Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Augustus Conant: Everyman

Experience the life of UUSG’s first minister, Augustus Conant, at an interactive, intergenerational musical celebration, Everyman, this Sunday, September 9 at 10am!
He’s been featured in two recent newspaper articles (found here and here) and his life story has been called worthy of a movie, but how much do you know about Augustus Conant, UUSG’s first minister? 
Join the musical celebration of his life at UUSG this Sunday morning. At this special service, congregants are invited to participate as friends and neighbors of the Conants in mid-1800’s Geneva. 
This musical tribute, Everyman, is based on Conant’s own journals, which were gathered and published by his friend, Robert Collyer, the minister of the Second Unitarian Church of Chicago. 
Contemporary music has been added, and all congregants are invited to join in singing the choruses of The River, Black Muddy River, Camptown Races, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, You Got the Love, and The Battle Hymn of the Republic, which was written by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe. 
Congregants of all ages are also welcome to dance during Camptown Races and to join the presentation as wedding attendants at Augustus and Betsey’s wedding, as guests at a July 4, 1839 party, and as soldiers during the Civil War. Everyone is invited to dress in period clothing.
Join the celebration of the life of UUSG’s own Augustus Conant, someone not so very different from any of us. He was simply a farmer turned minister who refused to abandon his antislavery convictions despite losing friends, his job, and, ultimately, his life in defense of those beliefs.
Augustus Conant is Everyman. Because you don’t have to be Superman to make a difference!

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