“Ancestor Day” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, October 31, 2021


Gathering Music (Mary Bopp) (begins at 9:50)

Welcome (Gina Campellone)

Announcements (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Centering (Gina Campellone)


“We Are”
by Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell
performed by Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell and the UUA General Assembly 2020 virtual choir
produced and directed by Benjie Messer
video editing and motion graphics by Izzy Hyman
audio editing by Sam Plattner
photos by Clint McKoy, Christopher L. Walton, Paul Becker, Janine Gelsinger, and contributed by members of the choir
all audio and videos were captured by musicians in their own homes

Chalice Lighting and Casting the Circle

“To the Four Directions”
by Joan Goodwin
spoken by Madeleine Breault
accompanied by various, noisy people waking up the ancestors

Quarter Dance”
music by Mary Bopp, words by Rev. Josh Pawelek
Jenn Richard, vocals
Mary Bopp, water jug

Opening Hymn

“I Know This Rose Will Open”
by Mary Grigolia
#396 in Singing the Living Tradition
sung by Jeannette LeSure


I know this rose will open.
I know my fear will burn away.
I know my soul will unfurl its wings.
I know this rose will open.


“A Thousand Voices”
by the Rev. Tania Yadira Márquez
spoken by Rev. Josh Pawelek

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns


October’s community outreach offering is dedicated to UCONN’s Native American Cultural Program, NACP. NACP provides resources, services and community for Native and Indigenous students and faculty, helps foster relationships with local tribal nations, and works towards building good relations between UConn and the land.

Offering Music

“Entering the Forbidden Forest”
by Mary Bopp and Rev. Josh Pawelek

An Interview With the Grim Reaper
Gianna DiMaiolo, Gina Campellone, Rev. Josh Pawelek

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)


Closing Hymn

“For All the Saints”
words by William Walsham How; music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
#103 in Singing the Living Tradition
Sung by Jeannette LeSure

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name most holy be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their shelter, and their might;
their strength and solace in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness deep their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!

O blest communion of the saints divine!
We live in struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia! Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the conflict long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph-song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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


Virtual Coffee Hour / Zoom Breakout Rooms