Unruly Beauty

How might we redefine beauty in a way that makes room for all the parts in us that we have deemed unloveable? What if instead of beauty being about perfection, we embraced it as unruly?

Rev. Wendy Williams will be joining us virtually this week. She has served as Jefferson Unitarian Church’s Senior Minister since 2011, following a six-year ministry in Flagstaff, Arizona. Prior to entering the ministry, she lived and worked in Madison, Wisconsin and attended JRUUC. This spring, Wendy is completing her term as President of the UU Ministers Association during which time a new mission was honed. While it was developed by and for the UUMA, it guides much of Wendy’s thoughts about being a Unitarian Universalist in this time. Calling forth courageous and transformative ministries, empowered by love, committed to collective liberation…because we need one another.

Reeb members Sarah Hallas and Amanda Werhane will be providing live music this week.

Share the Plate

  • The Share-the-Plate donations for May 15 and 22 will go to Urban Triage who, in partnership with other local organizations in Madison and Milwaukee, are sponsoring a 5-day trip for local youth to attend the Poor People’s Campaign Moral March on June 18th, as well as visit a number of national museums in Washington D.C.

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” John Denver, Mike Taylor, and Richard Kniss
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: #1000 “Morning Has Come”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “Olivia” written by and illustrated by Ian Falconer
  • Hymn: #398 “To See the World”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “Meant for love and beauty” by Theresa Ninan Soto
  • Reflection: “Unruly Beauty” with Rev. Wendy Williams
  • Offering: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Hymn: #182 “O, The Beauty in a Life”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction


Interview with Alok on Unruly Beauty

Albinoni Adagio – mentioned in Reflection