During the conference two of the workshops embarked on an unexpected collaboration. The “Building a NewWay – Collaborative Leadership for a Changing Time” workshop led by Patricia Hart and Cathy Seggel joined with the “Inspiring the Revolution!: Intuitive Collaboration Through Music” led by Pat Humphries & Sandy O. (Emma’s Revolution) to create an evening chapel service. Our panelists discuss the process, challenges and their insights from the experience.
Emma’s Revolution / Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Smart, funny and informative–like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. Emma’s Revolution is the duo of award-winning activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. A motivating force in concerts and demonstrations, their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near. The duo’s awards include Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and, for two years running, the Washington Area Music Association’s Fan Favorite Award. Emma’s Revolution’s songs have been an integral part of justice movements for 30 years.
Emma’s Revolution is well known to UU audiences, performing at UU coffeehouses, convocations and congregations across the country. Since their 2005 appearance with Pete Seeger at UUGA in Fort Worth, the duo has performed at General Assemblies from Salt Lake City to Providence. Emma’s Revolution wrote their song, “Love Reaches Out”, for the 2014 UUGA theme and premiered the song at GA’s WaterFire Stage. Emma’s Revolution’s songs, “Keep on Moving Forward”, “Swimming to the Other Side” and “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” are sung by UU congregations across the country and are included in the “Earth and Spirit Songbook”, the UU Tapestry of Faith series and the new UU Spanish Hymnal.
The duo tours 200 days a year, presenting powerful, joyful and transformative concerts and workshops. In the spirit of Emma Goldman’s famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” Emma’s Revolution has brought their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of irreverence to thousands of concerts and activist events across the US and abroad. Learn more at www.emmasrevolution.com
Rev Patricia Hart is currently serving as Interim Minister with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Charleston, West Virginia. Tricia has been in active ministry since 1997, serving six congregations in New England, Pennsylvania and now Appalachia as interim, consulting, and settled minister. Throughout her ministry, Tricia has also worked part-time as a consultant to UU churches around the country, focusing on issues related to change and growth, and especially stewardship. She served on the faculty of New England Leadership School in the early 1990’s, and has led workshops, retreats and trainings at congregational, district and regional levels. Tricia and her spouse, the Rev. Peter Newport, met at RE Week on Star Island in 1995 and have returned many times since then. Peter and Tricia have five young adult children and a growing extended family all over the country, a small dog named Waldo, and far too many books.
Cathy Seggel has served as the Director of Religious Education in Providence, Rhode Island for eighteen years. Her first career was in professional nursing; after earning a B.S. from the University of Connecticut, she taught clinical pediatric nursing for seven years at Rhode Island College. Then, having completed numerous continuing education opportunities in UU religious education offered through district and national UU networks, she pursued graduate education at Harvard Divinity School, earning her Masters of Theological Studies degree in June of 2007. She is involved in the UUA RE credentialing program at the Master’s level. She is currently the President of the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association, and has served as Ballou-Channing District RE Chair, NEIDRECOM Chair, Dean of Star Island RE Week and President of the Unitarian Sunday School Society. Cathy lives in Providence with her husband, Norm; they have three children.
Carey McDonald is the UUA Outreach Director, helping Unitarian Universalist values reach more people and respond to the changing American religious landscape. He previously served as the UUA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and is a former lay member of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee and the Skinner House Books Board. Prior to joining the UUA, Carey worked in educational policy with the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Department of Education. Carey is a seventh generation Unitarian Universalist and a member of First Parish in Malden, MA and the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio. He was active in Columbus as a youth leader in the Ohio Meadville District Youth Adult Committee and with Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM). Carey holds a bachelors in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and a masters in Organizational Leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, MA. He lives Medford, MA with his wife, Sarah and son, Julian.