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Sermon: Sharing Our Whole Selves
Guest in the Pulpit: Kellie Coviello Kelly
For most Americans, socioeconomic class is one of the last taboos. Unitarian Universalists aren't all that different. UU seminarian Kellie Kelly shares her class story and invites us to consider what a class-inclusive religious movement might look like.
Music: Harpist, Renee Jirousek
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - the Rev. Dr. M. L. King
When a sanctuary of peace, a place we are taught to love, is visited by hatred and violence, people of faith must respond. Please join us for a vigil of remembrance for those ruthlessly killed in an AME church in South Carolina.
Like the spiritual entreat to stay awake found in many traditions we must be vigilant in our watching, in our working, in our support. I imagine the light of hope that might be kindled at the sight of candles lit in remembrance. I imagine the connections we will make between our congregations and we hope as many congregations as possible will come out to the street with lit candles to show public support for the families and community affected by this tragedy and to make our voices heard against such senseless violence.
As communities of faith, we are called to wake up to the injustice and violence in front of us. We must be vigilant in our watching, in our working, in our speaking out loud and in displaying our support. We can be a light of hope, kindled by candles lit in solemn remembrance.
It will mark a public connection between each of our congregations as we look up and down the streets of Beverly and Morgan Park to see others standing in front of their own houses of worship.
Will you join us? Will you be a force for love?
Even if you are not able to organize a community-wide response, please know that everyone will be welcome to join our service.
**** Please note: if you feel you can spread the word more widely please do.
Saturday, June 20th
8am ~ 2pm
The Flea Market on the Lawn brings many visitors to our front yard. Take part in this lively and fun event by volunteering, bargain hunting, bringing items for the Women of the Castle to sell at their own tables or by selling items yourself at your own tables. Reserve space for $20 by calling Odella Hampton at 312-623-6045.
SUNDAY, June 21st at 4:00 PM
Join Rev. Rod Reinhart from St. Joseph and St. Aidan Episcopal Church and Rev. Karen Mooney, pastor of Beverly Unitarian Church, for the 8th Annual Interfaith Day of Prayer to preserve and protect our natural world. They will pray to reverse global climate change, stop environmental pollution, support renewable energy and use sustainable construction practices.
Where: Blue Island, Ill.
CEPA Water Reclamation Station; Chatham Ave. & the Cal-Sag Channel
Two block east of Western Ave., two blocks south of Vermont Ave.
At 7:00pm in Beverly (concert is wheelchair accessible; dance is not).
Ticket are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. $10 for seniors (65+) and children (12 and under). The ticket price includes admission to both the concert and the dance.
Join us to share the Pride and celebrate with a community dance!
This PROUD TO BE . . . ME! concert celebrates our pride in ourselves, expresses our self-love and acceptance of all we areyoung, old, thin, fat, tall, shortany and every aspect of ourselves. We are in this world to be fully ourselves, not to live up to others' standards or expectations. We are here to live, love, explore, grow, try, fail, succeed, and celebrate our authentic selves. This concert is to celebrate this journey and remind us to stand strong in the face of pressure to conform and ill-fitting societal expectations. And it's gonna be fun!!
In the proud tradition of Artemis Singers, we will be performing woman-affirming choral music written or arranged by women, providing opportunities for lesbians to be visible, expressing sometimes-radical political perspectives, and being an integral part of the Chicago feminist women's community.
Songs in this year's Pride Concert evoke elements of the strength and vibrancy the feminist community:
* The world premiere of "Whispering of Angels" by current Artemis Singers member Karen Mooney.
* "I Enjoy Being a Dyke," parody of the Rogers & Hammerstein classic, "I Enjoy Being a Girl").
* k.d. lang's "Big Boned Gal."
* "All About That Bass," with a few feminist twists.
* The Wyrd Sisters "Warrior."
* "True Colors"
* "You Get Proud by Practicing," brought to us vai our connection to Sister Singers Network, with words by Laura Hershey and music by Diane Benjamin
* "Common Woman," by Marla Beth Elliot of The Righteous Mothers.
* "We Are" by Ysaye M Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock speaks to the pride theme in a special way, reminding us of the power of perspective.
* And more! You'll have to come listen for yourself!!
About Artemis Singers
Still going strong after 35 years, Artemis Singers: Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus is comprised of women with diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women. The chorus works to effect positive change in cultural attitudes toward women and women artists, as well as to increase the visibility of lesbian feminists.
Our goal in selecting and performing music is to provide an emotionally moving, spiritually and aesthetically uplifting, and politically motivating experience to our audience. We want to entertain, amuse, and educate; to highlight historical, political, and personal events and experiences common to women; and most of all, to share a sense of community with our audience. We put on public concerts once or twice a year, as well as performing at private functions and fundraisers by invitation.
Membership is open to all women singers, regardless of musical background. No audition is required.
We are a self-directed chorus; we have no paid director. Women who choose to direct Artemis Singers may direct one or many songs, and we may have six or more different directors during the course of any single performance. Our music is selected at meetings open to any member who chooses to participate.
For more information, go to www.artemissingers.org
Childcare and religious education is available during services.
All children are welcome!