Musician McKnight to perform at UU Church

Folk artist Andrew McKnight will present a special music service, “The Gifts in Our Genes,” on Sunday, Sept. 23, at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, located on the corners of Third and Putnam streets in Marietta. The service begins at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

McKnight is a former environmental engineer turned award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist from the foot of northern Virginia’s Blue Ridge. His musical journey is nearing a million miles of America’s blue highways and scenic backwaters. His music and messages are infused with great reverence and warmth for the human journey and our place on this magnificent blue ball. In addition to his nationally-acclaimed performing and recording career, McKnight is a Unitarian Universalist who has devoted much of his energy and passion to causes and issues dear to the faith.

McKnight describes the service in these terms:

“With the explosion of DNA testing for exploring genealogy and ethnicity, it seems more people than ever are devoting time and energy to answering the fundamental questions, ‘who am I and where did I come from?’ Though our present-day relationships with family may run the gamut from complicated to painful, the fact that any of us exist at all might also be viewed as a mysterious miracle. “the Gifts in Our Genes” is an appreciation for the stories doubly-twisted into every cell of our being, and the odd and eclectic collection of saints and rogues who helped create them.”

All are welcome at this FUUSM Sunday service. Classes for youth are available concurrent with the service, and an attended Nursery for young children is open 9:30 to noon next to the social hall in the church basement.

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