Posts by Lauren Servias

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Behind today’s music: There’s a place for us…and for silence.

by Lauren Servias

Today’s speakers told stories of heartbreak and fear, but also had a message of hope. We live in troubling times and Priscilla Narcio and Juan Carlos Navarro’s courage – both in the face of their harrowing experiences beginning at such a young age, and in their willingness to  share and be vulnerable with us today […]

Behind today’s music: “I will be strong, I will be faithful ’cause I’m counting on a new beginning.“

by Lauren Servias

Deepening.  The UUFC’s theme for the year lies in a single word, but this word holds a multitude of meanings. Deepening can mean strengthening, simplifying, purifying, loving, taking a stand…the interpretations are endless. The piano music for the year will have various interpretations of deepening, but today’s selections are quite literal; all of the pieces […]

Behind today’s music: “Spring is here, I hear…”

by Lauren Servias

Resurrection, restoration, rebirth…these words all have connotations of starting over and overcoming the past, and evokes both hope and inspiration for the future. We are continually encountering new seasons of renewal in our personal life, our spiritual journey, our communities, and in the world around us – new “Springs” in every aspect of our lives. […]

Behind today’s music: Give thanks that their light didn’t die

by Lauren Servias

‘Tis the season for…musical diversity!  One question that has been asked a few times over the past couple of years is, “Why isn’t there more Christmas music at the UUFC on Sunday mornings?”  An explanation will be given of how the UUFC welcomes a wide range of beliefs so over the years we have tried to reflect the music from […]

Behind today’s music: Hold on

by Lauren Servias

Strength and humility.  These seem like odd bedfellows, but make sense after hearing Jill’s sermon today.  We must have strength, both to survive hardships and wrongdoings and to fight for what we know to be right.  But we also need to have humility – the humility to know that we may not win every battle, […]

Behind today’s music: Risky business

by Lauren Servias

Live as one. This is a message that Unitarian Universalists can embrace, as well as the title and theme of Oregon State University’s recent unity concert. This performance included readings, music, and dance that all presented a message of love, peace, and equality. The concert ended with a new song, “Live as One”, composed by […]

Behind today’s music: What guides our actions?

by Lauren Servias

Every moment that we have lived has led to the one we are presently living, and every moment we live from this point on will lead to another. “The Long and Winding Road ” was The Beatles’ twentieth and final number one single in the United States. Paul McCartney wrote this song as a reflection […]

Behind today’s music: We begin again in love

by Lauren Servias

The air is crisp, the college students have returned, and last Friday was the Fall Equinox.  “Autumn Leaves” – the great jazz standard sung by everyone from Edith Piaf to Bob Dylan – seemed like the perfect way to begin this cold but bright Sunday morning. After the stifling heat and smokiness of early September, this […]

Behind Today’s Music: River of Dreams

by Lauren Servias

he   he Water Service is one of my favorite services of the year. It has that same exciting feeling we got for the first day of school; we reunite, greet each other after a summer of traveling and relaxing, and prepare for a new year as a church family. We combine water that we’ve […]

Behind today’s music: Heaven on Their Minds

by Lauren Servias

As we eagerly await tomorrow’s main event, we have been surrounded by all things eclipse-related: the OSU 150 Space Grant Festival, the Totality exhibit at the Fairbanks Art Gallery, and so, so many eclipse-themed concerts in the area.  There is such a wealth of music involving the skies that it was almost too easy to choose music for today’s […]