The Holiness of Waiting


The Worship Team presents

“The Holiness of Waiting”

 With Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist

Guest Musician Dr. John Daugherty, Vocalist (Baritone)

“Serene, I fold my hands and wait,

Nor care for wind, or tide, nor sea;

I rave no more ‘gainst time or fate,

For lo! My own shall come to me.”

—John Burroughs

 November 28th is the first day of Advent, the Christian season of waiting, reflection, and joyful anticipation of the birth of Jesus. UU Minister Reverend Tom Owen-Towle suggests in his book, “Unwrapping the Inner Gifts of Christmas,” that during the time of Advent, we might consider an old-fashioned case for the holiness—not just the necessity, but the holiness—of waiting imaginatively and compassionately.” Pulling from our Christian sources, The Worship Team invites you to join us as we light the first candle of our Advent wreath, and explore what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are waiting for.

About our Guest Musician

Dr. John Daugherty is Assistant Professor, Baritone, & Opera Program Director at the University of North Florida, where he joined the voice faculty in the Fall of 2020. He continues to enjoy an active performance and recording career which includes opera, song recitals and oratorio, performing repertoire drawn from a wide array of genres and styles. Dr. Daugherty previously served on the faculty of Furman University and acted as a vocal instructor for the University of Michigan freshman musical theater class. He holds his doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, and his bachelors from Texas Tech University. He was also a graduate of the Santa Fe Opera’s inaugural class of the Young Voices Program. When he is not instructing or performing, he can be found reading the classics, strength training or searching for the next cup of coffee. You can find out more about him at