“Hope is an Action”

 Hope Is An Action led by Dr. Charis Boke.  We learn from abolitionist scholar and activist Mariame Kaba that “hope takes work” and practice. In this time where hope and action are needed more than ever, this service will reflect on practices that ground and grow our hope for a better world. Charis is an anthropologist and an educator, and has led workshops on settler solidarity with Indigenous communities, racial justice, and mutual aid organizing around the country. She works with the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, Collective Liberation Labs, and other organizations to create spaces of transformative learning and healing. 

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“Hope is an Action”

Order of Service
Sunday, August 21, 2022

Greetings                                                                   Christina Gibbons

Board Welcome & Announcements                         Barbara Woods

Prelude: “Come Sunday”  Duke Ellington
(from Black, Brown and Beige, 1943)                 

Eva Greene, piano

Chalice Lighting  #447 

Lighting Our Children’s Chalice
We light this chalice to celebrate Unitarian Universalism. We are the church of the open minds. We are the church of the helping hands.  We are the church of the loving hearts.

Introduction                                                                Christina Gibbons

Opening Hymn #354 “We Laugh, We Cry”   

Story for All Ages  The Starkeeper by Faith Pray                 Karen Tyler

Sermon  “Hope is an Action”                                        Dr. Charis Boke
Hope Comes      The Bengsons

Responsive Reading #461

Hymn #347 “Gather the Spirit”            

Offering during the summer given to The Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Offertory  “By and By” (1906)          Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933)

                                    Piano, Eva Greene

Blessing Our Candles of Joys and Sorrows

Closing Hymn #
346:  “Come Sing a Song with Me”  

Chalice Extinguishing 

*Closing Circle: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love” (sung two times)

*Please join in standing as you are able.