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Voices of the Beloved Community, opening words — UUSS worship service 10/29/12

We had a beautiful ensemble of members’ voices last Sunday, talking about how this religious community has touched their lives. This one is the personal reflection given before the lighting of the Flaming Chalice.  It was given by a 60-year-old man who is a city government administrative worker.

Twelve years ago I would never have thought of acting in a play.  I would never have thought of standing in front of a congregation telling a story about my life.  I would never have thought of singing in a choir.
UUSS has given me the chance to do those things and more.  UUSS has given me the chance to find my “voice.”
We find our voices through the support of others.  In those twelve years I’ve learned that this community is supportive when one succeeds or stumbles.
Later in the service, we will hear from five fellow members sharing their unique experiences of UUSS.
I light the chalice for finding our voice in the community.

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