Fall Community Day

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Now a recurring tradition at USG, Fall Community Day, is a special Sunday where all of our community and guests have an opportunity to come together in special ways. Some participate in workshops where they can sample or revisit spiritual practices not available on a typical Sunday. More participate in a special intergenerational service that incorporates elements of the workshop spiritual practices and in which all present share in a moment of breaking bread brought to us by our very youngest bakers. And finally, all USG members, families, guests and visitors are invited to a scrumptious sit- down classical brunch when, over a leisurely meal, they can renew old friendships or make new ones. So to the particulars…


Workshops – All workshops begin promptly at 9:00am in the locations noted and go until 10:00am. All are open to adults and children as appropriate.

Drumming– led by Bill Marconi from the Settlement School, this is a hands-on (literally) workshop that lets participants experience how and why drumming has been part of so many ancient heritages and traditions and how it can take the drummers into a circle of spirit. In the Youth Lodge.

Chanting– led by Kristin Shipler and her harmonium, this workshop also taps into an age-old practice that brings many voices together in a journey inward. Words (or at least sounds) of the chants will be provided to allow participants to actively join in the magical flow of chant. In the Sanctuary.

Yoga – led by Esther Wyss-Flamm, gentle movement and flow put participants in touch with their bodies and then deeper as the border between yoga and meditation blissfully blurs. Bring a yoga mat if you have one (some will be available) but definitely wear loose, comfortable clothes or yoga gear. In Sullivan 2 and 3.


Poetry– led by Dennis Strain, this workshop will allow participants to compose poems inspired by each other and going in whatever directions they choose. Or they can bring poems that they have written or have deep meaning to them. Or just come to listen. In Sullivan 1.

Wannabe Choir– led by Mark Daugherty, this ad hoc choral group lets participants get a taste of the joys of singing at USG under the direction of our inimitable Music Director. Let the shy, the too busy, the frustrated soar musically for this one joyful morning! In the Edna Jones Assembly Room.
Sharing the Adventures – From 10:00 to 10:30am, participants from all workshops are invited to gather in the Dining Room to share their experiences and exchange ideas over coffee. It’s an opportunity to talk about what you may have gotten from your workshop if you want to, but nobody gets called on. You can just listen or just drink coffee.
Intergenerational Worship Service – at 10:30am all workshop participants as well as all USG members, families and guests enter our Sanctuary for a special service that will incorporate elements from the spiritual practices that have been explored in the workshops. Young and old will listen and sing together and the service will be closed with a special breaking of bread in our annual Bread Communion in anticipation of Thanksgiving.
Brunch – Following the service, all, whether workshop participants or not, USG members or not, as well as guests and visitors, are invited to a scrumptious sit-down brunch in the Dining Room, prepared and served by some of our Most Honorable Elders from our Exploring Elderhood program. (A $5 per person donation suggested; kids eat free).

For more information contact Gerry Whelan at gwhelanmd@gmail.com