[UU SATIRE ALERT]
The Pullman Praise-togethers will be like no other praise band, ever! We'll sing and shout, uplifting The Great Unknown, highlighting the power of questions over answers, and clamoring for more coffee from fair trade farms.
High notes for squeaky wheels who lobby for environmental changes, and low notes for capitalists who prey upon the non-union laborer. There will be harmonies for helpers and syncopation for sinners turned do-gooders. It will be a choir for queers and seers, for long-hairs and short-hairs, for the off-key and off-color. Can't carry a tune? No problem - our equality protocol means that no voice is turned away, nor musical instrument discouraged (play the spoons? accordion? theremin? bagpipes? didgeridoo? whatever floats your boat to get your "praise on").
In true Unitarian Universalist fashion we'll celebrate humanity as well as divinity, praising the spirit in everyone and not just The Spirit. We'll jump for Jesus, bow for Buddha, move for Muhammad, dip for the Dali Lama, sing for Servetus, hum for humanists, and confab for Confucius. No good religious tenet will go unheralded!
Of course, each individual singer will be allowed to exercise their right of conscience, and may sing their lyrics to the tune of their choosing, or sing different lyrics to the democratically chosen tune of the group. It's all part of our respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, knowing we're all entangled in each others' stuff no matter what we sing.
So let us Praise our Principles! Sing our salutations! Make merry music! The world is our audience, and the ones in the pews are our captive audience! Come, shake your booty, in praise of life and love. So may it be.