Breathing Underwater Service

Celebrant: Julia Parker
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a poet, scholar, and feminist whose book, Undrowned, offers “submerged wisdom” from the lives of marine mammals. Together, we’ll reflect on these oceanic lessons and meditations in hopes of finding inspiration as we swim through the murky waters of modern day life.

Welcome and Announcements

Territorial Acknowledgement

Chalice Lighting and Sung Affirmation

Opening Words

Opening Hymn:  Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, from the Social Justice Choir Book

Time for All Ages:  Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie SIma

Reeb Benediction

Offertory

Meditation:
Adapted from Undrowned:  Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Gift of Music:  Holding the Light; UUCP Choir

Readings:  from Undrowned:  Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Homily

Closing Hymn:  #1064, Blue Boat Home

Closing Reading:  Take a deep breath everywhere you see a star by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, parts ii and iii

Musical Benediction:  There Is a Love

Embodying the Flame

Spoken Benediction

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