We All Live Downstream: Exploring Covenant in Our Lives

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Message by Dacia Reid

Moment of Perspective – Covenant – AJ Fox

The opening words are “The Task of the Religious Community,” by retired UU minister, Mark Morrison-Reed. It is drawn from Morrison-Reed’s book, Black Pioneers in a White Denomination.

The central task of the religious community is to unveil the bonds that bind each to all.
There is a connectedness, a relationship discovered amid the particulars of our own lives and the lives of others.
Once felt, it inspires us to act for justice.
It is the church that assures us that we are not struggling for justice on our own, but as members of a larger community.
The religious community is essential, . . .
. . . for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited to do all that must be done.
Together, our vision widens and our strength is renewed.
The central task of the religious community is to unveil the bonds that bind each to all.
There is a connectedness, a relationship discovered amid the particulars of our own lives and the lives of others.
Once felt, it inspires us to act for justice.
It is the church that assures us that we are not struggling for justice on our own, but as members of a larger community.
The religious community is essential, . . .
. . . for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited to do all that must be done.
Together, our vision widens and our strength is renewed.

Here We Have Gathered
Lyrics by Alicia S. Carpenter, c. 1990; used with permission by the Estate of Alicia Carpenter
Music: Public Domain
Accompanied by Eva Riebold with Live Congregational Singing

Let Us Break Bread Together
Music: Traditional
Public Domain
Performed by Eva Riebold

Community
Words by Dennis Hamilton (Permission Granted)
Music: Public Domain; Arr. John Prescott
Performed by the First UU Choir and Congregation

We will close this service, as we began it with the words of Mark Morrison-Reed.

The religious community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited to do all that must be done. Together, our vision widens and strength is renewed.

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