1 00:00:07,456 --> 00:00:09,477 - Everyday in our world, people are feeling 2 00:00:09,477 --> 00:00:12,499 vulnerable, frightened, and heartbroken. 3 00:00:12,499 --> 00:00:15,569 For those of us who are black indigenous people of color, 4 00:00:15,569 --> 00:00:17,329 the effects of racism and oppression 5 00:00:17,329 --> 00:00:20,038 are an everyday lived reality, 6 00:00:20,038 --> 00:00:22,188 and these feelings are not new. 7 00:00:22,188 --> 00:00:25,497 For others, this can be a time of hard awakening 8 00:00:25,497 --> 00:00:28,737 to the realities that have existed for a long time, 9 00:00:28,737 --> 00:00:31,508 and to new and heightened racial violence 10 00:00:31,508 --> 00:00:34,150 and policies targeting the most vulnerable. 11 00:00:34,150 --> 00:00:37,689 For all of us, the call of this moment is real, 12 00:00:37,689 --> 00:00:40,718 and as Unitarian Universalists, we are invited 13 00:00:40,718 --> 00:00:44,885 and challenged everyday to live more deeply into our faith. 14 00:00:45,958 --> 00:00:49,708 - And everyday, our people, our churches, you 15 00:00:50,889 --> 00:00:53,729 are responding to that invitation. 16 00:00:53,729 --> 00:00:56,648 We are learning to live with a vision of the beloved 17 00:00:56,648 --> 00:01:00,777 community in the face of white supremacy and fear. 18 00:01:00,777 --> 00:01:02,809 We are learning to confront these things 19 00:01:02,809 --> 00:01:06,976 in our own hearts, lives, and in our congregations. 20 00:01:08,177 --> 00:01:10,878 - If we, as UUs are going to be ready 21 00:01:10,878 --> 00:01:13,648 to meet the challenge, and accept our invitation 22 00:01:13,648 --> 00:01:17,897 to build a new way, we must do it together. 23 00:01:17,897 --> 00:01:20,758 We know that as June Jordan said, "We are 24 00:01:20,758 --> 00:01:23,188 "the ones we've been waiting for." 25 00:01:23,188 --> 00:01:25,948 - Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism 26 00:01:25,948 --> 00:01:29,158 is one of the most exciting ways that our faith 27 00:01:29,158 --> 00:01:32,998 is answering this call as a national ministry 28 00:01:32,998 --> 00:01:37,735 for and by black identified Unitarian Universalists, 29 00:01:37,735 --> 00:01:41,506 BLUU embodies a liberating community of all ages, 30 00:01:41,506 --> 00:01:44,647 a community that lifts up the lives and the stories 31 00:01:44,647 --> 00:01:46,063 and the leadership of those who've 32 00:01:46,063 --> 00:01:48,956 been marginalized and silenced. 33 00:01:48,956 --> 00:01:52,954 A community that brings hope when hope is hard to find, 34 00:01:52,954 --> 00:01:55,283 and a community that calls us all 35 00:01:55,283 --> 00:01:58,525 to wrestle with the gap between our theology 36 00:01:58,525 --> 00:02:01,025 and our practice in the world. 37 00:02:02,394 --> 00:02:05,453 - On behalf of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism 38 00:02:05,453 --> 00:02:08,453 organizing collective, thank you. 39 00:02:08,453 --> 00:02:10,571 Thank you for taking part in the UUA's 40 00:02:10,571 --> 00:02:14,125 Promise and Practice campaign to support the UUA Board's 41 00:02:14,125 --> 00:02:18,292 decision of 5.3 million dollar commitment to our work. 42 00:02:19,204 --> 00:02:21,661 I also want to thank all of the black UUs 43 00:02:21,661 --> 00:02:24,662 who are part of our community. 44 00:02:24,662 --> 00:02:28,329 - And I wanna thank Lena, and all of the other leaders 45 00:02:28,329 --> 00:02:33,142 of BLUU for their vision, courage, and tremendous ministry. 46 00:02:33,142 --> 00:02:34,840 I want to thank the Board for their 47 00:02:34,840 --> 00:02:37,673 bold financial commitment to BLUU. 48 00:02:39,742 --> 00:02:41,182 - Amen to that. 49 00:02:41,182 --> 00:02:43,639 - We are on our way, and today Lena and I 50 00:02:43,639 --> 00:02:46,731 are asking you to join us in fulfilling 51 00:02:46,731 --> 00:02:49,792 this promise with your financial support. 52 00:02:49,792 --> 00:02:53,211 We need your help, we at the UUA, we have 53 00:02:53,211 --> 00:02:56,472 already set aside one million dollars 54 00:02:56,472 --> 00:02:59,542 from the UUA endowment towards this campaign, 55 00:02:59,542 --> 00:03:02,451 and we are thrilled that two very generous 56 00:03:02,451 --> 00:03:06,400 Unitarian Universalists, Julie and Brad Bradbird, 57 00:03:06,400 --> 00:03:10,240 have offered a one million dollar match 58 00:03:10,240 --> 00:03:14,160 for congregational giving to help us reach our goal. 59 00:03:14,160 --> 00:03:18,262 All of your gifts are needed and appreciated, and 60 00:03:18,262 --> 00:03:21,280 if your congregation reaches the threshold 61 00:03:21,280 --> 00:03:25,811 of $10 per member, or however you count the souls 62 00:03:25,811 --> 00:03:29,311 that you serve, your gift will be doubled. 63 00:03:30,739 --> 00:03:34,331 If you believe, like I do, that our faith 64 00:03:34,331 --> 00:03:37,680 must become radically inclusive, justice-centered, 65 00:03:37,680 --> 00:03:40,331 multiracial and multi-generational, 66 00:03:40,331 --> 00:03:43,672 then there is no better way to advance that vision 67 00:03:43,672 --> 00:03:47,251 than through your support for BLUU. 68 00:03:47,251 --> 00:03:50,080 - The power and promise of Unitarian Universalism 69 00:03:50,080 --> 00:03:54,247 is waking up to meet fear and hate with radical imagination, 70 00:03:55,320 --> 00:03:59,600 transformative partnership, resilience, and joy. 71 00:03:59,600 --> 00:04:01,280 We make it possible through our 72 00:04:01,280 --> 00:04:04,151 commitment and our generosity. 73 00:04:04,151 --> 00:04:06,022 Thank you for your support. 74 00:04:06,022 --> 00:04:07,022 - Thank you.