The Peach State

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UUCG Standing on the Side of Love, 2012.  Photo credit:
UUCG Standing on the Side of Love, 2012. Photo credit:

Standing on the Side of Love, Peter Mayer in concert, and the National Preach-In on Global Warming had the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and its minister Rev. Jan Taddeo, in a whirl this past Sunday.  Not to be weighed down by a busy schedule, the community affirmed Love with grace, enjoyed Peter Mayer with the strength of UU spirit, and was moved by Rev. Taddeo’s emotional plea for our Earth.

Standing on the Side of Love is “an interfaith public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and all are welcome to join” in this fight for social justice.  And join it has, as with many other congregations in the United States, the UUCG has joined in the “30 Days of Love” movement which ends its annual drive this Sunday, February 17th, 2013.

Rev. Taddeo focused her moving talk, “Living the Beauty Way,” around the need for Unitarians to focus their lives lessening our footprint on the earth, and in taking steps such as lowering the use of its resources by simple means like recycling and driving electric vehicles.  Of course, her concern was far deeper, bringing her emotions within reach as she discussed a documentary, “The Hungry Tide,” about a tropical island that is slowly disappearing due to Global Warming and in the process taking the home of its residents and the land from our earth.  Joining Rev. Taddeo, the congregation signed postcards to be mailed to the White House requesting that President Obama and the United States exert itself as the international leader in the war against Global Warming and in the support of peoples displaced by its destruction.

Peter Mayer, photo by Paul Dols
Peter Mayer, photo by Paul Dols

Lifting the spirits of everyone was the addition of one of our own, Unitarian folk singer Peter Mayer, to the weekly service.  Mayer sang three of his songs including “Blue Boat Home” and “Church of the Earth,” following the day’s theme on the wonders of our earth.  A bonus for me was meeting Mayer and sharing our pilgrimage with him, and then enjoying one of the CDs he gave me, “Heaven Below,” as we drove east through the Georgia rain.

Unique to the service was the format of the day’s events, a once monthly practice.  After attending the regular service, we then got our drinks and snacks and formed circles of six people where we joined in listening groups focused on the monthly theme “Evil.”  On the surface a strange topic, but we took turns discussing evil and how it has affected our lives. It proved to be a moving and bonding exercise for all in our circle. And while the adults were focused in our groups, Austin was with the middle-school kids discussing topics related to the congregation’s quest for becoming a Welcoming Congregation.

For information on attending the UUC of Gwinnett:

Standing on the Side of Love:

Interfaith Power & Light, A Religious Response to Global Warming:

Video trailer for “The Hungry Tide” documentary about the nation of Kiribati:

To see Peter Mayer’s concert schedule or purchase CDs, visit:

For information on the UUA and Welcoming Congregations, click on the chalice to the right or go to:

2 thoughts on “The Peach State

    C.C. said:
    January 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I have arrived at this post via a short link-journey beginning at UUpdates. I see that it has been nearly a year since your visit to my home congregation, UUCG. I want to thank you for this review of the service you and Austin attended. It brings back vivid memories for me of that day.
    I thought you might like to know that we have completed our journey toward becoming a Welcoming Congregation (I am certain that my own son was among the middle-schoolers participating in the conversation you mentioned), although the designation has not yet been officially bestowed. And, of course we would welcome you back to join us at anytime in the future that you may again find yourself in our area.
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

      Dusty Baker Adamson said:
      January 26, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      You are so welcome! We truly enjoyed the visit and our overnight at the park across the highway. Everyone was so warm and accepting of our journey. Austin was born in Augusta so Georgia is a state that we hold close to our hearts!

      Congrats on becoming a Welcoming Congregation!

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