News & Events
News & Special Events at Union Church
We hold many events during the year that offer opportunities to gather, share a meal, enjoy a special holiday, and we always welcome those in the wider community to join us.
Our 20th Annual Summer Speaker Series 2021, Rekindling Our Love for This Living Earth, will take place again this summer as we welcome great thinkers, writers, and activists to participate in our 20th Anniversary celebration of earth. As with every series, 100% of proceeds go directly to charitable partners . . .
Summer Speaker Series
Rekindling Love for OUR Living Earth
Our 2021 Lineup. All events are at 7 PM on Zoom.
June 17th – Jennifer Comeau, Founder Sanctuary at Sunrise Hill. (Essays in A Dangerous New World ~ Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis, and Sacred Stone, Sacred Water ~ Women Writers & Artists Encounter Ireland).
July 8th – Phil Coupe, Co-Founder of Revision Energy. (Blueprint for A Renewable Energy Future). People wanting to reserve a seat should email Nancy Batchelor at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Hybrid Event)
July 22nd – Movie Night: People wanting to reserve a seat should email Nancy Batchelor, at email@example.com (Hybrid Event)
July 29th – Diane Wilson, Executive Director, Native American Food Safety Alliance (The Seed Keeper, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life).
August 17th – Terry Tempest Williams, Harvard Divinity School Writer-in-Residence (Erosion ~ Essays of Undoing, The Hour of Land ~ A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, When Woman Were Birds ~ Fifty-Four Variations on Voice). (Hybrid Event)
A Series Ticket is $60. This gives you access to all the additional events that accompany the theme, such as a Movie Night, a special Nature Workshop, and interactive deepening zoom conversations.
An Individual Event Ticket is $20.
FMI and to Register: You will receive a confirmation email that contains the Zoom Link.
100% of proceeds benefit charities such as Seeds of Hope, Stone Soup Food Pantry, Ever After Mustang Rescue, and Saco Meals. In honor of our special theme, we have identified three “green” beneficiaries: Biddeford Community Gardens, The Ecology School (Saco), and YOUth LEADing The World program (Global).
Blessing of the Animals
Each year in the late summer, early fall, we hold a Blessing of the Animals at our church. We welcome all in the community to join us and bring their animal companions for a blessing. We collect donations to benefit the local Animal Welfare Society and other groups who care for animals.
We hold wonderful and fun suppers and parties to celebrate time together, including Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, Easter Breakfast, and our Advent Fireside Chats. Friends from the wider community are always welcomed at these events.
We have hosted retreats for Advent and Lent, a Women’s Spirituality Retreat and A Spirituality for the Second Half of Life
Mental Health Support Group and Wellness Group
We have offered opportunities for ongoing support and conversation around topics of wellness, living with or loving someone who is dealing with mental health concerns, and other gatherings to support one another in mind, body and spirit.
Previous Events at Union Church
Union Church has observed some important moments in recent years, including the Memorials of beloved members of our church community as well as the retirement of the long-serving Pastor Jan Hryniewicz.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
The Annual Animal Blessing occurred August 21, 2019. About a dozen dogs received a blessing from Pastor Paula and some gifts for each were given. . . .
The Skit - High Hopes
PASTOR JAN – 15 YEARS OF FRIENDS AND MEMORIES
Union Church and the Bancroft family celebrated the life of Thomas R. Bancroft, who died in February 2020, with an outdoor Memorial Service on a beautiful summer day. Later in the day on that August 26, 2020 a Zoom Memorial Reception occurred so that nearly 90 friends from near and far could come together to celebrate his life and our collective memories of Tom.
Tom Bancroft gave a very personal sermon to us about his life journey exactly two years before we celebrated his life in the Remembrance Garden at Union Church where his ashes are now interned.