What We Did and Didn’t Do

Join us for this service via an on-line Zoom Meeting

[This service’s recording includes a reflection by our Director of Religious Education, Mandy Namchampassack-Maloney.]

Unitarian Universalist and US history are full of people and organizations on all sides of justice issues.  Last Sunday, we talked about letting our hearts open to grief and forgiveness as we remember; this morning, we’ll explore that practice by sharing some stories about complicit behavior and reconciliation.  Karen will offer stories from our shared histories, and read stories you send her from your own family’s history.

This service will be Zoom only, with no in-person component.

Share the Plate

  • Donations this week go to the Porchlight Drop-In Shelter which provides emergency overnight shelter to male-identified individuals over the age of 18.  Our donations are used to provide affordable housing with supportive case management services, men’s emergency shelter, eviction prevention, outreach, and employment and training. 

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” by Harry Thacker Burleigh
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: #360 “Here We Have Gathered”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “Kids Meet a Former Member of the Westboro Baptist Church,” HiHo Kids
  • Hymn: #1020 “Woyaya”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “Let us be a people of not-forgetting” by Rev. Karen Johnston
  • Reflection: “What We Did and Didn’t Do” with Rev. Karen
  • Offering: “Things Left Undone,” by Paul Thorn
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Hymn: #179 “Words That We Hold Tight”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction
  • Postlude: “Wider Circles/Open the Window,” Rising Appalachia

Notes from the Service:

UUA 2012 Doctrine of Discovery Statement

UUA Page: Repudiating and Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

Interfaith Network for Indigenous Communities – October 2021 Boarding Schools Statement

Proposed 8th Principle: We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.