“Seventh Generation & Sustainability” – UUS:E Virtual Worship, April 23, 2023


Gathering Music





Blue Boat Home
Words by Peter Mayer, melody by Rowland Huw Prichard


Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Excerpt from Indigenous Wisdom Regarding the Future
By Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation

The Peacemaker taught us about the Seven Generations. He said, when you sit in council for the welfare of the people, you must not think of yourself or of your family, not even of your generation. He said, make your decisions on behalf of the seven generations coming, so that they may enjoy what you have today. 

Opening Hymn (Mary Bopp)

#203 “All Creatures of the Earth and Sky”

All creatures of the earth and sky,
come, kindred, lift your voices high,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Bright burning sun with golden beam,
soft shining moon with silver gleam:

(Chorus) Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Swift rushing wind so wild and strong,
white clouds that sail in heav’n along,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Fair rising morn in praise rejoice,
high stars of evening find a voice:


Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for all life to hear.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Dance, flame of fire, so strong and bright,
and bless us with your warmth and light:


Embracing earth, you, day by day,
bring forth your blessings on our way,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
All herbs and fruits that richly grow,
let them the glory also show:


All you of understanding heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Let all things now the Holy bless,
and worship God in humbleness:


Report on “Tree of Hope”

Musical Meditation & Slide Show

Joys and Concerns

Musical Meditation

Every month, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collection goes to a local charity or organization. The recipient of this month’s community outreach offering is the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Offertory Music

“The Garden Song”
by Dave Mallet

Sustainable Living Speakers

Sharon Gresk, “Native Plants and Three Sisters”

Steve Simon, “Reflections on 50 Years of Environmental Activism”

Mary Lawrence, “Seventh Generation and Sustainability”

Closing Hymn 

#163 “For the Earth Forever Turning”
by Kim Oler

For the earth forever turning; for the skies, for ev’ry sea;
for our lives, for all we cherish, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the mountains, hills, and pastures in their silent majesty;
for the stars for all the heavens, sing we our joyful song of peace.

For the sun, for rain and thunder, for the seasons’ harmony,
for our lives for all creation, sing we our joyful praise to Thee.

For the world we raise our voices, for the home that gives us birth;
in our joy we sing returning home to our bluegreen hills of earth.

Extinguishing the Chalice and Closing Words

From The Prophecy of Crazy Horse
Oglala Lakota leader

I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom.
I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells.
For when you are at that center within you and I am in that place within me, we shall be as one.

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.