The Uses of Catastrophe

Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It celebrated the usefulness of adversity in reacquainting us with the uplifting lessons to be learned from Nature. But how do UU’s address a future where our home planet is increasingly likely to become horrifically hostile at times? Our choir sang Justice and Joy by Amanda Udis-Kessler. Followed by our Congregation Conversation on the upcoming UUA General Assembly.

Order of Service

Preservice slideshow  Liam Greenwood with music from Scott Adams

Bell: Recognition of Abenaki Land   Julia Chant

Prelude: Chuck Miller

Welcome & Pathways to Connection: Julia Chant, Worship Associate

Call to Worship/ Chalice Lighting: Julia Chant

Honoring the Children in Song: Let Us Open Our Hearts  Poppy & Milo Rees

Time for All Ages: Poppy Rees, Dir. of Religious Exploration

Bound for Joy Canvass Update: Karl Lindholm and Brett Millier

Offering: Today’s offering will be for Common Ground Center. Contributions can be made at

Music: Justice & Joy by Amanda Udis-Kessler   CVUUS Choir, Lucy Tenenbaum, dir.

Milestones & Passages: Rev. Barnaby. Future ones can be shared at


Reading: Julia Chant

Sermon:  The Uses of Catastrophe  Rev. Barnaby

Music: Chuck Miller

Benediction: Rev. Barnaby

Postlude:  Chuck Miller

Thanks to our “Stream Team” Margy Young and Rich Wolfson, the Choir for special music and Jordan Young for managing the zoom room.

Thank you for joining us for worship!