A worship service led by Liam Greenwood honoring Indigenous perspectives.
The full text of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, Greetings to the Natural World, is accessible at https://americanindian.si.edu/environment/pdf/01_02_Thanksgiving_Address.pdf
Order of Service
Preservice music and slideshow: Chuck Miller & Rich Wolfson
Bell: Recognition of Abenaki Land Julia Chant
Prelude: Deer Moon Chuck Miller with images by Liam Greenwood
Ska-nonh via YouTube with Robin Wall Kimmerer & Tom Porte
Welcome & Pathways to Connection: Mike & Liam Greenwood, Worship Associates
Call to Worship: Thanks for People Mike Greenwood
Chalice Lighting: Thanks for Earth & Water Nita Hanson and David Martin, and Thomas
Music: For the Earth Forever Turning performed by Connie Leach, Chris Prickitt and Chuck Miller
Time for All Ages: Thanks for the Animals, Fish, and Birds Jess Danyow, Jay Harrington and Liam Greenwood
Honoring the Children in Song: All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir, with Shannon LaRose, Jay Harrington, Carol Harden and Liam Greenwood
Offering: Today’s offering will be introduced by Dir. Of Religious Exploration Poppy Rees and shared with UUSC’s Guest at Your Table. Contributions can be made at https://cvuus.breezechms.com/give/online. Offering music by Chuck MIller.
Reflection 1: Thanks for Trees & Food Plants Connor Timmons, Neily Jennings, Declan, Rory
Reflection 2: Thanks to Medicine Herbs and Plants Anne Christie and Helene Vanderburgh
Milestones & Passages: Mike Greenwood. Future ones can be shared at
Reflection 3: Thanks for Brother Sun and Grandmother Moon Ellen Flight
Reflection 4: Thanks to Stars & Teachers Colleen Brown & Doug Richards
Message: Liam Greenwood
Departing Blessing: Liam Greenwood and artwork by Dee Carroll
Postlude: Oh Brother Sun performed by Connie Leach, Chris Prickitt and Chuck Miller
Thanks to our “Stream Team” Rich Wolfson and Richard Hopkins, to Jordan Young for leading zoom coffee hour, and to the many, many congregants involved in preparing our service of gratitude.