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CoUUrage Worships

CoUUarge Worships

10/24 (Friday Night)

Opening Words

“We gather in mutual humanity, in the knowledge that there is more to any of us than others know – and that there is less to any of us than we would prefer. We all bleed sometimes. We all have dreams. We all dance with our strengths and our weaknesses, trying '"to find the better parts of ourselves" and share them with the world. We come to this place of religious community, that we all might do these things better in the presence of thoughtful companions, than alone.”

-Rev. Dennis McCarty

Light the Chalice

Greeting activity

We’d like to take a moment now to celebrate our group coming together. You may have had a chance to say hello to some people already, but let’s make this a moment where we can all move around the room and greet each other. We invite you to participate in whatever way feels comfortable. You can wave, shake hands, hug. (Show specific gestures for each thing so there will be clear signals.) Please respect each other’s boundaries. We ask that this be a silent greeting. There will be many conversations this weekend, but in this moment let’s just enjoy being together.

Words for Thought

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Closing Words

“Didn’t want to battle, yet you declared war, each knock that you gave me made me stronger than before, I will not give up, I will not give in, you won’t make me fall, I won’t let you win.” Anonymous

10/25 (Saturday Night)

Opening Words

“It takes courage to grow and become who you really are.” -E.E. Cummings

Light the Chalice


“Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. Having courage comes and goes. Sometimes, we need to have courage even if we cannot find it within ourselves. Courage is displayed in many different ways. Having courage can be trying a new food or forgiving someone. Courage can be going somewhere that you haven’t been to before. For some of us, it took courage to join UU and start coming to Cons. Courage can be choosing to say what you mean instead of hurling negative comments. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”.


There has been notecards and pens passed around. I would like for you to take this time and write down something that takes courage for you. Something difficult that’s been going on. Something maybe you don’t really want to face or deal with quite yet. We’re just going to identify the situation. We won’t be showing the cards to anyone, they are for you.

When you’re done, please fold the notecard twice. We invite you to come up one by one, put your notecard in the water, and weigh it down with a piece of glass. Water is a unifying force of life. This water is from the church, symbolizing our group coming together in this space. The glass represents fears that weigh us down. Tomorrow, as we leave, each of us will take a different stone out of the bowl, a symbol of us helping to relieve each others’ burdens.

Closing Words

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead. Some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me.” -Dr. Seuss

10/26 (Sunday Morning)

Opening Words

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’” -Mary Anne Radmacher

Light the Chalice

Words of Reflection

Living our real true lives and speaking in our real true voices is often about taking risks. After all, people may not like who you really are and what you have to say. But what’s the real option here? We can remain silent, and follow the beat of someone else’s drum, living artificial lives of compromised values and half-realized dreams, and constantly swallowing our own voices until we choke on them. I believe that that is what Thoreau meant when he said that most men lead lives of quiet desperation. They close themselves off from their real true lives, and timidly sit in the seeming comfort of the sidelines, out of the line of fire, desperately watching life go by.” -Betty Kornitzer

Activity:Taking the rocks back

Last night, we formed a symbol of the obstacles we face that require courage. Today, we invite you to take a rock back, a symbol of supporting each other as we face our fears. “Courage is found in unlikely places.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

Closing Words

“If here you have found courage, take it with you into the world. If you have found comfort, go and share it with others. If you have dreamed dreams, help one another, that they may come true! If you have known love, give some back to a bruised and hurting world. Go in Peace.”

-Lauralyn Bellamy (slight adaptation)