Communion of Sound in a Church Pew Listener Vicky Werneke of Oklahoma City, Okla., says the sound of cups clinking at her church's communion service makes her think of one word, and one idea: "community."

Communion of Sound in a Church Pew

Communion of Sound in a Church Pew

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Listener Vicky Werneke of Oklahoma City, Okla., says the sound of cups clinking at her church's communion service makes her think of one word, and one idea: "community."

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Churches, synagogues and other religious institutions in this country are putting a lot of pressure on the government to do something about the situation in Darfur. The United Church of Christ was among the first to take up the cause, and we have a sound clip from a member of that church about a sound that she finds comforting.

Ms. VICKY WERNEKE: I'm Vicky Werneke from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The sound that I want to share is from my church, Mayflower Congregational Church, which is a member of the United Church of Christ. The sound - if anybody's ever been served communion before while they've been in the pew - will recognize it because it's of the small communion glasses being put into the cup holders in the church pew.

(Soundbite of organ music)

(Soundbite of cups being placed in cup holders)

Dr. ROBIN MEYERS (Minister, Mayflower Congregational Church): I like that sound.

Ms. WERNEKE: Our minister, Dr. Robin Meyers, likes to refer to this sound as the clicking sound of solidarity because it binds all Christians together in one communal act, and it's a very comforting and very inviting sound.

SIEGEL: Listener Vicky Werneke of Oklahoma City with her sound clip. You can send us yours by searching for SoundClips at NPR.org. You'll learn more there.

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