Epidemics, Violence and Healing: Women in Indigenous Communities

Virtual Worship at UUS:E, Sunday, May 3rd, 2020, with special guest speaker, endawnis Spears of the Akomawt Educational Initiative.

Watch the service on YouTube here.

This morning’s opening words are “Poem 31” from Lifting Hearts Off The Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry by Lyla June Johnston (Diné/Tsétséhéstáhese/ European lineages).

This morning’s story is Jingle Dancer (by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu).

In Search of Compassion in Challenging Times, UUS:E Virtual Sunday Service, April 26, 2020

Gathering Music (Begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude “Carried Me With You” (Brandi Carlile) (performed by Jenn Richard)

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words (Gina Campellone) (Spoken by Maverick Schlechtweg)

We light our chalice this morning

in celebration of community and connection.

In community we find the people

who sit with us when we are lonely,

hold our hands when we are sad,

care for us when we are sick,

laugh with us when we are silly,

and help us find our way home when we get lost.

In community we find the gift of connection,

each of our hearts connected by an invisible string,

so that no matter where we are,

we are never truly apart.

Opening Hymn “Circle ‘Round for Freedom”(Linda Hirschhorn)

Circle ‘round for freedom, circle ‘round for peace,
for all of us imprisoned, circle for release,
circle for the planet, circle for each soul,
for the children of our children, keep the circle whole.


Time With Gina  The Invisible String (Written by Patrice Karst, Illustrated by Geoff Stevenson)

Musical Meditation

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation


Again this morning we are taking our community outreach offering for the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence. UUS:E member and Alliance board member Lisa Sementilli says: April is sexual assault awareness month, and there is, unfortunately, no moratorium on sexual violence during a pandemic. All of the Alliance’s support centers are open, and their hotlines are operating 24/7 to provide counseling, advocacy and support to victims and survivors.  However, the Alliance and its member centers are incurring costs associated with the unprecedented need for technology to support survivors  by phone and video during the crisis.  As a board member, I am also very concerned about our state and nation’s uncertain financial future and what that might mean for services moving forward.  The vast majority of the Alliance and its member center’s financial support comes from state and federal grants.  UUSE’s support is critical because it not only helps to fill new gaps created by the pandemic, but provides us with unrestricted dollars that we can use with flexibility to support victims however they need support, and to build the capacity to face potential funding crises. Thank you.

Offering Music “Love is My Religion” (Ziggy Marley) (Performed by Jenn Richard)

Homily “In Search of Compassion in Challenging Times” (Penny Field)

Closing Hymn “Come Wash Your Hands With Me” (from a UU Humor website, adapted from Carolyn McDade, middle verse by Pat Eaton-Robb)

Come wash your hands with me

Come wash your hands with me

Come wash your hands with me,

So we can know peace of mind.

And I’ll bring you soap,

When soap is hard to find,

And I’ll wash my hands with you

So we can help humankind.


Come wear a mask with me

Come wear a mask with me

Come war a mask with me

So we can have peace of mind.

Just sew one out of cloth

Or a scarf will do just fine

Just cover both your nose and mouth

To avoid the end of time. 


Please stay away from me

please stay away from me

please stay away from me

So we can know peace of mind…

And I will stay at home, for the allotted time.

And I will be at church this week, if the service is held online.


Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Circle

Coffee Hour / Chat