STLT#300, With Heart and Mind

As I’m going through this section, entitled The Life of Integrity, I realize I use (or should use) these hymns a lot – and somehow am not at all getting bored, like I have with other sections of our hymnal. (I’m lookin’ at you, Christmas…) It’s not surprising, as our Universalism calls us to love …

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STLT#298, Wake, Now, My Senses

One of the joys of belonging to a congregation that’s just 20 years old is that the history is recent, and there are a lot of firsts to be part of. On May 27th of this year, there were a lot of firsts: I was co-ordained by the First Universalist Church of Southold, where I was …

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STLT#297, The Star of Truth

It seems that every month or so there is a day I let my faithful –  and even not so faithful – readers down. Today is one of them. I’ll chalk it up to utter exhaustion after an amazing, if sleep-deprived, week at SUUSI, and a beautiful but long drive home from the Smoky Mountains of …

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STLT#294, Our Praise We Give

Here at SUUSI, we have a yearly theme; this year’s is “Blessed Is the Path,” and the resulting worship services have explored the many ways we are on our path, what we may encounter on the path, and what it means to say ‘yes’ to the path. Of course, my mind has spent a little …

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STLT#293, O Star of Truth

So… I’m not sure about this one. On the one hand, it’s a wonderful piece about our first source – our personal experience of awe and wonder, singing praise to the “star of truth”  – which is a wonderful name for that which some call God. On the other hand, there seems to be a bit of …

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STLT#291, Die Gedanken Sind Frei

I entered this morning’s hymn with trepidation; I’m familiar with it and I’ve sung it a few times, but I was a bit anxious about what is really a charming little melody, wondering whether it would be a problem the way the Austria tune can be. Between the Lines was no help really; James says …

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STLT#290, Bring, O Past, Your Honor

I don’t wanna do this any more if it means I have to be eloquent and insightful about hymns like this one. Now I am sure there were good reasons for the Hymnal Commission to include it. The lyrics – written by Unitarian minister, professor at Meadville, and church historian Charles Lyttle – are indeed a …

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STLT#287, Faith of the Larger Liberty

Yesterday morning, I spent an hour with friend and colleague Chip Roush planning one of the services for SUUSI, the Southeast UU Summer Institute (where fellow hymn geeks can geek out with me about hymns). We looked at one whose words were fantastic but whose tune just won’t work for this casual, folky, funky crowd. …

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STLT#286, A Core of Silence

Programming Note: If you are going to be at SUUSI, drop me a note – I’d love to sing and talk about hymns with you! — Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks of this when flipping past this page of the hymnal: But silliness aside, I never really looked at this …

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