
She graduated from the the Boston Cooking School in 1889 and served as director of the school from 1891 until 1902. She wrote “The Boston Cooking School Cook Book” in 1896, opened Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery, and is best known for standardizing measurements which make recipe results more dependable.

 

Bela Bartok (25 MAR 1881 S_nnicolau Mare, Romania – 26 AUG 1845 NYC, NY)
He was a composer and ethnomusicologist and dreamed of the “brotherhood of people, brotherhood in spite of all wars and conflicts.”

 


Milestones

The Rev. Donald G. Lothrop, a radical Universalist minister who rose to prominence in the 1930s as the leader of one of Boston’s largest churches and then became a figure in the Red Scare of the 1950s when he refused to distance himself from Communists, died February 20, 2002, at the age of 96. He was ordained on March 8, 1932, by the First Universalist Society of Wakefield, Massachusetts. Rev. Lothrop served from 1936 until 1975 as pastor of the Community Church of Boston. Instead of a traditional sermon, Rev. Lothrop would invite an eclectic assortment of provocative speakers, including W.E.B. DuBois and Rabbi Stephen Wise, to lecture to his nonsectarian congregation on Sunday mornings at Symphony Hall. “The pulpit is not to be agreed with,” he said. “The point is to expose members to competent people. We try to stimulate, instruct.”

Originally written for and published in “Spotlight on UUism” section of Bird’s Eye View, newsletter of Foxborough Universalist Church, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUFoxborough).

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