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What We Do Matters

Message from the former Co-Ministers

Revs. Sarah and John Gibb Millspaugh


We are proud to be the ministers of a congregation with a youth-led tradition of community service—it is one of the things that attracted us to the Winchester Unitarian Society. The congregation has been made strong and more relevant through its fifteen-year history with youth-centered and intergenerational service trips. Strong, because adults and youth have formed bonds as they have worked side-by-side. Youth are regarded positively and celebrated rather than marginalized. More relevant, because this service work gives life to our Unitarian Universalist Principles, acting through service to uphold “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” and “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” The congregation’s youth have embodied Unitarian Universalism to communities all around the country.


In the pages of the book What We Do Matters – Reflections of a UU Congregation on 15 Years of Service Work, you will read about the personal transformative power that these service trips have held for participants. Know that this work transforms not only the individuals involved but also the whole religious community. In Winchester and in the suburbs that surround it, cross-generational connections are increasingly rare. Adults and youth are pressed for time, finding it easier to “do social justice” by sending checks rather than by forming relationships. So many who care about people in need feel helpless to address the causes and conditions that have made people needy. But the people of our congregation, especially the youth, experience something different. They experience the power of connection, forming relationships across generations, across class, across race and other boundaries that divide us. They know that they can make a difference by putting their very own hands, hearts, and minds in service of a vision.


This is a vital ministry in an age of alienation and despair. Our congregation knows that our Principles are not just words on paper—we have a faith that helps heal our world.

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