Candidating Week Events

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Dear FUUSN members and friends,

We’re excited for you to meet our candidates for FUUSN’s next settled co-ministers, Revs. Joel Miller and Debra Haffner. We hope you will take advantage of as many of the Candidating Week events as you can. There will be opportunities to talk with the ministers, ask your questions, and have them get to know a bit about you and your hopes for their shared ministry with us.

Note that this schedule may change. Any changes will be announced on the business listserv, on our website, in the newsletter, and on Facebook.

All Zoom events below, except services and the Congregational Meeting and Vote, may be accessed at The June 2nd service and Congregational Meeting and Vote may be accessed at

Sunday, May 26

11:00am: Revs. Debra and Joel Lead Worship Service, Sandy Island Lodge. Barring any difficulties with Internet access at Sandy Island, the worship service will be streamed via Zoom and can be viewed at FUUSN or remotely.

Rev. Debra and Rev. Joel will be on Sandy Island and available for conversation and activities until the first boat on Monday.

Tuesday, May 28

11:00am – 4:00pm: Meetings and Individual Time with FUUSN Staff
6:00pm: Potluck Dinner and Meeting with Board of Trustees
7:30pm: Meeting with Lay Ministers

Wednesday, May 29

11:00am – 12:00pm: Over 60s Meet and Greet, Alliance Room
6:30 – 7:30pm:  Discussion: Spiritual Development and Unitarian Universalism. Open to all, Alliance Room

Thursday, May 30

10:30 – 11:30am: Meet the Candidates Drop-in. Open to all, Alliance Room
12:30 – 1:30pm: Long-term Congregants Lunch at Cabot Park Village (by invitation)
2:30 – 3:30pm: Meet the Candidates. Open to all, Zoom
4:30 – 5:30pm: Discussion: Social Action at FUUSN. Open to all, Zoom
6:00 – 7:30pm: Potluck Dinner and Meeting with Ops Council, Finance, and APD steering committee.

Friday, May 31

1:00 – 2:00pm: Discussion: Racial Justice. Open to all, Zoom
4:00 – 5:00pm: Discussion: Community and Membership. Open to all, Zoom
6:30 – 8:00pm: Pizza Night with Middle and High School Youth, Parish Hall

Saturday, June 1

3:00 – 4:30pm: Meet the Candidates Family-Friendly Ice Cream Social. Open to all, Parish Hall

Sunday, June 2

10:15 – 11:30am: Rev. Debra and Rev. Joel lead worship. Open to all, Sanctuary and Zoom (

11:30am: Congregational Meeting and Vote to call Rev. Debra Haffner and Rev. Joel Miller as settled co-ministers of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Newton. Open to all; members for more than 30 days are eligible to vote. Sanctuary and Zoom (

(approx) 12:00pm: Celebration of New Ministry (assuming a vote to call the co-ministers and their acceptance of the call). Open to all, Parish Hall