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This morning I went to James Harcourt’s memorial service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Jim was always kind of a retiring guy whom I never seemed to have the opportunity to bring out. Jan of course is always very available to everyone she comes in contact with. His untimely death was very tragic. The wonderful thing about the service was it was conducted in a truly non-denominational Unitarian manner without all the usual Heavenly palliatives. Margaret Waddell performed some chants by Hildegard von Bingen, accompanied by her singing bowls. It was transporting and transforming music from beyond this mundane sphere. Rev. Ayers delivered a prayer. Rev. William Edwards delivered a brief Buddhist Metta meditation and told a beautiful story of the Buddha consoling a bereft woman who had lost her precious granddaughter. Mike Adamek, our Unitarian visiting pastor delivered the eulogy. He concluded with an epitaph Bobby Burns wrote on the occasion of the death of his friend William Muir:
“An honest man here lies at rest
As e'er God with his image blest.
The friend of man, the friend of truth;
The friend of Age, and guide of Youth:
Few hearts like his with virtue warm'd,
Few heads with knowledge so inform'd:
If there's another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.”
Peace & Love,
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