Poetry and the Non-Disposable Object

Poetry makes space for humans to confront what we do—how we dispose of things, animals, and other people. Can it also give us the tools to change enough to survive?

Rita Mae Reese (she/her) is the author of The Book of Hulga (University of Wisconsin Press). She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship, and a “Discovery”/The Nation award. She designs Lesbian Poet Trading Cards for Headmistress Press, and serves as the Co-Director at Arts + Literature Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. Find out more at ritamaereese.com.

Worship Associate – Virginia Harrison

  • The Share-the-Plate recipient for April 14 and 21 will be the Arts and Literature Lab, a community-driven contemporary arts center showcasing visual, literary, and performing arts. They offer numerous arts education opportunities. Their guiding values of accessibility, curiosity, ethics, equity, excellence, free expression, generosity, gratitude, responsiveness, and solidarity align with our own. They were nominated by Virginia Harrison.  

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Order of Service

  • Gathering Song  “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” #188
  • Welcome
  • Prelude  “The Poet speaks” by Robert Schumann
  • Call to Worship
  • Lighting the Chalice and Musical Response
  • Shared Music  “For the Weaving of Our Lives” by Amanda Udis-Kessler
  • Time for All Ages  “How to Heal a Broken Wing” by Bob Graham
  • Shared Music  “We Would Be One” #318 (gray hymnal)
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions “Some Things I Like” by Lemn Sissay
  • Reflection 
  • Offering  “Kind of Girl”by MUNA
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Shared Music  “The Oneness of Everything” #1052 (teal hymnal)
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction