Online Service: Ritual of Mourning

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Online Service: Ritual of Mourning

Every year at the beginning of November we gather in a ritual of mourning to honour our dead. We turn our chairs to the north wall, dim the lights and light candles for our collective and personal sorrows. It’s a time to share our grief, sit with loss, and know that we are not alone. To mark this special ceremony, this Sunday at 10:30am Music Director Abigail Freeman, member and musician Helen Graham and myself will broadcast from the Great Hall.  Join us by Zoom to honour those you have lost and all the other losses of this difficult year. There will be time to speak their name into the circle, and you are welcome to send Tisa a photo of the person as well – by Friday at noon.

This Sunday we will also acknowledge all the losses we are feeling deeply – loss of connection, loss of stability, loss of work – in this time of surging pandemic and political unrest. All are welcome, including and especially children to this all ages service. I know many children and youth are struggling with their own losses this school year.

I have been thinking these days about Mary Oliver’s poem “In Blackwater Woods” and it’s final stanza, as I prepare for this Sunday:

To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

A deep and difficult truth that we must learn over and over again.

Sunday Services Zoom Link

Our Sunday Service has a password. However, if you use the link below, it will take you directly into the service. If you join through zoom using the meeting ID, you will need to enter the password to access the service.

Time: Nov. 1st, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 493 104 141
Password: 146475
Phone In via: 647-374-4685

The YouTube livestream of the Sunday Service will also be available to subscribers to the UCM channel:

I will see you Sunday.




November 1


10:30 am - 12:00 pm





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