Guest Martha Dallas shared on the movement towards Home Funerals and Green Burials.
When someone dies, it’s typically almost reflexive to call a funeral home. However, it has not always been this way. The profession of funeral director, along with the related goods and services comprising the funeral industry, arose and flourished over the 20th century. This century, however, a movement is growing around home funerals, green/natural burials, and a reclaiming of families’ options and rights, when it’s time for the final goodbye. Given May’s theme of exploring the realm of the margins, we explored this topic’s ethical, scientific, practical, and psychological dimensions, with a focus on opportunities for us as UUs and as Vermonters. The service nodded to Mother’s Day, if only marginally.
Bio: Martha Dallas is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, providing customized ceremonies marking major life transitions such as weddings and memorials for (often) secular and (typically) spiritual people through her Burlington-based business, Vermont Celebrants (vermontcelebrants.com). Prior to this, she was a UU Director of Religious Education for over fifteen years, eleven of which were served at the First UU Society of Burlington, where she earned the status of Credentialed DRE and enjoyed several years of collegiality with Poppy Rees. Martha holds a BA in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s in Theology and Education from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is pleased to be a guest at CVUUS!
Order of Service
Preservice (Ronnie Romano) & Prelude (Chuck Miller)
Bell: Recognition of Abenaki Land Julia Chant
Welcome & Pathways to Connection: Abi Sessions, Worship Associate
Call to Worship/ Chalice Lighting: Abi Sessions
Honoring the Children in Song: Let Us Open Our Eyes, Poppy & Milo Rees
Time for All Ages: Martha Dallas
Milestones & Passages: Abi Sessions. Future ones can be shared at https://cvuus.breezechms.com/form/YellowCard
Music: Hymnonym by Chuck Miller, text by Lucy Tenenbaum CVUUS Choir, Lucy Tenenbaum, dir.
Reading: Abi Sessions
Sermon: Reclaiming Our Dead and Their Death Martha Dallas
Music: Simple Gifts
Benediction: Martha Dallas
Postlude: Chuck Miller
Thanks to our guest worship leader Martha Dallas, our “Stream Team” Margy Young and Rich Wolfson, CVUUS Choir for special music, and Jordan Young for managing the zoom room.
Thank you for joining us for worship!