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UUFD hosts folk music service about welcoming immigrants

Phil Cooper and Susan Urban make up the duo February Sky. They will lead a worship service about welcoming immigrants to America at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in DeKalb.
Phil Cooper and Susan Urban make up the duo February Sky. They will lead a worship service about welcoming immigrants to America at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in DeKalb.

DeKALB – The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb will host the folk duo February Sky to lead a special worship service about welcoming immigrants to America.

The special worship 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. Feb. 10 at UUFD, 158 N. Fourth St. in DeKalb. All are welcome.

UUFD lay worship leader Ed Miguel said he is looking forward to this special service.

“February Sky presents a great musical, spiritual and social justice experience," he said in a news release. "Their instruments are unique, and their message is timely.”

February Sky is a folk duo consisting of Phil Cooper and Susan Urban who specialize in presenting music-based services at various Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships as they travel with their music.

Cooper and Urban said 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 often have been subjected to discrimination, overwork, low wages and substandard living conditions.

Through music and stories, the duo 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.

Urban started presenting this type of worship service at Second Unitarian Church in Chicago in the 1980s. She began presenting services for other UU churches in 1998. Cooper joined Urban occasionally for these services, mostly as a backup musician. When they became a duo in 2007, he began working with Urban to create services and started taking a more active role in presentation, as well.

In 2013, the duo 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. For information, visit www.februarysky.com

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb is a liberal religious community in DeKalb, whose members work to love, respect and nurture each other in their lifelong spiritual quests.

For information about the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, visit www.uufdekalb.org or call the church office at 815-756-7089.

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