We Are a Musical Congregation

 Please join us on Music Sunday, May 31 at 10:15 a.m. We’ll hear from the Jazz Combo, the Folk Band, Youth Choir, Women's Chorus, Chalice Choir, a solo or two, and poetry (which is spoken word music, in my opinion). Of course, there will be a lot of congregational singing as well. The UUCGL musicians have worked incredibly hard this year to help enrich the worship experience and are eagerly looking forward to this “mostly music” service.

Marcy Christoff is taking over as our staff pianist while Lia Wang is traveling and performing in China and Italy this summer. Flower Communion will be held June 7 and will feature music by the Chalice Choir in their last performance before taking a well-deserved summer break. On June 14, trumpeter Matt Forte will provide the musical reflection and offertory. And we’re in the midst of planning similarly exciting music for the remainder of the month.

As we head into summer, we’re looking for musicians to share their talents for a service or two. If you’re an instrumentalist or vocalist, or if you have a small group, and are interested in contributing to our summer worship, please contact me, and we’ll find the right service for you to participate in.

We’ll introduce some new hymns throughout the summer while visiting with old favorites. If there’s a hymn you love to sing and we haven’t sung it lately, let me know, and I’ll try to find an appropriate service for it.

We’ve got some great things planned for the fall, including the creation of a new intergenerational choir that we’re calling “Chorus for All,” an exciting new drop-in choir with no long-term commitment. Singers will only rehearse on the Sunday mornings that they sing. We think this will make it easier for those of you with really busy lives to still take part in music-making at UUCGL. I’ll write more about this group next month.

See you in service!

-LB, Director of Music

Music is an important part of our church community, enhancing worship and our experience together. People of all ages come together to make music and all are welcome. All interested people are welcome to join any of these groups, regardless of your current affiliation with UUCGL or prior musical experience. Here are some of the ways you can join in.

Chalice Choir directed by LB, Director of Music

Women's Chorus

Jazz Combo 

Folk Band

Occasional Musicians 
Participation by musicians of all ages enriches our UU community and our worship together. There are numerous opportunities for church members and friends to share their musical gifts as part of worship services on Sunday mornings—singing a song or playing an instrumental solo, joining with others in a small ensemble or collaborating with one of the choirs. If you are interested in playing or singing on occasion, let us know! Contact LB, Director of Music.

Ending Mass Incarceration

Our church's Committee to End the New Jim Crow formed in response to Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, a recent Common Read of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

The Committee meets at our church on fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and works to end mass incarceration through both education and action. All interested members and friends are invited to attend. 

The Committee sponsored a church service in August 2014 on the School to Prison Pipeline, and it joined and supported activities of two local organizations: Citizens for Prison Reform and the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending. Members participated in a march to the Capital with Detroit youth asking for solutions, not suspensions, and sponsored a Third-Sunday Evening film on the problems with the Michigan Public Defender System.

This year, we sponsored two more Third-Sunday Evenings. The first was on Sunday, October 19, 2014, when we showed the award-winning film The House I Live In on the war on drugs and its origins and impact. The second was a showing of The Central Park Five on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

We invite everyone to join us reading two books this year: Punishing the Poor by Loic Wacquant and On the Run by Alice Goffman.

For more information, contact Lynn Scott, John Sanford, or Margaret Holmes-Rovner.  

Find contact information in the directory available at church.

Church Picnic

Our annual All-Church Picnic is a way for us to celebrate each new church year together with a potluck and traditional picnic games. This year's picnic will be on Saturday, September 26. It's a wonderful time to eat, play, and just be together!

Participants bring a dish to share as well as their own table service. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, in line with our UU principles, we ask that you bring your own reusable dishes and silverware. The church provides locally pasture-raised beef patties, hamburger buns, and condiments as well as fresh and local grilled veggies. If you are interested in helping with the next Picnic, please contact Connections Coordinator Corie Jason.