“We are all on our own paths trying to discover truth and meaning. We need each other to talk, to listen and discuss our concerns and our experiences. Let’s use UU as a verb. Let’s UU together no matter how old we are or where we are – upstairs, downstairs, or out in the community. Our faith takes practice and everyone who has ever been on a team knows that it is always more fun training with others. Let’s UU together sitting down, standing up, singing, serving, talking and being quiet.” – Rebecca Fricke
This past Sunday – March 6th – the UUSA congregants stepped out of the box and broke down barriers and walls! Everyone – young and older – chose how they wanted to worship and for the next half hour the building was brimming with all different kinds of energy. The RE Ministry has set a bold example and hopefully we will see more of these kinds of services in the future. These were the options everyone had:
Worship through music – Brenda Miller, Fran Plumer, Susan Rice – Sanctuary – The power of music and song fills our hunger for connection and community with others. Through song, we express love, sorrow, joy, compassion, social justice, and even loss. After examining the place that loss holds in our lives, we will share in a simple and lovely song that will open our hearts to the gifts that come from loss.
Worship through service – Rebecca Fricke and Ashley Carter – Willie Eaton Social Hall – Many of us hunger to help heal the world and this morning we will be sorting our food donations for the Amherst Survival Center as well as talking about how we can be part of the change. Giving of our time and resources is a large part of who we are as UUs. In learning about the needs of our community, our nation and the world we grow intellectually and in acting on our principles we grow spiritually.
Worship through art and poetry – Mary Ann Gunderson and Kate Rice – Classroom A and B – Often our dreams can feed our hunger for change. We’ll join dreamers from all over the world who, as part of the Dream Flag Project, have captured their dreams as words, images, and poems on small cotton flags. We’ll be inspired by the words of Langston Hughes and we’ll literally “let our dreams fly”.
Worship through conversation – Alison Wohler and Ben Brau – Conference Room – There are many ways to feed our hunger, but that’s because we have many different kinds of hunger. Knowing what these hungers are is an important part of understanding our human nature, and our inborn religious and spiritual impulses. Our conversation will start with the hungers and then focus on the means of mind and body, and all our human senses, that we use to feed our hungers.
Below UUSA congregants young and older talk about Food Insecurity.