How do we sing when our hearts ache, when madness seems to reign?
How do we sing in the face of tragedy and horrific violence?
How do we sing when young children are slaughtered?
How do we sing when a human being gets so lost?
How do we sing when things are incomprehensible, when we are so confused and sad and angry?
Sing and let tears fall.
Sing for all the loss.
Sing and mourn.
Sing for the families.
Sing for the school and the community.
Sing for love to be stronger than death.
Sing for the pain and the preciousness of life.
Sing for the weary world, for its woes and suffering.
Sing to hear the angels sing peace and good will.
Sing for comfort.
Sing for courage.
Sing and strengthen your voice to demand gun control and regulation.
Sing for every child,
for every parent,
for every teacher.
Sing for families.
Sing for survivors.
Sing to quiet fears.
Sing to restore the soul.
Sing, for music heals.
Sing for sweet moments, small kindnesses, abiding love.
Sing for life.
Sing for all that makes our days good.
Sing to rekindle light and hope.
Sing for the reassuring touch of hands.
Sing for loving memories of grandparents and parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Sing for rivers of love that can’t be held in place but are flowing together,
making you feel endless, connection; you to all, you to everything.
Sing. Music brings us together.
Sing to encourage one another’s strengths.
Sing to see each person for who she or he truly is and can be.
Sing to inspire all of us to be our best, our most compassionate, our most loving.
Sing to care for one another.
Sing to make loving community.
Sing for life’s spirit alive in you.
Sing at life’s passages. At bedsides, sing lullabies, sing blessings.
Sing and tell your children, grandchildren, family, you love them.
Sing love of one another.
Sing for each life.
Sing for the whole human family.
Sing for creation.
Sing for the wonderful and even the difficult challenges in relationships,
the constant, continual opportunities to keep growing.
Sing in Sunday Services.
Where else do you join your voice with others in song?
Sing for risking and reaching out to make connection.
No telling what might happen if you walk across this room
to meet someone new to you, to introduce yourself.
Sing heedless of the wind and weather.
Sing prayers. Sing praise. Sing gratitude.
Sing humor and truth.
Sing we joyous all together.
Sing for joy, laughter and playfulness.
Sing Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly.
Sing We Three Kings of Porridge and Tar.
Sometimes even when we don’t get the lyrics, our spirits sing.
Oh, What fun it is to ride with one horse, soap and hay.
And with the jelly toast proclaim
Olive, the other reindeer… You’ll go down in Listerine.
Sing to keep joy in the world.
Sing to lift your spirits.
Sing, Sing, Sing!
Sing for goodness’ sake.
Sing and bring our gifts in service to the world.
Sing for our power to partner with others in the larger community as a mighty force for justice and action.
Sing for making loving community and living that love in the world.
[music begins, a medley of beloved hymns]
Sing for the power of music to touch the soul.
Sing for wholeness and holiness.
Sing. Music comforts fears and loneliness and loss.
Sing, for with music, it gets better.
Music reminds us of what we hold dear.
Music soothes our weariness, our troubles.
Music takes us where words cannot.
[Music continues without any words]
Sing for peace on earth, good will to all. [Music continues.] Amen.
Worship at UUCB
Sundays in April
THE EASTER EXAM – There are few things that stymie and stupefy Unitarian Universalists more than the idea of Easter. Ask a UU to explain Easter and they will often look at their watch and change the subject. The concepts of resurrection don't always make sense - at least in the way they have long been explained in our culture. And the idea of a 'violent atonement' is part of the problem. This morning we will celebrate an Easter that is incredibly real and incredibly needed in this world.
Music Sunday: “Being inside the Music” –Vivaldi and Vaughan Williams, sacred and secular, stories in the voice of music; Luminescence, Youth and Children's Choir, organ, harpsichord, strings. Bryan Baker, directing.
YES, I WILL TAKE YOU - YES, I WILL LOVE YOU AGAIN – Sometimes the world, and the people in it, don't behave as we expect and it hurts. Sometimes we're surprised. Often times we position ourselves to protect ourselves ... assume a defensive posture to ensure that it doesn't happen again. But sometimes when we do that we channel so much energy unconsciously into being defensive that we fail to notice that we create a climate in our own soul where innocence and tenderness cannot survive.
A Congregational Conversation will follow the service where we discuss the tender issue of the 'After Pastor' situation - the ministerial misconduct of Rev. Dick Boeke. This service will explore how difficult the issue is - both in general and the specificity of how it has played out in this church.
RELIGION, CULTS, SERPENTS, SAVIORS, AND OTHER STORIES – “Got religion?” Perhaps we've escaped such a question being asked of us on a regular basis, but if you travel most every road in most every town it's as common as someone asking for the time. But the real question is whether we got GOOD religion? World-changing religion. Because there are enough world-changing bad religions. So what does it take to be a GOOD religion changing the world for the better?
Sundays in March
September—May Worship at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Summer Worship at 10:00 a.m., May 16 - August 31
March's Theme: “Resilience”
FIVE DOLLARS IS FIVE DOLLARS - What is this church worth? What about the denomination? Or the principles of love and justice that we profess? What is any of this really worth? What are the people worth? Their integrity? Their autonomy to believe as they choose? And what are WE worth? What value can we really put on 'the inherent worth and dignity' that is our first principle? In this service, we will talk about the investments we make and the dividends we enjoy when we live a LIFE-WORTH living.
THE SECOND SEX AND THE THIRD MILLENIUM On this International Women’s Day, we consider what has changed over the decades since Simone de Beauvoir’s seminal work on the status of women, what inequities remain in 2015 and what the future may hold of threat and promise.
Rev. Carrie Knowles came to UU ministry after careers in psychology and the law. Ten years of her life were spent living and working in Asia and the Pacific where she had a close view of the lives of women in diverse cultures.
BELUM - Greek philosopher Heraclitus once talked about our quest for stability and permanence and the pain that's inevitable in a world that never stops unfolding and evolving. He said, 'The only thing constant in this world is change.' Now, six months into this transition, many of us at UUCB are understanding the depth and difficulty of the change we're in. And we're also beginning to see the possibility and the promise.
PAPERCLIPS - This special intergenerational service will explore what happened when a tiny middle school in Whitwell, Tennessee began a voluntary after-school Holocaust education class. Their idea was to teach tolerance and diversity, but they soon realized they didn't know what they were getting into. The mostly white and Christian students struggled to grasp the concept and enormity of six-million Jews dying. What they did to expand their awareness ended up changing not only every student, but all the residents of their town. And many throughout the world.
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY - The greatest of epiphanies provide something amazing - something we couldn't imagine. But they also take from us something we thought we would always have... something we couldn't live without. The greatest periods of growth always come when we are ready to stop holding so tightly to 'what is,' long enough for 'what can be' to slip in and take root. It is adventurous and visionary to let go of the ordinary and be willing to live a life less ordinary.
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