July 2nd, 2017
In opening the floor to speakers, the congregation is celebrating an American tradition - freedom of speech - and putting into practice two principles set forth by the Unitarian Universalist Association:
- We are seekers of truth and wisdom. We believe in the inherent worth of all people and we honor each person and their right to speak.
- We're an evolving religion and always on a search for our own truths.
For the service on July 2nd: you're invited to spend four minutes max expounding on a matter of heartfelt importance to you (no personal attacks or political endorsements). Come ready to share what’s on your mind and heart, but please email email@example.com by June 26th to let me know you're participating.
There are a limited number of slots available in the service so the sooner you give notice of your desire to speak, the better. (Note: there will not be a chance to respond during the service to our speakers' comments).
To guide you in the writing and speaking process, these suggestions:
· Tell a story. Be specific. Use events from your real life when possible. Consider moments when your point of view was formed, tested, or changed.
· Be brief. The time limit should help you focus.
· Identify your main point. If you can't do that in a sentence or two -- well really, you should be able to.
· Be positive. Say what you believe, not what you don't believe.
· Be personal. Make your essay at least partially about you; speak in the first person. Try reading your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly echo your main belief or point and the way you normally speak. Then read it to somebody else for their feedback, too.
The July 2nd Sunday service also will include the usual lighting of the congregation's chalice, singing, reflective meditation, announcements and greetings.