Love Everybody Alive: The Theology of Carsie Blanton

Unitarian Universalism is moving towards defining itself as a faith community built upon a foundation of love. This week, worship leader Eva Wingren shares thoughts on what it means to practice the spiritual discipline of love, through the lens of her experience with polyamory. Featuring musical inspiration from folk-pop singer/songwriter Carsie Blanton, this service will offer an opportunity for each of us to explore our relationship to love and how it might fortify us for the work of liberation. This service will include live music from JRUUC members.

  • The Share the Plate recipient for Jan. 21 and 28 will be the Great Turning Catholic Worker’s hospitality house. This house is designed to welcome those in need of housing, particularly refugees, women and children. It is next to the Great Turning Catholic Worker Farm, whose mission is to be a hub of resiliency, combining community life and gardening. Those running the house and farm were inspired by Joanna Macy’s writings about “The Great Turning,” shifting from industrial growth to life-sustaining community. They were nominated by Pete Haney. 

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Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Be Good” by Carsie Blanton
  • Call to Worship
  • Lighting the Chalice and Musical Response
  • Shared Music: “There is more love somewhere” #95 (gray hymnal)
  • Time for All Ages: “Six Dinner Sid” by Inga Moore
  • Shared Music: “Love Makes a Bridge” #325 (gray hymnal)
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “The Watermelon” by Carsie Blanton
  • Reflection: “Love Everybody Alive” with Eva Wingren
  • Offering: “Buck Up”by Carsie Blanton
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Shared Music: “Answering the call of love” #1014 (teal hymnal)
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction

Notes for Further Exploration

Children’s Book – Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore – video

Carsie Blanton’s webpage.