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How To Write Your Own Responsive Readings

This is a reading in which lines are alternately spoken by the reader and the congregation. The alternation can occur after sentences, phrases, or thoughts, depending on what seems appropriate. The alternation can also be between men and women, or the right side and left side of the congregation. [Generally the words of Responsive Readings are printed in the Order of Service, or bulletin, and the two parts are differentiated typographically—one part is in regular type and the other is in italics, for instance.]

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  • The Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom is the former Worship and Music Resources Director for the Unitarian Universalist Association and has served congregations in Yarmouth, Maine, and Brewster, Massachusetts. He is the author of Teacher, Guide, Companion: Rediscovering Jesus in a...

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