Upcoming Worship Services and Other Activities
Music has power to change us – emotionally, professionally, physically, and communally. Unitarian Universalist Ysaye Barnwell, former bass singer with Sweet Honey in the Rock, said, “Music has the power to send out your message. It can be your shield and your sword.” How might the power of music soothe or shape your life?
For 26 years Rev. Linda Slabon served the UU Fellowship of DeKalb. She and her spouse, Dr. Toni Tollerud, both retired from UUFD in July of 2017. Toni served as the music director. Linda is Minister Emerita and a member of the UU Society for Community Ministries. Toni has directed choirs at General Assembly and at local choral festivals. Additionally, Linda, a LCSW, maintains a small clinical social work practice and Toni does state-wide consulting and seminars as retired Professor from the College of Education at Northern IL University. Spouses since 1991, they were married in 2014 when IL made it legal. Both have studied music and love to share the power and joy of music in worship and song. “Most importantly,” states Linda, “we are fabulous grammas who can sing songs from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Mama Mia with our grand-baby.”
Well, are they good? Are they bad? Does it depend? If so, what does it depend on? (And does any of this matter?)
Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen has recently retired from being the minister at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine, Wisconsin (after serving for over 42 years). He has written a book entitled “Trust Yourself: You Have the Power,” authored a UUA curriculum (“A Catechism for UUs”), and contributed chapters to 2 UUA-published books (“Salted With Fire” and “Everyday Spiritual Practice”). He studied to be a Roman Catholic priest before moving to Unitarian Universalism and has been active in a number of social-justice causes (including women’s rights, LGBT issues, homelessness, and jail ministry).