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Join Az One Trio & Lise Breen in a Special event Commemorating African-American History

The Az One Trio returns in a festive service at Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on Sunday, February 9th,  Commemorating African-American History in Gloucester with special speaker Lise Breen. Read more

Eleven Citizens Selected for Recognition for Their Contributions to Gloucester

Eleven individuals have been selected to receive this year’s Gloucester Citizenship Awards from the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church for the contributions they make to their community and their neighbors–quietly and persistently, without thought of remuneration or recognition.

The awards, given since 2006, recognize civic contributions that embody the best of the spirit that guides Unitarian Universalism: open-hearted giving to others, solely for what those gifts mean, for no pay, and often with no public notice.

The men and women being recognized were chosen by the church Social Justice Committee from nearly 50 nominations submitted by the congregation and the public. Their names appear below, in alphabetical order.

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony at the church, located at Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester, on Sunday, May 19, starting at 4:30 p.m. Dress is informal. The church has handicapped access via the Church Street entrance.

This year’s ceremony is being made possible in part through generous contributions by BankGloucester, Cape Ann Savings Bank, First Ipswich Bank, Rockport National Bank, TD Bank, the Dress Code, and Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe.

Dennis Acker and Rick Doucette. For more than a decade Dennis and Rick have led the team of committed volunteers who make possible Pride Stride, the nationally known, community-wide walk that attracts hundreds of participants annually to raise money for dozens of Gloucester nonprofit organizations.

Roger Corbin. Over the years Roger has personally donated more than 2½ tons of groceries to help keep the shelves stocked at the Open Door Food Pantry, When not shopping or soliciting food donations from neighbors, he is the volunteer is helping to manage the reconstruction of Gloucester’s Newell Stadium.

Newton Fink. Retiring to Gloucester from upstate New York, Newt soon became involved as a volunteer with the Gloucester Maritime and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum—and, for the past five years has been buildings and grounds chair at Gloucester’s oldest standing church, the Unitarian Universalist church, keeping it standing and in good repair and overseeing installation of new handicapped-access elevators.

Shannon Gallagher. Throughout her Gloucester High School years this GHS senior has been a constant volunteer to Open Door, Pride Stride, the Sawyer Free Library, the YMCA, the Rose Baker Senior Center, and the Fish Box Derby. She has gone to New Orleans twice in the Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans program, and this year also was in Nicaragua planting trees and helping children learn about sanitation.

Reverend Ronald Gariboldi. Beyond his longtime ministry at Holy Family Parish, Father Ron’s personal dedication in retirement to Grace Center has been an inspiration for all the volunteers and others who make this day program a safe space and resource center for homeless in their desire to move out of poverty and into a sustainable life.

Paul Harling. His jam-packed Diving Locker at Maritime Gloucester, begun with his personal collection of artifacts, from the homemade rig he wore when he made his first dive in 1949 to the most modern underwater gear. Paul is on duty most days in the summer and even some in the winter, showing off gear from light scuba to heavy commercial underwater helmets, cheerily educating all about our world below.

Russell Hobbs. When his Lanesville neighbors resolved to save the last surviving fish shack at Lane’s Cove, Russell played a key role in bringing their vision to reality by his dogged and cheerful determination, leadership, and craftsmanship. City-wide, he also has been a strong voice in ensuring that Gloucester’s water supply is safe and well-managed.

Sheldon (Don) Knowles. Don is co-founder of Sober Connections, a social and support network for people formed “to enhance the quality of life in sobriety for the individual, which benefits their families and the communities in which they live.in recovery.”  He is constantly in the forefront of Sober Connections, organizing dances, concerts, shows, picnics, and other events, held in an environment without drugs and alcohol.  

Karen Ristuben. As unpaid president of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Karen mobilized the community support needed to establish the Rocky Neck Cultural District as a state-recognized entity and the city’s first such district. That done, she then led the Art Colony’s conversion of a former church to become the nonprofit Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

Diana Smith. Volunteering at Grace Center, tutoring children with reading difficulties, or running the “Good Guys List” blog, Diana uses her teaching skills to advocate for and help those who struggle. She has been a major force in organizing candlelight vigils held annually on Stacy Boulevard as a way for Gloucester residents of all backgrounds to confront publicly the realities and heartaches of opiate addiction.

Gloucester Citizenship Awards nominations are open!

Gloucester UU Church Calls for Nominations for Annual “Gloucester Citizen” Honors

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is inviting nominations form the public for its 2013 “Gloucester Citizenship Awards,” which will honor individuals for the contributions they make to the community with no expectation of recognition or remuneration. More than 40 men and women have received this honor since its inception in 2006. Nominations for 2013 are due by Friday, April 12. They must be in writing and include the nominee’s name, why this person should be honored, and the name and phone number of the person making the nomination. They may be mailed to the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., Gloucester MA 01930, or sent by e-mail to gloucesteruu@earthlink.net. Final choices will be by the church Social Justice Committee. Awards will be made on Sunday, May 19.  Additional details can be found online at www.gloucesteruu.org

Previous Recipients of Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church Gloucester Citizenship Awards
Shep Abbott     Patti Amaral     David Benjamin     Marie Blanding    Sherry Borge    David Brooks    Stephanie Buck   Thomas Byers    Joey Ciaramitaro     Daniel Connell     Barbara Kaplan     John Crowningshield     Sarah Dunlap     Carolyn Edwards     Bob French     Bob Gillis       Renee Gross-Nutbrown      Phil Hadley     Patricia Hadley    Sewell Hayes      Vilma Hunt       Barbara Koen     Lucille LePage     Marty Morgan    John John Nicastro     Carolyn O’Connor    Micaela O’Connor     Margaret “Peg” O’Malley            SooHwa Ono      Loretta Peres    Dolores Perrin     Joshua Perrine    John Prybot      Bob Quinn      Geoffrey Richon      Donald Riley       Rick Roth     Janis Stelluto     Jane Walsh     Maud Warren      Mary Weissblum      Bob Williams       Dick Wilson

As Thom said Access for all

Here is some information about this beautiful gem in our city, courtesy of The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church website.

It’s Official: We Have Lifts!

Welcome to Gloucester’s oldest church building (1806), the home of America’s first Universalist Society founded by Rev. John Murray in 1779. We are located in the heart of Gloucester’s Historic District at the corner of Middle and Church Streets. Our lantern steeple has guided generations of mariners into port as our founders fought for the early abolition of slavery, for women’s rights and separation of church and state as a cornerstone of our democracy. Today, more than 200 years later, our lighted steeple remains a focal point in Gloucester’s skyline.  We are a welcoming congregation, working in the present day for equality of all persons in the certain knowledge of God’s universal love. The church façade and steeple appear in works by renowned artists, including Fitz Henry Lane and Childe Hassam, that hang in many museums and private collections. The steeple bell was cast by Paul Revere Sons in 1806.

The amazing staircase

january 30, 2013awesome staircase

GLOUCESTER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH COMMUNITY RECOGNITION AWARDS: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Here’s a photo I just so happened to have taken from the roof of the Coast Guard Station yesterday of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church steeple.

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The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is inviting nominations from the public for its 2011 Community Recognition Awards. The church seeks to recognize up to 10 individuals for the contributions they make to their community – people who do what they do without thought of any remuneration or recognition.

The men and women who receive these honors will come from all walks of life. Some are known for simple deeds they do for their neighbors; others are honored for giving generously to the entire community. All have made a mark on Gloucester and will be chosen because their actions embody the best of the spirit that guides Unitarian Universalism: open-hearted giving to others, solely for what those gifts mean, for no pay, and often with little or no public notice. There are no age limits.

Nominations are due no later than Friday, April 15. They must be in writing and include the name of the nominee, why this person should be honored, and the name and phone number of the person making the nomination. They should be sent to the Gloucester UU Church, 10 Church St. , Gloucester MA 01930 , or emailed to gloucesteruu@earthlink.net.

Final choices will be made by the church’s Social Justice Committee. The awards will be made at a public event at the church on Friday, May 20.

Things To Do! Earth Day Kids Clean Up and Concert!

The Berry Green Earth Day Kids Clean Up and Free Concert In Gloucester!

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Chelsea Berry – singer/songwriter and ardent environmentalist – is coordinating a kid’s clean up and free concert on Sunday, April 25. 

 Interested children and their families (all ages welcome!) should plan to meet on the front lawn of the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester between 12:30 and 1:00 to pick up gloves and (empty) trash and recycling bags.  The clean up will take place from 1 to 3 – rain or shine.  In the event of rain, bag and glove distribution will take place in the lower level of the church.  The clean up is city-wide and participants are encouraged to clean up a public area in Gloucester of their choosing– it could be their school grounds, favorite playing field, park or beach.  (We will also have a list of suggested sites on hand, if folks need ideas).  Any young children unaccompanied by a guardian will work with one of our trash / recycling coordinators and pick up trash within walking distance to the church. 

 Participants will then meet back at the Church @ 3:30 (with their collected trash/ recycling) for the free concert (which will start at 4).   Refreshments will be served, but in keeping with Chelsea’s commitment to preserving the environment, her concert will be a ZERO WASTE event – that is no trash will be generated at this event.  Food and paper waste will be composted and any beverage containers will be recycled.

 Who is Chelsea Berry?  Chelsea is a very gifted and talented singer-songwriter.  Originally from Alaska, Chelsea has made Cape Ann her new home.  Increasingly a regular on the Gloucester music scene, Chelsea also gives singing, guitar and piano lessons to many of the next generation of Cape Ann musicians.  Given her love of the outdoors and concern for the environment, she came up with the idea to combine her 2 passions to celebrate Earth Day and to do it in concert with Cape Ann Kids – instilling in them (the future stewards of the earth) the importance of preserving our environment.  According to Rose LoPiccolo, Gloucester Recycling Coordinator, Chelsea is using her gifts to give back to Gloucester!

 For questions about the event, email:  berrygreen2010@gmail.com

 Thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Church for providing the venue, to the City of Gloucester for providing the trash bags and trash collection, Common Crow for providing refreshments and to the MassDEP for their help in coordination of the event.

 *Trash picker-uppers get into the concert for free!  Suggested donation for all others:  $10