Each SUUSI day begins with a worship service at 9 a.m. and a completely different service in the evening at 7 p.m. The services are usually led by ministers from all over the country who come to SUUSI to help deepen our relationship with the week's theme. Worship also includes wonderful live music from many of SUUSI's talented musicians and a time for peace, contemplation, and spiritual deepening. Worship at SUUSI is a time to center and celebrate.
There is a discussion of each morning's Worship theme during each afternoon. Often the worship leader attends to help deepen the conversation. Look for this event, titled "Worship Theme Discussion" in the SUUSI catalog.
Worship is part of the Denominations department at SUUSI, a program that also provides Ministers of the Day. These chaplains are fellowshipped Unitarian Universalist ministers who are on call to provide emergency pastoral support to attendees and SUUSI staff. When at SUUSI, keep an eye on the daily SUUSI NUUS or visit the Information Desk to connect with the Minister of the Day.
In honor of our SUUSI 2013 theme, each day of worship from Monday through Thursday will be a dance. Our worship leaders have agreed to work in duos, each one crafting a pair of worship services that highlight the respective strengths and perspectives of the partners. Who will take the lead? When will the tempos change? Will they do a tango or a foxtrot? Stay tuned. On Friday, SUUSI’s own Alexis Jones will finish our week by “dancing” with the late Ric Masten, composer of Let It Be a Dance.
Our Worship Dance Teams:
Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris and Rev. Hope Johnson
Rev. Erika Hewitt and Rev. David Carl Olson
Gini Courter and Rev. Wendy von Zirpolo
Rev. Bill Gupton and Rev. Dr. Michael Tino
"The Dance of SUUSI Past, Present and Future"
"Masten by Jones"
Ric Masten was a UU minister, poet, writer, musician, philosopher, a character beyond compare and a personal friend. He was also the composer of a favorite UU and SUUSI ‘hymn’, Let It Be A Dance. Alexis will review Ric’s relationships, poetry, music and philosophy of life as well as death.
This is the 41st anniversary of Alexis’ first SUUSI and thinks of this gathering as a family reunion. Since 1996 he has been somewhat a hermit in the hills of SW Virginia, a living style that may soon be changing. Among his life’s delights is watching how SUUSI people have stretched, grown and cut loose.