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05 June 2009


Meeting for ‘weorthscipe’? - preview
A group of Friends from Brigflatts Meeting recently attended morning service at Kendal Unitarian Church, whose members have been invited to pay a return visit in due course
  • The minister, Celia Cartwright, offered a description of worship by the American Unitarian Universalist writer Helen Picket
  • This reminded us that worship is derived from Middle or Old English weorthscipe, meaning ‘worthiness’ or ‘things of worth’, and it goes on: ‘We worship, then, whenever we ascribe worth to some value, idea, object, person, experience, attitude, or activity, or whenever we give form or expression to that which we have already found to be of worth

  • David Boulton

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    Gerard Guiton, 08 June
    Dear Friend,

    Helen Picket's description of worship as' weorthscipe' ('The Friend', 5 June) is intruiging. However, I prefer to be in unmediated communication with more than a mere 'thing of worth'. I like L. Violent Hodgkin' description better. In her Swarthmore Lecture, 'Silent Worship' (1919), she interpreted worship as 'to love with wonder'. Perhaps the Universalist Universalist's (usually atheists in my experience) might like to read the Lecture which is a wonderful hymm to a loving, compassionate God.

    Yours in Friendship,

    Gerard Guiton, Melbourne


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