Gratitude: Learning from Indigenous Voices, Then and Now
Message by Eva Riebold and AJ Fox
Trans(gender) Day of Remembrance (TDoR) 2022 – Laura Parsons
We Remember Them
Music by Susan LaBarr
Text by Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer
Performed by the First UU Choir
Blessing of Gratitude, Celebration, and Support, by Gwen Matthews.
Today, we’re thankful for you and what you bring to our church.
Your spirit, talents, generosity, imagination, and dedication reaffirm our fellowship and create our Beloved Community. Our heartfelt thanks to you on this day and for all days to come.
For those who embrace Thanksgiving as a day to honor the gifts of family, friendship, abundance, security, we celebrate with you and join our voices to hold aloft all sacred blessings.
For those who hold Thanksgiving as a day of sadness, who mourn for the hurt and loss of native peoples, who are lonely, who grieve the loss of those dear and beloved, we hold your heartache and sorrow so you do not have to carry the burden alone.
Blessings be upon you.
We Gather Together
Words: Dorothy Caiger Senghas and Robert E. Senghas
Music: Adrian Valerius’s Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck, arr. E. Kremser
Permission Granted by UUA
Accompanied by Eva Riebold
Composed by John Prescott
Performed by John Prescott and the First UU Choir
In Homage to Black Elk
Flute made by Jerry Fretwell
Let Me Be the Change
By Emily and Mark McKinney
Performed by Emily & Mark McKinney and Luna Hamburg
Used With Permission
Let us listen to Prayer for Living in Tension, by Joseph M Cherry:
If we have any hope of transforming the world and changing ourselves,
we must be
bold enough to step into our discomfort,
brave enough to be clumsy there,
loving enough to forgive ourselves and others.
May we, as a people of faith, be granted the strength to be
and so loving.