Rev. Mark Orten, Middlebury College’s Dean of Religious Life, shared insights. Assisted by Karl Lindholm. We donated to Hungarian Unitarian Church efforts to aid Ukrainian Refugees.
About Rev. Orten: Mark works to make spiritual and religious life relevant, central and visible on the campus. He has experience and various certifications working with intentional community among people of vast differences, employing interpersonal and inter-group dialogue models, implementing restorative practices for mediation and healing, as well as leading contemplative practices in several modalities (yoga, labyrinth, mindfulness meditation). Mark lives in Middlebury with his spouse and four children and enjoys meditation, reading, walking conversations, cooking, board games and keeping up with politics.
Watch a recording of the service here:
Order of Service
Bell: Land Acknowledgement
Welcome and Pathways to Connection: Karl Lindholm
Prelude: Ronnie Romano, Music Dir.
Call to Worship: Rev Mark R. Orten
Come we now out of the darkness of our unknowing and the dusk of our dreaming;
Come we now into the twilight of our awakening and the reflection of our gathering.
Come we now all together.
May the sparks of our joining kindle our resolve,
brighten our spirits, reflect our love,
and unshadow our days.
Come we now; enter the dawning.
Hymn: Gathered Here (Gray #389) Ronnie Romano
Time for All Ages: Director of Religious Exploration Poppy Rees
Offering: For most of May, we’ll share our collection with Hungarian Unitarian Church Ukrainian Relief Efforts referred to us by Neil Chippendale. Please write all checks to CVUUS. All cash and checks not otherwise specified will be split between CVUUS and our donee. You can give online at https://cvuus.breezechms.com/give/online. You can also contribute directly to this UUA-supported project online here.
Offering Music: Ronnie Romano
Receiving the Offering What Gift Can We Bring (Gray #404)
Milestones & Passages: Karl Lindholm
Hymn. Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky (Gray #301)
Readings 1 & 2 The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker, read by Carol Harden and Brett Millier
Reading #3 The Art of Community by Charles H. Vogl, read by Tracey Harrington
Reflection Rev. Mark R. Orten
Hymn: Hineh Mah Tov (Gray #392) Ronnie Romano
Benediction: Rev Mark R Orten
Postlude: Ronnie Romano
Credits: Worship leader Rev. Mark Orten; worship associate Karl Lindholm; music director Ronnie Romano; director of religious exploration Poppy Rees; tech support Rich Wolfson and Margy Young; our Flower Co-op for seasonal arrangements; Jean Terwilliger and Mike Greenwood and all who helped set up, usher, and greet; Alan Moore for overseeing safety, sound, and social hour.