Sunday, September 14, 2014

Let the mystery be ...

Had something else in mind for this morning, then Mary Ellen forwarded overnight the program for a memorial service she'll be conducting up north Monday.

So instead, here's a little traveling music for Jeffrey A. Leaman, who moved on a week ago today. Thinking, too, of Larke and Nick, Holly and others.

It's Iris DeMent's song --- and she's performing it here. DeMent and her husband, Iowa folk writer and performer Greg Brown, live in Iowa City.

The memorial gathering will be 1-4 p.m. Monday at Mason City Community Theatre, with service at 2 p.m.

It's traditional to light the chalice as Unitarian Universalist services begin. Here are the words that will accompany the lighting:

Birth is a miracle of love and courage,
bringing light into the world;
Death is a loss of light,
but no less an act of courage,
For we are born from —
and return to — mystery.

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