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This reading combines the words of Kenneth L. Patton (Reading 444) and Psalm 133 (Reading 433) as published in Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook. Permission granted for Reading 444. Permission pending for Reading 433.
This house is for the ingathering of nature and human nature.
How rare it is, how lovely, this fellowship of those who meet together.
It is a house of friendships, a haven in trouble, an open room for the encouragement of our struggle.
It is a house of freedom, guarding the dignity and worth of every person.
It offers a platform for the free voice, for declaring, both in times of security and danger, the full and undivided conflict of opinion.
It is a house of truth-seeking, where scientists can encourage devotion to their quest, where mystics can abide in a community of searchers.
It is a house of art, adorning its celebrations with melodies and handiworks.
It is a house of prophecy, outrunning time past and times present in visions of growth and progress.
This house is a cradle for our dreams, the workshop of our common endeavor
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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