MAY 2017 Newsletter


From the Minister…

“Sometimes it takes but one step. We would like to think so. And yet the older I get the more I see that life is made up of many steps, and they are very small affairs, not giant strides.”

-Dorothy Day


We want to change the world.  And when, inevitably, it doesn’t change, we get tired, we get frustrated and we quit.  We turn our attention to something new, knowing that we never could have succeeded.  And yet the only way we will ever succeed is by attending to our task, day after day, month after month, year after year.  However we decide to change the world, whatever our small task is, we must attend to it well and faithfully. Prophetic words and deeds need not be grand they must only be faithful and true.  Dorothy Day’s work is not mine, it is probably not ours.

But her words and deeds challenge us to find our own work, our own small tasks to attend to well and faithfully.  In this new year, in this time of hope and pain and ugliness in our country, her example rings down to us in the words of Howard Thurman “keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve, so that in good times and in tempests I shall not forget that to which my life is committed”

Dorothy Day never forgot what her life was committed to.  And she calls to us, asks what we have committed to, and there is nothing for us to do but respond.


In faith,

Rev. Aija



May Worship Theme is “Principles Follow-Up”

May 7 – “The Eighth Principle” – “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
But wait a second. That’s not one of our principles…is it?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

May 14 – “To You I Give” – Mother’s Day/Flower Communion.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

May 21 – “An Impossible Promise” – Are we safe? Should we be?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Dick Poland.  The Annual Congregation meeting will follow the service.

May 28 –  Teman Cooke – Service information to be announced.



Change for the World – Carlisle CARES

Carlisle CARES (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter) was established in 2004 to address homelessness in the Carlisle area.  The program provides comprehensive services to facilitate the individual’s journey from being homeless to a state of self-sufficiency. The Resource Center is open seven days per week, 365 days per year.  The overnight shelter services, which offer a warm and safe place to sleep, are provided by participating area churches, rotating on a monthly basis.  Guests are transported by CARES to and from churches that are not within walking distance of the Resource Center.  Carlisle CARES operates on limited funding. CARES cannot function without volunteer services and donated goods.  A few hundred dollars could enable CARES to purchase needed supplies or meet special targeted needs.



Board of Trustees Proposed Candidates

The UUCV Nominating Committee is pleased to propose three candidates to serve a three year term on the UUCV Board. They are: Beverly Ayers-Nachamkin, Tony Matyas, and Adrian Wolfberg. Here are brief autobiographical introductions of each:


Beverly Ayers-Nachamkin

My winding road has taken me from my native Oregon through residence in Kansas, Canada, New Mexico, and finally Pennsylvania. At various times I have been a stay-at-home Mom, graduate student, single parent and professor. I retired from Wilson College in May 2012, after 30 years of teaching Social Psychology and Woman’s Studies. Connie, my partner for more than 22 years, and I moved to Carlisle in October, 2013, to be closer to our children and grandchildren. Indeed, I am very grateful that my road has led me to this warm and loving UUCV community. I am currently serving a one year replacement appointment term on the Board of Trustees. I also serve on the Membership Committee, the Coordinating Team for Small Group Ministry, and am an enthusiastic member of the UUCV book group.


Tony Matyas

Tony holds a in Business Administration/Economics specializing in International Trade from The Ohio State University and is a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of a team that built adobe homes for low-income people in New Mexico. For a time he wrote business plans for minority business owners under a Federal Government funded program in Columbus, Ohio. He served as Director of Student Services for Control Data Institute, a post-secondary proprietary school in Houston, Texas. For 25+ years he was in the Information Technology field and more recently has served on three community association boards. Since becoming a member of the UUCV Community, Tony has started up the Coffee Makers sub-committee, worked the booth at the Strawberry Festival for the last two years, and is a member of the Men’s Dinner Group, the Men’s Small Group Ministry Group, and the Membership Committee.


Adrian Wolfberg

Adrian is a professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College. He is on a rotational assignment on loan from the Department of Defense, where he spent 20 years prior working in Washington, DC. In Washington D.C., he created and led the Knowledge Lab, a learning team internal to the government to foster collaboration and boundary crossing across organizational silos. He was the president of a 126-home homeowner’s association in northern Virginia. Early in his adult life, he was a naval officer conducting intelligence missions while flying in jet aircraft from aircraft carriers. He earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, where he concentrated on decision-making and learning under varying conditions of information overload, uncertainty, and equivocality. His research focuses on communication behaviors and relationships between people who produce knowledge and people who receive and process knowledge, and the cognitive and emotional factors affecting the decisions each makes.


Respectfully submitted,

Jon Tarrant, for the Nomination Committee



Unsung Hero Award

We are looking for the next UUCV Unsung Hero!  Is there someone at UUCV who has provided outstanding support in the past year and deserves our recognition?  Nominees are selected from people who are not currently serving on the Board or as a Committee Chair.  The engraved list of past Unsung Heroes can be viewed in the library downstairs.  If you have someone in mind, please give or send your nominee with a few sentences of explanation to Art Berman,, by Sunday, May 7.



Needed – TLC For UUCV’s Flower Beds

UUCV has 12 various sized bed areas which need TLC throughout the growing season.  Some beds just need weeding and pruning and others require planting flowers.  Our “Adopt a Flower Bed” program matches volunteers with responsibility for maintaining one specific area.   You can work when it best suits your schedule!   Generally, you can expect to spend around 30-40 minutes every 2 weeks.  This is a seasonal commitment, so when things are cleaned-up in the fall you are done.  Join the gardening team as an individual, with a buddy or as family.

Our yard is UUCV’s face to the community.  Let’s make it beautiful and welcoming!  Sign-up soon at the social hall volunteer sign-up table.  Questions contact: Paula Terry –


Interested in a Life-changing Trip to Mozambique?

The UUVC Mozambique Steering Committee is planning a review trip to Mozambique during the month of August this year.  For detailed information concerning this remarkable social justice project, initiated over twelve years ago, please visit our website:   In brief, members and friends of the congregation raise funds every year to support girls’ education in Moz.  As a critical part of the project, a few members of the congregation travel to Moz every 2-3 years to meet the staff, the girls and their parents.  This is an important part of what we do.  We make direct connections with the girls where they live and go to school, converse with the staff and learn firsthand about the challenges and needs of the girls and their communities.  If you are interested in this life-changing opportunity, please call Dianne Dusman at 717 319-5362.



Sunday Coffee Volunteers Needed

Anyone interested in volunteering to make coffee for Sunday Social Hour please contact Tony Matyas (717-585-7301 or We have an enthusiastic group of volunteers in our coffee making sub-committee and are looking for more volunteers. Questions? Contact Tony



Kid For A Day

Do you remember the wonder and curiosity of being a child?  Are you interested in experiencing those feelings again?  If so, sign up to be a “kid for a day”!  The children’s RE program is giving UUCV adults a chance to participate in a “spirit play” class.  As a “kid for a day”, you’ll be heading downstairs with the kids during Sunday services to experience what they do on Sunday mornings.  During a typical class, a story is shared and then each child picks a quiet activity they feel drawn to.  If you would like to participate, please use the sign-up sheet on the RE table in the social hall or contact Mark Harris at for available dates.  This is a great way for our kids and adults to get to know one another in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.  Thanks!!



UUCV Book Group

Join us on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM in our Yuuth Room to discuss Sherry Turkle’s book,  Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.  Turkle, a sociologist and licensed clinical psychologist, observes that “when we turn to our devices instead of to one another, the cost is high: a loss of empathy.”  The picture is not encouraging. Those of us of a certain age remember what it was like when we met face to face and talked to each other.  Consider what has happened since smart phones, Facebook, texting, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat have taken over the airwaves.  Although we can’t stop the developing technology, we do need a reasonable and practical response that can keep us grounded in our core beliefs.  Turkle believes that the time is right to “reclaim conversation.” This will be a lively and fun discussion. Questions: contact


Drum Circle Goes Seasonal

Join your community in rhythm!  We are moving from monthly to Each season.  We’re hosting a free, all levels, community Drum Circle facilitated by Dani Fiore. No experience necessary! A limited number of drums and percussion will be provided but please bring you own if you are able.  The spring Drum Circle will be held May 1 at 6:00 PM in the Religious Education Classroom (or outside if weather permits) and put July 3 on your calendar for the summer Drum Circle.

Participation is FREE but a love offering will be gratefully accepted; A portion of which will be donated to the UUCV.

For more information, please visit or email Dani at

I’m looking forward to drumming with you



Carlisle CARES – The shelter is here!

This month, UUCV will host the Carlisle CARES family shelter, comprised of women and children. What will this look like? First, the dining room will be dedicated to housing the residents for the month of May. Most of the tables will be removed and the partitions will create some private spaces for families with children. You’ll also notice two large stands of cubby holes, which hold overnight supplies, and a large stack of mats. The residents sleep on the floor on one or two mats. No food will be provided at the shelter, so please do not bring snacks or other edibles to share. Ice water will be available.

Second, there will be enhanced security measures in place. The downstairs classroom doors will be locked and the stairwell alarms will be engaged at 8:15 each night. This means that if you’re in the building in the evening, you will not be able to move between the lower and main floor levels after 8:15 pm. Please plan accordingly. If you’re on the lower level after the residents arrive, you’re welcome to drop by to say hello.

At the time of this printing, most of the prep work will have been completed. You may check to determine whether any host slots need to be filled; otherwise, relax and appreciate the significant social justice service that hosting the shelter provides to the greater community. Many hands made this opportunity possible.

If you still desire to help in some way, please consider donating items on the Carlisle CARES wish list. Simply deposit in the plastic bin (to the right of the stage) in the Social Hall designated for CARES donations. Below is a list of the desired items for the shelter and Resource Center.

Shelter supplies: Clorox wipes; Lysol spray; paper cups for water.

Office supplies: Stamps; White-out; permanent markers; paper; tape; #10 envelopes.

Personal hygiene items: Toothbrushes; toothpaste; deodorant; razors; body wash; shampoo; combs & brushes.

Cleaning supplies: Vinyl gloves; laundry detergent; dishwasher soap; dish liquid; paper towels.

Miscellaneous: Socks (all sizes); kids’ underwear; men’s boxers (L/XL);  T-shirts (L/XL); pillow cases; tissues; Gallon Ziploc bags; 30-gallon trash bags; coffee and creamer.



UUCV Yard Sale

Spring is in the air – and that means it’s time to get rid of the clutter. But rather than throwing out those unused items, why not donate them to UUCV?

Foundry Day comes to Boiling Springs this year on Saturday, June 3rd.  Besides making our presence known at the annual Strawberry Booth, we will have a garage sale.  It will be a great opportunity for UUCV to reach out to the community, as well as raise funds.

Good sellers are most household items, dishes, art work, knick knacks, gently used toys, books, tools, etc.  No shoes or clothing.  There is no need to price the items.  Donations may be left on the stage area of the social hall.

Look for sign up sheets for the fun and exciting volunteer opportunities.  We will need sorters and  pricers, schleppers, workers during the sale, a clean up crew, and people with trucks or vans to deliver leftover items to local charities.



Annual Congregation Meeting

Reserve Sunday, May 21 for our annual congregation meeting immediately after the service


MAY — UUCV Social Justice Calendar

Help at Project SHARE’s FARM STAND – Thursday mornings May 11th and May 25th   

We want you to show up to help sort donated fruits, vegetables, and baked goods at Project SHARE’s Farm Stand, located at 123 Lincoln Street, Carlisle.  Volunteers are needed from 9:30 am until about noon.  It’s NOT hard work and it is FUN!

SIGN UP on the Social Justice table in the social hall. 


Save the Dates – Stay Tuned for more information

June – Fill the Bus is Back!  We will be collecting school supplies from mid-June to early July.

July 29th – Central PA Pride Festival in Harrisburg celebrates its 25th year.  We will need volunteers to staff our booth and to serve as Peacekeepers.



The World of Alice in Wonderland Auction Events Still Available

You still have a chance to be part of the fun.  Open Auction events are posted here: click here.

ALL scheduled events can be found on our UUCV Calendar

Contact the office at or the event host if you are interested in attending one of them.

For those of you who are new to UUCV, our annual auction is a highlight of our church year.  Not only is it our biggest fundraiser, it’s also a fun-filled evening! Stay tuned for news about next year’s auction (already in the planning stages).

For further information, please see our list of Auction FAQs, or contact Rita van Alkemade at or 480.620.6921.



UUCV Grocery Cards – Charge Cards Now Accepted

Remember to stop by the Grocery Card table after the service and purchase cards to Karns, Giant and Weis. We have $50 and $100 cards available for Giant and Weis and $100.00 for Karns. Beginning February 5, you will be able to pay for your Giant Cards with your personal credit card.  UUCV receives 10% of the face value of each Giant card and 5% of the face value of each Karns or Weis card. This is an amazing fundraising opportunity for UUCV! You can also purchase cards at the office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm and on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.



Adult RE Class Schedule

May 1 – 6:00 PMSpring Drum Circle (RE Classrooms) Join your community in rhythm!  We’re hosting a free, all levels, community Drum Circle facilitated by Dani Fiore. A limited number of drums and percussion will be provided but please bring your own if you are able. Didgeridoo? Flute? Bring those, too! All acoustic instruments welcome! We will gather in the main RE classroom on the lower level of the church beginning at 6:00 PM.  Reduce stress, improve health and focus, learn something new, connect with others, breathe, relax, laugh, HAVE FUN!  Participation is FREE but a love offering will be gratefully accepted; a portion of which will be donated to the UUCV.

May 2 – Parents as Social Justice Educators 6:30 pm (Yuuth Room)  (Childcare Provided upon request)  As we live in a world that seems to be increasingly engulfed in violence, we ask ourselves, how do we talk to our children.  How do we give them the information and tools that will allow them to feel empowered to work for change without overwhelming them with the sheer amount of work there is to be done?  Join Rev. Aija and other parents as we discuss tools to help us be the social justice educators our kids need.

May 2 – Meditation With Bhante Returns – First Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  Monthly loving kindness practice ( meditation) and Dhamma discussion with Bhante Soma will be held every month on the first Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the RE classrooms at UUCV.  All are welcome!

There are benefits derived from the practice of meditation. These include peace of mind, the powerful impact of practicing compassion towards oneself and other, stress reduction and overall spiritual growth and wellbeing. Many blessings!

Class is free – donation are welcome to help in the work of Bhante Soma.

May 9 – Hindsight, Humor & Hope: Who, Me, An elder?  (Board Room) – 3:00 pm TIME CHANGE (Childcare provided upon request)  A Work in Progress – Join us as we explore the idea of elderhood as a creative and important time of life, a time to search inside, integrate experiences, and cultivate wisdom. Rituals and activities for the program, such as journaling, sharing blessings, and allowing for silence between speakers, will be established. Participants will begin to get to know one another and to create a community of elders learning together.

May 23 – Spirit of Life 6:30 pm (Board Room) (Childcare provided upon request)

Spirit of Life workshops offer participants space, time, and community to explore their Unitarian Universalist spirituality. Each focuses on a different aspect of the spiritual life, framed by the lyrics of Carolyn McDade’s song “Spirit of Life.” Like the song, the workshops are designed to be welcoming to Unitarian Universalists of many spiritual and theological persuasions. Participants are invited to claim an inclusive definition of spirituality and recognize the spiritual aspects of their lives. Reflecting, speaking, and listening are core activities in each workshop.



Adult Re Topics of Interest Agenda February – May 2017

All classes will be held beginning at 9:00 am in the Board Room

May 7  – Process Theology: Christ as a Vedantist   We will take a look at Process Theology, a theology developed from Alfred North Whitehead’s Process Philosophy, and see how it relates to Christianity. This theology takes as its starting point the refusal to accept any supernatural events. This single rule has a dramatic effect on how to interpret the Bible and New Testament. We will compare a process theology view of Christ to Vedanta philosophy. Brian McPherson will be leading the discussion.

May 21 – Be Here Now   We will take as a starting point the book Be Here Now, the seminal work of Ram Das, aka Richard Alpert. We will explore the impact of Ram Das and his ideas on our culture and manner in which mindfulness has moved from a counter-culture “far out” idea to become the zeitgeist of much of the academic world today. Brian McPherson will be leading the discussion.




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