Rev. Jennifer Brower said, "All living things are engaged in the task of transformation and growth. Our individual lives, our nation and our institutions are undergoing profound change. May we be diligent in seeking the resources that prepare us for that growth."
Today, let us be reminded that even in our infinite diversity we are each a reflection of the Wholeness and Holiness of Creation.
Spoken word, and then Matisyahu's One Day, performed by the Cosmic Orchestra.
According to Wikipedia, "The song expresses a hope for an end to violence, and a prayer for a new era of peace and understanding. In an interview with Spinner, Matisyahu told them: "'One Day' is the song I've been wanting to make since I started my career. It is an anthem of hope with a big beat, the kind of song that makes you bob your head and open your heart at the same time." The song was sung at a vigil for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill."
"Heavy Heart," Presented by the Rev. Jennifer L. Brower
Mason Bolton is a queer, trans writer and poet. He currently lives in the Boston-metro area with his fiancé, Doug. His work has been published in Epiphany Magazine, Kelsey Review, The Black Napkin, and is forthcoming in the Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight.
We join with others in worship, online and in body, to find grounding, to feel our connection to others and to the Creative Source of life.
Presented by Rev. Jennifer L. Brower, who wrote, “when forced from a place of comfort, may we find deep solace in ordinary things...”
Rev. Jennifer Brower reminds us that "relationships matter."
"I Belong," presented by Rev. Jennifer L. Brower
We longed for community before social distancing. Many of us ache for it now. Let us find creative and safe ways to reach out with our hearts and pull each other near.
Macy Gray's song "Beauty in the World" was featured at a Soulful Sundown Friday evening Service with the Rev. Jennifer L. Brower. We're channeling @Thich Nhat Hanh and celebrating nature during this week of Earth Day.
On Friday, April 10, 2020, Rev. Jennifer Brower shared "The Soul," by Kahlil Gibran.
Khalil Gibran (1883–1931) was an essayist, novelist, and mystic poet. He wrote The Prophet, a collection of philosophical essays that went on to become one of the bestselling books of the twentieth century. Though he was born in Lebanon, he moved to Boston’s South End as a child and studied art with Auguste Rodin in Paris for two years before launching his literary career. Much of Gibran’s work contains themes of religion and Christianity as well as spiritual love. The Rev. Jennifer Brower is the Minister for Pastoral Care at UUCSR in Manhasset, NY.
On Friday, April 3, 2020, Rev. Jennifer Brower posted a recorded reading, "The Courage of Patience," by Richard Gilbert. The Rev. Dr. Richard S. Gilbert retired in 2005 after serving 44 years in the Unitarian Universalist ministry in Cleveland, Ohio, Golden, Colorado, Ithaca, New York, and for 32 years at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, New York.
..."May we learn how to cope."
On Friday, March 27, 2020, Rev. Jennifer Brower posted a prerecorded reading, "First Lesson," by Philip Booth. Rev. Brower is the Minister for Pastoral Care at UUCSR. (See Meet the Ministers, here.)
On Friday, March 20, 2020, Rev. Jennifer Brower presented, "Fault Lines," by Robert Walsh. "Fault Lines" is from Noisy Stones: A Meditation Manual, Skinner House Books, 1992. The Rev. Robert R. Walsh is minister emeritus of the First Parish Church in Duxbury, MA., and is also the author of Stone Blessings. Rev. Brower is the Minister for Pastoral Care at UUCSR. (See Meet the Ministers, here.)