At the heart of the mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington is the ongoing growth of individuals understanding of their spiritual, ethical and religious being. None of us has an answer that works for all, but through our involvement in this congregation we stay engaged in the process of learning and understanding what we have.
We meet weekly, throughout the year, for services at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The programs may be led by our members, guest presenters or our minister, the Rev. Lucy Ijams. Topics are wide-ranging and call upon the wisdom of many religious traditions. Services almost always include time for reflections on the topic by those who have come to participate.
Discussion continues over coffee, tea and snacks after the service.
A cornerstone of the Fellowship’s activities is an active religious education program for elementary and middle school children. An active religious education program is offered concurrently with services.
Using curriculum from the Unitarian Universalist Association, each year’s religious education program explores a major issue in religion and living. These include ethical decision making, the Judeo-Christian heritage, social action, the nature of community and where humans fit into the natural world.
Children participate in the beginning of each week’s adult service. When appropriate they remain for the entire program. Child care is provided for pre-schoolers.
Throughout the month Fellowship committees or the minister coordinate a range of series with roots in spiritual growth and social justice. Current offerings include:
- A multi-week series on Building Your Own Theology;
- Small group sessions called "Chalice Circles" where a group of members agree to meet for six months, twice a month, to talk about issues important to the group.
- A social action study group exploring alternative economic development activities designed to allow workers to earn income and build equity in a business.
- A book discussion and film series on social diversity, particularly income and class.
- A "great books" study group reading important works that have shaped our society.