Oct 14, 2008 - 1:40 pm update | Guru Nanak | Religious Behaviour And Experience

F I R S T U N I TA R I A N C H U R C H

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September through December 2008

Date 10/5 Yom Kippur 10/12 UU Principles 10/19 Racial Justice 10/26 Jwsh/Grmn Reconciliation 11/2 Politics & Money 11/9 Political Detox 11/16 Sikhism 11/23 Native American 11/30 Transcendentalism 12/7 African Pilgrimage 12/14 Kenyan Ex-mas 12/21 Winter Solstice 12/24 Christmas Eve 12/28 Buddhism

Prld Offrtry Pstld Cantor & Elena on piano Ed – vibraphone Bruce Elena Monika Vassey Desiree on organ Sikh guests? Ed – percussion Elana Marafanyi West African Dance? Desiree on organ Don & Arcenia Guest organist? Monika Vassey Ed - vibraphone

Choir Desiree’ Don (rehearsal on Thursday) Desiree Meredith Marge Arcenia Don (rehearsal on Thursday) Arcenia off Meredith Marge Arcenia Sing-along Off

Hymns Elena Don Bruce Elena Marge Keelan Don Arcenia Elena Keelan Marge Don Guest pianist? a cappella and w/ vibraphone

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Organ Postlude Flute (Joy)? Meredith (Oboe)?

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Sun, Sept 7th at 11:00 am Water Communion Rev. Nate Walker In preparation for our annual homecoming service, please bring a small container of water. We will have three water stations with microphones for people to call out one word that represents the wisdom they intend to bring to the church this year. For example, folks may say “I bring patience,” “I bring humor,” “I bring joy,” “I bring questions,” etc… Some may wish to name the location from which the water was gathered by saying simply, “From New York we bring renewal,” “From my mother’s grave I bring grief,” etc… Our hope is to craft a ritual that inspires our community to live intentionally and to live authentically. The communion will be underscored with the song Spirit of Life, written by Carolyn McDade who co-founded the water communion ritual. Intergen Service. Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. Leslie Anderson, Mark DeCourval, Virginia DeRolf, and Gene Search Intergenerational service: “water communion” replaces “time for all ages” Anne Slater Saturday, Sept 6th at 12:30 pm. See Nate Prelude Invocation Offertory Meditation Anthem Hymn Postlude #402 From You I Receive Wade in the Water, Arranged by Moses Hogan #1053 How Could Anyone Reverie by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on piano Important Event by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on piano #131 Love Will Guide Us Choral Introit #1074 Turn the World Around ~ Harry Belafonte

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Sun, Sept 14th at 11:00 am Peace is Possible: Islam Rev. Nate Walker Rev. Nate has joined in solidarity with the Muslim community by participating in Ramadan, a month-long fast where the faithful are asked to refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise until sunset. This spiritual discipline is designed to teach patience, humility, sacrifice and sympathy for those who are less fortunate. Each day Rev. Nate will study one of the thirty juzs (sections) of the Qur’an throughout Ramadan. This worship serves as the beginning of a year-long sermon series entitled Peace is Possible, each exploring another major world religion. The Children’s Religious Education will mirror this process by using curricula to explore different faiths. Islam – one of the world’s religions that inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life. Specifically, drawing upon passages from the Qur’an and the fasting-practice of Ramadan. New Members Ceremony Time for all ages based on Ramadan Islamic Relief Day of Service – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and the following Tuesday we will host the Iftar dinner (to break the fast). Allie Knight, 11:00 am on Thursday, September 4th 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 10th Prelude Call to Worship Choral Introit Opening Hymn Sending Forth Offertory Meditation Anthem Hymn Postlude Duet with Arcenia Rosal and Don St. Pierre #1009 Mediation on Breathing #1032 Daooa Nayessh (Arabic for ‘peace’) #188 Come, Come, Whoever You Are #X Go Now in Peace Don St. Pierre on piano #123 Spirit of Life Youth Choir from the Czech Republic #128 For All That Is Our Life Reverie by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on piano

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Sun, Sept 21st at 11:00 am A Letter to My Murderer Rev. Nate Walker Will Unitarian Universalists advocate for the death penalty of David Adkisson, the gunman who open-fired in the sanctuary of our sister congregation in Knoxville, TN? Rev. Nate will explore this question, and the ethics of the death penalty, in the context of a letter he will read to his imagined murderer – a hypothetical statement that can serve as an advance-directive, should Rev. Nate ever be a victim of manslaughter. If others also crafted such statements, would these documents serve help those who were left behind? Would it aid the government by legally pledging the state to honor the wishes of killed and thereby finding a social alternative to capital punishment? Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life. Janet Scannell and Christine Carlson 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 7th 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 18th Basic. Organ Prelude Desiree’ Hines Meditation on Crusader's Hymn: Arr. Diane Bish Litanies-Jehan Alain Bless this Hour ~ Lila J. Cobb #131 Love Will Guide Us Largo from Xerses by GF Handel Desiree’ Hines on Organ #402 From You I Receive There Is A Balm in Gilead ~ William Dawson #1053 How Could Anyone Desiree’ Hines 5me Symphonie Pour Grand Orgue--Charles Marie Widor V. Toccata-Allegro

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Sun, Sept 28th at 11:00 am The Gnosis of Paul: A Unitarian Reflection Eugene Search, Field Education Student The Gnosis of Paul: a Unitarian reflection on the hymn of Paul" will be lead by Eugene Search, the new field-education student from Lutheran Theological Seminary. Gene intends to approach this text from the perspective of both Unitarian Christianity and Gnosticism and in doing so bring some of his own personal insights to the text so as to be able to introduce himself to the congregation. Philippians 2:1-13, Christian New Testament Virginia DeRolf and Nate Walker 10:00 am on Thursday, September 18th 10:00 am on Thursday, September 25th Pulpit on landing. Everything else basic. Organ Prelude Choral Introit Invocation Offertory Meditation Anthem Hymn Choral Postlude Desiree’ Hines Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light ~ J. S. Bach #1008 When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place Reverie by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on piano #123 Spirit of Life O How Amiable ~ R. Vaughn-Williams #205 Amazing Grace, Organ Hymn – Desiree’ Now We Go Our Way Rejoicing ~ Rosalyn Kalmar

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Sun, Oct 5thth at 11:00 am Peace is Possible: Judaism Rev. Nate Walker How do we integrate the practice of reconciliation and forgiveness in our relationships? How do we atone for our mistakes? Is it possible that the Jewish ritual of Yom Kippur can inspire us to integrate peace into our lives and thereby take one step in healing the world? Judaism – one of the world’s religions that inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life. Specifically drawing upon the ritual of Yom Kippur Time for all ages about Sukkoth Eric Jordan Judy Haraburda 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 25th 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 2nd Basic. Prelude Sh’ma Koleinu ~ Max Helfman Jody Applebaum, cantor Elena Jivaeva, piano #1009 Mediation on Breathing Aninu Malkeinu ~ Max Janowsk #402 From You I Receive Ma Navu Translation: “How beautiful are upon the mountains the feet of the messenger of good tidings of salvation and peace.” #121 We’ll Build a Land Cantor w/ Elena on piano

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Sun, Oct 12th at 11:00 am More than Survive, We Thrive! Rev. Nate Walker Why are Protestant and Catholic organizations throughout America diminishing in size? Why are evangelical movements so vibrant and growing so rapidly? What can we as Unitarian Universalists learn from the dying and the thriving religions in America? Our worship will be one of thousands of services held on this day to celebrate Association Sunday. The worship will focus specifically on the proposed amendments to the Principles and Sources, set forth by the Commission on Appraisal.

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Unitarian Universalist history and contemporary religious movements. New Members Ceremony Anne Slater Worship Associates: 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 2nd Worship Associates: 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 9th ] Note choir rehearsal: Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 pm. Prelude Choral Introit Invocation New Members Offertory Meditation Anthem Hymn Postlude “Ode to Joy” ~ Beethoven Ed Nawrocki, vibraphone Don St. Pierre – guest choir director. Be Thou My Vision ~ Traditional Irish melody, arr. John Carter #346 Come, Sing a Song with Me “Consider Yourself at Home” from Oliver! Ed on vibraphone #123 Spirit of Life Sunshine in My Soul ~ John Sweney #1021 Lean on Me Ed on vibraphone

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Sun, Oct 19th at 11:00 am Weaving Racial Justice Rev. Nate Walker Based on the theatrical production, Gee’s Bend by the Arden Theater and inspired by the quilt exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gee's Bend is a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit. The Pettway women of Gee's Bend, Alabama are strong AfricanAmericans. Through segregation, family turmoil and the Civil Rights Movement, the women turn to quilting to provide comfort and context to their lives. These quilts, a labor of love and necessity, turn out to be valuable works of art. Featuring three strong women and interwoven with gospel music, Gee's Bend is a deeply personal story of family, self-discovery and artistic expression.

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The words and deeds of prophetic women which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. Malika Levy, Joan Bauer Luana Goodwin See Nate for details. Regular 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 16th Prelude Opening Hymn Invocation Offertory Meditation Choral Anthem Hymn Postlude Bruce Pollack-Johnson #155 Circle ‘Round for Freedom Go Down Moses ~ Waugh Bruce Pollack-Johnson #402 From You I Receive We Shall Overcome ~ Ringwold #1021 Lean on Me Bruce Pollack-Johnson

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Sun, Oct 26th at 11:00 am Action Reconciliation Service for Peace Based on German and Jewish relations for reconciliation after WWII Jewish and Christian teachings that call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. Interfaith service with Rabbis and Pastors who serve with Germany’s Action Reconciliation Service for Peace Online and via conference call Barbara Higgins Piano Prelude Elena Jivaeva, piano Invocation w/ Choir #1023 Building Bridges (Choral arrangement by Nick Page) Offertory Meditation Choral Anthem Hymn Organ Postlude How Could I Keep From Singing (Oboe and Flute?) #123 Spirit of Life Die Frucht des Geistes ist Liebe Translation: The Fruit of the Spirit is Love #121 We’ll Build a Land Elena Jivaeva, piano

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Sun, Nov 2nd at 11:00 am Donkeys, Elephants and Bulls, Oh My! As the election season comes to a close, many Americans are deeply worried about the economy. Are you concerned about your financial wellbeing in times of political transition? Join Rev. Nate for a service inspired by Brent Kessel, the CEO of the firm that manages the church’s endowment and author of It’s Not About the Money: Unlock Your Money Type to Achieve Spiritual and Financial Abundance. Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit. Judy Haraburda 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 23rd 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 30th Harp Prelude Choral Introit Invocation Offertory Meditation Anthem Hymn Organ Postlude Monika Vassey on Harp Guest choir director Marge Gingles How Beautiful Our Spacious Skies #151 I Wish I Knew How (Marge on piano) Monika Vassey on Harp #402 From You I Receive Battle Hymn of the Republic (Marge on piano) #100 I’ve Got Peace Like a River Monika Vassey on Harp

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Sun, Nov 9th at 11:00 am Political Detox Stop denying it. Take the first step and admit the truth: you’re a political junky. It’s time for an intervention, because now that the election is over you’re not going to be able to get your fix. That’s why we are enrolling you in a rehabilitation center for the politically obsessive. Go on, take the plunge. There is life after politics. Music Choir members Anne Slater Organ Prelude Choral Introit Invocation Offertory Hymn Meditation Anthem Hymn Postlude Desiree’ Hines – guest organist (soft, healing) Guest choir director, Arcenia Rosal Alleluia, Randall Thompson Keelan on piano? #361 Enter, Rejoice, and Come I Desiree’ Hines – guest organist (sof, healing) Keelan on piano? #346 Come, Sing a Song with Me Keelan on piano? #402 From You I Receive II. Amen ~ Giovanni Batista Pergolesi #16 ‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple Desiree’ Hines – guest organist (playful, joyous)

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Sun, Nov 16th at 11:00 am Peace is Possible: Sikhism The Sikh tradition is rooted in the history and culture of the Punjab in northern India. Sikhism is known as the fifth largest religion in the world with over 20 million followers. It originates from the teachings of Nanak in sixteenth century and nine successive human gurus. The Sandeep Singh Brar describes Sikhism “a progressive religion well ahead of its time when it was founded over 500 years ago… [and] preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality of mankind and denounces superstitions and blind rituals.” Sikhism – one of the world’s religions that inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life. Drawing specifically upon the music and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib. Malika Levy Luana Goodwin 11:00 am on Thursday, November 6th 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 13th Prelude Call to Worship Invocation Offertory Meditation Anthem Hymn Postlude Guest artists (Sikh) #1009 Mediation on Breathing #168 One More Step Guest artists (Sikh) #123 Spirit of Life Guest choir director, Don St. Pierre Ong Namo, Snatam Kaur #1026 If Every Woman in the World Guest artists (Sikh)

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Sun, Nov 23rd at 11:00 am Native American Spirituality (Craft narrative with women’s group.) Native American Spirituality – the many indigenous traditions that inspire our spiritual life, calling us to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part. Native American Spirituality for Women 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 13th 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 20th Barbara Higgins #Come, Come Whoever You Are (opening), #402 From You I Receive (music mediation), #170 We are a Gentle, Angry People Native Prelude Choral Introit Invocation Native Offertory Meditation Anthem Hymn Native Postlude Ed on percussions Arcenia Rosal, guest choir director For These Blessings ~ Natalie Sleeth Arcenia #Come, Come Whoever You Are Ed on percussions Arcenia #402 From You I Receive An Anthem for Thanksgiving ~ William Billings Arcenia #170 We are a Gentle, Angry People Ed on percussions

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Sun, Nov 30th at 11:00 am The Transcendentalist Lovefest! Gene Search Do you believe that couter-cultural radicalism started in the 1960's? Well think again, the Transcendentalists were attending to the countercultural barricades of the social revolution over a century before the summer of love, changing Unitarianism and our world forever. So get ready to bliss out to Emerson, Thoreau and the like at the Transcendentalist lovefest, as we explore the impact of this movement in our lives today.

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Sun, Dec 7th at 11:00 am Pilgrimage to Africa Rev. Adaae Watson Rev. Adaae Watson recently visited caves in Africa where slaves were round and kept prisoner before being shipped to the Americas. She will speak of her experiences and, in this context, reflect upon her African American identity. Week of the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ sparking the bus boycott and World AIDS Day (Christiane will make a presentation after service). African and African-American theology, heritage and music Judy Haraburda

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Marafanyi West African Dance #1030 Siyahamba (We Are Marching) #99 Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen Marafanyi West African Dance #402 From You I Receive (Music to be determined by Meredith) #151 I Wish I Knew How Marafanyi West African Dance

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Sun, Dec 14th at 11:00 am An Ex-Mas Feast Reverend Nate drawing upon the eight-year-old narration of an African boy, as found in the book Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan. It is the story of the boy’s twelve-year-old sister who takes to the streets to raise the meager funds to pay for his books and fees to attend school. They live in a street shanty in Nairobi, Kenya, but their way of both loving and taking advantage serves as a powerful prelude to the Christmas season. Uwem Akpan’s stunning story that humanizes the perils of poverty and violence that piercingly draws the reader into the heart of Africa. Women’s book club & Christine Carlson Anne Slater 7:30 pm on Monday, December 1st 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 11th Organ Prelude Choral Introit Invocation Offertory Desiree on Organ Guest choir director, Marge Gingles Stille Nicht ~ Brahms #1008 When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place Piano Marge & William Gingles on piano Christmas Carol Combinations, Jaclyn Beahm (J. Beahm was a member of Mainline) #123 Spirit of Life We Are ~ Ysaye M. Barnwell #1061 For So the Children Come Desiree on Organ

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Sun, Dec 21st at 11:00 am Winter Solstice Rev. Nate In the spirit of this pagan holiday we will sing Celtic songs and celebrate the pagan origins of the Christmas Tree, the Yule Log, and other winter traditions. Special attention will be paid to the theme of balance – how to Paganism – a tradition that affirms the feminine divine, calling us to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part. Malika Levy, Joan Bauer, Leslie Anderson ? Luana Goodwin Solstice pageant 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 11th 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 18th #1063 Winter Solstice Chant Earth-Centered Prelude Call to Worship Choral Introit Earth-Centered Offertory Meditation Anthem TBD #1009 Mediation on Breathing Sure on this Shinning Night ~ Randall Z. Stroope TBD #402 From You I Receive Choose Something Like a Star ~ Composed by Randall Thompson, Lyrics by Robert Frost #1064 Blue Boat Home TBD

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Wed, Dec 24th at 7:00 pm Peace is Possible: Christianity Our annual candle-lit Christmas Eve service will draw upon the themes of peace affirmed in the Christian scriptures. Christianity - one of the world’s religions that inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life. Specifically drawing upon the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 18th #239 Go Tell It on the Mountain, #244 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear #251 Silent Night, #237 The First Nowell, #245 Joy to the World!

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Sun, Dec 28th at 11:00 am Peace is Possible: Buddhism Ed Greenlee Buddhism

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Preview of Worship Services January – June 2009 1.4.09 1.18.09 1.25.09 2.1.09 2.8.09 2.14.09 2.22.09 3.1.09 3.8.09 3.15.09 3.22.09 3.29.09 4.5.09 4.12.09 4.19.09 4.26.09 5.3.09 5.10.09 5.17.09 5.24.09 5.31.09 6.7.09 6.14.09 6.21.09 Peace is Possible: Taoism MLK Sermon State of the Congregation Address Sarah Lezni Darwin’s 200th Birthday on 2.12.09 Valentine’s Day Based on The Rant ~ Interact Theater Malika Levy and guest performer Women’s History (using Holly Near) Auction Sermon (Russell and Steven) Based on Scorched – Wilma Theater (Nowruz) Peace is Possible: Hinduism (reading of Ramayana) (Nate off) Ekul fo Lepsog Eht (The Gospel of Luke): A Poetic Passion Play Easter (honoring Norman & Jim for 20 years of service) Earth Day / Housing Music Sunday (Nate off) Peace is Possible: Buddhism (also about Laura Towne) Mothering the Motherless Child The Original Fundamentalists: Us Gene Search (Nate off) CRE Sunday Ethical Eating Every Being Father’s Day – based on Little Lamb – Interact Theater

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GEE'S BEND by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder Playing October 9 - December 7, 2008 Arden Theater Company Suggested dates to see performance: It's recommended that you take a date or a small group to the Museum in the afternoon, then go to dinner, then see the performance on either October 9th, 10th or 11th. Note: the congregational meeting is taking place at 12:30 pm on the 12th. Theater discussion group will discuss play on Thursday, Oct 16th at 7:00 pm. The worship service will take place on Sunday, October 19th. Note: the following Saturday, October 25th First Church will host the annual Racial Justice Conference for the District. Summary: Gee's Bend is a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit. The Pettway women of Gee's Bend, Alabama are strong African-Americans. Through segregation, family turmoil and the Civil Rights Movement, the women turn to quilting to provide comfort and context to their lives. These quilts, a labor of love and necessity, turn out to be valuable works of art. Featuring three strong women and interwoven with gospel music, Gee's Bend is a deeply personal story of family, self-discovery and artistic expression. This Philadelphia premiere will coincide with the exhibition of Gee's Bend, The Architecture of the Quilt, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from September 16 December 14. THE RANT Interact Theater Playing January 23 - February 22, 2009 See performance: Feb 12, 13, 14. Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, Feb 19th at 7:00 pm. The worship service will take place on Sunday, Feb 22 (Note: the final show is the 22nd at 2pm.) Summary: An African-American teenager is fatally shot on his front porch in a crimeridden neighborhood of New York City. Hysterical and wrought with grief, the boy's mother accuses the police of murdering her son. A woman of persian ancestry, whose job it is to investigate police misconduct, begins to find contradictions in the stories presented by both the mother and various eye witnesses, including an African-American policeman on the scene. The "men in blue" close ranks around their beleaguered colleague. Accusations of racism and sexism poison the investigation, and the audience is led down a rashomon-like journey in which the truth appears to be less and less accessible, while the world hurries to form opinions based on uninformed assumption

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SCORCHED by Wajdi Mouawad at the Wilma Theater Playing March 4 - March 29 See performance: March 12, 13, 14. Discussion Group will meet Thur March 19th at 7:00 pm. The worship service will take place on Sun, March 22nd as part of the Nowruz (Iranian/Lebanese new year holiday). Note: Holly Near is performing at the church on Fri March 6th at 8:00 pm and the Church Auction will be on Sat, March 21st at 6:00 pm. Summary: A tour-de-force epic mystery depicting one woman's moral conviction to interrupt the cycle of war and revenge, Scorched is an intensely dramatic play from an internationally acclaimed Lebanese-born playwright. After the death of their mother, twins Janine and Simon receive a surprising request in her will to deliver letters to a father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew existed. These tasks lead them on a journey to the heart of their mother's war-torn Middle Eastern homeland. In the course of their search, they learn about their mother's long-concealed history and uncover shocking secrets about their own origins.

Little Lamb Interact Theater Playing June 3 - June 28 See performance: June 11, 12, 13. Discussion group will meet Thur, June 18th at 7:00 pm. The worship service will take place on Father's Day, Sunday, June 21st (also Equinox). Summary: Little Lamb tells the story of Denny and Jose', a gay couple who want to be daddies and decide to adopt. They ask their adoption agent, Cathy, to help them procure a baby. Believing the couple would make great parents, Cathy finds Denny and Jose' an African-American baby girl from Texas and the happy family begins their new life together. But when Cathy receives an unexpected visit from the birth mother, who has strong opinions about the placement of her daughter, Denny and Jose' face the unthinkable and Cathy is forced to choose between her progressive values, her AfricanAmerican heritage and her devout Christian beliefs.

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