Margaret Fuller Service USIS
MARGARET FULLER BICENTENNIAL
The Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford
Sunday May 9, 2010, 10 am
Worship Associate: The Rev. Lee Sullivan
ORDER OF SERVICE
A TIME FOR PEACEFUL REFLECTION
Starting at 9:45am, enjoy an opportunity for peaceful reflection and contemplation. Some may
choose to meditate or pray, as they wish. Those who want to catch up with their friends are
welcome to continue their conversations in the Social Room.
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS—Joseph P. Gonzalez, Jr., President
LEE: CHALICE LIGHTING, Unison
By the Rev. Leslie Pohl Kosbau
Flame of fire, spark of the universe that warmed our ancestral hearth—
agent of life and death, symbol of truth and freedom.
We strive to understand ourselves and our earthly home.
LEE: * HYMN: 6, “Just as Long as I Have Breath” (Hymn of the Month)
LEE: A RESPONSIVE READING FOR MOTHER’S DAY (congregation will have on insert)
On Mother’s Day, we honor mothers and caregivers everywhere – women who have given birth, women who have adopted children, women who care for the children of
We affirm the nurturing love of mothers, and the blessings of parenthood.
We pray for a society in which pregnancy is freely chosen, and mothers and children receive the care and support they need.
We affirm the sanctity of life and the moral agency of women.
We mourn the 1,500 women around the world who will die today in childbirth, or from the complications of pregnancy, because they lack basic health services.
We envision a world where childbirth is safe, and all children are wanted and loved.
Together, we break the silence surrounding women and their partners who suffer infertility, pregnancy loss, still births, and difficulties in adoption.
We bless them and hold them in love.
We celebrate the many ways that people create families and become mothers in our communities.
We call for a commitment to make every day Mother’s Day.
RON: CHILD DEDICATION FOR THE SON OF DEREK SHAPIRO AND NANA KARUMIDZE
RON: WITH THE CHILDREN–Adapted from “Margaret Fuller: Mother of the American Culture” by Lisa Paul Streitfeld–The Rev. Ron Sala
LEE: PARTING SONG FOR CHILDREN GOING TO THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM:
Go now in peace. Go now in peace.
May the Spirit of Love surround you,
Everywhere, everywhere, you may go.
RON: CANDLES OF CARE:
LEE: TRADITIONAL READING: “The Sacred Marriage” by Margaret Fuller (1810-1850, American Unitarian author, feminist, Transcendentalist)
Twin stars that mutual circle in the heavens
Two parts for spiritual concord given
Twin Sabbaths that interlock the Sacred Seven
Ask for the castle’s king and queen
Through rabble rant
Beat these senseless to the ground
In the dark beset thee round,
Persist to ask and it will come,
Seek no for rest in humbler none;
So shalt that see what
Few have seen
The palace home of king and queen
LEE: CONTEMPORARY READING: From “Symbols of Transformation: Fuller’s Psychological Languages” by Jeffrey Steele
In different ways, many of Margaret Fuller’s writings between 1840 and 1844 focus upon profound processes of psychological transfiguration. Striving to heal the various fractures of her being, she invented for herself out of disparate materials a new language of the self. We see in this material a network of related psychological narratives, all of which focus upon woman’s discovery within of a transcendent center authorizing self-reliant action. As a whole, these symbols of transformation provided Fuller with a new way of conceptualizing the self. They provided a stable relational language that helped her to map, in psychological terms, the links between her image of rejuvenated womanhood and a divine psychic center authorizing self-reliance. Lying just below the surface of Woman in the Nineteenth Century, these powerful symbols of transformation helped Fuller to articulate the dream that she inherited from Goethe: that “New individualities shall be developed in the actual world.”
LEE: MEDITATION HYMN (123): “Spirit of Life”
Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
Move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.
LISA: TALK: “Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage”—Lisa Paul Streitfeld
LEE: *HYMN: “New Worlds Manifest” by Laura Halfvarson Jump (see insert)
LEE: OFFERING INVITATION
[Lee, please also ask members and friends to get in their pledge cards as soon as possible so we can budget for the coming year].
LEE: EXTINGUISHING THE CHALICE (RESPONSIVE), 575, “A New Manifestation” by Margaret Fuller
* Please stand if able.