Miriam’s Tambourine or What Moses Didn’t Think Of

Link to sermon by Ann Beirne

August 7, 2011

Unitarian Universalist Church of Queens

Exodus 12:39:

Since the bread they had brought out of Egypt was not leavened, they baked it into unleavened loaves.  They had been rushed out of Egypt and had no opportunity even to prepare food for the journey.

Exodus 15:20-21:

The prophetess Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, while all the women went out after her with tambourines, dancing and she led them in the refrain, “Sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.”

The Presenters

Ann Beirne is a lifelong practicing Catholic and a member of St. Augustine’s Church in Park Slope, where she is also the leader of song. She has been a Unitarian Universalist for the past two years and is a member of All Souls Church in Manhattan. Ann is a behavior analyst and special education teacher with fifteen years experience of working with children with autism spectrum disorders. She is currently working as a consultant to schools designing classroom programming and training teachers to work with children with autism. She is clinical director of the Global Autism Project and has twice delivered training in Accra, Ghana. Ann is a graduate of Binghamton University and Columbia Teachers College. She is the mother of two and stepmother of two with her husband David Freiman.

David Freiman is a certified yoga teacher who specializes in doing yoga with children with autism spectrum disorders.  As a yoga therapy practitioner he works privately with stressed out adults. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music he has directed plays and musicals and conducted opera, which is how he met his wife Ann Beirne, a soprano. David also had a fourteen year career as a certified software trainer and computer consultant working with Fortune 100 clients. A native New Yorker, David became a Unitarian Universalist in college. He has been a member of All Souls Church in New York since 1998, where he directed the children’s choir for eight years. For the past four years he has taught fourth graders the UU principles and the Our Whole Lives lifespan human sexuality curriculum. In addition to his children with Ann, David has two children from a previous marriage, a daughter who as a high school senior was co-recipient of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Youth Activist Award, and a son who this year completed Coming of Age.  Ann and David were married five years ago by Rev. Cheryl M. Walker in a ceremony in Northampton, Massachusetts as protest to win marriage equality in New York State.