January 17th Sunday Service

“Can Hope Lead To Action?”
Service Leader: Laura Evans
Speaker: Caroline Balderston Parry
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong

Announcements Laura Evans
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Prelude: “Singing Through the Hard Times” by Utah Phillips, Performed by Kirsty Bromley
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Opening Words: “Of The Muse” words by May Sarton, read by Caroline Balderston Parry
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Chalice Lighting – “Blessed are you who bear the light” words by Jan Richardson, read by Laura Evans
Joys and Sorrows Laura Evans
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Song: #108 “My Life Flows On In Endless Song” performed by Caroline Balderston Parry
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Sermon: “Can Hope Lead to Action?” Caroline Balderston Parry
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Discussion and Reflection in Zoom Breakout Rooms
Moving from Breakout Room discussion into singing the Hymn
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Hymn: #1008 When Our Heart Is In A Holy Place, performed by Community Church of Chapel Hill Choir
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Closing Words: “To Hope in the Dark” words by Rebecca Solnit, read by Laura Evans and Caroline Balderston Parry
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Extinguishing the Flame Laura Evans
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Postlude: “Give Light” performed by Magpie in their school program
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We thank our production crew for all their support.

MEDIA CREDITS
CC video footage from videvo.net:
“Blurry New York City Lights Loop” – video by Videvo
“Blurry Traffic in City at Night (Berlin)” – video by Videvo
“Bokeh Car Lights in New York” – video by Videvo
“Spark Glow Bokeh 1” – video by Videvo
“Candle Flame in Slow Motion” – video by PVP
“Thick Smoke” – video by Beachfront
CC audio tracks from zapsplat.com:
“Tibetan Hit” – audio by NoiseCreations

January 10th Sunday Service

“Meeting Hopelessness Head-On”
Service Leaders: Katie Lunn and Pat Lucey
Speaker: Bahram Nabatian
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong

Announcements Katie Lunn
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Prelude “Stand By Me” performed by Tracy Chapman
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Welcome Katie Lunn
Opening Words “Apart but Together” by Rev. Cynthia Landrum
Chalice Lighting and Joys and Sorrows Katie Lunn
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Song #108 “My Life Flows On In Endless Song” performed by First Unitarian Church of Chicago music director Jeff Hamrick, joined by members and friends of the congregation
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Introduction to the Podcast Pat Lucey
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Podcast “The Good News of Hopelessness” by Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
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Introduction to the Speaker Pat Lucey
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Talk “Meeting Hopelessness Head-On” Bahram Nabatian
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Thanks and Introduction to the Song
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Song #331 “Life Is The Greatest Gift Of All” piano accompaniment performed by Paul Hjelmstad of the Groveland UU Fellowship, St. Paul, Minnesota
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Closing Words “Be True, Be Well, Be Loving” by Rev. Cynthia Landrum
Extinguishing the Flame Katie Lunn
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Postlude “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash
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We thank our production crew for all their support.

Media Credits:
CC video footage from videvo.net:
“Coloured Smoke on Black” Variations 01, 04, 06, 08, and 09 – Videos by Videvo.

January 3rd Sunday Service

“Hope is the thing with feathers”
Service Leaders: Martha Nabatian and Pat Lucey
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong

Announcements Martha Nabatian
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Prelude: “Simple Gifts” performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Allison Krauss
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Lighting the Chalice and Opening Words Martha Nabatian
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Joys and Sorrows Martha Nabatian
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Song: “Come Sing a Song With Me” by Carolyn McDade, performed by Brian Kenny, Alena Hemingway, and the KUUF Choir
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Introduction to Reading Pat Lucey
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Reading “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson, Read by Gill Mills
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Podcast “Hope is the thing with feathers” Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar
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Introduction to Zoom Breakout Rooms for Reflection and Discussion
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Follow-up after Reflection and Discussion
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Song: “Gather the Spirit” by Jim Scott, performed by Jim Scott with the Master Singers to Go Choir (with lyrics for singing along)
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Closing Words and Extinguishing the Flame Martha Nabatian
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Postlude: “Dona Nobis Pacem” performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Botti
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Invitation to Coffee Hour.
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We thank our production crew for all their support.

Media Credits:
CC video footage from videvo.net:
“4 Candles in Darkness” – video by Digital Meals
CC audio tracks from zapsplat.com:
“Tibetan Hit” – audio by NoiseCreations

December 20th Sunday Service

Solstice d’Hiver/Winter Solstice

Service Leaders and Speakers: Lucie-Marie Castonguay-Bower, Carolle Séguin, Suzanne Desmarais, Marie-Claire D, Fran Mowbray, Nick Lepan, Andrea Young, Claire Heistek

Musical Performers: Claire Heistek, Fran Mowbray, Nick Lepan, Pat Lucey

Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong

Welcome/Bienvenue Carolle Séguin, Suzanne Desmarais
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Chanson / Song: “Solstice Carole” by The Wyrd Sisters
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Introduction aux quatre directions / Invocation of four directions
Carolle Séguin, Suzanne Desmarais
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Video: “Les quatre directions” Marie-Claire D, Fran Mowbray, Nick Lepan
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Esprit de mère terre Lucie-Marie Castonguay, Andrea Young
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Allumer la flamme / Lighting the Chalice Lucie-Marie Castonguay, Claire Heistek
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Chanson/Song: “Rise Up O Flame” Claire Heistek (flûte à bec)
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Sharing Time: Participants in our Zoom gathering created a Circle of Light by sharing their candlelightings on Gallery View, and shared their feelings of gratitude with one another.

Hymn of Light / Hymne à la lumière: “Gathered Here” Fran Mowbray and Nick LePan
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Closing Words / Mots de clôture Carolle Séguin, Suzanne Desmarais
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Chanson / Song: Minuit Chrétien (O Holy Night)” Fran Mowbray
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Extinguishing the Flame / Éteindre la flamme Lucie-Marie Castonguay, Claire Heistek
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Chant de la fin / Postlude: “Silent Night / O, nuit de paix / Noche de paz” Pat Lucey
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Celebration Fran Mowbray (host and moderator)

We thank Team 5 for handling setup in the Sanctuary today, as well as our production crew for all their support. Nous remercions l’équipe 5 pour la gestion de l’installation dans le Sanctuaire ce soir, ainsi que notre équipe de production pour tout leur soutien.

December 13th Sunday Service

“Community Resilience”
Service Leader: Michel Boudreau
Speaker: Katie Lunn
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong

Introduction to Prelude Michel Boudreau
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Prelude “Corona Virus Blues” written by Katie Lunn and performed by Katie Lunn and Michel Boudreau Click this link to view the video of this song.

Mindfulness Bell, Chalice Lighting, and Opening Words Michel Boudreau
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Song “Resilience” performed by Abbie Betinis
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Joys and Sorrows Michel Boudreau
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Acadian Resilience Michel Boudreau
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Meditation on Acadia “Collage” Michel Boudreau
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Video Presentation “Assessing Your Resilience Resources” Dr. Michael Ungar
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Talk “On Community Resilience” Katie Lunn
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NOTE: An Open Discussion on Zoom followed Katie’s Talk.

Closing Words, Mindfulness Bell, and Entrusting of the Flame Michel Boudreau
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Postlude “I Won’t Back Down” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
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Media Credits:
CC video footage from videvo.net:
“Clouds” – video by Videvo
“Flying Over Misty Coastline” – video by Bellergy
“Thick Smoke” – video by Beachfront
CC video footage from vidsplay.com:
“Free Burning Candle Stock Footage” – video by Vidsplay
CC audio tracks from zapsplat.com:
“Tibetan Hit” – audio by NoiseCreations

We thank Team 4 for handling setup in the Sanctuary today, as well as our production crew for all their support.

December 6th Sunday Service

“Mitten Tree, Children & Possibilities”
Service Leader: Chris Baddeley Girard
Speaker: E.N. Hill, Ministerial Intern

Introduction, Announcements, Words of Offering and Land Acknowledgement Chris Baddeley Girard and E.N.Hill. Click on this link to view the video of this part of the service.

Welcome, Chalice Lighting, and Opening Words E.N. Hill, Chris Baddeley Girard, and Louka Kavcic
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Opening Video: “Coming Home” Members and Friends of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY Click on this link to view this music video.

UUFO Mitten Tree Slideshow created by Pat Lucey
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Introduction to the Story for all ages E.N.Hill
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Story for all ages: “The Mitten Tree Story” written by Candace Christiansen, and illustrated by Elaine Greenstein, read by Terry Mansell Click on this link to view the video of this story.

Song: “With My Own Two Hands” by Jack Johnson, sung by a First Grade Choir
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Joys & Sorrows Chris Baddeley Girard
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Song: “Tomorrow” sung by Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie – 2014)
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Reflection and Introduction to Visioning Activity E.N. Hill
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What We Envisioned E.N.Hill and Zoom participants
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Song: “Imagine” by John Lennon, sung by the San Diego 1st Unitarian Universalist Children’s Choir
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Closing Words and Entrusting the Flame Chris Baddeley Girard
Benediction and Introduction to Postlude E.N. Hill
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Postlude: “Tomorrow” UUA General Assembly 2020 Virtual Choir
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We thank Team 3 for handling setup in the Sanctuary today, as well as our production crew for all their support.

November 29th Sunday Service

“Reconciliation and Change: Toward a More Sustainable Congregation”
Service Leader: Gustavo Gottret
Speaker: Patricia Erb

NOTE: We thank Team 2 for handling setup in the Sanctuary today, as well as our production crew for all their support.

Announcements and Welcome
Chalice Lighting and Opening Words
Gustavo Gottret and Miriam Doria Medina
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Song: The Algonquin Water Song “The water is life, the water unites us…”
Circle of All Nations Gathering (Canada)
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Introduction to the Reading Gustavo Gottrett
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Reading – Video: The Story of a Bolivian Indigenous Woman Domitila Chungara (author of “Let me speak”) Women’s Voices Worldwide (2015).
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Joys and Sorrows
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Song: UU #318 – “We Would Be One” Church of the Larger Fellowship
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Introduction of Patricia Erb, former CEO of Save the Children, Canada
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Presentation (followed by Questions and Answers): “Rights through Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples” Patricia Erb
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Offertory Message and Closing Words Gustavo Gottret
Entrusting the Flame and Mindfulness Bell Miriam Doria Medina
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Postlude: “Cambia, Todo Cambia” Mercedes Sosa
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November 22nd Sunday Service

“Dance Partners: Cultural Reconstruction in Canada and the USA”
Speaker: Dr. Norman Cook
Service Leader: Michel Boudreau
Setup Team: Frances Cosstick and Michel Boudreau

Introduction Michel Boudreau
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Prelude: “A Place in the Sun” by Ronald Miller & Bryan Wells, performed by Stevie Wonder
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Welcome, Affirmation, Chalice Lighting and Joys and Sorrows Michel Boudreau
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Introduction to Music Meditation Michel Boudreau
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Music Meditation “Lux Aeterna” by Edward Elgar, Performed by VOCES8 live at the Gresham Centre in London
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Introduction to the Speaker Michel Boudreau
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Talk “Dance Partners: Cultural Reconstruction in Canada and the USA” by Dr. Norman Cook
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Closing Words and Entrusting the Flame Michel Boudreau
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Postlude “You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind)” by Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq
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Q&A with Dr. Cook Michel Boudreau and Dr. Norman Cook
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November 15th Sunday Service

“Ecological Grief: A New Way of Moving Forward”
Service Leader: Fran Mowbray
Speaker: Laurie-Anne Muldoon
Zoom Support: Martha Nabatian and Nick Lepan

Announcements
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Prelude “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell
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Welcome, Affirmation, and Chalice Lighting
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Reading “If Earth Was Our Patient” by Owen Dan Luo, read by Laurie-Anne Muldoon
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Song “We Shall Be Known” by Karisha Longaker, performed by MaMuse (Karisha Longaker and Sarah Nutting)
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Presentation “Ecological Grief” Laurie-Anne Muldoon
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Introduction to the next Song
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Song “Le vent d’automne” performed by Laurie-Anne Muldoon and Louka Kavcic
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Offertory Words and Introduction to Closing Words
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Closing Words
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Entrusting the Flame
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Postlude “Sacred Sound” by Youssoupha Sidbe
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Additional music links:
“We Shall Be Known” and “River Run Free” by Mamuse, Live
MaMuse | “We Shall Be Known” | Thrive East Bay
Youssoupha Sidbe – Top Tracks

November 8th Sunday Service

“What Kind of Love Is Possible”
Service Leader: Laura Evans
Speaker: Caroline Balderston Parry
Zoom Support: Martha Nabatian, Nick Lepan

Prelude: #51 “Lady of the Season’s Laughter” performed by Annie Patterson
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Welcome Laura Evans
Reading and Chalice Lighting “Breath and Eternal Love” by Rev. Diane Rollert, Minister of Unitarian Church of Montreal
Joys and Sorrows
Song: “Love is the Word” by Deborah Dunleavy, Performed by Caroline Balderston Parry

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Sermon: “What Kind of Love is Possible” Caroline Balderston Parry

Song: #18 – “What Wondrous Love” performed by First Unitarian Church of Oakland
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Closing Reading: “O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us…” by Father Richard Rohr
Entrusting the Flame and Mindfulness Bell
Thanks and invitation to Zoom “coffee hour”

Postlude: “You Can Do This Hard Thing” by Carrie Newcomer
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Note about the music: Both Annie Patterson and Carrie Newcomer are singer-songwriters whom Caroline Balderston Parry admires. All are Quaker.

Media Credits:
CC Video Footage provided by Videvo.net:
“Flying Over Misty Coastline” by Bellergy
“Dense Fog-Covered Forest 1” by Voyager Project
“Tree Against Sun” by M Broz