“Every Person…?”

Between the brutality of war in our time and the cruelties perpetrated by our own lawmakers against the most vulnerable among us, the world feels like a horror show these days. How do we reconcile our passions for confronting injustice — and the desire for retribution that passion can sometimes provoke — with the Unitarian Universalist principle that calls us to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person? Erik Gunn will reflect on this paradox, drawing on words from the Lutheran pastor Nadya Bolz-Weber, Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn, and Unitarian author Kurt Vonnegut.

Erik Gunn is a JRUUC member and long-time UU. This service grew from the recent Shared Pulpit class.

  • The Share The Plate for Sunday February 4 and Sunday February 11 is Allied Food Pantry. Allied Food Pantry is located in the Boys and Girls Club in the Heart of the Allied Dunns’s Marsh neighborhood. It aims to provide fresh, healthy food to individuals and families in need serving 260 Households or 800 neighborhood residents monthly. Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society is a member of Allied Partners which is a  supporter of the food pantry. Allied Food Pantry was nominated by Megan Barry-Luglio. 

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Order of Service

  • Gathering Song  “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” #188
  • Welcome
  • Prelude  “On Protest As Prayer” by Jennifer Hedstrom
  • Call to Worship
  • Lighting the Chalice and Musical Response
  • Shared Music  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” #149 (gray hymnal)
  • Time for All Ages  “Mother Mawu Wants Peace” – Story from the Dahomey people of Benin, as told by Mary Ann Moore 
  • Shared Music  “Do You Hear?” #112 (gray hymnal)
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions – Adapted from an Interview with Ali Abu Awwad
  • Reflection 
  • Offering  “The Impossible Dream” by Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Shared Music  “Wake Now My Senses” #298 (gray hymnal)
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction

With Worship Associate Michael Nunley