On any given day, how do you feel about being one of the 7 billion people on our planet Earth? How do you locate your particular self in the mosaic mix of cultures, landscapes, colors and voices of the human experience? In dissonance and in resonance, we each have a part in the great song we are singing to the universe. On July 7th, we shared a sweet service with the wonderful congregants of the Unitarian Church of Westport, led by Dr. Rev. Frances Sink (UUSIS) who acted as guest Pastor. It was during the week of the intense heat wave we were experiencing on the East Coast, but the NWC brought some fresh air into the room! I hope we get to visit soon again…
2013 was our second year celebrating “Pride & Joy” hosted by the UUSIS. The Unitarian Universalist Society was one of the FIRST to support the LGBT Community. We honor them for their continued stand for all civil rights! The message was delivered by our very own Dr. Chela Belcher, Spiritual Director and Assistant Choir Director. One of the most powerful aspects of the service and message, was about “paying it forward”. Even those among us who have experienced suffering in one way or another, have also experienced a profound kindness by those who have stood by us. That love is so important because it can can change the course of someone’s life in an instant from feeling hopeless to believing in new possibilities. It is indeed time for us to share that kind of love with everyone.
It is a tradition for many synagogues to present a “Cantor’s Concert” each year. This year, Temple Beth El invited several Cantors as well as the New World Chorus to join in this wonderful concert. There was a great turnout from surrounding areas making it especially joyful. The grand finale featured all performers singing the “Shehecheyanu” composed by Beth Styles. Guests joined by singing and dancing to the music in the aisles. Also, was also a celebration honoring Eileen Rosner for her many years of service to the synagogue.
This year the New World Chorus joined the UUSIS in commemorating Memorial Day. The choir sang special music in honor of this meaningful holiday. Rev. Dr. Frances Sink, touched everyone with her sermon.
New World Chorus
97 Big Oak Road
Stamford, CT 06903