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On Chairs, Children, Presence and Pride: Reflections on Church School Sunday and Pride

June 11, 2023

Readings: Psalm 139. excerpts

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

– Antoine de Saint-Expuéry, The Little Prince

This service was a celebration of the children and youth who have participated in our programs this last year, AND a celebration of Pride here in Weston, which is something new for this congregation.

The whole service is worth a watch if you have the time.  (The music was fabulous!) Here we share Jeff’s remarks for the day about the challenges and opportunities of a church like ours here in the 21st century.

The service began with our “Call to Worship,” featuring the adapted words of the Rev. Sophia Lyons-Fahs, a well-known UU author, religious educator and advocate for children:

One:   Many of the past generation and many today have found three abiding values in prayer:

Many:  the quiet meditation on life,

One:     the reaching out toward the universal and the infinite,

Many:  and the courageous facing of one’s profoundest wishes.

One:    Let parents sense and share with their children the glory and mystery of everyday things. Let them look with sympathy upon humanity’s age-long dilemmas.

Many:   Let no questions be taboo. The next generation can ill afford to have the deeper values deleted from the book of life.