The World’s on Fire (And We Still Fall in Love)

After a year of pandemic life, some days may feel almost normal, while others still bring us to our knees. Drawing upon the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and her own spiritual practice of music-making, Unitarian Universalist Rev. Erin Walter will reflect on how we may face ongoing struggle while also embracing moments of love and joy along the way.

Melissa Marote, Worship Associate
Adam Nisenholz, Tech Associate

Bio: Rev. Erin J. Walter (she/her/hers) is a minister, activist, and musician based in Austin and winner of the 2017 Sermon Award from the UU Women’s Federation. A former YMCA director, Rev. Erin is the singer/songwriter for band Parker Woodland, whose music you’ll hear in this service. She serves as a board member for the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry and the Affiliated Community Minister of Wildflower (Unitarian Universalist) Church in Austin. You can find more about her music and ministry at


Dear Emerson UU community,

It was such a delight to be with you, even virtually, last Sunday. Thank you to Rev. Matthew and your wonderful worship team for the chance to create together and to all of you for showing up in the spirit of community. I hope we can stay connected through music and dance! To do that:

  1. You can sign up for my music newsletter at Nothing means more to a musician — during these hard times when we cannot be playing live — than to share our songs with folks online.
  2. I’d love to see you Fridays at 10am Central time on Zoom to dance! All welcome! Dance for Body and Spirit (akin to Zumba) is at this link weekly:

Meeting ID: 333 042 6480      Passcode: letsdance

It’s so much fun, whatever your experience or not with Zumba. All ages (including kids), genders, abilities and fitness levels welcome. If you have any tech troubles or questions, don’t hesitate to contact me

Thank you again for the gift of connection and being together. Wishing your congregation and families a safe and happy 2021!

In support,
Rev. Erin Walter
Austin, TX