Epidemics, Violence, & Healing: Women in Indigenous Communities — UUS:E Virtual Worship, Sunday May 3, 2020

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50 AM)

Welcome (Gina Campellone, UUS:E Director of Religious Education)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude “Ampewi” (Lakota prayer song) (performed by Nora Alpers-León Mijares and Raul Mijares)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words “Poem 31” from Lifting Hearts Off The Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry by Lyla June Johnston (Diné/Tsétséhéstáhese/ European lineages) (Spoken by Azucena Minaya Llantoy, co-chair of UUS:E’s Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee)

Opening Song  “We Give Thanks” (Wendy Luella Perkins)

Oh, we give thanks, for this precious day

For all gathered here, and those far away

For this time we share, with love and care

Oh we give thanks for the precious day.

Story  “Jingle Dancer” (by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu) (Spoken by endawnis Spears)

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)


The National Domestic Workers Alliance has established a fund to support domestic workers across the country. As part of this effort, the Brazilian Workers Center’s Connecticut Worker Center, based in Bridgeport, is managing the CT portion of the fund called the Connecticut Relief Fund for Vulnerable Workers and Families.  For the first two Sundays in May, we will be taking our community outreach offering for this fund. For homecare workers, nannies, and house cleaners—the vast majority of whom are immigrant women of color—the threat from the coronavirus is especially severe. Many domestic workers already lack access to health insurance, paid time off, and long-term job security. Due to their exclusion from federal and many state labor statutes, they lack safety net protections that most workers take for granted. In the midst of the pandemic many domestic workers have lost employment, and many others are working but lack access to proper protective gear. The money we donate to the Brazilian Workers Center fund provides direct and immediate financial support to domestic workers throughout Connecticut who have been impacted negatively either by the shut-down order or by exposure to the coronavirus or both. Thank you for your generosity.

Offering Music “Prayer Song” (Lakota tradition) (performed by Nora Alpers-León Mijares and Raul Mijares)

Homily  “Epidemics, Violence, & Healing: Women in Indigenous Communities” (endawnis Spears)

Closing Hymn “Go Lifted Up” (Mortimer B. Barron)

Go lifted up, love bless your way,

Moon-light, star-light guide your journey

Into peace, and the brightness of day.

 Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Circle

May faith in the spirit of life,

And hope for the community of earth.

And love of the light in each other,

Be ours now and in all the days to come.

Coffee Hour / Chat

Post-Service Discussion: endawnis Spears will remain in our Zoom room for further exploration of the themes raised in her homily.