Sunday, May 22, 2016: Dissent, Heresy, and Innovation

Dissenter of Sidmouth

Prelude Galileo – Indigo Girls

Welcome The beauty of the whole – Meg Barnhouse

We gather to worship, our hearts alive with hope that here we will be truly seen, that here we will be welcomed into the garden of this community, where the simple and the elegant, the fluted and frilled, the shy and the dramatic complement one another and are treasured. May we know that here, each contributes in their way to the beauty of the whole. Come, let us worship together, all genders, sexualities, politics, clappers and non-clappers, progressive or conservative, may we root ourselves in the values of this faith: compassion and courage, transcendence, justice and transformation.

Chalice lighting In memory of all the flames – Amarette Callaway

In memory of all the flames that didn’t die—
in the midst of darkness,
in spite of the darkness,
we light this flame today.
“The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5 NRSV)

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You Can Sit Here Any Time

While wandering through Devon on a trip to England a couple of years ago, we came upon the Sidmouth Unitarian Church, the “Dissenter of Sidmouth”, founded in 1710,

Dissenter of Sidmouth

Dissenter of Sidmouth

and we were inspired by the Dissenter Wall.

The Dissenter Wall

The Dissenter Wall — You Can Sit Here Any Time

“You can sit here any time, all ages and beliefs are welcome.”

We shall aspire to this motto.