Mark de Solla Price talks “The Interdependent Web of All Existence”

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Mark de Solla Price

Mark de Solla Price talks about “The Interdependent Web of All Existence”

August 25, 2013 at 11:00 am;
Drop In Choir Rehearsal at 10:00 am

First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn [Heights]

Rev. McKinney Chapel (enter on Pierrepont between Clinton and Monroe)

50 Monroe Place, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

Mark de Solla Price is an Atheist, Unitarian Universalists, and Zen Buddhist living in Greenwich Village. Mark is a writer, public speaker, gay/lesbian/transgender and civil rights activist, HIV/AIDS aging and health educator and technology/management consultant.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Living Positively in a World with HIV/AIDS from Avon Books/Hearst Magazines and numerous blogs, feature articles and magazine stories. He Produced the Off-Broadway Musicals Tallulah! with Helen Gallagher and the upcoming Boston/Provincetown transplant Mildred Fierce with Ryan Landry.

Mark has been living with HIV/AIDS for over thirty years and been in a same-sex marriage to Vinny Allegrini for almost twenty years. Mark and Vinny were featured subjects in the HBO documentary Positively Naked with Spencer Tunick; he has been a media spokesman for same-sex marriage equality and a long-time advocate of the hospice movement. He continues to be a frequent contributor to POZ Magazine, a regular public speaker at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Mark was one of the leaders of “The Healing Circle” in the 1980’s and1990’s. He is an active member of and First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn. [Heights] and continues to serve on many charitable boards, and was Board Chair of The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist and was a long-time member of the Ethelwyn Doolittle Justice and Outreach Fund that gives annual grants supporting human rights, civil liberties, racial justice, and environmental concerns. In 2009 and 2010, Mark served on the panel awarding the annual Jerry Davidoff Sermon Award from the Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness. and was one of the lay leaders of the Buddhist Explorers Dharma Fellowship for many years.

Mark is the second vice president of the Buddhist Council of New York and has been a student of Zen Buddhism and received the Buddhist precepts from Roshi Enkyo Pat O’Hara, the Abbot and co-founder of the Village Zendo Buddhist Temple, part of the White Plum Asanga.

Mark became ordained as a Secular Humanist Chaplain by the Universal Life Church Monastery. Over the years he has officiated at dozens of memorial services celebrating people’s lives; in the last few years, Mark has expanded his chaplaincy to officiate at both mixed gender and same-sex marriages in New York City.

For more information, Mark’s writing and blogs, thousands of photos, videos, podcasts and services, visit http://MarkdeSollaPrice.com/

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“The Interdependent Web of All Existence” First Unitarian Sermon

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Order of Service

 

The Sounding Bowl calls us into the spirit of silence and meditation

 

Prelude “Chorale Denouement” from ‘Jazz Preludes’ by John Mehegan

 

Opening Hymn “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught*
from South Pacific by Richard Rodgers (Music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (Lyrics)

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear,

You’ve got to be taught from year to year,

It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear,

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid

Of people whose eyes are oddly made,

And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,

Before you are six or seven or eight,

To hate all the people your relatives hate,

You’ve got to be carefully taught!

 

* You are invited to stand in body or in spirit for those sections with an asterix.

 

Words of Welcome    Jacque Schultz

 

Lighting the Chalice*

 

Song of Hope*

From all that dwell below the skies

Let songs of hope and faith arise.

Let peace, good will on earth be sung

Through every land by every tongue.

 

Candles of Memory and Hope*

 

 

Welcoming Visitors, Newcomers and Fellow Congregants

 

Hymn 1064 “Blue Boat Home by Peter Mayer
Though below me, I feel no motion

Standing on these mountains and plains

Far away from the rolling ocean

Still my dry land heart can say

I’ve been sailing all my life now

Never harbor or port have I known

The wide universe is the ocean I travel

And the earth is my blue boat home

 

Sun, my sail and moon, my rudder

As I ply the starry sea

Leaning over the edge in wonder

Casting questions into the deep

Drifting here with my ship’s companions

All we kindred pilgrim souls

Making our way by the lights of the heavens

In our beautiful blue boat home

 

I give thanks to the waves upholding me

Hail the great winds urging me on

Greet the infinite sea before me

Sing the sky my sailor’s song

I was born upon the fathoms

Never harbor or port have I known

The wide universe is the ocean I travel

And the earth is my blue boat home

 

Offertory

 

Hymn “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin (music), John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons (lyrics)

Smile though your heart is aching

Smile even though it’s breaking

When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by

If you smile through your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness

Hide every trace of sadness

Although a tear may be ever so near

That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what’s the use of crying?

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what’s the use of crying?

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just smile

 

Sermon: “The Interdependent Web of All Existence

by Mark de Solla Price, Secular Humanist Chaplain

 

Anthem “What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss

I see trees of green, red roses too.

I see them bloom, for me and you.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white.

The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky.

Are also on the faces of people going by.

I see friends shakin’ hands, sayin’ “How do you do?”

They’re really saying “I love you.”

I hear babies cryin’, I watch them grow.

They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

 

 

Postlude “The Internationale by Pierre Degeyter (Music) and Jerry Engelbach (Piano Arrangement) *

 

You are invited to stand, as Albert Schweitzer put it, “In Reverence for All Life”

 

Benediction by Mark de Solla Price

 

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Mark de Solla Price, Secular Humanist Chaplain

Jacque Schultz, Worship Assistant

Harrison Beck, Summer Music Director and Piano

Dawn Elane Reed, Drop-In Choir Leader

Rob Petrillo, First Unitarian Director of Congregational Services

 

This sermon will be available on http://MarkdeSollaPrice.com/First-Unitarian-2013