Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate MaryLou Holly – Those who have died have never, never left. The dead have a pact with the living. So we will hear in church this morning as the choir sings the wonderful song written by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell and sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock. In this special, multigenerational service, we will lift up the wisdom of the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead,) as we remember our beloved dead. Everyone is invited to bring a photo or memento in remembrance of an an-cestor or someone else you have loved and lost to share on the altar during our service.
Damaris Davis with Worship Associate Dani Beale – The real Hiawatha was a spiritual leader who redeemed a traumatized, violent community– first, by teaching a way to mitigate PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and then by reestablishing native American values of communication and compassion that have influenced both American and Canadian Constitutions. Artist and activist Damaris Davis taught English at Northwestern and Cleveland State University. Her talks, shows and sermons are rooted in the historic background of today’s issues.
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper – I often talk about ours as a community of faith. What do I mean when I say that and why does it matter? This morning I’ll tell you how I answer those questions and I might invite a few members of our congregation to do so as well. If you have some thoughts about those questions you’d like to share, let me know.
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Joel Slater – When we miss the mark, how do we make things right? When we have hurt others, how do we make amends? Is there a way, once we have made a mistake, to clean the slate and begin again? This morning we will explore some possibili-ties for transformation of the heart.
I often say that ministry is something we do together. This morning we will explore more fully what that means as we celebrate our fifth annual Association Sunday.