1 00:00:00,520 --> 00:00:03,103 (gentle music) 2 00:00:04,400 --> 00:00:07,400 - Hello, I'm the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray, 3 00:00:07,400 --> 00:00:11,360 President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. 4 00:00:11,360 --> 00:00:14,600 Every year, one of the highlights of our General Assembly 5 00:00:14,600 --> 00:00:16,340 is the Ware lecture. 6 00:00:16,340 --> 00:00:18,620 Previous Ware lecturers have included 7 00:00:18,620 --> 00:00:20,630 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 8 00:00:20,630 --> 00:00:23,090 Shirley Chisolm, Kurt Vonnegut, 9 00:00:23,090 --> 00:00:26,310 Mary Oliver, and Bryan Stevenson. 10 00:00:26,310 --> 00:00:31,270 I am excited to announce the 2019 Ware lecturer 11 00:00:31,270 --> 00:00:33,780 will be Richard Blanco. 12 00:00:33,780 --> 00:00:37,130 Richard was chosen by President Barack Obama 13 00:00:37,130 --> 00:00:40,170 as the inaugural poet for the second inauguration 14 00:00:40,170 --> 00:00:42,460 in January 2013, 15 00:00:42,460 --> 00:00:43,930 and he is the author 16 00:00:43,930 --> 00:00:48,330 of the forthcoming book of poems How to Love a Country, 17 00:00:48,330 --> 00:00:50,830 published by our own Beacon Press, 18 00:00:50,830 --> 00:00:54,500 a collection that speaks powerfully to the values of 19 00:00:54,500 --> 00:00:57,980 interdependence, humanity and community 20 00:00:57,980 --> 00:01:01,470 amid the heartache that we find in our country today. 21 00:01:01,470 --> 00:01:05,030 These themes are relevant also for our faith 22 00:01:05,030 --> 00:01:08,400 and reflect the spiritual and theological reflection 23 00:01:08,400 --> 00:01:12,540 we will be doing at General Assembly in Spokane this June 24 00:01:12,540 --> 00:01:16,660 around our theme The Power of WE. 25 00:01:16,660 --> 00:01:20,250 We are so honored that Richard Blanco 26 00:01:20,250 --> 00:01:24,003 will be our 2019 Ware lecturer. 27 00:01:25,380 --> 00:01:27,910 - Hi everyone, I'm Richard Blanco. 28 00:01:27,910 --> 00:01:31,010 I'm very excited to have learned that 29 00:01:31,010 --> 00:01:35,660 I will be the Ware lecturer for this year's GA conference, 30 00:01:35,660 --> 00:01:37,018 The Power of WE, 31 00:01:37,018 --> 00:01:40,880 something that just sort of has really hit home 32 00:01:40,880 --> 00:01:41,940 and it's really touched my heart 33 00:01:41,940 --> 00:01:45,600 ever since serving as inaugural poet for President Obama. 34 00:01:45,600 --> 00:01:48,680 This idea that it takes a collective effort, 35 00:01:48,680 --> 00:01:51,580 that it's a conversation that we all need to have 36 00:01:51,580 --> 00:01:55,250 to complete thinking about who we are as Americans, 37 00:01:55,250 --> 00:01:57,380 who we are as community, who we are as people, 38 00:01:57,380 --> 00:01:58,690 and what that narrative means 39 00:01:58,690 --> 00:02:01,030 and that we all sort of have to participate 40 00:02:01,030 --> 00:02:03,410 in the writing of that narrative. 41 00:02:03,410 --> 00:02:06,750 So anyway, I'm very excited to share with you 42 00:02:06,750 --> 00:02:10,020 those days together and share our thoughts together. 43 00:02:10,020 --> 00:02:12,603 (gentle music)