Candles of Community is our weekly worship ritual for the public sharing of milestones in our personal lives – joys such as births, new jobs, visits from loved ones who live far away, successful surgery or good medical news, etc.; and sorrows such as deaths, illnesses, etc. As our worship leaders often say, “you are welcome to light a candle in silence as well” — which can include joys or sorrows that are too difficult or private to say aloud. Also, a gentle reminder that this solemn worship ritual is not the appropriate place to make announcements or statements of opinion (particularly partisan opinion in this heated political season).
When you are sharing at the altar during Candles of Community (or any other time), it is important to use the microphone properly, so that everyone can hear you, and to state your name, enunciating clearly. The proper distance from the microphone to your mouth is much less than most people think (an inch or two only), as shown in this helpful video: How to Hold a Microphone.
Here is a second video offering some tips on using a microphone (only the first half of the video is relevant here): Public Speaking Tip.
Remember that everyone is welcome at our Universalist altar. One does not need to be a church member or regular attendee to share during Candles of Community; much more important is the spirit in which we share. Thank you!
–Heritage UU Church Worship Committee