Special Service Feb. 10 with February Sky: “The Lamp Beside the Golden Door: Welcoming Immigrants to America”

On Sunday, Feb 10, 2019, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb (UUFD) is hosting a special worship service featuring the folk duo "February Sky" about welcoming immigrants to America. The service, titled “The Lamp Beside the Golden Door: Welcoming Immigrants to America,” will feature folk music, stories and hymn singing. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 158 N. 4th Street in DeKalb (at the corner of Locust and 4th Street). All are welcome. 

UUFD lay worship leader Ed Miguel says he is looking forward to this special service. “February Sky presents a great musical, spiritual and social justice experience. Their instruments are
unique, and their message is timely.”

February Sky (Phil Cooper & Susan Urban) is a folk duo who specializes in presenting music-based services at various Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships as they travel with
their music. Cooper and Urban note that “the path of immigrants in America has not been all easy money and streets paved with gold. Besides leaving behind family and beloved homelands, immigrants have often been subjected to discrimination, overwork, low wages and substandard living conditions.” Through music and stories, they will look at the treatment of various immigrant
groups when they first arrived in the U.S. and consider how we can help to welcome our new neighbors from other lands.

Susan Urban started presenting this type of worship service at 2nd Unitarian Church in Chicago in the 1980s. She began presenting services for other UU churches in 1998. Phil Cooper joined
Susan occasionally for these services, mostly as a backup musician. When they became a duo in 2007, he began working with Susan in creating services and started taking a more active role in presentation as well. In 2013, Phil and Susan moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and became full-time musicians and UU service presenters. They have produced five CDs of original and traditional music. See their website for more information: www.februarysky.com

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb is a liberal religious community located in DeKalb, IL, whose members work to love, respect, and nurture each other in their lifelong spiritual quests. For more information about the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, visit www.uufdekalb.org or call the church office at 815-756-7089.