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UU Blue Collar Blues An excerpt from Meditations on Class
Betty Jo MIddleton
Oh, you don’t need to have a Ph. D.
To make conversation with folks like me,
For we’re UU, the same as you,
And that’s how it ought to be.
First time I visited things went sour
When I showed up at the coffee hour,
Folks only asked where I went to college;
Seemed like they were testing my knowledge.
Now some UUs eat black-eyed peas;
Some drink fine wine with fancy cheese.
Some of our families are doing real well;
Some have been struggling for quite a spell.
Some of our children are quite successful,
Others have issues and lives that are stressful.
Some go to public, some to private, schools,
Some learn at home, with different rules.
Real UUs don’t need to be clannish
Though some speak Arabic and some speak Spanish,
Some have an accent or a Southern drawl,
But we’re real UUs, the same as y’all.
The Reverend Betty Jo Middleton is retired from the Unitarian Universalist Ministry of Religious Education. She served eight congregations and on the field staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is the author of To Touch Inward Springs: Teaching and Learning for Faith Development and religious education materials for all ages and has taught courses in two theological schools. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she spends much of her time writing poetry.