World Cup 2014
I’m very sad as I write this – I just finished watching the World Cup match between Nigeria and France. Despite playing well for the first half, Nigeria lost, 2-0. Our son Sam is here with us for a few days, so we watched with him. That made it more exciting but also more disappointing.
Sam works with a French company called Trace TV. The company founder texted him at the end to say, “At least you’re a little bit French because of Trace.” Not much of a consolation in my mind!
With Nigeria out, I’ll now root for the U.S., though I’d also be happy if Brazil wins.
UUA GA and Music
I wrote last time about the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. It ended yesterday and I drove home filled with memories of great music and inspiring words.
One of their songs was “Love is the Water That Wears Down the Rock”. You can watch it here.
My favorite sing-along at that service was “How Can I Keep From Singing” though “There is a Balm in Gilead” was a close second.
Friday night’s Service of the Living Tradition honors ministers – those starting out, those who’ve become fully credentialed, and those retiring. At that service we always sing “Rank by Rank Again We Stand,” which as usual tugged at my heart as I reflected on the sense of community I find within the Unitarian Universalist membership.
Sister Simone Campbell
The Saturday night lecturer was amazing – Sister Simone Campbell, national coordinator of NETWORK, a Catholic social change lobby.
She talked about the Nuns on the Bus tour last year when a videographer who accompanied the tour said to her, “You seem to walk towards [trouble] when most people run away. She shared stories of people who’ve inspired her, including a woman she met at the White House who is in a homeless shelter because her full-time retail job doesn’t pay enough to afford housing. Then she invited us to “walk towards trouble” when we see someone in pain or someone who needs help.
I told you in my last post that I shared a room at GA with my college classmate Dorcy Erlandson, president of the European Unitarian Universalists.
Here we are together on Sunday morning at the final worship service.
She’s on her way back to Paris tonight where there will be great joy at the World Cup result.
Happy 4th of July!
Will you watch fireworks? Will you celebrate with friends or family?