Hello Dear Friends, Pagani, U.U’s, and all other readers….
So this last Sunday, 2/07/10, I formally signed my name in the membership book for the First Unitarian Church of Orlando, my Church!
It’s funny how it can change things when it’s your Church.
This event was preceded by a couple of new member classes and a potluck dinner for new members and their sponsors and various Church and Board of Trustees members.
So the new members were, at the appropriate point in the service, called up to sign their name in the book and shake hands with members of the BoT and Membership/Fellowship committee and to accept our membership cards and a flower (which is now sitting upon my altar) and to swear to our part of the Bond of Union..
“We associate ourselves together
for the study and practice of morality and religion
aas interpreted by the noblest lives of humanity,
hoping thereby to prove helpful to one another
and to promote truth, righteousness, and love in the world.”
I really hadn’t had much time to read or contemplate this oath, I read it during the early part of the service before the new members ceremony took place. It was really incredible to be swearing this oath, which speaks to my highest ideals in the company of others who feel similarly. Then members of the BoT and various Church groups stood and swore various oaths to us, and then the congregation as a whole stood and swore some various oaths, and then we all sang the Song of Dedication, which is a part of all of our Congregations services…
“Love is doctrine of this church,
the quest for truth is its sacrement,
and service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve humankind in fellowship,
Thus do we covenant with each other,
Thus do we covenant with each other.”
I am still beginning my journey as a U.U., yet similarly to how I felt when I found Paganism, it feels like coming home.