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

WORSHIP SCHEDULE
September through December 2008

Date Prld Offrtry Pstld Choir Hymns Special Music

10/5 Cantor &


Desiree’ Elena Cantor
Yom Kippur Elena on piano

10/12 Don (rehearsal on


Ed – vibraphone Don
UU Principles Thursday)

10/19
Bruce Desiree Bruce Organ Postlude
Racial Justice

10/26 Jwsh/Grmn Flute (Joy)?


Elena Meredith Elena
Reconciliation Meredith (Oboe)?
11/2 Politics &
Money Monika Vassey Marge Marge

11/9
Desiree on organ Arcenia Keelan
Political Detox

11/16 Don (rehearsal on


Sikh guests? Don
Sikhism Thursday)

11/23
Ed – percussion Arcenia Arcenia
Native American

11/30 Joy: Flute &


Elana off Elena
Transcendentalism Vocal solo?

12/7 Marafanyi West


Meredith Keelan
African Pilgrimage African Dance?

12/14
Desiree on organ Marge Marge
Kenyan Ex-mas

12/21
Don & Arcenia Arcenia Don
Winter Solstice

12/24 Guest organist? Monika Vassey


Sing-along Guest pianist?
Christmas Eve Monika Vassey on Harp?

12/28 a cappella
Ed - vibraphone Off
Buddhism and w/ vibraphone

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F I R S T U N I TA R I A N C H U R C H OF PHILADELPHIA
WORSHIP SCHEDULE
September through December 2008

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Date: Sun, Sept 7th at 11:00 am


Title: Water Communion
Speaker: Rev. Nate Walker
Blurb: 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.
Source: 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.
Associates: Leslie Anderson, Mark DeCourval, Virginia DeRolf, and Gene Search
Children: Intergenerational service: “water communion” replaces “time for all ages”
Caring: Anne Slater
Rehearsal: Saturday, Sept 6th at 12:30 pm.
Set up: See Nate
Music: Prelude Important Event by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on piano
Choral Introit #1074 Turn the World Around ~ Harry Belafonte
Invocation #131 Love Will Guide Us
Offertory
Meditation #402 From You I Receive
Anthem Wade in the Water, Arranged by Moses Hogan
Hymn #1053 How Could Anyone
Postlude Reverie by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on piano

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Date: Sun, Sept 14th at 11:00 am


Title: Peace is Possible: Islam
Speaker: Rev. Nate Walker
Blurb: 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.
Source: 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.
Ritual: New Members Ceremony
Children: Time for all ages based on Ramadan
Afterward: 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).
Associates: Allie Knight,
Planning: 11:00 am on Thursday, September 4th
Rehearsal: 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 10th
Music: Prelude Duet with Arcenia Rosal and Don St. Pierre
Call to Worship #1009 Mediation on Breathing
Choral Introit #1032 Daooa Nayessh (Arabic for ‘peace’)
Opening Hymn #188 Come, Come, Whoever You Are
Sending Forth #X Go Now in Peace
Offertory Don St. Pierre on piano
Meditation #123 Spirit of Life
Anthem Youth Choir from the Czech Republic
Hymn #128 For All That Is Our Life
Postlude Reverie by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on piano
Set up: See Nate

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Date: Sun, Sept 21st at 11:00 am


Title: A Letter to My Murderer
Speaker: Rev. Nate Walker
Blurb: 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?
Source: 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.
Associates: Janet Scannell and Christine Carlson
Planning: 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 7th
Rehearsal: 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 18th
Set-up: Basic.
Music: Organ Prelude Desiree’ Hines
Meditation on Crusader's Hymn: Arr. Diane Bish
Litanies-Jehan Alain
Choral Introit Bless this Hour ~ Lila J. Cobb
Invocation #131 Love Will Guide Us
Offertory Largo from Xerses by GF Handel
Desiree’ Hines on Organ
Meditation #402 From You I Receive
Anthem There Is A Balm in Gilead ~ William Dawson
Hymn #1053 How Could Anyone
Organ Postlude Desiree’ Hines 5me Symphonie Pour Grand
Orgue--Charles Marie Widor
V. Toccata-Allegro

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Date: Sun, Sept 28th at 11:00 am


Title: The Gnosis of Paul: A Unitarian Reflection
Speaker: Eugene Search, Field Education Student
Blurb: 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.
Source: Philippians 2:1-13, Christian New Testament
Associates: Virginia DeRolf and Nate Walker
Planning: 10:00 am on Thursday, September 18th
Rehearsal: 10:00 am on Thursday, September 25th
Set-up: Pulpit on landing. Everything else basic.
Music: Organ Prelude Desiree’ Hines
Choral Introit Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light ~ J. S. Bach
Invocation #1008 When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place
Offertory Reverie by R. Schumann, Arcenia Rosal on piano
Meditation #123 Spirit of Life
Anthem O How Amiable ~ R. Vaughn-Williams
Hymn #205 Amazing Grace, Organ Hymn – Desiree’
Choral Postlude Now We Go Our Way Rejoicing ~ Rosalyn Kalmar

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Date: Sun, Oct 5thth at 11:00 am


Title: Peace is Possible: Judaism
Speaker: Rev. Nate Walker
Blurb: 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?
Source: Judaism – one of the world’s religions that inspire us in our ethical and
spiritual life. Specifically drawing upon the ritual of Yom Kippur
Children: Time for all ages about Sukkoth
Associates: Eric Jordan
Caring: Judy Haraburda
Planning: 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 25th
Rehearsal: 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 2nd
Set up: Basic.
Music: Prelude Sh’ma Koleinu ~ Max Helfman
Jody Applebaum, cantor
Elena Jivaeva, piano
Introit #1009 Mediation on Breathing
Offertory Aninu Malkeinu ~ Max Janowsk
Meditation #402 From You I Receive
Anthem Ma Navu Translation: “How beautiful are
upon the mountains the feet of the messenger of
good tidings of salvation and peace.”
Hymn #121 We’ll Build a Land
Postlude Cantor w/ Elena on piano

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Date: Sun, Oct 12th at 11:00 am


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

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Date: Sun, Oct 19th at 11:00 am


Title: Weaving Racial Justice
Speaker: Rev. Nate Walker
Blurb: 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 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.
Source: 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.
Associates: Malika Levy, Joan Bauer
Caring: Luana Goodwin
Planning: See Nate for details.
Set up: Regular
Worship Rehearsal: 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 16th
Music: Prelude Bruce Pollack-Johnson
Opening Hymn #155 Circle ‘Round for Freedom
Invocation Go Down Moses ~ Waugh
Offertory Bruce Pollack-Johnson
Meditation #402 From You I Receive
Choral Anthem We Shall Overcome ~ Ringwold
Hymn #1021 Lean on Me
Postlude Bruce Pollack-Johnson

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Date: Sun, Oct 26th at 11:00 am


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

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Date: Sun, Nov 2nd at 11:00 am


Title: Donkeys, Elephants and Bulls, Oh My!
Blurb: 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.
Source: 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.
Associates:
Caring: Judy Haraburda
Planning: 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 23rd
Rehearsal: 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 30th
Music: Harp Prelude Monika Vassey on Harp
Choral Introit Guest choir director Marge Gingles
How Beautiful Our Spacious Skies
Invocation #151 I Wish I Knew How (Marge on piano)
Offertory Monika Vassey on Harp
Meditation #402 From You I Receive
Anthem Battle Hymn of the Republic (Marge on piano)
Hymn #100 I’ve Got Peace Like a River
Organ Postlude Monika Vassey on Harp

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Date: Sun, Nov 9th at 11:00 am


Title: Political Detox
Blurb: 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.
Source: Music
Associates: Choir members
Caring: Anne Slater
Music: Organ Prelude Desiree’ Hines – guest organist (soft, healing)
Choral Introit Guest choir director, Arcenia Rosal
Alleluia, Randall Thompson
Invocation Keelan on piano? #361 Enter, Rejoice, and Come I
Offertory Desiree’ Hines – guest organist (sof, healing)
Hymn Keelan on piano? #346 Come, Sing a Song with Me
Meditation Keelan on piano? #402 From You I Receive
Anthem II. Amen ~ Giovanni Batista Pergolesi
Hymn #16 ‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple
Postlude Desiree’ Hines – guest organist (playful, joyous)

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Date: Sun, Nov 16th at 11:00 am


Title: Peace is Possible: Sikhism
Blurb: 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.”
Source: 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.
Associates: Malika Levy
Caring: Luana Goodwin
Planning: 11:00 am on Thursday, November 6th
Rehearsal: 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 13th
Music: Prelude Guest artists (Sikh)
Call to Worship #1009 Mediation on Breathing
Invocation #168 One More Step
Offertory Guest artists (Sikh)
Meditation #123 Spirit of Life
Anthem Guest choir director, Don St. Pierre
Ong Namo, Snatam Kaur
Hymn #1026 If Every Woman in the World
Postlude Guest artists (Sikh)

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Date: Sun, Nov 23rd at 11:00 am


Title: Native American Spirituality
Blurb: (Craft narrative with women’s group.)
Source: 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.
Associates: Native American Spirituality for Women
Planning: 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 13th
Rehearsal: 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 20th
Caring: Barbara Higgins
Hymns: #Come, Come Whoever You Are (opening), #402 From You I Receive
(music mediation), #170 We are a Gentle, Angry People
Music: Native Prelude Ed on percussions
Choral Introit Arcenia Rosal, guest choir director
For These Blessings ~ Natalie Sleeth
Invocation Arcenia #Come, Come Whoever You Are
Native Offertory Ed on percussions
Meditation Arcenia #402 From You I Receive
Anthem An Anthem for Thanksgiving ~ William Billings
Hymn Arcenia #170 We are a Gentle, Angry People
Native Postlude Ed on percussions

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Date: Sun, Nov 30th at 11:00 am


Title: The Transcendentalist Lovefest!
Speaker: Gene Search
Blurb: 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.
Source:
Associates:
Caring: Jane Cox
Planning:
Rehearsal:
Choir: Off
Music: Prelude Elena Jivaeva, piano
Introit Silent Noon Joy Wiltenburg, vocalist
Invocation #38 Morning Has Broken
Offertory Elena Jivaeva, piano
Meditation #123 Spirit of Life
Anthem Joy Wiltenburg, flute
Hymn #128 For All That Is Our Life
Organ Postlude Elena Jivaeva, piano

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Date: Sun, Dec 7th at 11:00 am


Title: Pilgrimage to Africa
Speaker: Rev. Adaae Watson
Blurb: 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.
Note: Week of the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ sparking the bus boycott and
World AIDS Day (Christiane will make a presentation after service).
Source: African and African-American theology, heritage and music
Caring: Judy Haraburda
Associates:
Rehearsal:
Music: Drum Prelude Marafanyi West African Dance
Choral Introit #1030 Siyahamba (We Are Marching)
Invocation #99 Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
Drum Offertory Marafanyi West African Dance
Meditation #402 From You I Receive
Anthem (Music to be determined by Meredith)
Hymn #151 I Wish I Knew How
Drum Postlude Marafanyi West African Dance

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Date: Sun, Dec 14th at 11:00 am


Title: An Ex-Mas Feast
Blurb: 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.
Source: Uwem Akpan’s stunning story that humanizes the perils of poverty and
violence that piercingly draws the reader into the heart of Africa.
Associates: Women’s book club & Christine Carlson
Caring: Anne Slater
Planning: 7:30 pm on Monday, December 1st
Rehearsal: 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 11th
Music: Organ Prelude Desiree on Organ
Choral Introit Guest choir director, Marge Gingles
Stille Nicht ~ Brahms
Invocation #1008 When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place
Offertory Piano Marge & William Gingles on piano
Christmas Carol Combinations, Jaclyn Beahm
(J. Beahm was a member of Mainline)
Meditation #123 Spirit of Life
Anthem We Are ~ Ysaye M. Barnwell
Hymn #1061 For So the Children Come
Benediction Desiree on Organ

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Date: Sun, Dec 21st at 11:00 am


Title: Winter Solstice
Speaker: Rev. Nate
Blurb: 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
Source: 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.
Associates: Malika Levy, Joan Bauer, Leslie Anderson
Caring: ? Luana Goodwin
Children: Solstice pageant
Planning: 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 11th
Rehearsal: 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 18th
Hymns: #1063 Winter Solstice Chant
Music: Earth-Centered Prelude TBD
Call to Worship #1009 Mediation on Breathing
Choral Introit Sure on this Shinning Night ~
Randall Z. Stroope
Earth-Centered Offertory TBD
Meditation #402 From You I Receive
Anthem Choose Something Like a Star ~ Composed
by Randall Thompson, Lyrics by Robert
Frost
Hymn #1064 Blue Boat Home
Earth-Centered Postlude TBD

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Date: Wed, Dec 24th at 7:00 pm


Title: Peace is Possible: Christianity
Blurb: Our annual candle-lit Christmas Eve service will draw upon the themes of
peace affirmed in the Christian scriptures.
Source: 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.
Associates:
Rehearsal: 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 18th
Hymns: #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!
Music notes:

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Date: Sun, Dec 28th at 11:00 am


Title: Peace is Possible: Buddhism
Speaker: Ed Greenlee
Blurb:
Source: Buddhism
Associates:
Planning:
Rehearsal:
Hymns: Happiness is Here and Now (opening), #402 From You I Receive (music
mediation), #
Music notes:

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Preview of Worship Services


January – June 2009

1.4.09 Peace is Possible: Taoism


1.11.09Parables on Failure
1.18.09 MLK Sermon
1.25.09 State of the Congregation Address
2.1.09 Sarah Lezni
2.8.09 Darwin’s 200th Birthday on 2.12.09
2.14.09 Valentine’s Day
2.22.09 Based on The Rant ~ Interact Theater
3.1.09 Malika Levy and guest performer
3.8.09 Women’s History (using Holly Near)
3.15.09 Auction Sermon (Russell and Steven)
3.22.09 Based on Scorched – Wilma Theater (Nowruz)
3.29.09 Peace is Possible: Hinduism (reading of Ramayana) (Nate off)
4.5.09 Ekul fo Lepsog Eht (The Gospel of Luke): A Poetic Passion Play
4.12.09 Easter (honoring Norman & Jim for 20 years of service)
4.19.09 Earth Day / Housing
4.26.09 Music Sunday (Nate off)
5.3.09 Peace is Possible: Buddhism (also about Laura Towne)
5.10.09 Mothering the Motherless Child
5.17.09 The Original Fundamentalists: Us
5.24.09 Gene Search (Nate off)
5.31.09 CRE Sunday
6.7.09 Ethical Eating
6.14.09 Every Being
6.21.09 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 crime-


ridden 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 African-
American heritage and her devout Christian beliefs.

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