Come, Come Whoever You Are
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving,
Ours is no caravan of despair,
Though you’ve broken your vow a thousand times,
Come, yet again, come ...
~ adapted from Rumi
We welcome you to Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society!
If you are looking for a place where its people and faith will encourage and support your:
· spiritual growth and discernment;
· connection to community;
· discovery of your passion and meaning in life;
· and, development of a faith grounded in respect for other people and faith traditions;
then I encourage you to visit our congregation on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. When you come, you will find that we are a people who believe that there is an element of truth in everyone’s voice and in each person’s faith practices. You will therefore find among us people with many different kinds of beliefs (humanist, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, religious naturalism, process theology, and others).
What holds us together are our Unitarian Universalist principles of justice, tolerance, and freedom, lived with love, compassion and respect for one another. Unitarian Universalism incorporates within its theological practice, Judeo-Christian ethical and religious ideals of treating one’s neighbor as one’s self. For us, what is important, is “the way” that we are with one another (within the congregation and in the community). We seek to keep a promise to one another to listen and care for one another, even when we may disagree with one another.
If you are searching for a spirit filled community wherein you can live out your hopes and dreams while helping others live theirs, we invite you to join us so that together we may strive to live by our highest ideals in community. . . Come, Come Whoever You Are
The Rev. Jeanne Lloyd, M. Div., M.A.
p.s. Our congregation is based on strong lay led and professional religious leadership. The minister and lay members therefore share the pulpit, with the minister preaching twice each month, and lay members sharing their insights and discoveries of their faith journey twice each month. You will therefore find a rich diversity of worship experiences, as we share our spiritual paths with each other.
Rev. Lloyd was called as MUUS’s settled minister on 11/4/12, after serving this congregation as its Consulting Minister for four years. Prior UU religious organizations include All Souls Church in Greenfield, MA (Consulting Minister), Unitarian Universalist Society East in Manchester (Affiliate Community Minister), the Universalist Church of West Hartford (Member), and the Clara Barton District of UU Congregations (District Intern). Rev. Lloyd is in final fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, with a specialty in community ministry. She is certified as a pastoral care giver by the Religion and Spirituality Division of the American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. She has received several awards for her religious leadership in the areas of anti-oppression and ethical conduct. She previously served for 6 years, as the President of the Society for Community Ministries, a professional organization. Prior to her ordination in 2003, she worked in the fields of mental health, disabilities and gerontology in administrative positions, and started her career as an Assistant Professor teaching at the University of Maine. She holds degrees in Experimental Psychology (B.S., Virginia Tech), Clinical Psychology (M.A., Radford University) and Ministry (M.Div., Meadville Lombard Theological School), and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society. For further information about Rev. Lloyd, see her webpage at http://www.revlloyd.org