“On Faith in Labor” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, September 5, 2021

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

Welcome (Sheila Foran, UUS:E Sunday Services Committee)

Introduction to This Morning’s Service (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Introducing our Speakers:

Rob Baril, President, SEIU

Puya Gerami, Recovery For All Lead Organizer

Norma Martinez-Hosang, SEIU, Recovery for All, Bargaining for the Common Good

Donald Williams, Executive Director, Connecticut Education Association

Rochelle Palache, Vice President, 32BJ SEIU

Centering (Sheila Foran)


“There is Power in the Union”
by Joe Hill
performed by Rob Laurens

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words (Sheila Foran)

Opening Hymn

“One More Step”
words and music by Joyce Poley
#168 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Joe and Nancy Madar

First Reflections: What draws you to the labor movement?

Musical Response

Offering (Sheila Foran)

For the month of September our community outreach offering is divided between Kid Safe CT and Power UP CT.  Kid Safe, an affiliate of the Village for Families and Children based in Rockville, provides a variety of services and resources to educate and empower families and promote the well-being of young people. Power Up is a Manchester-based Black Lives Matter and antiracist organization. Our congregation is currently partnering with Power Up on EMPOWER-U Manchester to provide a range of resources to Black and Brown children and youth as they recover from the pandemic and from systemic racism.

Offering Music

“Joe Hill”
by Paul Robeson
performed by Rob Laurens

Further Reflections: What has Labor been up to in Connecticut?

Musical Meditation

Final Reflections: What can faith communities do in solidarity with labor?

Closing Song

“Which Side Are You On?”
by Florence Reece
performed by Janet Desmarais, Kathy Ayers, Alan Ayers, Linda Duncan
Doug Pease and Dan Thompson

Extinguishing the Chalice (Sheila Foran)

Closing Circle (Sheila Foran)

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. 

Postlude (Mary Bopp)

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