Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse

Springfield, Vermont


This initiative, begun in August of 2020, convenes local community members whose passions or vocations align with the Meetinghouse’s mission to nurture the spirit and heal the world. Its goal is to build a network of community leaders who share practical and creative skills that strengthen community resilience. We generally offer a Spiritual Makerspace service once a month.  These have included, “Painting Our Way to Peace,” “Tending the Beloved: An Altar Making Space,” “The Body Is Our Teacher”, and “Innate Creativity: Restoring the Muse.”

Rev. Mellen Kennedy envisions that the, "Spiritual Makerspace will both build community and serve communityance at churches is declining, particularly among younger folks, the spirit of Love, the hunger for authentic connection and passion for expression and service is rising. The Spiritual Makerspace provides an avenue for refining, expressing and channeling that passion".


Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy, Founder of Spiritual Makerspace


Celebrating Bread & Puppet: Can Hope Be Defeated?

June 5, 2022: "Celebrating Bread & Puppet: Can Hope Be Defeated?" a Spiritual Makerspace Service with  Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy, Marc Estrin & Toni Streeter, 10 am Bread & Puppet Theatre was started by Peter Schumann in the early 1960's, migrated to Vermont in the 70's and has been a source of insp…

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Awakening Through Movement, Practices for Enjoyment

April 24, 2022: "Awakening Through Movement, Practices for Enjoyment," a Spiritual Makerspace Service with Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks from the Art Monastery  Come join Neva and Raphael as we explore embodiment practices to help us feel fresh, feel energy and joy! Let’s shake off winter and we…

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Trauma-Informed, Harmony Bound: A Continuing Tribute to Thich Nhat Hanh

March 13, 2022: SPIRITUAL MAKERSPACE SERVICE ~ “Trauma-Informed, Harmony Bound:  A Continuing Tribute to Thich Nhat Hanh” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy and Angie Follensbee-Hall  Let's celebrate the resiliency and power of the human body, mind and spirit here at the two year mark of the virus…

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Love & Compassion, Can we offer this to Ourselves?

February 13, 2022: "Love and Compassion, Can We Offer This to Ourselves?"  A Spiritual Makerspace with Lindsey, Ti, Rosaleen, and Ann Marie Knoepfel. How can we offer Love and Compassion to Ourselves? In the last several months our community has been nurturing our inner light and discovering ou…

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Holy Imbolc: A Midwinter Reflection

January 30, 2022: Spiritual Makerspace Service ~ "Holy Imbolc: A Midwinter Reflection” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy. My one and only trip, so far, to Ireland, took place during Imbolc three years ago.  And my understanding of this ancient Celtic Holiday has been deepened by my sojourn on the gree…

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Holy Social Media: Click Local! 


December 12, 2021: 10 AM Spiritual Makerspace Service ~ "Holy Social Media: Click Local!" with Michael Wood-Lewis and Rev. Mellen Kennedy. In this Spiritual Makerspace service, we'll explore the problems of Big Tech and the hopes of Small Tech.  We've heard much about the negative impact…

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CARO BARSCHOW, Former Intern

Caro Barschow, a student at Boston University School of Theology Master's of Divinity Program, has been instrumental in getting the Makerspace program underway.


A special thanks to SUIKO MCCALL of the Art Monastery for the artwork on the Spiritual Makerspace heading.

Suiko McCall (2nd from right) leads "The Council Fires are Lit".

QAYYUM JOHNSON, Worship Leader

 Qayyum Johnson speaks about "The Body Is Our Teacher: Nature Awareness, Somatic Meditation and Spirit Writing".