The Participation Service has its roots in the Quaker Meeting. There is quiet music and introductory words at the beginning, and quiet music at the end, but in between, the silence is broken only by individuals sharing thoughts and feelings that are significant to them.
When others are speaking, listen with love. If you respond to others, be sure to let them know that you have understood what they have said, whether or not you agree. It is preferable to speak out of your own feelings and experiences, therefore talking in terms of “what I feel” rather than “what people feel.”
Silence is preferred to time-filling conversation.
Dick Park is a retired social worker and devoted Unitarian Universalist for over 60 years. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Marin congregation, the Pacific Central District of UUA, Vice Moderator of UUA, the UUA Service committee and the Starr King School for Religious Leaders. His rich bass voice is a beloved and familiar part of the UU Marin choir.
Topics: Standard Sunday Service