Visiting UUC of Oxford

As part of my ministry to Mississippi congregations this year, I will be visiting various congregations in MS providing a workshop or some other event on a Saturday and then preaching on Sunday.   This past weekend took me to the town of Oxford, MS, the home of William Faulkner, University of Mississippi (aka Ole Miss) and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford.

If you ever get a chance to visit Oxford, do plan on worshipping with these fine folks on Sunday.   As with all of the congregations in Mississippi, the Oxford congregation is a small congregation of about 60 members.  They are lay led with an occasional visiting minister on Sundays. 

I was asked to lead a workshop on Saturday on Unitarian Universalist transformative worship.  I used as my primary text  the wonderfully written text by Revs. Kathleen Rolenz and Wayne Arnason entitled “Worship that Works” This is a great resource that every worship committee should have a copy of as part of their arsenal for developing good solid worship services. 

I was amazed that 15 people came to this workshop.  I was told there would be ten in attendance which I thought was a phenomenal turnout, but then to have 15 blew me away.  It speaks to how important having quality worship is for this congregation.  We covered alot of things in the workshop.  Some of the exercises we did including a listing of what this congregation’s intent for worship’s outcome to be.  We talked about their most memorable service, UU and non-UU, was for them and what made it so memorable.   And we worked together in developing some components of a worship service and discussed why the hymns or readings we chose went where we had placed them.   The workshop went well and I look forward to hearing from them how they have thought about this information and incorporated their learnings into their services.

The Sunday service was a very warm and inviting one.  The greeters found out some small bit of information about the visitors and then the greeters introduced these folks to the congregation.  The music was on guitar this morning which added to the warmth of the experience.  Do stop by and say hello to these folks.

As a visitor was leaving, one of the members called out to them and said, “Y’all come back now, ya’hear.” 


Published in: on August 18, 2008 at 8:51 pm  Comments Off on Visiting UUC of Oxford  
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