“Inspirations that Time Forgot? Eliza Cabot Follen and Lydia Maria Francis Child” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, August 14, 2022

 

Gathering Music

A Medley of Uplifting Tunes
Performed by Dorothy Bognar, piano

Welcome

Announcements

Centering

Prelude

Three Lyric Preludes
by William Gillock (in C, D, & E)
Performed by Dorothy Bognar, piano

Chalice Lighting

“Be Ours a Religion”
#683 in Singing the Living Tradition
by Theodore Parker

Be ours a religion which, like sunshine, 
goes everywhere;
Its temple, all space;
Its shrine, the good heart,
Its creed, all truth,
Its ritual, works of love,
Its profession of faith, divine living.

Introduction to the Service

Opening Hymn

“Come, Come Whoever You Are”
#188 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words adapted from Rumi
Music by Lynn Adair Ungar
Performed by Sandy Johnson, vocals; Dorothy Bognar, piano

Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
Ours is no caravan of despair.
Come, yet again come.

First Reading

Excerpts from “Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans”
by Lydia Maria Child (1833)

Musical Response

“Over the River and Through the Woods”
Words by Lydia Maria Child
Music traditional/Composer unknown
Performed by Dorothy Bognar, piano

Second Reading

Excerpts from “To Mothers in the Free States”
by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen (1855)

Musical Response

“All Things Beautiful and Fair”
Words by Eliza Follen
Muris: Traditional English
Performed by Dorothy Bognar, piano

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response

Offering Intro

“Love is the Doctrine of This Church”
#471 in Singing the Living Tradition
by L. Griswold Adams

Love is the doctrine of this church,
The quest of truth is its sacrament,
And service is its prayer.

To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve human need,
To the end that all souls shall grow
into harmony with the Divine–

Thus do we covenant with each other.

Offertory Music

“Imagine”
Words and music by John Lennon
Dorothy Bognar, piano; Sandy Johnson, vocals

“Inspirations that Time Forgot? The Contributions of Eliza Cabot Follen and Lydia Maria Francis Child”
Commentary by Stacey Musulin

Closing Hymn

“As Tranquil Streams”
#145 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by Marion Franklin Ham
Music adapted from Musicalisches Hand-buch, Hamburg
Performed by Sandy Johnson, vocals; Dorothy Bognar, piano

As tranquil streams that meet and merge
and flow as one to seek the sea,
Our kindred hearts and minds unite
to build a church that shall be free.

Free from the bonds that bind the mind to
narrow thought and lifeless creed;
Free from a social code that fails to serve
the cause of human need.

A freedom that reveres the past, but
trusts the dawning future more,
And bids the soul, in search of truth,
adventure boldly and explore.

Prophetic church, the future waits
your liberating ministry;
Go forward in the power of love,
Proclaim the truth that makes us free.

Closing Prayer

“Religion”
by Vincent Silliman
#466 in Singing the Living Tradition

Let religion be to us life and joy.
Let it be a voice of renewing challenge to the best we have and may be,
Let it be a call to generous action.

Let religion be to us a dissatisfaction with things that are,
Which bids us serve more eagerly the true and right.
Let it be the sorry that opens for us the way of sympathy, understanding,
And service to suffering humanity.

Let religion be to us the wonder and lure of that
Which is only partly known and understood.
And eye that glories in nature’s majesty and beauty,
And a heart that rejoices in deeds of kindness and of courage.

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Words

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

 

 

“How to Have a Spiritual Staycation” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, July 31, 2022

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50) (Martha Larson)

“Sonatina No. 1, Op. 151”
by Anton Diabelli

“Prelude and Fughetta, Op. 10, Nos. 39 and 40”
by J. O. Armand

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude (Martha Larson)

Two strains of “A Summer Breeze”
by James Scott

Lighting the Chalice

Opening Words 

#429 in Singing the Living Tradition
by William F. Schulz

Come into this place of peace
and let its silence heal your spirit;
Come into this place of memory
and let its history warm your soul
Come into this place of prophecy and power
and let its vision change your heart

Opening Hymn 

“From All the Fret and Fever of the Day”
#90 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by Monroe Beardsley, music by Cyril V. Taylor
Led by David Klotz

From all the fret and fever of the day,
let there be moments when we turn away
and, deaf to all confusing outer din,
intently listen for the voice within

In quietness and solitude we find
the soundless wisdom of the deeper mind;
with clear harmonious purpose let us then
bring richer meaning to the world again.

Introduction to the Service

Musical Response

First Reading

“Eagle Poem”
by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Musical Response

Homily Part I

Hymn

“For the Beauty of the Earth”
#21 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, music by Conrad Kocher
Led by David Klotz

For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies,
for the love which from our birth over and around us lies:
Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony linking sense to sound and sight:
Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light:
Source of all to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human care, sister, brother, parent, child,
for the kinship we all share, for all gentle thoughts and mild:
Source of all, to thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response

Homily Part II

Offering

Offering Music (Martha Larson)

“Adagio from Sonata No. 35 in C Major”
by Joseph Haydn

Homily Part III

Musical Response

Second Reading

“Invitation”
by Mary Oliver

Closing Hymn

“I Brought My Spirit to the Sea”
#4 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by Max Kapp, music by Alec Wyton
Led by David Klotz

I brought my spirit to the sea;
I stood upon the shore.
I gazed upon infinity.
I heard the waters roar. 

And then there came a sense of peace,
some whisper calmed my soul.
Some ancient ministry of starts
had made my spirit whole.

I brought my spirit to the trees
that loomed against the sky.
I touched each wand’ring careless breeze
to know if God was nigh.

And then I felt an inner flame that
fiercely burned my tears.
Upright, I rose from bended knee
to meet the asking years.

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Words

#502 in Singing the Living Tradition
by W. E. B. DuBois

Now is the accepted time, 
not tomorrow,
not some more convenient season.

It is today that our best work can be done
and not some future day or future year.

It is today that we fit ourselves
for the greater usefulness of tomorrow.

Today is the seed time, 
now are the hours of work,
and tomorrow comes the harvest
and the playtime.

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. 

The service has ended. Go in peace. 

 

 

 

 

“God’s Quiet Things” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, July 24, 2022

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

“Sleep of the Blessed”
by Glen Phillips

“Call it Dreaming”
by Iron & Wine

“Closer to Fine”
by the Indigo Girls

performances by Jenn Richard

Welcome, Announcements and Centering (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Prelude

“Let the Mystery Be”
by Iris DeMent
performance by Jenn Richard

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“The Womb of Stars”
by Joy Atkinson
#445 in Singing the Living Tradition
(responsive reading)

Leader: The womb of stars embraces us; remnants of their fiery furnaces pulse through our veins.

Congregation: We are of the stars, the dust of explosions cast across space.

Leader: We are of the earth: we breathe and live in the breath of ancient plants and beasts.

Congregation: Their cells nourish the soil; we build our communities on their harvest of gifts.

Leader: Our fingers trace the curves carved in clay and stone by forebears unknown to us.

Congregation: We are a part of the great circle of humanity gathered around the fire, the hearth, the altar.

Leader: We gather anew this day to celebrate our common heritage.

Congregation: May we recall in gratitude all that has given us birth.

Opening Song

“Love Prepare Me”
ad. from Randy Scruggs and John Thompson
led by Jenn Richard

Love Prepare me
To be a sanctuary
Sure and steady
Tried and true
With thanksgiving
I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for you.

Silence 

Meditation

“That Which Holds All”
by the Rev. Nancy Shaffer

Musical Interlude (Jenn Richard, piano)

Story

“God’s Quiet Things”
by Nancy Sweetland
illustrations by Rick Stevens

Musical Interlude (Jenn Richard, piano)

Joys and Concerns

Musical Interlude (Jenn Richard, piano)

Offering
Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of July will be split among MACC Food Pantry, Hockanum Valley Food Pantry, and CT Mutual Aid East of the River Food Pantry.

Offering Music

“Look for the Good”
by Jason Mraz
performance by Jenn Richard

Homily

“God Quiets Things”
Rev. Josh Pawelek

Community Sharing

Closing Song

“Go Lifted Up”
by Mortimer Barron
#1057 in Singing the Journey
Led by Rev. Josh Pawelek
Jenn Richard, piano

Go lifted up, 
Love bless your way,
moonlight, starlight
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.

 

“Woven in a Single Garment of Destiny” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, July 17, 2022

Welcome and Announcements (Sheila Foran, Coordinator)

Gathering Music (Francisco Ruiz, Instrumentalist and Arranger)

Opening Words

Radical Gratitude Spell
Written and adapted for this service by Adrienne Maree Brown

Greeting (Erika Hewitt)

Chalice Lighting (Angeline Jackson)

Song

“We’re All Connected”
Written by Wendy Luelia Perkins
Sung by Wendy Luelia Perkins and Lea Morris

Learning through Conversation (Rayla & Sage Mattson; Rayla & Bradshaw Mattson)

Homily – Part I (Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray)

Learning through Conversation (Rayla & Sage Mattson; Rayla & Bradshaw Mattson)

Homily – Part II (Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray)

Song

“We’re All Connected”
Written by Wendy Luelia Perkins
Sung by Wendy Luelia Perkins and Lea Morris

Offering

About our Community Outreach Ministry (COM):
Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent
of July’s undesignated offertory cash collection will go to the MACC Food Pantry, Hockanum Valley Food Pantry, and CT Mutual Aid East of the River Food Pantry.

Reading

“When Covenant Breaks”
By Frances Kozlar

Holding Silence (Erika Hewitt)

Joys and Concerns
Your Joys and Concerns are welcome in person and via Zoom

Prayer of Connection (Erika Hewitt)

Hymn

“Just as Long as I Have Breath”
#6 in Singing the Living Tradition
Lyrics by Alicia S. Carpenter, ©1981
1981; third verse translated by Francisco Ruiz
Used with permission of the Estate of Alicia Carpenter

Just as long as I have breath, I must answer, “Yes” to life;
though with pain I made my way, still with hope I meet each day.
If they ask what I did well, tell them I said, “Yes,” to life.

Just as long as vision lasts, I must answer, “Yes,” to truth;
in my dream and in my dark, always that elusive spark.
If they ask what I did well, tell them I said, “Yes,” to truth.

Mientras lata el corazón, debo decire “Si,” al amor;
me dolió la decepción, y aún así te dí el perdon.
Si preguntan qué hice bien, diles: Dijo “Si,” al amor.

Just as long as my heart beats, I must answer, “Yes,” to love;
disappointment pierced me through, still I kept on loving you.
If they ask what I did best, tell them I said, “Yes,” to love. 

Going Forth 
Words by Sarah Lenzi

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

Postlude

“Love is the Thread”
Written and Performed by Kaleidoscope

 

“Compassion and Choices: This is YOUR Life” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, July 10, 2022

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

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude 

“Improvisation”
Written and performed by Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting & Opening Words

Introduction to the Service

Opening Hymn 

“Blessed Spirit of My Life”
#86 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words and music by Shirley Jackson Denham
Led by Sandy Johnson

Blessed Spirit of my life, give me strength through stress and strife;
help me live with dignity; let me know serenity.
Fill me with a vision, clear my mind of fear and confusion
When my thoughts flow restlessly, let Peace find a home in me.

Spirit of great mystery, hear the still, small voice in me.
Help me live my wordless creed as I comfort those in need.
Fill me with compassion, be the source of my intuition.
then, when life is done for me, let love be my legacy. 

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response (Mary Bopp)

Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent
of our Sunday plate collections for the month of July will be split among MACC Food Pantry,
Hockanum Valley Food Pantry, and CT Mutual Aid East of River Food Pantry.

Offertory Music

“You Raise Me Up”
Words and music by Rolf Loveland, arr. Mary Bopp

First Speaker (Stacey Musulin)

Musical Response (Mary Bopp)

Second Speaker (Tim Appleton)

Musical Response

Closing Hymn

“Comfort Me”
#1002 in Singing the Journey
Words and music by Mimi Bornstein-Doble
Led by Sandy Johnson

Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.
Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.

Sing with me, sing with me…

Speak for me, speak for me…

Dance with me, dance with me…

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.

Postlude

“This is Your Show”
Performed by Carmen Ruby Floyd
And the Harlem Gospel Choir

 

“Kids: Embraced by the Interdependent Web” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, July 3, 2022

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“Ordinary Magic”
(Mary Bopp)

Lighting the Chalice

Opening Words

Opening Hymn 

“Winds Be Still”
#83 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by Richard S. Kimball
Music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Led by Sandy Johnson

Winds be still.
Storm clouds pass and silence come.
Peace grace this time with harmony.
Fly, bird of hope, and shine, light of love,
and in calm let all find tranquility.

Bird fly high.
Lift our gaze toward distant view.
Help us to sense life’s mystery.
Fly high and far, and lead us each to see
how we move through the winds of eternity.

Light shine in.
Luminate our inward view.
Help us to see with clarity.
Shine bright and true so we may join our songs
in new sounds that become full symphony.

Introduction to the Service

Reading: “Kids, Nature and Poetry:  A Medley”

Musical Response

Speaker: “Within the Web” (Sande Hartdagen)

Musical Response

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response

Offering

Offering Music

“Mercy, Mercy, Me (The Ecology)”
Performed by Sandy Johnson and Dan Thompson

Reading:  “Remember” by Joy Harjo

Speaker:  “Bugs, Dirt, Stars and Sputnik” (Marsha Howland)

Musical Response

Reflections (Marsha Howland)

Closing Hymn

“Blue Boat Home”
#1064 in Singing the Journey
Words by Peter Mayer
Music by Roland Hugh Prichard, adapted by Peter Mayer
Led by Sandy Johnson

Though below me, I feel no motion standing on these mountains and plains.
Far away from the rolling ocean still my dry land heart can say:
I’ve been sailing all my life now, never harbor or port have I known.
The wide universe is the ocean I travel and the earth is my blue boat home.

Sun my sail and moon my rudder as I ply the starry sea,
leading over the edge in wonder, casting questions into the deep.
Drifting here with my ship’s companions, all we kindred pilgrim souls,
making our way by the lights of the heavens in our beautiful blue boat home.

I give thanks to the waves upholding me, hail the great winds urging me on,
greet the infinite sea before me, sing the sky my sailor’s song:
I was born up on the fathoms, never harbor or port have I known.
The wide universe is the ocean I travel, and the earth is my blue boat home. 

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Words

Closing Circle

The service has ended. Go in peace. 

 

“The Mythical Jesus” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 26, 2022

Gathering Music

Welcome and Announcements

Centering

Prelude

“The Questioning”
by Mary Bopp

Lighting the Chalice

Opening Words

Opening Hymn

“Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life”
#89 in Singing the Living Tradition
Words by George Herbert
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Led by David Klotz

Come, my way, my truth, my life:
such a way as gives us breath,
such a truth as ends all strife,
such a life as killeth death.

Come, my light, my feast, my strength:
such a light as shows a feast,
such a feast as mends in length,
such a strength as makes a guest.

Come, my joy, my love, my heart:
such a joy as none can move,
such a love as none can part,
such a heart as joys in love.

Introduction to the Service

Reading

Musical Response

Joys and Concerns

Musical Response

Offering

Offering Music

“The Power of the Myth”
by Mary Bopp

Reading

Speaker

“The Mythical Jesus”
by David Klotz

Musical Response

Closing Hymn

“Go Lifted Up”
#1057 in Singing the Journey
Words and music by Mortimer B. Barron
Led by David Klotz

Go lifted up,
Love bless your way,
moonlight, starlight
guide your journey
into peace
and the brightness of day.

Extinguish the Chalice

Closing Words

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.

The service has ended. Go in peace.

 

“Religious Education Sunday” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 19, 2022

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp) (begins 10 minutes prior to the hour)

Welcome / Announcements / Centering (Gina Campellone)

Prelude

“UU Principles Song”
Music by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Words: Anonymous
Performed by Nancy Madar & members of the Elementary RE class

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“It’s a Blessing to Be”
By Sadie Kahn-Greene
Spoken by Gina Campellone at 9AM; Maverick Schlechtweg at 11:00 AM

Opening Hymn

“When Our Heart is in a Holy Place”
Words and music by Joyce Poley
#1008 in Singing the Journey

Chorus:
When our heart is in a holy place,
When our heart is in a holy place,
We are bless’d with love and amazing grace,
When our heart is in a holy place.

When we trust the wisdom in each of us,
Ev’ry color ev’ry creed and kind,
And we see our faces in each other’s eyes,
Then our heart is in a holy place.

Chorus

When we tell our story from deep inside,
And we listen with a loving mind,
And we hear our voices in each other’s words,
Then our heart is in a holy place.

Chorus

When we share the silence of sacred space,
And the God of our Heart stirs within,
And we feel the power of each other’s faith,
Then our heart is in a holy place.

Chorus

RE Year in Review Video (Gina Campellone)

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Offering (Rev. Josh Pawelek)
Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of June will be split between Mary’s Place and Covenant to Care.

Offering Music (Mary Bopp)

Homily (Gina Campellone)

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Recognition & Gratitude (Gina Campellone)

  • Bridging (Gina & kids)
  • DYSA (Gina)
  • Volunteer Appreciation (Gina & kids)
  • RE Volunteer of the Year (Gina)

Musical Interlude (Mary Bopp)

Words from the Minister (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

A Look Ahead (Gina Campellone & Desiree Holian-Borgnis)

Closing Hymn

“Love Will Guide Us”
Words by Sally Rogers
Music: Traditional, arr. by Betty A. Wylder
#131 in Singing the Living Tradition

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
hope inside us will lead the way
on the road from greed to giving.
Love will guide us through the hard night.

If you cannot sing like angels,
if you cannot speak before thousands,
you can give from deep within you.
You can change the world with your love.

Love will guide us, peace has tried us,
hope inside us will lead the way
on the road from greed to giving.
Love will guide us through the hard night. 

Extinguishing the Chalice (Gina Campellone)

Closing Circle (Gina Campellone)

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)

Cover Art (by Madeleine Breault)

“Celebrating Blessings?” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 12, 2022

Gathering Music (members of Meeting House)

Welcome / Announcements / Centering (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Prelude

“Emmylou”
by First Aid Kit
performed by members of Meeting House

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“Can You Believe?”
by Sean Parker Dennison

Opening Hymn

“Comfort Me”
by Mimi Bornstein-Doble
#1002 in Singing the Journey

Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.
Comfort me, comfort me,
comfort me, oh my soul.

Sing with me, sing with me…

Speak for me, speak for me…

Dance with me, dance with me…

Comfort me, Comfort me…

New Member Welcome

Introductions (Membership Committee co-chairs)

Betty Reece
(Andrew Caruk, Julia Caruk, and Molly Rourke were welcomed at the 9:00 a.m. service.)

The Charge (Minister)

As you take up membership in the Unitarian Universalist Society: East, I charge you to share with us who you are. Share your creativity, your experiences, your questions, your doubts, your beliefs, and all your discoveries of life’s meaning. I charge you to shake us up with your ideas, to stir us up with your conscience, to inspire us with your actions, and to stimulate our hopes with your dreams of what life can be.

Congregational Welcome (Congregation)

We welcome you as companions in the search for truth and meaning. We invite you to share in our mission of caring for one another, encouraging each other in spiritual growth, working for justice and peace in the wider community, and living in harmony with the earth. We join our gifts with yours, trusting in the power of community to bring freedom, healing, and love.

New Member Affirmation (New Members)

We join the Unitarian Universalist Society: East out of a desire and willingness to participate in a liberal religious congregation. We pledge to share our time, energy and gifts; to diligently seek our spiritual truths; and to strengthen the bonds of community.

Joys and Concerns

Offering

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of June will be split between Mary’s Place and Covenant to Care.

Offering Music

“Blue Spotted Tail”
by the Fleet Foxes
performed by members of Meeting House

Sermon  “Counting Our Blessings” (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Closing Hymn

“Go Lifted Up”
by Mortimer B. Barron
#1057 in Singing the Journey

Go lifted up,
Love bless your way,
moonlight, starlight
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.

Postlude

“(What’s so Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”
by Elvis Costello
performed by members of Meeting House

 

 

“Pride, Youth-Style!” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, June 5, 2022

Gathering Music (Mary Bopp) (begins 10 minutes prior to the hour)

Welcome / Announcements / Centering (Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Prelude

“Lullaby for Aurora”
by Lilly Coleman

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

“A Prayer for My Queer and Trans Siblings”
by Jess Reynolds
spoken by Molly Rourke

Opening Song

“How Could Anyone”
Words and music by Libby Roderick
#1053 in Singing the Journey

How could anyone ever tell you
you were anything less than beautiful?
How could anyone ever tell you
you were less than whole?
How could anyone fail to notice
that your loving is a miracle?
How deeply you’re connected to my soul.

Bridging Ceremony (adapted from Julia Hamilton)

Story

“Neither”
by Airlie Anderson
spoken by Casey Campellone

Musical Meditation (Mary Bopp)

Joys and Concerns

Offering

“Vienna”
by Billy Joel
Performed by Molly Rourke

Offering Music

First Demonstration

“The Weight of Micro-Aggressions”
(Contributions from Casey Campellone, Graham Bornhorst, Sadie Nitzan,
Molly Rourke, Anya Stolzman, Lilly Coleman)

Some Data from the Trevor Project (Sadie Nitzan)

Second Demonstration

“The Lightness of Unconditional Support”
(Contributions from Casey Campellone, Graham Bornhorst, Sadie Nitzan,
Molly Rourke, Anya Stolzman, Lilly Coleman)

Final Reflections “Pride” (Rev. Josh Pawelek

Closing Hymn

“We Are A Gentle, Angry People”
by Holly Near
#170 in Singing the Living Tradition

We are a gentle, angry people,
and we are singing, singing for our lives.
We are a gentle, angry people,
and we are singing, singing for our lives.

We are a justice-seeking people …

We are young and old together …

We are a land of many colors …

We are gay and straight together …

We are a gentle, loving people …

Closing Reading

“dear trans*, non-binary, genderqueer and gender-expansive friends, and kin:
(and those of us whose gender is survival)”
by Theresa Ninán Soto
spoken by Anya Stolzman

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.

Postlude performed by Will Alexson

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