The Eye of the Beholder

So much of art, of all human expression, is devoted to the subject of beauty. Of describing it, or attesting to it, or lamenting its absence. And yet, actually quantifying what is required in order for an object or a person or even a sound to be beautiful seems an impossible task. In this service, Rev. Kelly Asprooth-Jackson will lead us in reflecting on and celebrating the subjectivity of beauty.

Rev. Kelly Asprooth-Jackson has been one of the Co-Senior Ministers at the First Unitarian Society of Madison since 2021. A life-long Unitarian Universalist originally from Rochester, NY, Kelly served as minister of the First Parish Church in Beverly, MA for 11 years before moving to Madison. He is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in Oakland, CA. Kelly is a dad, a vegan, and a role-playing game enthusiast.

Worship Associate – Virginia Harrison

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Order of Service

  • Gathering Song  “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” #188
  • Welcome
  • Prelude  “Empress of the Blues” by Wynn-Anne Rossi
  • Call to Worship
  • Lighting the Chalice and Musical Response
  • Shared Music  “Lift Every Voice and Sing” #149 (gray hymnal)
  • Time for All Ages  “The Conference of the Birds”  Inspired by the ancient epic poem, “The Conference of the Birds,” by the Persian Sufi Muslim writer Fariduddin Attar
  • Shared Music  “What Is This Life” #94 (gray hymnal)
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions “Still Will I Harvest Beauty Where it Grows” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Reflection 
  • Offering  “Lady of the Day” by Wynn-Anne Rossi 
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Shared Music  “Seek Not Afar For Beauty” #77 (gray hymnal)
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction