Sorting through my photos. A few last things to share from 2014 General Assembly. Banner Parade begins
In case you wanted to see the printed services used at First Universalist Church, Providence, held over General Assembly, please download this PDF (4.2 Mb). I created this not out of the 1941 edition of A Book of Prayer for the Churches that First Universalist, Providence, uses, but the 1957 edition printed by the recently… Continue reading The Universalist services prayed at General Assembly
One feature of the opening ceremony at General Assembly is the welcoming new congregations. Normally — and perhaps I’m dating myself — there are several welcomed into membership. Except this year there was only one congregation, the lowest I’ve ever seen. Congratulations to Original Blessing, Brooklyn. But when I asked the question does it matter?… Continue reading One new congregation at General Assembly? Is it a problem?
Bring your prayerbook! I’ll grow out my beard! Portland, ho! (An earlier video, possibly NSFW, for context.)
So much happened to General Assembly this year that I forgot to mention the new issue of satirical magazine, The Beacon, appeared. Whatever you do, do not repeat to the activities printed therein at home. Download it here: http://www.pdf-archive.com/2014/06/26/beacon-ga-2014/
It was a good General Assembly, but for (me, anyway) the soft relationships defy programming. Trust and relationship building, arts of the ministry, stories that shape identity. Evidence about strength and weakness, and a willingness to address both. There was a spirit, and I don’t want to crush it with explanation. It was so good… Continue reading A project out of General Assembly (for lectionary preachers)
I’ve been to First Universalist Church in Providence a few times over the years, but never so long as over General Assembly, when the church hosted morning prayer and vespers, and the usual Sunday service with a special observance of Holy Communion. Here are a mix of photos, taken after the services in the sanctuary,… Continue reading Photos from inside First Universalist, Providence
I’m getting back into the swing of blogging, and I’m working on posts that focus on particular subjects brought up at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. But I thought I’d say something first about this year’s General Assembly as a whole. First, I go to General Assembly to meet friends and to… Continue reading Meditating on General Assembly 2014
If you were at the 2014 General Assembly, or watched it by streaming video, you would have seen in the opening ceremony — the one with the banner parade, greetings, adoption of the rules and the first worship service — a prayer from Hymns of the Spirit, and you may have wondered “how did that… Continue reading Hymns of the Spirit at General Assembly 2014?