Which would UU choose, friends (No, Kenny, “UU” is not yet a singular pronoun. —Ed.): General Assembly’s tough-to-top worship, congregational banners, and fanny packs, or the majestic thrill of lighting the chalice as your minister reads comforting, sometimes-inspiring words?
And how would UU decide (Did you miss my previous note? —Ed.) between one of the toughest moments our faith has ever faced—a “controversy” over black empowerment that former UUA President William G. Sinkford prefers to call a 1960s “fit of white entitlement”—and “Spirit of Life,” the hymn that, week after week, seems to encompass best who we are and why we gather?
As Han Solo says, “Good luck. You’re gonna need it.” (Will our readers recognize the pop culture reference? —Ed.)
It’s semifinals time! You’ve whittled sixteen Like, Really Really UU Things (I can’t believe I let you do this. —Ed.) down to four. You have until March 16 to help us, your trusty UU World editors (Speak for yourself. —Ed.), decide what the two finalists will be.
(4) General Assembly. My dream is one day to publish a “UU GA Fashion Guide” highlighting the sock-and-sandal combos, fanny packs, and terrific hats we wear to our annual convention. The worship, preaching, and music are SO good, though!
(2) “Spirit of Life.” Kimberly French wrote about the 2016 runner-up: “No other song, no other prayer, no other piece of liturgy is so well known and loved in Unitarian Universalism as ‘Spirit of Life’ by Carolyn McDade.”