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 Native American flutist/singer Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach and arranged by OSU graduate student Danika Locey, and I thought this song could be a wonderful opening for our Sunday service.

We are all related, each and every one of us

When we put our hearts together, there’s nothing we can’t do.

Whether we are signing a petition of protest, forming a union, or showing up at a controversial event to fight desperately against social injustice and ignorance, there can be a element of risk. What if the wrong person sees our signature, what if we lose our job because our superiors are against unionizing, what if things get out of hand and physical harm occurs? Risk is scary…but it is important to bear in mind that there are those who live with risk every day of their lives – the marginalized, the handicapped, the minorities. It is our responsibility to help bear some of this risk for those who are saddled with risk, and when we take risks together we create a powerful and loving force that can make for positive change.

“Live as One”, performed by Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach and the Oregon State University Choirs

Today’s music for meditation continued along the message of working for progress with “I Sing the Body Electric” from Fame. This beautiful song can be interpreted as a celebration of the beauty and power every individual holds, and of how we can achieve when we throw ourselves body and soul into our goals. We all have the ability to love and help each other  and must have the courage to recognize the potential each person and every moment hold to make this world a better place.

“I Sing the Body Electric”, from Fame

And finally, when following a sermon about risk, what better way to end today’s service than with Barry Manilow’s “Ready to Take a Chance Again”?

“Ready to Take a Chance Again”, sung by Barry Manilow