1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:09,367 2 00:00:09,367 --> 00:00:09,531 REV. 3 00:00:09,531 --> 00:00:11,780 KELLIE WALKER: I hope you're up to doing some wonderful 4 00:00:11,780 --> 00:00:14,410 singing with us this morning. 5 00:00:14,410 --> 00:00:18,450 This first song is a fun one, but it also has a message 6 00:00:18,450 --> 00:00:22,770 about our longing to live a life of joy and abundance, 7 00:00:22,770 --> 00:00:26,310 even when we are unsure of the path. 8 00:00:26,310 --> 00:00:31,570 Adonde voy in Spanish means, where am I going? 9 00:00:31,570 --> 00:00:35,700 Some of the other words translate in English as I 10 00:00:35,700 --> 00:00:38,650 journey on, unsure of the way. 11 00:00:38,650 --> 00:00:42,830 I'm like a river that flows into the sea. 12 00:00:42,830 --> 00:00:46,250 It dies, but it rises again. 13 00:00:46,250 --> 00:00:49,610 I long to be fruitful and live out the life of abundance and 14 00:00:49,610 --> 00:00:56,160 joy God has planted in my soul. 15 00:00:56,160 --> 00:00:58,770 Let's have the piano go through it once and then we're 16 00:00:58,770 --> 00:01:02,030 going to sing it on la So the music gets in our ears. 17 00:01:02,030 --> 00:01:05,900 Then Andrea Newall is going to help me line out some lines in 18 00:01:05,900 --> 00:01:08,560 Spanish and we're going to focus on the first verse, so 19 00:01:08,560 --> 00:01:14,564 we can feel really good about what we're learning. 20 00:01:14,564 --> 00:01:25,340 [PIANO PLAYING] 21 00:01:25,340 --> 00:01:48,550 [SINGING] 22 00:01:48,550 --> 00:01:48,655 REV. 23 00:01:48,655 --> 00:01:50,710 KELLIE WALKER: Please rise in body and spirit, and we're 24 00:01:50,710 --> 00:01:53,510 going to try it on la first, just what I just did. 25 00:01:53,510 --> 00:01:54,190 Read, and go. 26 00:01:54,190 --> 00:02:18,990 [ALL SINGING] 27 00:02:18,990 --> 00:02:19,155 REV. 28 00:02:19,155 --> 00:02:20,554 KELLIE WALKER: She's going to sing a line, and then 29 00:02:20,554 --> 00:02:20,650 we'll repeat it. 30 00:02:20,650 --> 00:03:16,202 [SINGING] 31 00:03:16,202 --> 00:03:16,371 REV. 32 00:03:16,371 --> 00:03:17,900 KELLIE WALKER: Now let's try the words. 33 00:03:17,900 --> 00:03:20,201 Ready, one, two, go. 34 00:03:20,201 --> 00:03:46,635 [SINGING] 35 00:03:46,635 --> 00:03:46,770 REV. 36 00:03:46,770 --> 00:03:48,390 KELLIE WALKER: And we'll have a chance to sing it later on 37 00:03:48,390 --> 00:03:53,745 this week to sing it again, so you'll get better and better. 38 00:03:53,745 --> 00:03:55,820 Stay rising if you are rising. 39 00:03:55,820 --> 00:03:59,840 We're going to do another song that you probably know a 40 00:03:59,840 --> 00:04:01,500 little bit better. 41 00:04:01,500 --> 00:04:09,980 Jim Scott's Gather the Spirit, long favorite of many of you. 42 00:04:09,980 --> 00:04:14,380 So if you haven't risen in body or spirit, you can now. 43 00:04:14,380 --> 00:04:15,105 Gather the Spirit. 44 00:04:15,105 --> 00:04:36,368 [PIANO PLAYING] 45 00:04:36,368 --> 00:06:44,975 [SINGING] 46 00:06:44,975 --> 00:06:45,066 REV. 47 00:06:45,066 --> 00:06:45,745 KELLIE WALKER: Thank you. 48 00:06:45,745 --> 00:06:47,230 You may be seated. 49 00:06:47,230 --> 00:07:08,515 [DRUMMING] 50 00:07:08,515 --> 00:07:08,641 REV. 51 00:07:08,641 --> 00:07:12,450 SEAN PARKER DENNISON: Good morning. 52 00:07:12,450 --> 00:07:17,110 We gather this morning on the edge of something new, 53 00:07:17,110 --> 00:07:20,100 something we haven't tried before. 54 00:07:20,100 --> 00:07:25,130 We gather not to serve our own needs, but to serve the common 55 00:07:25,130 --> 00:07:32,510 good to witness for justice in Arizona and beyond, to embody 56 00:07:32,510 --> 00:07:42,300 compassion, to put power to use for the cause of love. 57 00:07:42,300 --> 00:07:48,590 We have gathered, thousands of us knowing that this work will 58 00:07:48,590 --> 00:07:50,820 ask for much of us. 59 00:07:50,820 --> 00:07:55,220 It may ask us to acknowledge complexities that are 60 00:07:55,220 --> 00:07:59,050 confusing and unfamiliar. 61 00:07:59,050 --> 00:08:03,690 It may ask us to engage with vulnerability that is 62 00:08:03,690 --> 00:08:06,380 uncomfortable. 63 00:08:06,380 --> 00:08:11,650 It may ask us to set aside our habit of thinking we know all 64 00:08:11,650 --> 00:08:15,720 we need to know and instead, be aware we 65 00:08:15,720 --> 00:08:19,770 have much to learn. 66 00:08:19,770 --> 00:08:25,910 In this moment, we pray for the wisdom to see that the 67 00:08:25,910 --> 00:08:33,230 opposite of injustice is not justice, but compassion. 68 00:08:33,230 --> 00:08:37,480 We are not here to prove the rightness of our cause, but to 69 00:08:37,480 --> 00:08:41,809 work in concert with the spirit of love. 70 00:08:41,809 --> 00:08:45,210 May we find ample opportunities to bear witness 71 00:08:45,210 --> 00:08:49,950 to the beauty of our human family, the dignity of all 72 00:08:49,950 --> 00:08:56,690 people, the undeniable reality that we are but one strand in 73 00:08:56,690 --> 00:09:00,050 the web of life. 74 00:09:00,050 --> 00:09:06,510 In this holy moment of intention, we draw on the 75 00:09:06,510 --> 00:09:10,850 strength of our forebears, the deep taproot of 76 00:09:10,850 --> 00:09:15,440 history that sustains. 77 00:09:15,440 --> 00:09:20,180 We acknowledge our responsibility to each other, 78 00:09:20,180 --> 00:09:25,780 to behave accountably, to turn to one another for help, 79 00:09:25,780 --> 00:09:30,610 support, and a larger perspective. 80 00:09:30,610 --> 00:09:35,330 We express our longing, that this week be the beginning of 81 00:09:35,330 --> 00:09:39,940 a journey toward a life where all beings are filled with 82 00:09:39,940 --> 00:09:45,850 loving kindness and the world is at peace. 83 00:09:45,850 --> 00:09:47,980 May it be so. 84 00:09:47,980 --> 00:10:00,570 May we be the ones that make it so. 85 00:10:00,570 --> 00:10:03,960 It's my pleasure to again invite Andrea Newall to come 86 00:10:03,960 --> 00:10:07,090 up, and she will be singing Libertad, a 87 00:10:07,090 --> 00:10:09,490 powerful song in Spanish. 88 00:10:09,490 --> 00:10:15,040 It translates as liberty is more than waking up unchained. 89 00:10:15,040 --> 00:10:18,620 It is living in harmony with our neighbors, deciding 90 00:10:18,620 --> 00:10:23,210 together, working together, for the freedom of all. 91 00:10:23,210 --> 00:10:27,920 She'll do it as a solo today and you all will have an 92 00:10:27,920 --> 00:10:30,360 opportunity to sing it during the hymn sing before the 93 00:10:30,360 --> 00:10:33,560 [INAUDIBLE] lecture on Saturday. 94 00:10:33,560 --> 00:10:36,320 I invite you now to just listen to these beautiful 95 00:10:36,320 --> 00:10:38,070 Spanish words and melody. 96 00:10:38,070 --> 00:11:32,626 [PIANO PLAYING] 97 00:11:32,626 --> 00:12:38,890 [SINGING] 98 00:12:38,890 --> 00:12:47,730 [APPLAUSE] 99 00:12:47,730 --> 00:12:47,792 REV. 100 00:12:47,792 --> 00:12:49,260 LESLIE TAKAHASHI MORRIS: The Accountability Group for 101 00:12:49,260 --> 00:12:55,150 Justice General Assembly has worked since January of 2011 102 00:12:55,150 --> 00:12:59,550 to help fulfill the vision of this unique gathering. 103 00:12:59,550 --> 00:13:02,840 We are a 15 member group charged with working to 104 00:13:02,840 --> 00:13:07,160 fulfill the vision of this Justice General Assembly, and 105 00:13:07,160 --> 00:13:10,900 to ensure the participation, particularly up historically 106 00:13:10,900 --> 00:13:14,660 marginalized groups of people within the UUA. 107 00:13:14,660 --> 00:13:19,740 It is from these collective experiences that we share this 108 00:13:19,740 --> 00:13:23,530 service today. 109 00:13:23,530 --> 00:13:26,290 SUZANNE FAST: When we come together to do anything worth 110 00:13:26,290 --> 00:13:32,100 doing, we reach beyond what is familiar and comfortable into 111 00:13:32,100 --> 00:13:36,990 that deeper realm where questions take us, where we 112 00:13:36,990 --> 00:13:43,250 are open to new knowledge and new ways of being. 113 00:13:43,250 --> 00:13:43,310 REV. 114 00:13:43,310 --> 00:13:46,310 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: When we come together to do something 115 00:13:46,310 --> 00:13:51,960 we have never done before, we bring the lessons of those who 116 00:13:51,960 --> 00:13:58,190 have come before us, their victories, and their mistakes. 117 00:13:58,190 --> 00:14:01,340 They are that cloud of witnesses 118 00:14:01,340 --> 00:14:05,302 present in silent support. 119 00:14:05,302 --> 00:14:05,399 REV. 120 00:14:05,399 --> 00:14:09,860 LESLIE TAKAHASHI MORRIS: So let us ask here, what do we 121 00:14:09,860 --> 00:14:14,634 bring, and where are we challenged? 122 00:14:14,634 --> 00:14:14,769 REV. 123 00:14:14,769 --> 00:14:17,160 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: We bring the principles that our 124 00:14:17,160 --> 00:14:22,640 congregations covenant to affirm and promote together. 125 00:14:22,640 --> 00:14:27,570 We bring our affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity 126 00:14:27,570 --> 00:14:31,010 of every person, a precious gem of our 127 00:14:31,010 --> 00:14:33,842 Universalist heritage. 128 00:14:33,842 --> 00:14:36,740 SUZANNE FAST: And we are challenged in times when we 129 00:14:36,740 --> 00:14:40,660 must face the fact that we need to be part of the 130 00:14:40,660 --> 00:14:47,390 collective voice, to sound the note of we rather than I. We 131 00:14:47,390 --> 00:14:51,170 bring our belief in the possibility of justice, 132 00:14:51,170 --> 00:14:55,550 equity, and compassion in human relations. 133 00:14:55,550 --> 00:14:55,598 REV. 134 00:14:55,598 --> 00:14:57,100 LESLIE TAKAHASHI MORRIS: And we are challenged to be 135 00:14:57,100 --> 00:15:01,550 audacious and relentless in our pursuit of justice in real 136 00:15:01,550 --> 00:15:06,310 time, in the service of real people and real situations. 137 00:15:06,310 --> 00:15:11,630 This is not just for some, but for all, and we bring 138 00:15:11,630 --> 00:15:15,370 acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual 139 00:15:15,370 --> 00:15:18,140 growth in our congregations. 140 00:15:18,140 --> 00:15:20,640 SUZANNE FAST: And we are challenged by our fear of the 141 00:15:20,640 --> 00:15:25,980 unknown, for even we who hear the beat of a distant drummer 142 00:15:25,980 --> 00:15:29,960 can scorn the prophets in our own lands. 143 00:15:29,960 --> 00:15:34,150 We bring our commitment to the free and responsible search 144 00:15:34,150 --> 00:15:37,350 for truth and meaning. 145 00:15:37,350 --> 00:15:37,395 REV. 146 00:15:37,395 --> 00:15:40,300 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: We are challenged because we see 147 00:15:40,300 --> 00:15:45,800 truth as singular, rather than a complex and evolving 148 00:15:45,800 --> 00:15:51,470 collection of perspectives and experiences. 149 00:15:51,470 --> 00:15:55,270 We bring our belief in the right of conscience and the 150 00:15:55,270 --> 00:15:59,310 use of the democratic process within our congregations and 151 00:15:59,310 --> 00:16:02,490 in society at large. 152 00:16:02,490 --> 00:16:02,538 REV. 153 00:16:02,538 --> 00:16:04,630 LESLIE TAKAHASHI MORRIS: And we are challenged to remember 154 00:16:04,630 --> 00:16:09,790 that too many voices are hid in fear and in silence. 155 00:16:09,790 --> 00:16:13,150 The democratic process requires that all be welcomed 156 00:16:13,150 --> 00:16:15,030 to the table. 157 00:16:15,030 --> 00:16:19,710 We bring the goal of world community with peace, liberty, 158 00:16:19,710 --> 00:16:22,560 and justice for all. 159 00:16:22,560 --> 00:16:22,630 REV. 160 00:16:22,630 --> 00:16:29,700 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: And we are challenged when we treat 161 00:16:29,700 --> 00:16:34,060 our nearest neighbors badly without consideration for 162 00:16:34,060 --> 00:16:37,780 their basic human needs. 163 00:16:37,780 --> 00:16:41,100 We bring respect for the interdependent web of all 164 00:16:41,100 --> 00:16:45,220 existence of which we are a part. 165 00:16:45,220 --> 00:16:45,278 REV. 166 00:16:45,278 --> 00:16:47,680 LESLIE TAKAHASHI MORRIS: And we are challenged when we fail 167 00:16:47,680 --> 00:16:51,330 to recognize that we export a culture that consumes at a 168 00:16:51,330 --> 00:16:55,110 rate our planet cannot sustain, and that 169 00:16:55,110 --> 00:16:58,620 interdependence is about economies as much as 170 00:16:58,620 --> 00:17:01,080 ecosystems. 171 00:17:01,080 --> 00:17:05,290 SUZANNE FAST: Our faith is a living tradition, so we today 172 00:17:05,290 --> 00:17:11,599 call it to life in service of a world which needs its gifts. 173 00:17:11,599 --> 00:17:31,020 May we face these challenges with compassion and grace. 174 00:17:31,020 --> 00:17:31,082 REV. 175 00:17:31,082 --> 00:17:37,050 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: In our culture, words have power, the 176 00:17:37,050 --> 00:17:43,300 power to shape reality and to evoke emotion. 177 00:17:43,300 --> 00:17:47,210 The power to share our thoughts with one another, the 178 00:17:47,210 --> 00:17:50,870 power to understand. 179 00:17:50,870 --> 00:17:57,070 Words carry the power to evoke us, awaken us, and 180 00:17:57,070 --> 00:18:00,740 embolden us to act. 181 00:18:00,740 --> 00:18:05,390 Words also carry the power to degrade, 182 00:18:05,390 --> 00:18:09,910 disparage, and denigrate. 183 00:18:09,910 --> 00:18:14,920 As people of faith, we are called to attend our words, to 184 00:18:14,920 --> 00:18:20,790 speak with thoughtfulness and compassion, to understand the 185 00:18:20,790 --> 00:18:26,690 power of our words and to know that they may lead to actions 186 00:18:26,690 --> 00:18:30,290 we may not anticipate. 187 00:18:30,290 --> 00:18:34,630 To recognize, also, that many of the words that we use in 188 00:18:34,630 --> 00:18:40,340 everyday language are ambiguous in their meaning. 189 00:18:40,340 --> 00:18:45,080 Words that evoke a range of thoughts and feelings, words 190 00:18:45,080 --> 00:18:52,560 that resonate with harmony, or with dissonance. 191 00:18:52,560 --> 00:18:56,780 These abstract words are open to the interpretation of our 192 00:18:56,780 --> 00:18:59,770 history and our experience. 193 00:18:59,770 --> 00:19:04,920 Our very lives shape the way we define them. 194 00:19:04,920 --> 00:19:09,080 This morning, we would like to share with you a particular 195 00:19:09,080 --> 00:19:13,590 set of words, words that we believe will be central to 196 00:19:13,590 --> 00:19:19,830 your time here in Arizona at Justice General Assembly. 197 00:19:19,830 --> 00:19:25,950 Words that deserve reflection and meditation. 198 00:19:25,950 --> 00:19:30,170 We offer these words to you as you go forward into this 199 00:19:30,170 --> 00:19:36,190 weekend, that they may provide you with a touchstone, with 200 00:19:36,190 --> 00:19:39,580 moments of thoughtfulness, or perhaps 201 00:19:39,580 --> 00:19:42,910 even a moment of grace. 202 00:19:42,910 --> 00:19:46,470 We offer these words to you that they might deepen your 203 00:19:46,470 --> 00:19:51,750 understanding of the world and embrace the complexity of the 204 00:19:51,750 --> 00:20:02,900 world in which we live. 205 00:20:02,900 --> 00:20:07,000 IAN JAFFE: In the words of Johnny Cash, love is a burning 206 00:20:07,000 --> 00:20:12,360 thing Love is part of what has brought us here today, and it 207 00:20:12,360 --> 00:20:16,220 is what keeps us close and unified as we move towards a 208 00:20:16,220 --> 00:20:19,510 world of justice for all. 209 00:20:19,510 --> 00:20:22,650 Let's take a moment to reflect on those that have taken 210 00:20:22,650 --> 00:20:26,250 action so far, such as every individual that has 211 00:20:26,250 --> 00:20:31,220 participated in a Standing on the Side of Love event. 212 00:20:31,220 --> 00:20:34,960 Remember those that are with us today, as well as those 213 00:20:34,960 --> 00:20:37,240 that are not present. 214 00:20:37,240 --> 00:20:42,180 Let's take a moment to dream about what tomorrow may bring. 215 00:20:42,180 --> 00:20:45,630 I am thankful to be a part of so many great groups in 216 00:20:45,630 --> 00:20:48,560 Denver, and that my community is such a 217 00:20:48,560 --> 00:20:51,750 significant part of my life. 218 00:20:51,750 --> 00:20:55,910 A Denver Boulder cluster was created to keep the churches 219 00:20:55,910 --> 00:21:00,490 in the area connected for justice-oriented work, as well 220 00:21:00,490 --> 00:21:03,970 as for building and bridging connections with others. 221 00:21:03,970 --> 00:21:07,160 I am thankful for the UUM and for the great work that 222 00:21:07,160 --> 00:21:09,640 they're doing now. 223 00:21:09,640 --> 00:21:12,910 Let's recognize that we are all in this together. 224 00:21:12,910 --> 00:21:14,760 Our future cannot be accomplished 225 00:21:14,760 --> 00:21:16,510 by any single act. 226 00:21:16,510 --> 00:21:19,770 It takes hundreds and thousands of hands to 227 00:21:19,770 --> 00:21:23,350 accomplish what we are capable of. 228 00:21:23,350 --> 00:21:29,410 Sometimes, love hurts, and it is not easy to love. 229 00:21:29,410 --> 00:21:33,660 It is our love individually and collectively in our 230 00:21:33,660 --> 00:21:37,310 recognition of the challenges and obstacles that we're 231 00:21:37,310 --> 00:21:40,920 facing and that others are facing that we're working 232 00:21:40,920 --> 00:21:43,270 towards overcoming. 233 00:21:43,270 --> 00:21:48,470 So for me, love in UUism comes down to this. 234 00:21:48,470 --> 00:21:51,170 Be here for one another. 235 00:21:51,170 --> 00:21:55,210 Work with each other, knowing that it is strength that binds 236 00:21:55,210 --> 00:21:57,130 us together. 237 00:21:57,130 --> 00:22:00,980 Work together to solve problems, to right the world 238 00:22:00,980 --> 00:22:05,030 in whatever way that you can. 239 00:22:05,030 --> 00:22:08,610 Fight for justice and recognize that we are already 240 00:22:08,610 --> 00:22:11,040 making progress. 241 00:22:11,040 --> 00:22:13,680 After many days of effort on all of our 242 00:22:13,680 --> 00:22:17,060 parts, we will get there. 243 00:22:17,060 --> 00:22:21,320 Whether it is a world where we do not look at each other as 244 00:22:21,320 --> 00:22:31,970 being different, or perhaps a world where those in need of 245 00:22:31,970 --> 00:22:35,280 help from us the most are getting it through the work of 246 00:22:35,280 --> 00:22:39,860 our hands, our hearts, and our minds. 247 00:22:39,860 --> 00:22:41,950 So let's try something. 248 00:22:41,950 --> 00:22:45,440 Please take a moment to think about what you're doing and 249 00:22:45,440 --> 00:22:47,930 think about what you're not doing. 250 00:22:47,930 --> 00:22:51,170 Both of these questions can be hard, and let's 251 00:22:51,170 --> 00:23:00,150 rise in body or spirit. 252 00:23:00,150 --> 00:23:08,000 Take a moment and smile at your neighbors. 253 00:23:08,000 --> 00:23:12,320 And take a moment to look around. 254 00:23:12,320 --> 00:23:19,910 Notice how this room is full of people smiling. 255 00:23:19,910 --> 00:23:23,650 Each of us may have a different reason to be here. 256 00:23:23,650 --> 00:23:26,980 Personally, I want to build connections and work towards a 257 00:23:26,980 --> 00:23:30,680 state of greater equality. 258 00:23:30,680 --> 00:23:34,020 I believe that each of us is accountable. 259 00:23:34,020 --> 00:23:36,630 Our actions shape the future of the Unitarian 260 00:23:36,630 --> 00:23:39,150 Universalist movement. 261 00:23:39,150 --> 00:23:41,980 So let's show what we are capable of. 262 00:23:41,980 --> 00:23:46,060 And as we gather, let's feel the support and love of the 263 00:23:46,060 --> 00:24:06,800 larger community as we move forward together. 264 00:24:06,800 --> 00:24:06,881 REV. 265 00:24:06,881 --> 00:24:11,390 JAMES HOBART: Power is among the most used, the most 266 00:24:11,390 --> 00:24:17,870 overused, the most misused words in human language. 267 00:24:17,870 --> 00:24:20,030 Power. 268 00:24:20,030 --> 00:24:24,270 What kind of power is appropriate for our 2012 269 00:24:24,270 --> 00:24:29,260 Justice General Assembly, gathered in the presence of 270 00:24:29,260 --> 00:24:33,140 sanctioned injustice, government-approved 271 00:24:33,140 --> 00:24:37,620 oppression, and public humiliation for many people in 272 00:24:37,620 --> 00:24:41,620 Arizona and beyond? 273 00:24:41,620 --> 00:24:48,150 We gather here to affirm all people are our companions, not 274 00:24:48,150 --> 00:24:51,650 just those who are our kind of people. 275 00:24:51,650 --> 00:25:01,570 All are our kin, none are outsiders, strangers, aliens. 276 00:25:01,570 --> 00:25:04,590 How do our religious affirmations about our 277 00:25:04,590 --> 00:25:10,430 solidarity with all people relate to power? 278 00:25:10,430 --> 00:25:15,700 Ralph Waldo Emerson noted the universal thread that runs 279 00:25:15,700 --> 00:25:17,920 through the reality of power. 280 00:25:17,920 --> 00:25:24,810 He wrote, "all power is of one kind, a sharing of the nature 281 00:25:24,810 --> 00:25:27,610 of the world. 282 00:25:27,610 --> 00:25:30,950 Power is basic to creation. 283 00:25:30,950 --> 00:25:33,810 It is built into all existence, 284 00:25:33,810 --> 00:25:36,730 including human being. 285 00:25:36,730 --> 00:25:43,080 We do not choose power, we are given power in our creation 286 00:25:43,080 --> 00:25:45,740 and in our human being. 287 00:25:45,740 --> 00:25:50,620 We do choose how our power will be exercised. 288 00:25:50,620 --> 00:25:56,880 We choose for good or for ill, both through our action and 289 00:25:56,880 --> 00:26:00,540 our inaction in the world. 290 00:26:00,540 --> 00:26:03,240 Power is neutral. 291 00:26:03,240 --> 00:26:08,310 Through our choices, we employ our power to serve good or to 292 00:26:08,310 --> 00:26:10,760 serve evil. 293 00:26:10,760 --> 00:26:13,320 Our power is always measured and 294 00:26:13,320 --> 00:26:16,860 assessed by what it serves. 295 00:26:16,860 --> 00:26:20,400 This is Martin Luther King Jr.'s sense when he spoke 296 00:26:20,400 --> 00:26:23,770 these words, "I am not interested in power for 297 00:26:23,770 --> 00:26:28,150 power's sake, but I am interested in power that is 298 00:26:28,150 --> 00:26:35,800 moral, that is right, that is good." Dr. King gives voice to 299 00:26:35,800 --> 00:26:40,610 a profound, deeply religious understanding of power. 300 00:26:40,610 --> 00:26:46,700 In religious terms, legitimate power is a means, always 301 00:26:46,700 --> 00:26:51,240 joined with and measured by the ends it serves. 302 00:26:51,240 --> 00:26:57,170 Religiously, power is in relation to an ethical end. 303 00:26:57,170 --> 00:27:00,030 In the dynamic of the human community, there is an 304 00:27:00,030 --> 00:27:05,900 inevitable continuity of the means, power, with the ends 305 00:27:05,900 --> 00:27:07,710 which the means serve. 306 00:27:07,710 --> 00:27:12,390 Love or justice or compassion or peace. 307 00:27:12,390 --> 00:27:17,470 We shape and we are shaped by the paths we follow in the 308 00:27:17,470 --> 00:27:19,860 pursuit of our goals. 309 00:27:19,860 --> 00:27:21,640 Here, Emerson again. 310 00:27:21,640 --> 00:27:28,120 "Cause and effect, means and ends, seeds and fruit cannot 311 00:27:28,120 --> 00:27:33,290 be severed, for the effect already blooms in the cause. 312 00:27:33,290 --> 00:27:40,440 The end pre-exist in the means, the fruit in the seed." 313 00:27:40,440 --> 00:27:43,510 The ends preexist in the means. 314 00:27:43,510 --> 00:27:47,850 In exercising our inherent power as faithful religious 315 00:27:47,850 --> 00:27:52,320 persons, and as a faithful religious community, we must 316 00:27:52,320 --> 00:27:57,100 be aware that our power always shapes the outcome 317 00:27:57,100 --> 00:28:00,700 for good or for ill. 318 00:28:00,700 --> 00:28:06,970 Authentic power, exercised in the service of justice has two 319 00:28:06,970 --> 00:28:08,990 requirements. 320 00:28:08,990 --> 00:28:15,240 First, participation is open and inclusive. 321 00:28:15,240 --> 00:28:19,970 The welcome table is not owned by any person or group. 322 00:28:19,970 --> 00:28:26,460 All persons are entitled to a place by virtue of our 323 00:28:26,460 --> 00:28:31,280 inherent and equal worth and dignity. 324 00:28:31,280 --> 00:28:34,210 People and communities who have been excluded from their 325 00:28:34,210 --> 00:28:37,850 rightful place, people who have been marginalized and 326 00:28:37,850 --> 00:28:42,250 oppressed, have a place of honor at the welcome table. 327 00:28:42,250 --> 00:28:45,980 They are full participants in decision making. 328 00:28:45,980 --> 00:28:50,460 Their voices, spoken and heard, set the terms and 329 00:28:50,460 --> 00:28:53,000 influence the outcome. 330 00:28:53,000 --> 00:28:58,800 Second, careful attention is given by all to the means used 331 00:28:58,800 --> 00:29:01,250 and to the ends served. 332 00:29:01,250 --> 00:29:05,860 The community serving love and justice is the community in 333 00:29:05,860 --> 00:29:08,310 which power is shared. 334 00:29:08,310 --> 00:29:15,020 It is exercised with one another, not over one another. 335 00:29:15,020 --> 00:29:20,410 We come to Phoenix to blend our voices and to join our 336 00:29:20,410 --> 00:29:25,830 lives with those living here who seek justice. 337 00:29:25,830 --> 00:29:31,830 We do not come to lead, we come to support as companions. 338 00:29:31,830 --> 00:29:35,710 We come to offer the power of our being as religious 339 00:29:35,710 --> 00:29:39,660 individuals, and as a religious community in 340 00:29:39,660 --> 00:29:43,020 solidarity with the power of those who 341 00:29:43,020 --> 00:29:45,930 struggle for justice. 342 00:29:45,930 --> 00:29:51,540 In the words of the old union song, there can be no power 343 00:29:51,540 --> 00:30:02,040 greater anywhere beneath the sun, solidarity forever. 344 00:30:02,040 --> 00:30:04,370 TOMOKO TAKANO: And so we're reminded of our 345 00:30:04,370 --> 00:30:07,540 first guiding question. 346 00:30:07,540 --> 00:30:19,528 How can I respect my own story and the stories of others? 347 00:30:19,528 --> 00:33:05,180 [SINGING] 348 00:33:05,180 --> 00:33:05,252 REV. 349 00:33:05,252 --> 00:33:06,810 MITRA RAHNEMA: What are you? 350 00:33:06,810 --> 00:33:08,880 Are you a man, a woman? 351 00:33:08,880 --> 00:33:11,240 Are you a person of color? 352 00:33:11,240 --> 00:33:15,460 Are you straight or gay, abled or disabled, citizen, 353 00:33:15,460 --> 00:33:18,470 immigrant, settler? 354 00:33:18,470 --> 00:33:22,180 Are you legal or illegal? 355 00:33:22,180 --> 00:33:25,340 Do you belong here? 356 00:33:25,340 --> 00:33:27,860 Where is it documented? 357 00:33:27,860 --> 00:33:33,350 On your birth certificate, in your skin, on your wheelchair 358 00:33:33,350 --> 00:33:34,490 or your DNA? 359 00:33:34,490 --> 00:33:39,600 Does it have the US stamp of approval? 360 00:33:39,600 --> 00:33:45,210 Tell me, what are you? 361 00:33:45,210 --> 00:33:49,470 That question, what are you, is the clash of cultures 362 00:33:49,470 --> 00:33:53,060 working itself out in the flesh of those of us with 363 00:33:53,060 --> 00:33:56,020 identities on the margins. 364 00:33:56,020 --> 00:34:00,230 In this process, we can experience and re-experience 365 00:34:00,230 --> 00:34:06,820 the pain, sadness, embarrassment, fear, grief, of 366 00:34:06,820 --> 00:34:10,210 our deepest selves. 367 00:34:10,210 --> 00:34:15,070 We try to respond, wanting to make connection, wanting to 368 00:34:15,070 --> 00:34:21,110 know ourselves, but often left feeling fenced in, stripped 369 00:34:21,110 --> 00:34:24,650 down, and depleted. 370 00:34:24,650 --> 00:34:29,900 The beauty of migrating identities is lost. 371 00:34:29,900 --> 00:34:37,989 Our humaneness is squashed and evolution is halted. 372 00:34:37,989 --> 00:34:41,250 In life, we all often encounter these forms that 373 00:34:41,250 --> 00:34:42,760 ask, what are you. 374 00:34:42,760 --> 00:34:47,770 And we check boxes of gender, and age, race, and so on. 375 00:34:47,770 --> 00:34:52,400 Sometimes at the bottom of the list, we are given that option 376 00:34:52,400 --> 00:34:57,350 other, with the line to fill in. 377 00:34:57,350 --> 00:35:01,950 We might pick other out of desperation to just numb 378 00:35:01,950 --> 00:35:06,565 ourselves and move on, or we check it with frustration. 379 00:35:06,565 --> 00:35:11,890 Ugh, I'm always other. 380 00:35:11,890 --> 00:35:17,040 And there are times when other is that ambiguous 381 00:35:17,040 --> 00:35:20,300 place that saves us. 382 00:35:20,300 --> 00:35:23,970 I am an other. 383 00:35:23,970 --> 00:35:30,600 Hallelujah. 384 00:35:30,600 --> 00:35:34,310 Ambiguity is a saving grace. 385 00:35:34,310 --> 00:35:40,430 Ambiguity is that vast space between two clasped hands, it 386 00:35:40,430 --> 00:35:44,450 is the sound of silence, it is that 387 00:35:44,450 --> 00:35:47,740 breathtaking glance from another. 388 00:35:47,740 --> 00:35:52,660 It is anger that surfaces our love, it is a deep belly laugh 389 00:35:52,660 --> 00:35:56,940 in the midst of great pain. 390 00:35:56,940 --> 00:36:00,510 At time, ambiguity can be anxiety provoking an 391 00:36:00,510 --> 00:36:05,353 unpredictable, making us want to clarify rules. 392 00:36:05,353 --> 00:36:10,600 Yet, it can also encourage us to be more than what is 393 00:36:10,600 --> 00:36:19,920 documented in the laws or the bylaws. 394 00:36:19,920 --> 00:36:27,260 Ambiguity knows that in welcoming the stranger, we 395 00:36:27,260 --> 00:36:32,040 ourselves become the stranger by crossing the borders of our 396 00:36:32,040 --> 00:36:35,690 consciousness. 397 00:36:35,690 --> 00:36:41,420 Ambiguity gives us permission to imagine new beings within 398 00:36:41,420 --> 00:36:45,850 and outside the walls of our bodies, our communities, our 399 00:36:45,850 --> 00:36:48,110 states, are countries. 400 00:36:48,110 --> 00:36:56,890 It is becoming the other and responding with a hallelujah. 401 00:36:56,890 --> 00:37:01,110 Our Unitarian Universalist faith insists that we do not 402 00:37:01,110 --> 00:37:05,000 limit the infinity of grace. 403 00:37:05,000 --> 00:37:09,000 Therefore, our job is to cultivate possibility in 404 00:37:09,000 --> 00:37:13,550 response to isolation and suffering. 405 00:37:13,550 --> 00:37:18,640 The feeling of chaos inherent in possibility makes us uneasy 406 00:37:18,640 --> 00:37:22,420 constantly, but when we do it, we are creating a new story to 407 00:37:22,420 --> 00:37:25,680 explain the world and our participation in it. 408 00:37:25,680 --> 00:37:29,900 We are making an evolutionary step forward, one that allows 409 00:37:29,900 --> 00:37:32,720 for a future in which our children themselves can be 410 00:37:32,720 --> 00:37:41,840 creatively ambiguous in heart, body, and mind. 411 00:37:41,840 --> 00:37:46,840 Sometimes on those forms that we fill out, they ask what is 412 00:37:46,840 --> 00:37:52,250 your religion, and we are given a list. 413 00:37:52,250 --> 00:37:57,840 At that bottom of the list is the nebulous other with a 414 00:37:57,840 --> 00:38:00,770 space to fill in. 415 00:38:00,770 --> 00:38:05,840 That is the space where we can write in Unitarian 416 00:38:05,840 --> 00:38:10,440 Universalist because what are we? 417 00:38:10,440 --> 00:38:21,270 We are religiously other. 418 00:38:21,270 --> 00:38:27,030 So therefore, let us be and embrace another ambiguous 419 00:38:27,030 --> 00:38:47,200 other together, and respond with hallelujah. 420 00:38:47,200 --> 00:38:51,020 SUZANNE FAST: There was a time when I had trouble connecting 421 00:38:51,020 --> 00:38:57,490 compassion w working for a more just society. 422 00:38:57,490 --> 00:39:02,860 Compassion seemed too soft, too malleable to be a strong 423 00:39:02,860 --> 00:39:06,780 foundation for justice. 424 00:39:06,780 --> 00:39:11,040 My actions were guided more often by anger than by 425 00:39:11,040 --> 00:39:13,080 compassion. 426 00:39:13,080 --> 00:39:15,410 It was righteous anger. 427 00:39:15,410 --> 00:39:23,730 I cherished it, I fed it, it fed me. 428 00:39:23,730 --> 00:39:28,460 Part of my problem was that my understanding of compassion 429 00:39:28,460 --> 00:39:30,490 was so limited. 430 00:39:30,490 --> 00:39:32,210 You see, I had it confused with 431 00:39:32,210 --> 00:39:37,260 feeling sorry for someone. 432 00:39:37,260 --> 00:39:41,640 It was a long time ago when I discovered compassion as an 433 00:39:41,640 --> 00:39:44,550 antidote to anger. 434 00:39:44,550 --> 00:39:47,720 I was in graduate school studying international 435 00:39:47,720 --> 00:39:54,700 economic development, eager to fix things. 436 00:39:54,700 --> 00:39:57,610 The custodial staff at my university were starting to 437 00:39:57,610 --> 00:40:00,000 organize a union. 438 00:40:00,000 --> 00:40:05,020 They were looking for allies. 439 00:40:05,020 --> 00:40:12,570 As a graduate student, I did not feel very powerful. 440 00:40:12,570 --> 00:40:17,740 University would not listen to a bunch of graduate students, 441 00:40:17,740 --> 00:40:23,410 but the custodial workers knew our power better than we did. 442 00:40:23,410 --> 00:40:28,290 They asked us to work with the undergraduate students, the 443 00:40:28,290 --> 00:40:32,250 people whose parents paid the tuition bills, 444 00:40:32,250 --> 00:40:37,150 those people had power. 445 00:40:37,150 --> 00:40:39,970 I started spending more time with the people who were 446 00:40:39,970 --> 00:40:41,890 working together on this. 447 00:40:41,890 --> 00:40:46,280 Students, faculty, staff, families. 448 00:40:46,280 --> 00:40:49,870 Having supper, playing catch, singing, 449 00:40:49,870 --> 00:40:53,480 going fishing, talking. 450 00:40:53,480 --> 00:40:56,890 And when I sat side by side with someone whose experience 451 00:40:56,890 --> 00:41:02,500 was different from mine and I paid attention, my ways of 452 00:41:02,500 --> 00:41:07,990 understanding got a little bigger. 453 00:41:07,990 --> 00:41:12,170 Being together with someone in the struggle, that's what 454 00:41:12,170 --> 00:41:13,080 compassion means. 455 00:41:13,080 --> 00:41:17,000 Seriously, as a linguist. 456 00:41:17,000 --> 00:41:21,800 Learning to be with someone in their struggles tore away at 457 00:41:21,800 --> 00:41:27,440 those barriers between myself and others and gave me the 458 00:41:27,440 --> 00:41:32,150 courage to share my own struggles with others, to find 459 00:41:32,150 --> 00:41:37,490 the holy alive in the world. 460 00:41:37,490 --> 00:41:41,550 For me, it was a leap of faith to embrace suffering, really 461 00:41:41,550 --> 00:41:43,290 embrace it. 462 00:41:43,290 --> 00:41:47,940 Paying attention to my own experience of suffering and 463 00:41:47,940 --> 00:41:51,040 the suffering of other people. 464 00:41:51,040 --> 00:41:55,250 Not wallowing in icky feelings, but just allowing 465 00:41:55,250 --> 00:42:03,810 myself to experience this part of life for what it is. 466 00:42:03,810 --> 00:42:07,800 Being in the struggle with others, learning to love their 467 00:42:07,800 --> 00:42:13,380 reality like my own, practicing compassion changes 468 00:42:13,380 --> 00:42:17,040 how I understand the world. 469 00:42:17,040 --> 00:42:20,120 And it changes me in the process. 470 00:42:20,120 --> 00:42:23,640 Not always the most comfortable feeling, but 471 00:42:23,640 --> 00:42:27,840 enlivening. 472 00:42:27,840 --> 00:42:30,080 Our tradition has a saying. 473 00:42:30,080 --> 00:42:34,320 It might be relatively new, but it's important. 474 00:42:34,320 --> 00:42:40,470 Nurture your spirit, help heal the world. 475 00:42:40,470 --> 00:42:45,210 I believe we're at our best when we remove that full stop 476 00:42:45,210 --> 00:42:49,110 that separates the two phrases, when we pay attention 477 00:42:49,110 --> 00:42:55,410 to how these actions are deeply intertwined. 478 00:42:55,410 --> 00:43:00,530 Our work for justice changes us. 479 00:43:00,530 --> 00:43:03,500 Our spiritual journeys give us the strength 480 00:43:03,500 --> 00:43:06,180 to change the world. 481 00:43:06,180 --> 00:43:09,590 Intentionally cultivating compassion is one 482 00:43:09,590 --> 00:43:12,610 way to make it so. 483 00:43:12,610 --> 00:43:15,960 And so it is with a joyful heart that I commend to you 484 00:43:15,960 --> 00:43:19,500 compassion as a suitable building block for the 485 00:43:19,500 --> 00:43:34,950 foundations of justice. 486 00:43:34,950 --> 00:43:39,160 LAURA GILMORE: Let us recall our second guiding question. 487 00:43:39,160 --> 00:43:43,140 How is my involvement being guided by listening and 488 00:43:43,140 --> 00:43:48,680 learning, compassion and empathy? 489 00:43:48,680 --> 00:43:48,710 REV. 490 00:43:48,710 --> 00:43:51,450 KELLIE WALKER: We will stay seated as we sing Filled with 491 00:43:51,450 --> 00:43:56,230 Loving Kindness, Ian Riddell and Mark Hayes's setting of a 492 00:43:56,230 --> 00:43:58,600 traditional Buddhist meditation. 493 00:43:58,600 --> 00:44:20,965 [MUSIC PLAYING] 494 00:44:20,965 --> 00:47:04,637 [SINGING] 495 00:47:04,637 --> 00:47:04,841 REV. 496 00:47:04,841 --> 00:47:08,290 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: This is what should be done by one who 497 00:47:08,290 --> 00:47:14,000 is skilled in goodness, and who knows the path of peace. 498 00:47:14,000 --> 00:47:16,640 MICHAEL HAN: Let them be straightforward and gentle in 499 00:47:16,640 --> 00:47:21,550 speech, humble and not conceited, contented and 500 00:47:21,550 --> 00:47:23,750 easily satisfied. 501 00:47:23,750 --> 00:47:29,030 Unburdened duties and frugal in their ways, peaceful and 502 00:47:29,030 --> 00:47:32,650 calm and wise and skillful. 503 00:47:32,650 --> 00:47:36,770 Not proud and demanding in nature. 504 00:47:36,770 --> 00:47:40,350 Let them not to the slightest thing that the wise would 505 00:47:40,350 --> 00:47:42,580 later reprove. 506 00:47:42,580 --> 00:47:42,736 REV. 507 00:47:42,736 --> 00:47:48,190 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: Wishing in gladness and safety, may 508 00:47:48,190 --> 00:47:52,130 all beings be at ease. 509 00:47:52,130 --> 00:47:56,390 Whatever living beings there may be, whether they are weak 510 00:47:56,390 --> 00:48:03,740 or strong, omitting not, the great and the mighty, medium, 511 00:48:03,740 --> 00:48:11,710 short, or small, the seen and unseen, those living near and 512 00:48:11,710 --> 00:48:18,330 far away, those born and to be born, may all 513 00:48:18,330 --> 00:48:21,520 beings be at ease. 514 00:48:21,520 --> 00:48:25,940 MICHAEL HAN: Let none deceive another, or despise any being 515 00:48:25,940 --> 00:48:27,890 in any state. 516 00:48:27,890 --> 00:48:34,710 Let none through anger or ill will wish harm upon another. 517 00:48:34,710 --> 00:48:34,792 REV. 518 00:48:34,792 --> 00:48:38,300 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: Even as a mother protects her child with 519 00:48:38,300 --> 00:48:45,320 her life, her only child, so with a boundless heart should 520 00:48:45,320 --> 00:48:48,870 one cherish all living beings. 521 00:48:48,870 --> 00:48:51,140 MICHAEL HAN: Radiating kindness over the entire 522 00:48:51,140 --> 00:48:56,865 world, spreading upwards to the skies and downward to the 523 00:48:56,865 --> 00:49:00,690 depths, outwards and unbounded, freed from 524 00:49:00,690 --> 00:49:03,550 hate and ill will. 525 00:49:03,550 --> 00:49:03,625 REV. 526 00:49:03,625 --> 00:49:07,180 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: Whether standing or walking, seated or 527 00:49:07,180 --> 00:49:13,360 lying down, free from drowsiness, from hate and ill 528 00:49:13,360 --> 00:49:19,030 will, one should sustain this recollection. 529 00:49:19,030 --> 00:49:23,220 This is to be the sublime abiding. 530 00:49:23,220 --> 00:49:28,310 By not holding fixed views, the pure-hearted one, having 531 00:49:28,310 --> 00:49:34,760 clarity of vision, being freed from all sense desires, is not 532 00:49:34,760 --> 00:49:42,838 born again into this world. 533 00:49:42,838 --> 00:51:05,506 [MUSIC PLAYING] 534 00:51:05,506 --> 00:51:05,630 REV. 535 00:51:05,630 --> 00:51:07,760 WENDY VON ZIRPOLO: Come to Arizona. 536 00:51:07,760 --> 00:51:11,220 Now we need your solidarity. 537 00:51:11,220 --> 00:51:13,900 Boycott Arizona. 538 00:51:13,900 --> 00:51:17,530 We need your solidarity. 539 00:51:17,530 --> 00:51:24,240 Two calls fuel from hearts and souls of good people needing 540 00:51:24,240 --> 00:51:30,800 like-minded people of faith to live that faith boldly. 541 00:51:30,800 --> 00:51:35,660 Each call, seeming simple, but arriving with as much 542 00:51:35,660 --> 00:51:39,040 complexity as passion. 543 00:51:39,040 --> 00:51:43,300 Responses also at odds. 544 00:51:43,300 --> 00:51:45,980 You have my solidarity. 545 00:51:45,980 --> 00:51:51,720 I will carry my passport, too, offered some, not 546 00:51:51,720 --> 00:51:56,900 understanding how their words wounded and took place in an 547 00:51:56,900 --> 00:52:01,530 arc of history full of such wounds. 548 00:52:01,530 --> 00:52:06,460 My solidarity is what the boycott offered others, not 549 00:52:06,460 --> 00:52:11,110 understanding how their words wounded, feeling like an 550 00:52:11,110 --> 00:52:14,880 abandonment and a turning away. 551 00:52:14,880 --> 00:52:19,050 Solidarity, a compelling word. 552 00:52:19,050 --> 00:52:24,790 For allies, the word stirs in our hearts and comes off our 553 00:52:24,790 --> 00:52:27,040 tongues easily. 554 00:52:27,040 --> 00:52:29,810 Yes, we will stand with you. 555 00:52:29,810 --> 00:52:33,780 We will sit with you, we will walk, and we 556 00:52:33,780 --> 00:52:35,990 will roll with you. 557 00:52:35,990 --> 00:52:39,170 We believe in you, we want to help. 558 00:52:39,170 --> 00:52:42,960 Yes, you have our solidarity. 559 00:52:42,960 --> 00:52:48,130 The moment of offering solidarity is perhaps one of 560 00:52:48,130 --> 00:52:52,780 the most comfortable moments that we experience in this 561 00:52:52,780 --> 00:52:55,630 justice-seeking faith. 562 00:52:55,630 --> 00:53:00,920 Yet delivering solidarity can be one of the least 563 00:53:00,920 --> 00:53:02,640 comfortable. 564 00:53:02,640 --> 00:53:08,910 Solidarity is not about where we place ourselves, it's about 565 00:53:08,910 --> 00:53:13,570 what we are willing to do once we get there. 566 00:53:13,570 --> 00:53:18,010 Solidarity doesn't simply ask, will you come over 567 00:53:18,010 --> 00:53:21,470 here and be with us? 568 00:53:21,470 --> 00:53:25,240 It comes with more complex questions. 569 00:53:25,240 --> 00:53:30,700 It asks, will you come over here and be with us 570 00:53:30,700 --> 00:53:34,770 and with our pain? 571 00:53:34,770 --> 00:53:41,850 Can you be with our pain and hear that you play a role in 572 00:53:41,850 --> 00:53:45,190 creating it? 573 00:53:45,190 --> 00:53:50,010 Can you move past that knowledge and hear what we 574 00:53:50,010 --> 00:53:52,470 need you to do? 575 00:53:52,470 --> 00:53:56,580 And pledge help, even when we don't yet know 576 00:53:56,580 --> 00:53:59,780 what help will be. 577 00:53:59,780 --> 00:54:06,000 And when the time comes, will you stay with us, with the 578 00:54:06,000 --> 00:54:12,510 pain and the privilege bought with that pain? 579 00:54:12,510 --> 00:54:18,900 Listen to what we need you to do and assess whether or not 580 00:54:18,900 --> 00:54:20,320 you can deliver. 581 00:54:20,320 --> 00:54:22,110 Really assess. 582 00:54:22,110 --> 00:54:28,830 Honestly and realistically assess because please don't 583 00:54:28,830 --> 00:54:32,760 offer what you don't have to give. 584 00:54:32,760 --> 00:54:37,220 We have enough to carry without adding your own angst 585 00:54:37,220 --> 00:54:42,440 to our load. 586 00:54:42,440 --> 00:54:46,350 And if you can be with us, can you follow? 587 00:54:46,350 --> 00:54:47,570 Truly? 588 00:54:47,570 --> 00:54:52,720 Can you let go of your own needs to lead and your own 589 00:54:52,720 --> 00:54:59,350 majority culture-grown solutions and follow? 590 00:54:59,350 --> 00:55:05,070 And then, solidarity asks two things more. 591 00:55:05,070 --> 00:55:11,790 Will you stay with us even if it means giving up pieces of 592 00:55:11,790 --> 00:55:14,740 your own privilege? 593 00:55:14,740 --> 00:55:18,020 Will you go away from us, take our message 594 00:55:18,020 --> 00:55:20,010 and use your power? 595 00:55:20,010 --> 00:55:25,380 Are you willing and able to use the system that gives you 596 00:55:25,380 --> 00:55:31,020 a voice and gives you power at the expense of our own? 597 00:55:31,020 --> 00:55:49,110 Solidarity, a compelling word. 598 00:55:49,110 --> 00:55:49,184 REV. 599 00:55:49,184 --> 00:55:52,640 LESLIE TAKAHASHI MORRIS: Perhaps you have also seen 600 00:55:52,640 --> 00:55:56,650 this happen in Unitarian Universalist gatherings such 601 00:55:56,650 --> 00:55:58,090 as this one. 602 00:55:58,090 --> 00:56:03,560 A speaker, generally a person of color, makes a particularly 603 00:56:03,560 --> 00:56:08,320 powerful point and then asks, can I get a witness? 604 00:56:08,320 --> 00:56:12,970 And then we, the intended respondents, sit stunned as 605 00:56:12,970 --> 00:56:15,870 deer in headlights. 606 00:56:15,870 --> 00:56:19,770 Inevitably, someone peeps, uh, oh. 607 00:56:19,770 --> 00:56:23,210 And then someone else half-raises a hand, and then 608 00:56:23,210 --> 00:56:32,480 someone late and way too loud will shout, a-amen? 609 00:56:32,480 --> 00:56:38,530 And there we sit, shaken out of our individual reveries, 610 00:56:38,530 --> 00:56:41,890 confused and a little annoyed at this demand for some 611 00:56:41,890 --> 00:56:47,320 unscripted communal response. 612 00:56:47,320 --> 00:56:53,500 We're not that kind of church, someone might mutter. 613 00:56:53,500 --> 00:56:57,470 Well, the good news is I'm not going to ask if I can get a 614 00:56:57,470 --> 00:57:09,680 witness because we all know that is why we are here. 615 00:57:09,680 --> 00:57:14,890 To serve in love and to do more good together than we 616 00:57:14,890 --> 00:57:19,150 would have done if we had pulled about 600,000 out of 617 00:57:19,150 --> 00:57:22,640 the Arizona economy by honoring the boycott that was 618 00:57:22,640 --> 00:57:29,860 in place when we decided to go to General Assembly in 2010. 619 00:57:29,860 --> 00:57:37,590 To be accountable on this scale is no small task. 620 00:57:37,590 --> 00:57:41,080 As we gather here, we are called to witness out of our 621 00:57:41,080 --> 00:57:45,480 own experience and also with compassion, which means 622 00:57:45,480 --> 00:57:50,170 passion to literally allow ourselves to identify with 623 00:57:50,170 --> 00:57:55,540 each other and at the same time to enter into deep and 624 00:57:55,540 --> 00:57:58,800 transformational dialogue. 625 00:57:58,800 --> 00:58:03,050 And we must be accountable in our witness, taking time to 626 00:58:03,050 --> 00:58:07,970 remember what we know about how to do so not out of our 627 00:58:07,970 --> 00:58:11,910 own agenda, rather out of the agenda of those 628 00:58:11,910 --> 00:58:14,430 who we wish to support. 629 00:58:14,430 --> 00:58:17,810 We witness to the disease of injustice even if we do not 630 00:58:17,810 --> 00:58:19,790 have the cure. 631 00:58:19,790 --> 00:58:22,880 We are called to witness to the struggles of those who 632 00:58:22,880 --> 00:58:26,030 have been historically marginalized. 633 00:58:26,030 --> 00:58:31,920 We witness even though we will make mistakes, we'll stumble, 634 00:58:31,920 --> 00:58:36,740 and we witness with respect, leaving our own judgments and 635 00:58:36,740 --> 00:58:41,070 challenging the preconceived notions that we may have, 636 00:58:41,070 --> 00:58:44,510 which may or may not reflect the realities of those who 637 00:58:44,510 --> 00:58:49,370 need us to recognize the power and the privilege we bring to 638 00:58:49,370 --> 00:58:54,240 the table to support their cause. 639 00:58:54,240 --> 00:58:59,340 We chose this path of accountable witness with 640 00:58:59,340 --> 00:59:03,850 certainty, even though the path before us was uncertain. 641 00:59:03,850 --> 00:59:07,820 And we travel it as our religious ancestors have 642 00:59:07,820 --> 00:59:09,330 traveled it. 643 00:59:09,330 --> 00:59:12,630 Now we herald them and yet, in their own times, people 644 00:59:12,630 --> 00:59:14,810 question their paths. 645 00:59:14,810 --> 00:59:20,210 As theologian Katherine Keller puts it, faith is not settled 646 00:59:20,210 --> 00:59:23,160 belief but living process. 647 00:59:23,160 --> 00:59:27,320 It is the very edge and opening of life and process. 648 00:59:27,320 --> 00:59:33,800 To live is to move with trust into the next moment, into the 649 00:59:33,800 --> 00:59:36,930 unpredictable. 650 00:59:36,930 --> 00:59:41,030 Committed activists came together to help plan this 651 00:59:41,030 --> 00:59:46,120 Justice General Assembly more than 18 months ago when no one 652 00:59:46,120 --> 00:59:49,870 knew what that could or might mean. 653 00:59:49,870 --> 00:59:52,380 We know we will be asked to give up some of our own 654 00:59:52,380 --> 00:59:56,090 comfort and even our safety, one said. 655 00:59:56,090 --> 01:00:03,930 Sometimes you do that when you are asked to make justice. 656 01:00:03,930 --> 01:00:07,770 At that first meeting of this Accountability Group for 657 01:00:07,770 --> 01:00:11,450 Justice General Assembly, people set aside their 658 01:00:11,450 --> 01:00:15,450 concerns as people differently abled, as people of color and 659 01:00:15,450 --> 01:00:19,420 Latinos and Latinos, as bisexual, gay, lesbian, and 660 01:00:19,420 --> 01:00:23,200 transgender people, as white allies, as youth, as young 661 01:00:23,200 --> 01:00:29,130 adults, they set them aside in service of the need to testify 662 01:00:29,130 --> 01:00:36,770 for the human and civil rights for the entire human family. 663 01:00:36,770 --> 01:00:40,380 Our Christian roots remind us that we are accompanied by a 664 01:00:40,380 --> 01:00:43,500 great cloud of witnesses. 665 01:00:43,500 --> 01:00:47,860 So let us be accountable to those witnesses. 666 01:00:47,860 --> 01:00:50,900 To those who have invited us here, and to those who will 667 01:00:50,900 --> 01:00:55,810 come afterwards who, though yet unseen, in whose name we 668 01:00:55,810 --> 01:01:00,540 work to heal our one and precious world. 669 01:01:00,540 --> 01:01:14,550 May we be the ones to make it so. 670 01:01:14,550 --> 01:01:17,850 SARAH SURFACE: And so we may pause and consider our final 671 01:01:17,850 --> 01:01:20,400 guiding question. 672 01:01:20,400 --> 01:01:24,910 When is my spirit growing in this experience? 673 01:01:24,910 --> 01:01:31,480 How do I know I'm experiencing growth? 674 01:01:31,480 --> 01:01:31,545 REV. 675 01:01:31,545 --> 01:01:34,460 KELLIE WALKER: There are a couple of lovely extra verses 676 01:01:34,460 --> 01:01:38,000 to Love Will Guide Us which are not found in the hymnal 677 01:01:38,000 --> 01:01:40,530 Singing the Living Tradition. 678 01:01:40,530 --> 01:01:43,780 I invite you now to rise in body or spirit as we think 679 01:01:43,780 --> 01:01:46,650 Sally Rogers's song with all the verses. 680 01:01:46,650 --> 01:01:57,970 [PIANO PLAYING] 681 01:01:57,970 --> 01:03:37,770 [SINGING] 682 01:03:37,770 --> 01:03:37,936 REV. 683 01:03:37,936 --> 01:03:59,570 KELLIE WALKER: Please be seated. 684 01:03:59,570 --> 01:04:02,070 SUZANNE FAST: So as we gather for this Justice General 685 01:04:02,070 --> 01:04:06,570 Assembly, let us bring our questions. 686 01:04:06,570 --> 01:04:10,820 Let us bring the best answers we have, and as we journey 687 01:04:10,820 --> 01:04:15,760 together, let us test the wings of new answers that we 688 01:04:15,760 --> 01:04:18,840 find along the way. 689 01:04:18,840 --> 01:04:22,670 We invite you to join with us in a response of litany. 690 01:04:22,670 --> 01:04:26,910 Your words are on the screen, and Mitra will guide you 691 01:04:26,910 --> 01:04:29,130 through your parts. 692 01:04:29,130 --> 01:04:33,040 Let's try that first one now. 693 01:04:33,040 --> 01:04:33,120 REV. 694 01:04:33,120 --> 01:04:37,260 MITRA RAHNEMA: We open our hearts to the questions. 695 01:04:37,260 --> 01:04:40,550 MICHAEL HAN: How can I respect my story and 696 01:04:40,550 --> 01:04:42,860 the stories of others? 697 01:04:42,860 --> 01:04:47,780 SPEAKER 1: How do I seek to know a more embracing love? 698 01:04:47,780 --> 01:04:52,320 What kind of listener am I? 699 01:04:52,320 --> 01:04:56,490 How do I listen to that I don't hear? 700 01:04:56,490 --> 01:04:59,710 MICHAEL HAN: If I am uncomfortable, what is that 701 01:04:59,710 --> 01:05:02,110 telling me about myself? 702 01:05:02,110 --> 01:05:05,170 About my expectations? 703 01:05:05,170 --> 01:05:08,330 SPEAKER 1: When things are not being done the way I would do 704 01:05:08,330 --> 01:05:13,080 them, what is that experience like for me? 705 01:05:13,080 --> 01:05:17,310 SUZANNE FAST: How do I accept the power I have and how do I 706 01:05:17,310 --> 01:05:20,870 consciously choose to use that power to bring 707 01:05:20,870 --> 01:05:23,780 others to the table? 708 01:05:23,780 --> 01:05:23,832 REV. 709 01:05:23,832 --> 01:05:27,726 MITRA RAHNEMA: We open our minds to the questions. 710 01:05:27,726 --> 01:05:31,480 SPEAKER 1: How is my involvement being guided by 711 01:05:31,480 --> 01:05:36,290 listening and learning, compassion and empathy? 712 01:05:36,290 --> 01:05:39,190 SUZANNE FAST: What unconscious assumptions of mine am I 713 01:05:39,190 --> 01:05:41,490 becoming aware of? 714 01:05:41,490 --> 01:05:46,430 MICHAEL HAN: How am I learning to walk in places of ambiguity 715 01:05:46,430 --> 01:05:47,882 and unknowing? 716 01:05:47,882 --> 01:05:51,030 SUZANNE FAST: How does the light of compassion guide me 717 01:05:51,030 --> 01:05:54,486 through uncharted places? 718 01:05:54,486 --> 01:05:54,620 REV. 719 01:05:54,620 --> 01:05:58,716 MITRA RAHNEMA: We open our spirits to the questions. 720 01:05:58,716 --> 01:06:03,460 SPEAKER 1: When is my spirit growing in this experience? 721 01:06:03,460 --> 01:06:07,310 How do I know I am experiencing growth? 722 01:06:07,310 --> 01:06:09,750 MICHAEL HAN: Am I my advocating based on my needs, 723 01:06:09,750 --> 01:06:11,370 or my partner's? 724 01:06:11,370 --> 01:06:16,420 SUZANNE FAST: How am I being tested by the need to be in 725 01:06:16,420 --> 01:06:18,930 solidarity? 726 01:06:18,930 --> 01:06:21,980 SPEAKER 1: What is it like for me to let my partner set the 727 01:06:21,980 --> 01:06:26,770 agenda, and for me to be the witness? 728 01:06:26,770 --> 01:06:32,120 SUZANNE FAST: These are not only or the perfect questions. 729 01:06:32,120 --> 01:06:34,690 Still, they are a gift. 730 01:06:34,690 --> 01:06:39,535 Let us say them together once more. 731 01:06:39,535 --> 01:06:39,693 REV. 732 01:06:39,693 --> 01:06:43,610 MITRA RAHNEMA: How can I respect my own story and the 733 01:06:43,610 --> 01:06:45,970 stories of others? 734 01:06:45,970 --> 01:06:50,750 How is my involvement being guiding by listening and 735 01:06:50,750 --> 01:06:55,050 learning, compassion and empathy? 736 01:06:55,050 --> 01:06:59,020 When is my spirit growing in this experience? 737 01:06:59,020 --> 01:07:04,672 How do I know I am experiencing growth? 738 01:07:04,672 --> 01:07:09,110 SPEAKER 1: In our openness, we will receive gifts. 739 01:07:09,110 --> 01:07:31,982 SUZANNE FAST: May we be the ones to make it so. 740 01:07:31,982 --> 01:07:36,830 REV PATRICIA JIMENEZ: Breathe. 741 01:07:36,830 --> 01:07:42,040 Each of us gains knowledge and wisdom in many different ways. 742 01:07:42,040 --> 01:07:44,510 Through the mind and reason, through the heart and 743 01:07:44,510 --> 01:07:49,010 feelings, through the body and instincts. 744 01:07:49,010 --> 01:07:53,470 In the silence that follows, I invite each one of you to find 745 01:07:53,470 --> 01:07:59,340 that place or places of knowing and wisdom. 746 01:07:59,340 --> 01:08:02,000 Those places that call you to your highest 747 01:08:02,000 --> 01:08:06,570 self, your best self. 748 01:08:06,570 --> 01:08:13,210 Savor it, feel it, notice it. 749 01:08:13,210 --> 01:08:18,420 Remember, it is there whenever you need it. 750 01:08:18,420 --> 01:08:21,060 Take a moment now. 751 01:08:21,060 --> 01:08:27,220 Be present right now, to yourself. 752 01:08:27,220 --> 01:10:14,590 Remember who you are. 753 01:10:14,590 --> 01:10:14,756 REV. 754 01:10:14,756 --> 01:10:17,980 KELLIE WALKER: I am honored to introduce you to singer 755 01:10:17,980 --> 01:10:21,150 songwriter Namoli Brennet. 756 01:10:21,150 --> 01:10:24,840 She has performed concerts at my home congregation, and I am 757 01:10:24,840 --> 01:10:29,120 always incredibly moved by her music. 758 01:10:29,120 --> 01:10:34,070 She sent me this song, "I Will Get Along" shortly after my 759 01:10:34,070 --> 01:10:39,140 husband died this past March, and it was like it was written 760 01:10:39,140 --> 01:10:41,420 just for me. 761 01:10:41,420 --> 01:10:45,700 As we move through this week at GA, it is my hope that we 762 01:10:45,700 --> 01:10:50,810 always keep in mind that we don't know what hidden sorrows 763 01:10:50,810 --> 01:10:55,620 and struggles each of us carry with us. 764 01:10:55,620 --> 01:10:59,640 This is a reminder to be gentle with each other and 765 01:10:59,640 --> 01:11:05,407 with ourselves, and to find a way in every day to be at 766 01:11:05,407 --> 01:11:14,174 ease, or in Namoli's words, to get along well enough. 767 01:11:14,174 --> 01:11:28,146 [PLAYING GUITAR] 768 01:11:28,146 --> 01:14:55,660 [SINGING] 769 01:14:55,660 --> 01:14:55,736 REV. 770 01:14:55,736 --> 01:15:00,330 LESLIE TAKAHASHI MORRIS: So let us go forward in love with 771 01:15:00,330 --> 01:15:01,680 compassion. 772 01:15:01,680 --> 01:15:06,660 Knowing our power, let us go forward in solidarity, 773 01:15:06,660 --> 01:15:09,700 embracing ambiguity, and preparing 774 01:15:09,700 --> 01:15:12,920 for accountable witness. 775 01:15:12,920 --> 01:15:14,850 Let us go forward. 776 01:15:14,850 --> 01:15:18,500 In the spirit of the 20th century German poet, Rainer 777 01:15:18,500 --> 01:15:23,860 Maria Rilke, who wrote, "be patient toward all that is 778 01:15:23,860 --> 01:15:27,480 unsolved in your heart, and try to love the questions 779 01:15:27,480 --> 01:15:31,590 themselves like locked rooms and like books that are now 780 01:15:31,590 --> 01:15:35,140 written in a very foreign tongue. 781 01:15:35,140 --> 01:15:39,150 Do not seek the answers which cannot be given to you because 782 01:15:39,150 --> 01:15:42,910 you would not be able to live them. 783 01:15:42,910 --> 01:15:48,650 And the point is, to live everything. 784 01:15:48,650 --> 01:15:52,520 Live the questions now. 785 01:15:52,520 --> 01:15:56,030 Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing 786 01:15:56,030 --> 01:16:04,550 it, live along some distant day into the answer." So in 787 01:16:04,550 --> 01:16:09,110 this spirit of inquiry and openness, knowing we come to 788 01:16:09,110 --> 01:16:15,290 serve and to learn, let us enter into the work of 789 01:16:15,290 --> 01:16:20,160 building a more just, a more compassionate world. 790 01:16:20,160 --> 01:17:55,093