Recent updates from your Board of Directors.


Well, it’s not a shock that cases have been rampant due to many factors including schools starting, a flood of large gatherings, COVID exhaustion and reduced protective standards, change of seasons, and how much all of us want to get back to normal. 

The curve was turning upward a week ago and is now a spike. There have been multiple local deaths in the last week. There are 11 active institutional outbreaks mostly in long-term care and retirement homes. 

Our Board policy, including recent adjustments and informed in depth by the Safe Gathering advisory team, is the service-leading and tech teams can be in the sanctuary but the service needs to be online-only this week for the congregation. This is true in any week that the Peterborough Public Health Local COVID-19 Risk Index is High or Very High (Extreme).

— Your UFP Board President, Ben Wolfe

More details about the PPH Index and much more data can be found here or by clicking the image below:

The Index is updated every Wednesday by 4pm.

This week’s COVID-19 Local Risk Tracker update.

In Transition

Dear UFPers,

It’s happened. Our beloved Rev. Julie Stoneberg has completed her time with us in ritual and thanks.

And your Board, Transition Team and Creative Worship Team and others have been meeting, together and in our individual roles, to map out a plan for the coming transition year. We hope and expect to have good news to share shortly on some pieces of that plan.

One option now in exploration is that we could, as a congregation — with the possible support of a part-time Consulting Minister — take on the required interim tasks that could see us applying for a Settled Minister for 2023-24.

This work is rich, healthy and prescribed in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Janus Workbook. It comes in three parts. It will serve us well no matter what ministerial schedule we are on. We will spend some time:

  • Understanding our history (September and October),
  • Getting a clear picture of our current strengths and areas for growth (November and December), and
  • Planning for our future (January and February)

Some of this work will be integrated into the teams and committees currently working to keep UFP operating, vibrant and connecting as we learn to navigate without Julie’s guidance and support. We expect there will be opportunities for everyone in this community to participate as we work through this “in between” time.

Meanwhile — summer is upon us. There will be Sunday service watch parties in person at the Fellowship, and RE-led summer park drop-ins for all ages. Many other tantalizing gathering opportunities are in the air. Information about these events, and steady news on the latest developments, can be found in the weekly Flame or by joining the UFP Facebook page.

Here are some of the many people you can speak to:

Your Transition Team
Meredith Hill
Donna Harris
Leigh Symonds
Ben Taylor

Your Creative Worship Team
Kate Jarrett
Erica Nol

Your Board Officers
Ben Wolfe
Aukje Byker
Scott Donovan
Joan Higginson
Steph Wildheart

Your Brilliant and Dedicated Staff
Leslie Menagh, in the Office
Jessica Smith, our Director of Religious Exploration

Past Notes From the Board

Our New Officers, As We Enter Into a Year of Transition

Last Friday, UFP’s 2022-23 Board of Directors met for the first time in this unique transition year. Our formal business was to choose our Officers for 2022-23, as required by our Bylaws. And here they are: President: Ben WolfeVice-President: Aukje BykerTreasurer: Joan HigginsonSecretary: Scott DonovanPast President: Steph Wildheart Board Members: Tracy Galvin, Mundy McLaughlin, Julie…

Message from the UFP Board | December 17, 2021

Hello Beloved UFP Community! As I am sure you have heard, things are changing again in our pandemic world. At this week’s Board meeting, acting on advice from the Safe Gathering Committee, we made an unavoidable decision based on the presence and spread of the Omicron variant.  We are suspending in-person indoor services and meetings…


Your UFP Board along with the Safe Gathering Committee is happy to share with you that dual-platform services could be happening as soon as December 5th.

There will be opportunities over the next month to participate in dialogue and learn more about what the services will look like when we all return.


The board of the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough thanks Marta Hanlon for her two years of service and bids adieu. Marta has completed her term and now plans to exert her energies in other directions. We say hello and welcome to new members Tracy Galvin, Meredith Hill, and Brian Thorn. And we welcome back Stephanie…


UFP will hold both a Special Meeting and its Annual General Meeting right after each other this Sunday May 2 at 4:00. Please join us at 3:45 here:  You’ll be asked to enter your name and email address before joining the Zoom meeting.   This year we have an important item to consider – a request…


Dear Fellowship Members and Friends: Please consider this the official announcement that a Special Meeting of the fellowship is scheduled for Sunday, May 2, at 4:00 pm (to be held online).  In addition to the usual business of our Annual General Meeting we have special business to conduct, namely to affirm the Memorandum of Understanding between us and Beth…