The Scoop: A UUCA Thanksgiving

If you had stopped by UUCA on Thanksgiving Day, say around 3pm, you would have witnessed a delightful scene. Nearly 90 people were seated in Sandburg Hall, sharing a Thanksgiving Dinner with friends, family and fellow UUCAers. With 6 turkeys and 2 turkey breasts, all masterfully carved by George Yates, gravy and stuffing provided by the organizers, and sides and desserts contributed by the guests, it was quite a feast.

For this Thanksgiving, we certainly give thanks to Susan & David Cooper who have adopted this communal Thanksgiving Dinner as their ministry at UUCA. For the past two years, they have organized and hosted this event, signing up participants, handling money, buying supplies and food items, setting up the room and organizing the day.

When watching the hustle and bustle of set-up and arrival, one could find “regulars” who not only brought their own bottles of wine, but matching napkins, wine glasses and other “homey” touches to add to their place settings. There were people getting their nametags, checking in, bringing in food, filling out “ingredient lists” for their dishes, hovering over the desserts, chatting with friends, all while listening to background hymns provided by volunteer, Mary Strait. It was a busy, community-centered event.

And, how else to start a Thanksgiving meal than with a blessing? This one is a litany written by John Cooper (a UU ministerial candidate and hospital chaplain) and adapted by his mom, Susan Cooper:

Every day we are blessed.

We are blessed with the sky
With the stars
The wind, earth and seas.

Every day we are blessed.

Just as today we are blessed with
This food, this company,
The work that brought it here
These moments we share.

Every day we are blessed.

Let us share this moment,
Raise our hearts to gratitude
For the wonders set before us.

Every day we are blessed.