This Sunday’s service: Reflections on Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is a larger-than-life figure in American history, poetry, and literature, and the subject of exhaustive academic research and cultural analysis. His works are vast and are tremendously meaningful to many of us.

In our lay-led service this Sunday, July 27, titled “Walt Whitman’s Blessed Imperfection,” we will set aside the historical personage and the analysis and simply see if we can join Whitman in his open, fluid stance, observing the world as he did: just as it is, completely flawed and simultaneously completely whole. The service leader will be longtime church member Jennifer Revill.

Bring a favorite Whitman poem or passage if you like, or read aloud one that has been pre-selected. The Essex Harmony, artists in residence at the Danvers Historical Society, will provide some 19th-century a cappella musical accompaniment.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our regular church services and Religious Exploration Program will resume on Sunday, September 7.