Faith in Action

Our congregation is named after a UU minister who died on March 11, 1967, from injuries inflicted on him by white supremacists in Selma, Alabama, after answering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for people of faith to join the actions for voting rights.  This morning, we’ll explore the faith of James Reeb, and how it called him to put his body on the line.

Share the Plate

  • Our Share the Plate recipient this week is the Social Justice Center, who provides office space for local nonprofits pursuing social justice for the community. They are an incubator where small nonprofit startups can grow their organizations with affordable rent and access to all the necessary office amenities. They also have served the homeless folks who sleep on their property. 

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” co-written with Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy, Andrea Remanda, sung by Aretha Franklin / Boys Choir of Harlem
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: #1040 “Hush”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “Come With Me” by Holly M. McGhee & Pascal Lemaître
  • Hymn: #112 “Do You Hear?”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: Excerpts from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Eulogy for the Rev. James Reeb
  • Reflection: “Faith in Action” with Rev. Karen and Eva Wingren
  • Offering: “Faith That Can Conquer All” by Gerald Scott, sung by Melissa Watts
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Hymn: #1014 “Answering the Call of Love”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction
  • Postlude: “Keep the Faith” from Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites

Notes from this service:

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Eulogy for Rev. James Reeb

UUA Page – James Reeb and the Call to Selma (Brief Biography)