This is the Sound!

This is the Sound!

Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Exploration

Have you ever heard the song, “One Voice” by the Wailin’ Jennys? Oh, you should listen to it (click the link)! I thought of it during a meeting I sat at last Sunday. It was a Compost Talk meeting. Sounds pretty boring, right? Nope, it wasn’t. It was magical.

The story behind this meeting is that a child who attends our church, a third-grader named Alma Trowbridge, voiced her desire to talk to our church members about starting a composting program here. Her mom, Jessie Trowbridge, mentioned it to me while we were discussing what UUCW was doing around the Youth Climate Strike. I suggested that on the Sunday that we were holding the Climate Ribbon Project that Alma could stand up and talk to the church about her ideas on composting. Alma had already tried to get an initiative started in her school. Here is an excerpt of the letter she wrote to her school last year:

Dear Mrs. Boyle,

I think we should start a compost project at our school. I do not
like to see all of the apple cores and orange peels thrown away. Firstly,
it would be better for the earth. Manchester-Essex Regional School
District reduced trash in the dining hall by 95% and in the kitchen by
85%. Also, we could learn about composting. Composting is part of
STEAM because in science we learn about how things decompose and
how compost helps things grow. Lastly, it would save money.
Mansfield Middle School avoided $3,030 in trash fees in ten years.
I did some research and I found that Hubbardston Center School is
composting and if you need more information you can ask them about it.
You can also talk to me and I can give you more information that I learned.

Sincerely,

Alma Trowbridge.

This is the sound of one voice.

So after Alma and her mother Jessie lit the chalice and made mention of the composting idea in our church, we had a number of adults and children speak up, wanting to join in the discussion.

Fast forward:  we had a Compost Talk meeting in a classroom filled with 11 people. Alma shared her letter and her ideas. Everyone around the table spoke excitedly about their composting experiences and how they’d like to get involved. One voice turned into many. We were talking and sharing and planning. Betty Jenewin and Jessie and Alma Trowbridge are spearheading the growing discussion on how UUCW may entertain such an idea as composting and to what extent.

Check out a very short video that Betty Jenewin made when she was a photojournalist/videographer for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette:  Composting at Quabbin High School.

It was a rich and rewarding experience for me to see children and adults sharing ideas and dreams. Now they’re crafting an initiative that could help our church and also our earth.

Whatever comes from this first meeting is yet to be seen, but I have a wonderful feeling about it!  The thing that thrills me the most is that our beloved community can listen to, support, and lift up one small voice so that it can become a bigger thing.  And if it can be done with composting, imagine what else we can amplify and make happen in the future? Our children are our future. Their voices alongside yours and mine can generate great motion and action.

Stay tuned, stay interested, and share your passions.  You never know how your one voice may grow.

This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two
This is the sound of voices two

This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three
This is the sound of voices three

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us
This is the sound of all of us

This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice

~ One Voice by The Wailin’ Jennys