As mentioned during the service, the original emphasis on Haiti -- which remains in great need of support -- has been broadened to include the overwhelming need for assistance in Japan. The UUA have quickly come together to mobilize the resources of both organizations in support of the people of Japan. Those "resources" of course, include members of First Parish. Read about the joint commitment or go to the UUA online donation page.
The service included the hymn "Our World Is One World," which is number 134 in our Singing the Living Tradition. I noticed that the song's tune is named CHERNOBYL and that it was published by Cecily Taylor just two years after the disaster there. I have been looking for more information about the origins of this hymn, and will post it here if I find it. Meanwhile, if anybody knows the story of this hymn, please let me know directly or share it through the "comment" link below.