Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma

The purpose of this congregation is to provide a haven where members can share in a spiritually, culturally, and socially diverse local religious community. We envision a congregation that will be welcoming to all, that values the contributions of each member in shared ministry, and that actively promotes and models individual development of an ethical way of living. We are intentionally intergenerational, and covenant to provide religious education and spiritual growth for children and adults.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

We'll Build a Land: Hymn of the Month for January 2007

Our hymn of the month for January is "We'll Build a Land" (#121). According to Between the Lines: "These words from Isaiah and Amos were adpated by Barbara Zanotti (20th century), a peace activist now living in Maine."

Amos 5:24 was famously cited by Martin Luther King, Jr: "Justice shall roll down like waters, righteousness like a mighty stream." These are the words on the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, designed by Maya Lin, who was inspired by Dr. King's use of the phrase in his "I Have a Dream" speech. (Left)

The music is by Carolyn McDade, a UU songwriter and composer of one of our best-loved hymns, "Spirit of Life." She attends the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Boston.

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