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 August is a month of wrapping up the summer activities and setting agendas for the coming fall season.   One of my most important summer activities has been the conference for the Unitarian Universalist Musician’s Network.   This summer the UUMN met in San Diego.  Our Choral Clinician introduced us to music from the Mexican Renaissance and Baroque sacred repertoire.  Our Professional Day speaker, Rev. Leon Dunkley, led us in a quest for the stories that accompany or surround our music.   We were challenged to be more courageous with our music.  Plenary speaker Dr. Marcia McFee showed us how to use music to help in creating richer worship experiences. 

 Along with all of these exciting speakers, we sang through new music and begin to think about what may work for our choirs or churches.  This year we also sang through the winning hymns from the Silliman Hymn Competition.  The winners are songs that you will be hearing and singing this year in our services.  

 Of course between sessions and over coffee, dinners and breakfasts, we talked and listened to each other informally and shared ideas and experiences.   We attended workshops that we think will help us as music leaders.  We became saturated with music and ideas, and now we look for time to process all that we have experienced.  

  So the music during the month of August reflects a variety of styles.  We hear flutist Rachael Blake, along with pianist Leah Hartman on Sunday August 3.  

 The Gospel Choir, directed by Marie Flowers, brings a morning full of gospel music on August 10.

 Sunday August 17 is our Ingathering and the beginning of our fall programming.  The Adult Choir sings for these services.   

A vocal ensemble will sing on Sunday August 24.

 Our Annual Jazz Worship service is August 31.