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RE Blog

COA Went to Boston!

posted May 28, 2013, 6:47 AM by DRE UUFHC [ updated May 28, 2013, 6:47 AM by Natalie G ]

Over the Easter holiday, our high school Coming of Age students, chaperoned by Scott and Paula Morrison, embarked on a UU Heritage trip to Boston. In a period of only four days they went to the Unitarian Universalist Association, a UU worship service at both Harvard and the Arlington Street Church, a UU tour of Boston, a tour of both the Arlington Street Church and King’s Chapel, and a workshop and show with the Boston Improv. Through all of that hustle and bustle, they also had to make all of their meals! It was a busy trip! Each youth was asked to respond to two questions concerning their time together in Boston.

What was your favorite part about Boston?

  • Rachel McCarthy: In Boston, I really enjoyed touring the city on foot. It was freezing, but I learned a ton of interesting information and I was surprised at how important Unitarianism and Universalism have been to the history of Boston.
  • Chloe Beard: My favorite part about Boston was touring the church and being able to attend the service. I liked learning about the history and being able to experience how they conduct a service and welcome new guests.
  • Kaitlyn Marpoe: My favorite part in Boston was the Arlington Street Church. I especially liked the organ.
  • Michael Waldron: My favorite part about Boston was the Improv we had the honor to see because not only was it hilarious, but the actors’ chemistry with one another was unforgettable.
  • Lizzie Beresh: My favorite part of being in Boston was meeting all the other UU kids and seeing all the neat places in Boston.
  • Mackenzi Brockmeyer: My favorite part of Boston had to be watching the Improv show. I know it really didn't have much to do with learning about Unitarian Universalism, but it was a nice chance to relax with the entire group and enjoy something together. It was really funny and was interesting to watch.
  • Cassandra Rogers: My favorite part about the Boston trip was experiencing the city.
  • Hayley Chenoweth: Visiting the Arlington Church for the Easter Service, touring the UUA, and the Boston Improv night!
  • Kiera McKenna: Visiting this busy city was something so painful later, yet satisfying. Seeing other UU members, from all over, coming to one place, where everyone thinks, or for the most part believes in the same thing as the person sitting next to you. Having a self tour through Harvard , The UUA head quarters, and getting to chat with Harvard students was so cool and so much fun. Still to this day, there is history that lies in Boston that will never remain silent. It was a perfect trip to get away, and to learn about who we are as UU's.
  • Brendan Morrison: At press time, Brendan was unavailable for comment.
  • Paula Morrison: Dinners family style with the COA group helping cook and prep. Such a GREAT group of young people!
  • Scott Morrison: The big organ at Arrlington St Church. Hearing the kids playing such a powerful and historic instrument was so cool.

What did you learn about being a UU while in Boston?

  • Rachel McCarthy: Seeing all the different types of churches and forms of our faith really showed me just how open-ended UUism can be and how each person or group of people can contribute something important, and how even things that seem completely different can be connected, depending on how you look at them.
  • Chloe Beard: While being in Boston, I learned that being a UU means being proud of who you are, where you came from, and what you stand for because there are others out there like you.
  • Kaitlyn Marpoe: UU has a Christian background and I did have a Christian background, so I knew UUism was right for me.
  • Michael Waldron: I learned that UU's have made some pretty amazing quotes that were used by both Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln (and nobody, including me, knew).
  • Lizzie Beresh: I learned that being a UU is not as uncommon around the world (and the states) as it is in Harford County.
  • Mackenzi Brockmeyer: I learned that not all UU churches are the same. UUFHC is really relaxed while Arlington Street Church was very formal and fancy. I wasn't used to seeing so much architecture in the UU churches in Boston. It was cool to see, but I like the relaxed, cool feeling the UUFHC gives when you walk in.
  • Cassandra Rogers: I learned about being a UU, while in Boston, that there are other UU's! That we do have a notable history in some part of the country.
  • Hayley Chenoweth: That you're not alone! There are generations worth of UUs who have made impacts on the progress of UUism and dedicated their lives to living like a UU and successfully encouraging others to live like a UU.
  • Kiera McKenna: Attending the Boston trip was something that I can say was inspirational. Learning about all the historical landmarks, the fine art that lays on the church windows and engraved into the walls, and seeing the people rushing and living their lives along the busy streets. I learned so much about the U.U. culture. Names such as William Channing and Dr. Hale, who had showed me the meaning of "U.U-ism." Not having any knowledge that part of my school slogan was a famous Dr. Hale saying. "I am only one, but I am someone. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let, what I cannot do, to interfere with what I can do." is now something I will never forget. Where I learned the meaning of that saying, and who specifically said those words, it was mind blowing. That something that you say every day at school comes from my faith and religion.
  • Brendan Morrison: At press time, Brendan was unavailable for comment.
  • Paula Morrison: I learned that UU was an integral part of the founding of the USA and of the civil rights movements throughout our history in the USA. Our country would be vastly different were it not for UU thinkers and theology.
  • Scott Morrison: I hadn't realized how connected the UU community was to the independence and slavery fights.