Reflections on UUism and Memorial Day – Jeff Williams and Evelyn DeNardo

Two members of UUCSS will discuss their personal experience with grief following deaths connected with military service. Evelyn will discuss the loss of her father to the war in Vietnam. She will recount the impact of this grief on a nine year old girl who loved her father dearly and the implications of this loss into her adult life, and she will share how Unitarian Universalism impacted her thinking on this loss. How might communities acknowledge pain and respond to loss more effectively and compassionately now than they did then? Jeff, an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, will recount the situation and circumstances surrounding the loss of two Navy colleagues; one to a training accident and the other to suicide. What perspectives does Unitarian Universalism have to offer regarding these and other military deaths? Are these “tragic, unnecessary losses,” “noble, honorable sacrifices,” both or neither? We’ll consider both big-picture philosophy and personal stories in this honest examination of the meaning of Memorial Day.

Here is the link to the livestream:

Anyone with an internet connection should be able to view the livestream. You may need to log in to Google to participate in the chat. A recording will be available to view later, but not the livestream chat.

American Sign Language interpretation will be available during the service at this link:

After the service, please join us for Virtual Coffee Hour, which will be via a link sent to members by email. Subject “Today’s Sunday Worship Service Reminder“.