With profound apologies to Bill Staines, here are the results of the efforts of the Songwriting Committee of University Friends Meeting.
A Place on a Committee
All God's Quakers got a place on a committee
We don't care if you're plain or pretty
You have to be a member for Worship and Ministry
But everybody's welcome on Hospitality
Religious Education is a good one, too
'Cause all our children really need you
Oversight's got a lot of clearness to do
And Building and Grounds has plenty, too
Our homeless neighbors share our worship space
And provide our Meeting with a measure of grace
Social concerns proceed apace
And the dish-washing tends to itself -- NOT!
Please take pity on the Finance Committee
They beg for money and they hardly get any
We value all our other seventeen committees
But nobody talks to Nominating
So we all got together for a Year of Discernment
It lasted eighteen months and it left us in ferment
We talked about our talent and commitments and souls
And how to share our gifts and time and anything we got now
All our Friends got a place in our Meeting
From setting out chairs to standing and greeting
Christian and Jew and Buddhist and Pagan
And all of our potlucks have options that are vegan!
The Songwriting Committee had no idea this would be of such interest to other Friends, and is humbled and honored by all the interest that's been expressed.
After consultation with the Clerk and some of the Elders of the Meeting, I (Stasa) have been asked to say:
- Performance: Permission granted by University Friends Meeting for use for religious / spiritual performance only, with attribution to UFM for the words. (We cannot, of course, grant permission from Bill Staines for use of the tune. His contact information is here.)
- Links: Feel free to link to this page or to RantWoman's page if you would like to link to the lyrics. (This page: http://aquakerwitch.blogspot.com/2010/07/all-gods-quakers-got-place-on-committee.html. RantWoman's page: http://rantwomanrsof.blogspot.com/2010/07/all-gods-quakers-got-place-on-committee.html.)
Thank you, Friends!