This was a pretty basic service. Most of the planning was done by myself (Tom Zeller) with help from TUUCs RE Director, Joyce Duncan (full disclosure also my wife). Format was a virtual service via Zoom. We got help from our daughters Leah and Emma Balkoski with readings and song leading. The major feature of the service was Bruce Knotts' recorded address on Climate Justice and a live Q and A session with Bruce. The only hiccup came when we found that Bruce needed to leave the service earlier than expected. Bruce and the TUUC crew running the service gracefully handled a rearrangement of the OOS so that the hiccup was minor; the congregation got the benefit of a live Q/A with Bruce and he was able to meet the changes in his schedule.
I am planning to follow up to restart our congregations involvement in the UU@UN which has lagged a bit in the last few years.
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Thoreau quote: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life ... and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. (from Walden)
Prelude music: Resilient by Rising Appalachia (YouTube)
Chalice Lighting The Limits of Tyranny by Frederick Douglass, Responsive Reading
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing up the ground.
They want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters.
This struggle may be a moral one or it may be both a moral and physical one; but it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never did and never will.
Find out what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice which will be imposed upon them.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
Reading: A Brief History of the Connection Between the UUs and the UN. -
Adapted from UN Sunday
Chant: Oh Great Spirit
Oh Great Spirit: Earth, Sun, Sky, and Sea.
You are inside and all around me.
Story for All Ages: Baldy: Baldy, a Scandinavian Tale - from Ancient Stories for Modern Times, transcribed and adapted
Reading: Youth Participant in UU-UNO Spring Seminar Values the Experience: adapted from Canadian Unitarian Council/Conseil Unitarien du Canada
Hymn/Song: This Pretty Planet by Tom Chapin
Questions for Bruce
Hymn 1057 Go Lifted Up
Breakout Rooms (Main Room for those who want to continue the Q/A session)
1710 Dulaney Valley Rd
Lutherville, MD 21093-5903