On Friday, February 21, 2014, we celebrated the history of our Boston home at 25 Beacon St. in in a special Beacon Benediction. One hundred friends from across the country attended in person, and 300 additional people joined us online. The service was funny, poignant, and reflective, and looked forward to our future while honoring our past.
As part of the service, the portraits in Eliot Chapel came to life. In skits, Samuel Eliot, Mary Livermore and others relived events that they witnessed during their years on the walls of 25 Beacon. I shared some items from the 1926 time capsule found in our cornerstone, including newspapers, Unitarian and Beacon Press publications, letters, notes, invitations and, amazingly, items from the 1884 sealed time capsule from our first headquarters. We encouraged guests both online and in person to make a donation to our Association or to name part of our new building after themselves, their congregation, or a meaningful UU in their life.
People gave generously from their hearts. And those joining us online told us: “Who knew this small chapel could hold so many hearts. — So glad I could join you without traveling. What a splendid way to end a week and begin a new journey. Blessings all!” “My heart-space is happy and at peace—thank you, thank you!” “What a beautiful, creative, and moving service…wonderful to be part of!” and “Wonderful to share this moment with all of you.” For more information about the Beacon Benediction, check out the UU World’s coverage.
Pictures and a video of the Beacon Benediction are available on our blog for anyone who wasn’t able to join our celebration on the 21st.
We’re looking forward gathering again at the Farnsworth Dedication on October 4, 2014, which will mark our new headquarters as a spiritual home and important location in UU history. As we continue to embrace the dawning future, I hope you will also consider making a gift to the Join the Move Fund or naming an item in our new building!
The Rev. Peter Morales