A Special Invitation from Susan

Dear friends,

In the next week, our community has two opportunities to enter into worlds we may never have been a part of.

The first is this Sunday, September 25 at Shir Tikva in Wayland's Erev Rosh HaShanah service, starting at 8pm. Erev Rosh HaShanah marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days, sometimes referred to as the Days of Awe. During this time, our Jewish siblings reflect on the previous year - on the blessings, on the traumas, and on the ways in which their lives have impacted the lives of others, for better or for worse. It's a time to ask (and act) for a clean slate, to reconnect with God, and to re-imagine one's purpose. Despite the overwhelming workload, I have come to crave this 10 day detoxification of the soul each year. But if you aren't Jewish, these days most likely speed by you with very little impact. This year, most exceptionally, our community has been invited to join Shir Tikva for Erev Rosh HaShanah to celebrate the birthday of life, and to once again return to wholeness and the one-ness of creation, as our choirs lift their voices together, singing the words of e.e. cummings - I thank You God for most this amazing day... for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is YES. To attend the service, you must come with an entry pass indicating that you are without a doubt a friend of the community. Security is very tight for these services. I will have these passes printed and available to you this Sunday at worship.

The second opportunity comes on Saturday, October 1, at the Strand Theater in Uphams Corner, Dorchester, for the annual GBOS Everyday People Awards Ceremony and Hair Show. Because of my leadership of the Negro Spiritual Royalties Initiative, Mr. Gbos selected me to be one of this year's recipients. The festivities begin at 3:30pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception where guests can enjoy light refreshments and visit vendor tables and booths. The show begins PROMPTLY at 6pm with the awards ceremony, followed by hair models showing off the latest and most elaborate styles. There will be performances and entertainment of all kinds and from all cultures. Sunday is the last day I'll be selling tickets, so if you haven't secured yours, please let me know (susan@upbrookline.org) so that I can pre-purchase tickets for everyone that wants to attend. The dress code is semi-formal casual chic. It is a HUGE honor for me to receive this award. I hope you'll join me in showing my gratitude to Mr. Gbos and all the people involved in this annual, multicultural, gala event.

Yours in Song,

Susan DeSelms

Minister of Music