Posts by Lauren Servias

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Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Our minds might go to different places when we hear the word “sanctuary”, but at the end of the day, sanctuary implies refuge, safety, and a sacred or special location.  Sanctuary can be a city, a school, or a church; the UUFC and all UU fellowships are clear on their position as being places where people can feel […]

Behind today’s music…

by Lauren Servias

Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens are known for their catchy, beautiful, and very singable musicals, including Ragtime, Once on this Island, Seussical, and Lucky Stiff.  Few know, however, that Flaherty and Ahrens have also dipped their toes into the waters of film scoring, and created a magical soundtrack for the 1997 animated film Anastasia.  Anastasia is […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Failure and fear of failure are universal – we all have experienced defeat and are afraid of that crushing feeling that occurs when we don’t succeed. Today’s music draws from stories and narratives about this feeling – and how as Elizabeth’s Sollie’s and Jill McCallister’s sermons stated, one can’t let their fear of failure stop them from […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

“The world has gone mad.”  This was the Facebook status that I posted at 9:09 PM on Tuesday, November 8th, and a week and a half later, I still feel this way.  Coldplay’s “The Scientist” is a beautiful ballad that alludes to feeling powerless; it helped set the contemplative and still mood that I wanted the […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

I cannot tell a lie.  I didn’t know what music I was going to play today.  I have been emotionally drained for the past week and while music has been so essential to my own processing of current events, I was drawing a blank for what music to play for today’s services.  Some of you […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Shame.  A heavy word with heavy connotations.  And, the theme of today’s sermon at the UUFC.  Combined with the grey, drizzly weather and the relentless reminders that we are near the climax of a grueling election season, I felt that this morning’s prelude needed a little lightness to combat the above conditions.  I selected “Riverside Walk” […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Today’s sermon was an important and necessary message for all to remember and have empathy for those who lack the privileges that others take for granted – all because of the color of their skin. The prelude, Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” is well-loved (and rightly so) and to me seemed to go hand-in-hand with Jill’s message […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

Today’s guest speaker Niya Standish gave a thought-provoking sermon titled “Honoring Your Religious Past: Where Do We Come From, What are We, Where are We Going?”.  She spoke of both the diverse roots of Unitarian Universalism and the path that she travelled to her current personal beliefs.  Both stories illustrated how all faith traditions and experiences, large and small, shape who we are […]

Behind today’s music

by Lauren Servias

The two questions that I get asked the most at the UUFC are always, “What was that piece that you played for the prelude/offertory/postlude?” and “Why don’t you put the titles of your piano pieces in the order of service?” The answer to the second question can be answered easily: there are so many possibilities […]