All Souls’ Eve: Remembering Our Ancestors

In celebration of All Souls’ Eve, we shared stories of relatives who had a significant impact on our lives. Led by Karl Lindholm. Watch a recording here.

Order of Service

Entire service indoors (please mask AND distance).

Bell: Land Acknowledgement

Prelude Music: Great Pumpkin Waltz   Ronnie Romano, Music Dir

Welcome & Pathways to Connection: Abi Sessions, Worship Associate

Call to Worship 

Chalice Lighting (by Albert Schweitzer)

At times our own light goes out

and is rekindled by a spark

from another person.

Each of us has cause to think

with deep gratitude

of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Story for All Ages: Karl Lindholm

Music: Family Tree by Tom Chapin         Ronnie Romano

Offering:  Our donee is Habitat for Humanity of Addison County. Contributions can be made as

Milestones & Passages: Karl Lindholm. Those on zoom may enter theirs in chat. Future ones can be shared at

Prayer/Meditation: Karl Lindholm

Music:  Ronnie Romano


Breaths                                             Abi Sessions

Look Homeward, Angel                    Karl Lindholm

Reflections: Remembering Our Ancestors

Music:  We Are     CVUUS Choir

Benediction: Karl Lindholm

Postlude: Ronnie Romano

Credits:  Thanks to our worship associate Abi Sessions; our choir;  Rich Wolfson, Richard Hopkins, Martha Fulda, Alan Moore and Jordan Young for technical support; Dinah Smith and Alice Berninghausen for fall arrangements; Mike Greenwood all who helped set up, usher, greet and provide hospitality.

Thank you for joining us for worship!

  • I (Karl Lindholm) spoke about my immigrant ancestors from Sweden, particularly my great grandfather Carl, who came to Waltham MA to work in the watch factory there.
  • Brett spoke about her admiration for her Gramma Rhoads who grew up in the British township of Georgeville, Quebec but went west alighting eventually in Barstow, CA .
  • Marnie Wood told the story of her great great grandfather Michael Collins the first lightkeeper on Nauset Beach, Cape Cod
  • Alan Moore remembered his “notorious” relative Hannah Dustin from the early 1700s who was kidnapped and fought her native American captives heroically.
  • Martha Soderberg relayed the story of her relative Judith Varleff (1629-1711) who was a “real live witch” in Hartford CT (with whom Martha shares a birthday!)
  • Ann Webster told of the three-year twin brother of her Aunt Betty “who went missing.”
  • Rich Hennessey remembered fondly his “esteemed friend” Sam Fogel who attended CVUUS services.
  • Richard Hopkins remembered his great great great uncle Johns Hopkins, a successful merchant and philanthropist (and slave holder) who left his estate to the college and hospital that bears his name.