I am a parish minister currently serving the Eliot Church of Natick MA. Eliot Church is a Community Church affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Any statements made and postions held in "Unity," however, are solely mine(of course, they may be used with appropriate atribution). Therefore if you disagree, please do not blame the church!

Monday, October 16, 2006

CXCUUA Convocation

So we had our convocation yesterday. "We" in this case being the Council of Christian Churches in the UUA. The Council is made up (not suprisingly) of UU congregations that identify themselves as part of Chrisendom. For Eliot Church this is a no-brainer thanks to our continued relationship with the United Church of Christ.

It was good. Attendance was solid. The presentation (entitled "Freedom of Conscience and the Roots of Religious Tolerance") was edifying. We heard short presentations concerning Sebastian Castellion, the English Dissenters, Roger Williams, William Penn and (drum roll) Thomas Jefferson. A certain someone forgot to turn off his cell phone (me) and, therefore, missed a portion of Scott Axford's presentation on Williams, but it was good to see him. The last time I had the opportunity to spend any time with Scott was in Quebec City a few years back when He, Scott Wells, and I went in search of quality tea. It was good to see (and hear!) him. Thanks also to the rest of the presenters and to Terry Burke and Tom Wintle for the meaingful Communion service.

Special thanks should go to Elizabeth DeMille Barnett for putting this together.

Here is the Invocation I gave at the beginning.

Invocation for the Convocation of CXCUUA
October 15, 2006, King’s Chapel House, Boston
Rev. Adam Tierney-Eliot

Creating and sustaining God
Whose steadfast love endures forever
Who gives light and life to the world

Dear God be with us today in our endeavors
Help us to keep the faith of Jesus your son
In the face of adversity
In a world of strangers and adversaries
Please be with us

Be with us
In our work and our ministries
Making us aware of your presence
In the valleys of despair and the mountains of hope

We ask that you be present in our churches
Those that are members of the Council of Christian Churches in the UUA
Those that are UU but not Christian
Those that are Christian and not UU
Move in them O God
So that our faith may be strong and our work just
Always striving for that ultimate peace
That we may find walking in your path