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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Worship in the Woods

Fall Worship in the Woods is Coming

Worship in the Woods has happened!  See below for a taste of the experience.  We hope to connect with more of you in the fall beginning in September!

June 8: Trees

Opening PoemOpening Poem

Worship in the Woods Order of Service
Theme: Trees   June 8, 2022
Mt Lemmon: The Meadow Trail

Welcome & Gathering Words: Rev. Lisa (carpool parking lot)

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away…like the leaves of autumn.
–John Muir

[Carpool in hybrid and electric cars]

Opening words: Rev. Lisa (on the mountain)

  • Welcome to Worship in the Woods focused on our 7th Principle & theme of Trees
  • “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer [I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree]
  • Opening song: “Tree Song,” #Team Trees, https://youtu.be/Qq9CQKNplpw

Poetry read by Janet Moore         

         “5AM in the Pine Woods,” by Mary Oliver from House of Light, p.32

Meditation on Reciprocity written by Bill Keyes

         Based on ideas from: Abram, David. Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

Fun Facts About Ponderosa Pines shared by Janet

Transformative Experience shared by Rev. Lisa

Poetry: read by Bill

“Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me,” by Mary Oliver from What Do We Know, p. 36-37

Forest Carbon 101 adapted by Rev. Lisa from Nature.org/Magazine, Fall 2021, p.59

Action: Rev. Lisa

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence calls us to take action to protect the earth and address climate change. One of the best things we can do as individuals is plant trees which sequester carbon in their tissues and the soil.
Tree Planting Resources: (Deep water your existing trees to keep them alive!)

Closing Song: Rev. Lisa

We are Keepers of the Earth, Joyce Poley, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvAcpENxbpk

Invitation to Fellowship         





Ferns of HopeFerns of Hope
Meditation Meditation
Poderosa Pines
Mtn Range upon Mnt Range
On the Trail
Horny Toad

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