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“The Empathy Effect”

Drawing on “The Empathy Effect” by Dr. Helen Riess, All Souls member Diana Martha Clark, DMC, MSW, MA will  introduce us to the 7 neuroscience-based keys to understanding and increasing empathy. The latest research on how empathy works from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General … read more.

From the Leadership

  • Ah, summer!
    As we begin the summer I feel blessed by this wonderful community. I have recently been asked who comprises the Board of Trustees starting July 1.  The board will be: Ed Burke, president; Leslie Kinney, vice president; Catie G. Berg, clerk; Sarah Lott, treasurer; and Marie Gorst, Maisie Crowther and Suzann Jones, members at large. Please join me in expressing gratitude for their offers of service. The West Village Meeting House will be abuzz with construction and grounds activity this summer. ... read more
  • A Fine Gathering
    We had a fine gathering last Sunday for our 97th, yes 97th, annual meeting. Far more than the needed quorum were in attendance, with a great many also represented by proxy. The upshot for me was the election of the new slate of board members joining me: Leslie Kinney, vice president; Sarah Lott, treasurer; Catie Berg, clerk; Marie Gorst, Suzann Jones and Maise Crowther, members-at-large. These women are each remarkable in their wisdom, dedication, intelligence and clarity. We are truly ... read more
  • NNED Report From ASC President
    On April 5 and 6, Marty Shaw, Jamie Gibson, Leslie Kinney and I attended the Northern New England District – UUA Annual Conference. Marty and I were the representative delegates from All Souls. The theme of the conference was “The Power of We”, which was intended to garner support for the dissolution of the NNED-UUA. The Board of Directors “has recommended that the NNED complete the process of merging with the New England Region. This involves the dissolution of the current Northern New England ... read more


  • Jul 24, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    ASC Book Group
    Starting June 26th, we will be reading Bill McKibben’s new book on climate change and artificial intelligence entitled Falter:  Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?   McKibben is a MIddlebury College Professor who has been writing about climate change for 30 years and who founded a grassroots organization called to fight its effects. New Yorker...
  • Jul 25, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Bereavement Writing Group
    Beverly Miller, Office Administrator for All Souls Church at The West Village Meetinghouse, coordinates this intimate writing group focused on the process of grieving and bereavement. We are currently a small group of six individuals and are now open and welcoming to new members. Please contact Beverly, office [AT], for more information if you...
  • Jul 26, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Friday Meditation Group
    All are invited to join our Silent Meditation group on Friday afternoons from 4 to 5 at ASC.  (You are welcome to sit for less than an hour, if you prefer). Call Karen Tyler at 413-824-8960 for further info
  • Jul 29, 2019 - 9:30 am
  • Aug 2, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Friday Meditation Group
    All are invited to join our Silent Meditation group on Friday afternoons from 4 to 5 at ASC.  (You are welcome to sit for less than an hour, if you prefer). Call Karen Tyler at 413-824-8960 for further info
  • Aug 4, 2019 - 11:45 am
    Small Group Ministry
    The Small Group Ministry program deepens and broadens personal spiritual growth. A group usually consists of 8-10 members who meets at the church, usually once every two weeks. Each meeting is focused on a spiritual or religious topic. To learn more. click here.  

What’s New

  • New Group Forming: “Exploring Spirituality”
    Personally and, as one of my projects for  training at the Rowe Center in the Spiritual Guide Practitioner Program, I hope to bring together a group of people who would be interested in responding to the 4 questions from How Then Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and more
  • Highlights from General Assembly
    The Unitarian Universalist Association convened our 58th General Assembly of congregations in Spokane, Washington—a five-day event running from Wednesday, June 19, to Sunday, June 23. Nearly 2,600 people attended from 541 congregations. Attending from All Souls Church were Jamie Gibson and Marty more
  • Construction happenings
    Between July 15 and August 30 the WVMH main hall will be painted and the floor replaced. As such, services during that period will be held in the chapel or other suitable setting. Please do not offer the main hall for rentals, gatherings or events during this period. Beginning June 8 , contractors more
  • Lost and hopefully found!
    LOST: At church on Sunday, May 26, one purple stone earring on silver hook. If you happen to find it, please call/text Karen Tyler at 413-824-8960, or email at more
  • Pete Seeger 100th Celebration was a sell out
    These pictures are from the May 12 Pete’s 100th celebration. As Annie Patterson put it, “We sang songs celebrating the life and work of Pete Seeger, one of the greatest human beings I have ever met. Pete spent his life working for justice and inspired us all to sing together. A full more
  • A brief history of All Souls Church
    Charles Butterfield has compiled an excellent overview of the history of All Souls Church, beginning in the early 1790s when the Rev. Hosea Ballou, “Father of Universalism in America,” preached to a small gathering in West Brattleboro. His narrative covers a lot of ground from there until 2019. You more