We Rise for Racial Justice — UUS:E Virtual Worship, January 17, 2021

Gathering Music (begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements

Centering Words


“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
by Thomas A. Dorsey
performed by Mary Bopp

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Wake Up!
by the Rev. Christian Schmidt
spoken by Sandy Karsoi

Let us wake up. Not just from the Sunday morning exhaustion, from the wish for a few more drowsy minutes in bed.

Let us wake up to this world we live in: to its beauty and wonder, and also to its tragedy and pain.

We must wake up to this reality: that not all in our world have what we do, however much or little that is.

We must wake up to the idea that our wholeness, our lives, are only as complete as the lives of those around us, of those we are inextricably tied to in a great web of mutuality, of which all of us are part.

We must #staywoke, in the words of our friends and colleagues involved in Black Lives Matter, working every day for racial justice in our country.

Let us wake up, let us stay awake, let us #staywoke.

Opening Hymn

“There’s a River Flowin’ in my Soul”
by Rose Sanders, aka Faya Ora Rose Toure
#1007 in Singing the Journey
led by Kate Howard-Bender

There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.
There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.
And it’s tellin’ me that I’m somebody.
There’s a river flowin’ in my soul.

There’s a river flowin’ in my heart…


There’s a river flowin’ in my mind…

Service Introduction  (Sandy Karosi)

An Uprising in Review

“Car Caravans, Marches, Vigils, Fasts, Rallies, Kick Ball!”

Photos from UUS:E members and friends


I Went Up to the Mountain”
by Patty Griffin
performed by Kate Howard-Bender

Reflection by Rhona Cohen

Musical Meditation

Joys & Concerns

Musical Meditation


Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the month of January will go to Moral Monday CT and Foodshare.

Offering Music

“Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Traditional Gospel Song (known by various titles, “Hold On,” “Gospel Plow,” and
Keep Your Hand on the Plow“) adapted in the 1950s by Alice Wine.
performed by Adam Bender, Kate Howard-Bender, and Genevieve

Reflection by Azucena Manaya Llantoy

Reflection by Jim Adams

An Interview with Keren Prescott of Power Up – Connecticut

Closing Hymn

 “We Shall Overcome”
Collectively written over time by Charles Albert Tindley,
Zilphia Horton, Pete Seeger and others
#169 in Singing the Living Tradition
led by Kate Howard-Bender

We shall overcome
We shall overcome

We shall overcome, some day
Oh, deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome, some day

We’ll walk hand in hand

We shall all be free

We shall live in peace

Extinguishing 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. 

Coffee Hour/Chat/Breakout Rooms