1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:09,900 2 00:00:09,900 --> 00:00:10,065 REV. 3 00:00:10,065 --> 00:00:14,556 KELLIE WALKER: Good evening, and welcome to our Synergy 4 00:00:14,556 --> 00:00:19,168 Bridging Service. 5 00:00:19,168 --> 00:00:23,660 Before the service actually starts, we're going to do some 6 00:00:23,660 --> 00:00:25,640 great singing together to get us going. 7 00:00:25,640 --> 00:00:26,500 Are you ready? 8 00:00:26,500 --> 00:00:27,492 SPEAKERS: Yes. 9 00:00:27,492 --> 00:00:27,657 REV. 10 00:00:27,657 --> 00:00:30,970 KELLIE WALKER: "We Give Thanks" can be 11 00:00:30,970 --> 00:00:32,950 done as an echo song. 12 00:00:32,950 --> 00:00:35,860 So if you don't know it, just sing it back 13 00:00:35,860 --> 00:00:38,241 after I sing each phrase. 14 00:00:38,241 --> 00:00:39,942 We'll do it twice. 15 00:00:39,942 --> 00:00:43,689 Then there'll be a little instrumental break, and then 16 00:00:43,689 --> 00:00:45,501 we'll sing it again. 17 00:00:45,501 --> 00:03:40,871 [MUSIC - "WE GIVE THANKS"] 18 00:03:40,871 --> 00:03:50,314 [APPLAUSE] 19 00:03:50,314 --> 00:03:51,740 SPEAKER 1: Good evening. 20 00:03:51,740 --> 00:03:55,010 We have a brief announcement for the Spanish-only speakers 21 00:03:55,010 --> 00:03:56,090 in the audience. 22 00:03:56,090 --> 00:03:59,410 We do have Spanish interpretation available. 23 00:03:59,410 --> 00:04:02,730 Please see them volunteer at the sound booth in the middle 24 00:04:02,730 --> 00:04:05,460 of the hall for more information. 25 00:04:05,460 --> 00:04:23,509 SPEAKER 2: [SPEAKING IN SPANISH] 26 00:04:23,509 --> 00:04:29,497 SPEAKER 1: Thank you. 27 00:04:29,497 --> 00:04:29,654 REV. 28 00:04:29,654 --> 00:04:32,360 KELLIE WALKER: I have always loved the power and joy of 29 00:04:32,360 --> 00:04:37,180 this next song, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit." This 30 00:04:37,180 --> 00:04:41,290 African-American spiritual was created and then passed down 31 00:04:41,290 --> 00:04:47,060 orally by people who had every reason to give up. 32 00:04:47,060 --> 00:04:51,950 Their great humanity lives on in this song. 33 00:04:51,950 --> 00:04:54,510 May we all try to live up to the spirit of 34 00:04:54,510 --> 00:04:56,290 hope in these words. 35 00:04:56,290 --> 00:05:00,170 Please rise in body or spirit as we sing "Every Time I Feel 36 00:05:00,170 --> 00:05:11,490 the Spirit." 37 00:05:11,490 --> 00:06:54,608 [MUSIC - "EVERY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT"] 38 00:06:54,608 --> 00:06:57,602 [APPLAUSE] 39 00:06:57,602 --> 00:06:57,768 REV. 40 00:06:57,768 --> 00:07:01,110 KELLIE WALKER: You can stay [INAUDIBLE] if you'd like. 41 00:07:01,110 --> 00:07:05,790 The words to Tom Benjamin's "Calypso Alleluia" are easy. 42 00:07:05,790 --> 00:07:11,160 Just alleluia, and then after that verse, us it's blessed be 43 00:07:11,160 --> 00:07:14,170 with a few little things thrown in. 44 00:07:14,170 --> 00:07:17,060 If you don't know it, just listen to how the word go with 45 00:07:17,060 --> 00:07:20,320 the rhythm until you feel comfortable joining in. 46 00:07:20,320 --> 00:07:22,805 And we might do it more than once. 47 00:07:22,805 --> 00:07:27,360 We'll see. 48 00:07:27,360 --> 00:07:30,520 Whether you remain standing or seated, this song calls for 49 00:07:30,520 --> 00:07:33,971 some good energy from all of it. 50 00:07:33,971 --> 00:08:07,251 [MUSIC - "CALYPSO ALLELUIA"] 51 00:08:07,251 --> 00:08:07,411 REV. 52 00:08:07,411 --> 00:08:09,175 KELLIE WALKER: I'm going to take a rest. 53 00:08:09,175 --> 00:08:09,656 That's really fast. 54 00:08:09,656 --> 00:08:18,884 [MUSIC - "CALYPSO ALLELUIA"] 55 00:08:18,884 --> 00:08:19,042 REV. 56 00:08:19,042 --> 00:08:20,270 KELLIE WALKER: Again, alleluia. 57 00:08:20,270 --> 00:10:31,210 [MUSIC - "CALYPSO ALLELUIA"] 58 00:10:31,210 --> 00:10:41,644 [APPLAUSE] 59 00:10:41,644 --> 00:10:44,170 ELISSA MCDAVID: Welcome to this Synergy Service. 60 00:10:44,170 --> 00:10:52,781 [APPLAUSE] 61 00:10:52,781 --> 00:10:55,720 ELISSA MCDAVID: My name is Elissa McDavid. 62 00:10:55,720 --> 00:10:59,165 JENNIFER CHANNIN: And I'm Jennifer Channin. 63 00:10:59,165 --> 00:11:03,580 ELISSA MCDAVID: Synergy means the interaction or cooperation 64 00:11:03,580 --> 00:11:08,620 of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to 65 00:11:08,620 --> 00:11:11,850 produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their 66 00:11:11,850 --> 00:11:14,332 individual effect. 67 00:11:14,332 --> 00:11:16,700 JENNIFER CHANNIN: Our Unitarian Universalist 68 00:11:16,700 --> 00:11:21,420 movement is greater than the sum of its parts. 69 00:11:21,420 --> 00:11:26,360 Who is the quintessential Unitarian Universalist? 70 00:11:26,360 --> 00:11:29,640 Is it the protesters marching with their congregation for 71 00:11:29,640 --> 00:11:32,220 compassionate laws wearing a "Standing on the 72 00:11:32,220 --> 00:11:35,270 Side of Love" t-shirt? 73 00:11:35,270 --> 00:11:38,240 Is it the retiree who was a board member and greeter in 74 00:11:38,240 --> 00:11:41,600 their congregation? 75 00:11:41,600 --> 00:11:45,440 Is it the parent who teaches religious exploration classes 76 00:11:45,440 --> 00:11:48,890 to children on Sunday mornings? 77 00:11:48,890 --> 00:11:52,320 Or is it the youths who hold hands in the song circle at a 78 00:11:52,320 --> 00:11:55,280 regional youth conference? 79 00:11:55,280 --> 00:11:58,230 Is it the volunteer or employee who devotes their 80 00:11:58,230 --> 00:12:02,450 time to working for one of our many nonprofits affiliated 81 00:12:02,450 --> 00:12:04,580 with the UUA? 82 00:12:04,580 --> 00:12:07,320 Or is it the college student who leads a UU 83 00:12:07,320 --> 00:12:09,670 campus ministry group? 84 00:12:09,670 --> 00:12:12,270 ELISSA MCDAVID: The Synergy Service celebrates the 85 00:12:12,270 --> 00:12:16,270 different experiences that Unitarian Universalists have 86 00:12:16,270 --> 00:12:18,510 during their lifetime of faith. 87 00:12:18,510 --> 00:12:22,740 In particular, we recognize the important transition that 88 00:12:22,740 --> 00:12:27,390 our youth make into adulthood, a transition that involves not 89 00:12:27,390 --> 00:12:31,580 only personal growth for the youth but also their departure 90 00:12:31,580 --> 00:12:34,620 from the religious community of youth groups, regional 91 00:12:34,620 --> 00:12:38,630 youth conferences, and UU youth summer camps. 92 00:12:38,630 --> 00:12:42,700 It is an invitation to enter more deeply into the religious 93 00:12:42,700 --> 00:12:46,880 communities of young adults in congregations, social justice 94 00:12:46,880 --> 00:12:49,610 organizations, campus ministry groups, 95 00:12:49,610 --> 00:12:52,176 and young adult groups. 96 00:12:52,176 --> 00:12:55,290 JENNIFER CHANNIN: The subtitle of our service is the "Call 97 00:12:55,290 --> 00:13:00,630 Across All Ages" because we recognize that the ways that 98 00:13:00,630 --> 00:13:04,240 Unitarian Universalists have responded to the social 99 00:13:04,240 --> 00:13:09,090 justice issues of their time has varied across generations 100 00:13:09,090 --> 00:13:12,320 and across communities. 101 00:13:12,320 --> 00:13:15,830 As we face the most urgent social justice issues in the 102 00:13:15,830 --> 00:13:18,920 world today, we are strengthened by this 103 00:13:18,920 --> 00:13:23,230 multiplicity of experiences and approaches. 104 00:13:23,230 --> 00:13:26,430 ELISSA MCDAVID: The youth who are bridging today face 105 00:13:26,430 --> 00:13:30,210 daunting challenges in the world, some that our ancestors 106 00:13:30,210 --> 00:13:33,680 could not have imagined such as global warming and the 107 00:13:33,680 --> 00:13:37,260 destruction of the world's ecosystems and the challenges 108 00:13:37,260 --> 00:13:40,040 of the peaceful world community in an age where 109 00:13:40,040 --> 00:13:43,730 communication is instantaneously and available 110 00:13:43,730 --> 00:13:45,060 to so many. 111 00:13:45,060 --> 00:13:48,380 These new problems require new approaches, and we place our 112 00:13:48,380 --> 00:13:52,000 trust in the younger people of today to have the vision to 113 00:13:52,000 --> 00:13:55,590 see solutions that older generations could not. 114 00:13:55,590 --> 00:13:59,440 Other challenges such as poverty, economic inequality, 115 00:13:59,440 --> 00:14:04,610 and oppression based on race, religion, sexual identity, and 116 00:14:04,610 --> 00:14:08,730 ability have been around for a long time but are no less 117 00:14:08,730 --> 00:14:12,080 pressing today than there were hundreds of years ago, despite 118 00:14:12,080 --> 00:14:13,750 the many advances won by 119 00:14:13,750 --> 00:14:16,350 generations of social activist. 120 00:14:16,350 --> 00:14:19,140 None of us faces these challenges alone. 121 00:14:19,140 --> 00:14:22,510 Together all of our efforts combine to create something 122 00:14:22,510 --> 00:14:25,740 greater than the sum of each individual efforts. 123 00:14:25,740 --> 00:14:29,170 This is what it means to be a multigenerational and 124 00:14:29,170 --> 00:14:30,976 multicultural community. 125 00:14:30,976 --> 00:14:40,527 [APPLAUSE] 126 00:14:40,527 --> 00:14:43,050 JENNIFER CHANNIN: Just as justice work today is 127 00:14:43,050 --> 00:14:46,370 strengthened by the work of generations of countless 128 00:14:46,370 --> 00:14:50,450 activists, teachers, leaders, and ordinary people who dared 129 00:14:50,450 --> 00:14:55,770 to say no when they witnessed oppression, our chalice today 130 00:14:55,770 --> 00:14:58,640 will be lit by a light that has passed through the hands 131 00:14:58,640 --> 00:15:01,625 of many different people here. 132 00:15:01,625 --> 00:15:02,730 ELISSA MCDAVID AND JENNIFER CHANNIN: While this light 133 00:15:02,730 --> 00:15:06,530 travels toward the altar, our choir will sing. 134 00:15:06,530 --> 00:17:51,112 [MUSIC - "I KNOW THIS ROSE WILL OPEN"] 135 00:17:51,112 --> 00:18:16,561 [APPLAUSE] 136 00:18:16,561 --> 00:18:20,250 JAIMIE DINGUS: We light our flaming chalice so that its 137 00:18:20,250 --> 00:18:25,080 light might act as a guide as we bear witness to this call 138 00:18:25,080 --> 00:18:27,530 across the ages. 139 00:18:27,530 --> 00:18:32,390 We come into this circle of light and transformative power 140 00:18:32,390 --> 00:18:37,230 to honor those who are on the cusp of a new journey. 141 00:18:37,230 --> 00:18:43,730 We are here together in this hall of love and connection to 142 00:18:43,730 --> 00:18:48,520 encourage our Bridgers and to give recognition to the youth 143 00:18:48,520 --> 00:18:52,450 who wave goodbye and the young adult who welcomed them with 144 00:18:52,450 --> 00:18:55,110 loving arms. 145 00:18:55,110 --> 00:18:59,770 Together in this space we shall witnessed the flame of 146 00:18:59,770 --> 00:19:04,850 justice that these Bridgers and those who came before them 147 00:19:04,850 --> 00:19:07,350 bring into our hurting world. 148 00:19:07,350 --> 00:19:11,770 And in this witness, we will all be transformed. 149 00:19:11,770 --> 00:19:13,050 Welcome. 150 00:19:13,050 --> 00:19:21,718 Let us worship together. 151 00:19:21,718 --> 00:19:21,885 REV. 152 00:19:21,885 --> 00:19:24,870 KELLIE WALKER: Please rise in body or spirit to join in 153 00:19:24,870 --> 00:19:29,720 singing UU composer Joyce Poley's "When Our Heart is in 154 00:19:29,720 --> 00:19:30,840 a Holy Place." 155 00:19:30,840 --> 00:22:04,890 [MUSIC - "WHEN OUR HEART IS IN A HOLY PLACE] 156 00:22:04,890 --> 00:22:14,295 [APPLAUSE] 157 00:22:14,295 --> 00:22:17,520 ELISSA MCDAVID: Our title for this service was carefully 158 00:22:17,520 --> 00:22:20,550 chosen to truly express our them. 159 00:22:20,550 --> 00:22:24,195 Though with calling our title, "The Call Across All Ages," 160 00:22:24,195 --> 00:22:27,370 this came with much responsibility. 161 00:22:27,370 --> 00:22:30,790 We know what we must uphold and honor. 162 00:22:30,790 --> 00:22:34,370 Today generations of our faith will speak of their own 163 00:22:34,370 --> 00:22:38,530 challenges, triumphants, and experiences with social 164 00:22:38,530 --> 00:22:41,940 justice and the changing world around them as they entered 165 00:22:41,940 --> 00:22:43,560 young adulthood. 166 00:22:43,560 --> 00:22:47,475 This is what justice looks like throughout the ages. 167 00:22:47,475 --> 00:22:48,860 This is the "Call 168 00:22:48,860 --> 00:22:55,268 Across All Ages." [APPLAUSE] 169 00:22:55,268 --> 00:22:55,425 REV. 170 00:22:55,425 --> 00:22:58,840 KELLIE WALKER: The actual title of this next song is 171 00:22:58,840 --> 00:23:02,630 really "Singing For Our Lives," even though it was 172 00:23:02,630 --> 00:23:05,670 changed to "We are a Gentle, Angry People" in our gray 173 00:23:05,670 --> 00:23:08,070 hymnal as all the hymns there are named 174 00:23:08,070 --> 00:23:10,030 for their first line. 175 00:23:10,030 --> 00:23:14,990 But "Singing For Our Lives" really captures its essence, 176 00:23:14,990 --> 00:23:16,940 don't you think? 177 00:23:16,940 --> 00:23:19,580 We will all be singing together a different verse 178 00:23:19,580 --> 00:23:24,600 between the speakers, but be thinking about what age group 179 00:23:24,600 --> 00:23:26,810 you might identify with. 180 00:23:26,810 --> 00:23:30,960 You can cheat I guess if you want. 181 00:23:30,960 --> 00:23:36,250 After the speaker of a certain age group, you will be asked 182 00:23:36,250 --> 00:23:40,440 or welcome to stand or wave your arm or do something to be 183 00:23:40,440 --> 00:23:41,980 part of your age group. 184 00:23:41,980 --> 00:23:46,320 Make some kind of welcoming gesture after your peer group 185 00:23:46,320 --> 00:23:48,640 is represented by the speaker and while we 186 00:23:48,640 --> 00:23:51,600 sing the next verse. 187 00:23:51,600 --> 00:23:55,130 So think about whether or not you best identify with being 188 00:23:55,130 --> 00:23:59,410 of the World War II generation, the Baby Boomers, 189 00:23:59,410 --> 00:24:03,000 that would be, me the millil-, millil-- 190 00:24:03,000 --> 00:24:05,120 ah, you know what I mean-- 191 00:24:05,120 --> 00:24:07,920 Generation X, or any other age, and be ready to make 192 00:24:07,920 --> 00:24:09,900 yourself know. 193 00:24:09,900 --> 00:24:14,710 We'll start with all of us singing. 194 00:24:14,710 --> 00:24:15,580 Let's see. 195 00:24:15,580 --> 00:24:16,350 Let's all rise. 196 00:24:16,350 --> 00:24:19,013 Yeah, we'll all start with all of us. 197 00:24:19,013 --> 00:24:53,904 [MUSIC - "SINGING FOR OUR LIVES"] 198 00:24:53,904 --> 00:24:54,068 REV. 199 00:24:54,068 --> 00:24:55,880 KELLIE WALKER: Now you can sit back down. 200 00:24:55,880 --> 00:24:59,960 TED FETTER: I entered my young adulthood in the 1960s, a time 201 00:24:59,960 --> 00:25:04,180 of social change and political ferment, peace and freedom, 202 00:25:04,180 --> 00:25:07,150 the struggle for civil rights, and questions 203 00:25:07,150 --> 00:25:09,370 about the war in Vietnam. 204 00:25:09,370 --> 00:25:13,750 It was an exciting time to be becoming an adult. 205 00:25:13,750 --> 00:25:18,400 I was a child of privilege, a son raised in prosperity and 206 00:25:18,400 --> 00:25:21,110 educated at a private school. 207 00:25:21,110 --> 00:25:25,150 From childhood, I knew some of society's ills, and the fact 208 00:25:25,150 --> 00:25:28,170 of racial injustice was obvious to me 209 00:25:28,170 --> 00:25:30,020 from an early age. 210 00:25:30,020 --> 00:25:34,050 It's simply did not square with my own common sense or 211 00:25:34,050 --> 00:25:37,010 with the principles I learned in my upbringing in the 212 00:25:37,010 --> 00:25:38,770 Episcopal faith. 213 00:25:38,770 --> 00:25:41,200 I listen and learned. 214 00:25:41,200 --> 00:25:44,300 I signed petitions and attended workshops. 215 00:25:44,300 --> 00:25:47,270 I argued with my parents. 216 00:25:47,270 --> 00:25:51,120 As a college student, I left my comfort zone and tutored in 217 00:25:51,120 --> 00:25:54,950 inner city Philadelphia and in eastern Pennsylvania, where I 218 00:25:54,950 --> 00:25:56,960 was going to school. 219 00:25:56,960 --> 00:25:59,520 But it was a part-time commitment, one 220 00:25:59,520 --> 00:26:01,870 or two days a week. 221 00:26:01,870 --> 00:26:05,840 Many of these efforts still reflected my privilege. 222 00:26:05,840 --> 00:26:09,390 I am humbled to say that one of the speakers at a workshop 223 00:26:09,390 --> 00:26:13,070 was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 224 00:26:13,070 --> 00:26:17,240 As for the tutoring, the inner city kids might be learning 225 00:26:17,240 --> 00:26:22,850 algebra from me, but I was learning from them about their 226 00:26:22,850 --> 00:26:25,880 existence and their realities. 227 00:26:25,880 --> 00:26:31,050 There's no doubt about which of us with learning more. 228 00:26:31,050 --> 00:26:34,210 I graduated from college in 1969. 229 00:26:34,210 --> 00:26:38,750 That July I got my induction notice, report to the draft 230 00:26:38,750 --> 00:26:41,640 board for a physical exam. 231 00:26:41,640 --> 00:26:44,300 I was only a little surprised that the bus ride for my 232 00:26:44,300 --> 00:26:47,770 suburban draft board location to the Philadelphia army 233 00:26:47,770 --> 00:26:50,960 induction center was practically a high school 234 00:26:50,960 --> 00:26:53,680 reunion for about 10 of us. 235 00:26:53,680 --> 00:26:56,900 We had all received our bachelor's degrees. 236 00:26:56,900 --> 00:27:01,800 Now we had outgrown our draft deferments. 237 00:27:01,800 --> 00:27:04,700 We went through the induction process. 238 00:27:04,700 --> 00:27:07,470 We were given the attorney general's list of subversive 239 00:27:07,470 --> 00:27:11,610 organization, and the sergeant running the process assured us 240 00:27:11,610 --> 00:27:15,470 we would not be excused from the draft just by saying we 241 00:27:15,470 --> 00:27:19,650 belong even if we really did. 242 00:27:19,650 --> 00:27:21,350 We took the intelligence test. 243 00:27:21,350 --> 00:27:26,000 And again, we were told that we couldn't possibly fail even 244 00:27:26,000 --> 00:27:29,770 if we deliberately gave wrong answers. 245 00:27:29,770 --> 00:27:33,400 We were college graduates, and the Army already knew we were 246 00:27:33,400 --> 00:27:35,720 smart enough. 247 00:27:35,720 --> 00:27:38,610 Then came the physical exam. 248 00:27:38,610 --> 00:27:42,450 In groups of a few dozen, we marched from one test to 249 00:27:42,450 --> 00:27:46,730 another, from one embarrassing thing to the next. 250 00:27:46,730 --> 00:27:49,500 I had long since been separated from my high school 251 00:27:49,500 --> 00:27:52,150 friends on the morning bus. 252 00:27:52,150 --> 00:27:54,730 Now I was among strangers. 253 00:27:54,730 --> 00:27:56,610 We were quiet. 254 00:27:56,610 --> 00:27:59,750 We did what we were told. 255 00:27:59,750 --> 00:28:03,010 At the end was the part that most of the college grads 256 00:28:03,010 --> 00:28:05,970 we're waiting for, the chance to meet with a 257 00:28:05,970 --> 00:28:07,990 physician and show him-- 258 00:28:07,990 --> 00:28:10,590 yes, they were all men-- 259 00:28:10,590 --> 00:28:14,070 our letters or records that we hoped would give us a medical 260 00:28:14,070 --> 00:28:18,270 deferment, trick knees, shoulders the popped out, 261 00:28:18,270 --> 00:28:22,110 whatever ailments the book that could grant you a way to 262 00:28:22,110 --> 00:28:24,236 avoid Vietnam. 263 00:28:24,236 --> 00:28:27,620 Now I had a pretty good medical excuse. 264 00:28:27,620 --> 00:28:31,680 A bicycle accident at the age of 10 had seriously injured my 265 00:28:31,680 --> 00:28:34,760 skull, never completely healed. 266 00:28:34,760 --> 00:28:37,880 And, yes, the physician looked at the letter and the x-ray I 267 00:28:37,880 --> 00:28:41,050 brought along, and he quickly signed the form 268 00:28:41,050 --> 00:28:43,710 that exempted me. 269 00:28:43,710 --> 00:28:47,640 Now I knew that I could have served in the military, maybe 270 00:28:47,640 --> 00:28:50,280 not in actual combat, but I could have done 271 00:28:50,280 --> 00:28:52,890 lots of other jobs. 272 00:28:52,890 --> 00:28:57,310 Nevertheless, the Army gave me a 1Y deferment. 273 00:28:57,310 --> 00:29:01,470 When I handed the form to the sergeant, I learned a lesson 274 00:29:01,470 --> 00:29:03,610 about justice. 275 00:29:03,610 --> 00:29:07,230 It was the end of a long summer day, and the three or 276 00:29:07,230 --> 00:29:11,090 four staff who handled the paperwork we're relaxing as 277 00:29:11,090 --> 00:29:13,720 they received all the forms from the young men who had 278 00:29:13,720 --> 00:29:15,880 their physicals that day. 279 00:29:15,880 --> 00:29:19,350 The one who got my papers glanced at them and said, 280 00:29:19,350 --> 00:29:22,640 here's another college boy who gets out of it. 281 00:29:22,640 --> 00:29:27,430 Here's another who doesn't have to go. 282 00:29:27,430 --> 00:29:29,620 I looked around. 283 00:29:29,620 --> 00:29:33,610 Most of the college boys had gone already. 284 00:29:33,610 --> 00:29:37,170 The ones who were left were black. 285 00:29:37,170 --> 00:29:38,950 They were poor. 286 00:29:38,950 --> 00:29:43,094 They were not from the same social class I grew up in. 287 00:29:43,094 --> 00:29:47,640 I went downstairs to board the bus that would take me back to 288 00:29:47,640 --> 00:29:49,880 the suburbs. 289 00:29:49,880 --> 00:29:57,430 I felt real shame because I knew the system was rotten. 290 00:29:57,430 --> 00:30:00,810 And I knew I had benefited. 291 00:30:00,810 --> 00:30:05,050 That rotten system assured me my life. 292 00:30:05,050 --> 00:30:10,240 For too many others, that same system gave a different set of 293 00:30:10,240 --> 00:30:16,840 boys the very real chance that their lives would end. 294 00:30:16,840 --> 00:30:20,660 From that encounter, I recognized more fully my 295 00:30:20,660 --> 00:30:22,250 privileged status. 296 00:30:22,250 --> 00:30:26,270 I was determined to do some good with it. 297 00:30:26,270 --> 00:30:30,330 My commitment grew to antiwar efforts, and I was much more 298 00:30:30,330 --> 00:30:32,960 active in promoting peace. 299 00:30:32,960 --> 00:30:35,650 I found a career in the judiciary. 300 00:30:35,650 --> 00:30:39,110 And I am proud of many programs I helped to develop 301 00:30:39,110 --> 00:30:42,970 that expanded access to the courts for all persons, that 302 00:30:42,970 --> 00:30:45,800 improve the way the courts treated the poor and racial 303 00:30:45,800 --> 00:30:49,760 minorities and non-English speakers, and that develops 304 00:30:49,760 --> 00:30:54,050 new ways to challenge the power of the system. 305 00:30:54,050 --> 00:30:59,380 And I continued to volunteer in education, in racial 306 00:30:59,380 --> 00:31:03,000 justice, in Unitarian Universalism. 307 00:31:03,000 --> 00:31:07,370 My commitment to justice has never been stronger. 308 00:31:07,370 --> 00:31:11,430 And I will not rest. 309 00:31:11,430 --> 00:31:18,030 If you identify as being part of my generation or maybe 310 00:31:18,030 --> 00:31:24,510 older, please rise in body and spirit while everyone sings 311 00:31:24,510 --> 00:31:27,194 the next verse. 312 00:31:27,194 --> 00:32:07,530 [MUSIC - "SINGING FOR OUR LIVES"] 313 00:32:07,530 --> 00:32:07,618 REV. 314 00:32:07,618 --> 00:32:14,010 JACQUELINE DUHART: Tender, naive, radical, right, or 315 00:32:14,010 --> 00:32:21,160 wrong describes mind mindset in 1972. 316 00:32:21,160 --> 00:32:25,860 My drive to succeed and change the world was shaped by the 317 00:32:25,860 --> 00:32:29,410 Vietnam War, affirmative action 318 00:32:29,410 --> 00:32:33,170 initiatives, and Watergate. 319 00:32:33,170 --> 00:32:38,900 In 1972, I was 17-years old, enrolled in a military high 320 00:32:38,900 --> 00:32:44,120 school, and my father was a soldier in Vietnam. 321 00:32:44,120 --> 00:32:47,100 My homies were teens whose fathers 322 00:32:47,100 --> 00:32:49,550 were also Army soldiers. 323 00:32:49,550 --> 00:32:54,590 And all of us were young, gifted, and proud. 324 00:32:54,590 --> 00:32:57,100 Our dad served as ground troops. 325 00:32:57,100 --> 00:33:01,380 And like soldiers fighting wars today, our father served 326 00:33:01,380 --> 00:33:05,300 multiple deployments in Vietnam. 327 00:33:05,300 --> 00:33:09,340 In my last year of high school, I led a small and 328 00:33:09,340 --> 00:33:12,730 influential band of rebel rousers. 329 00:33:12,730 --> 00:33:16,770 We clung to each other for affirmation and hope. 330 00:33:16,770 --> 00:33:20,260 We place our faith in the soulful teach and brother 331 00:33:20,260 --> 00:33:27,560 Marvin Gaye as told in his song "What's Going On." 332 00:33:27,560 --> 00:33:31,780 Through song Marvin preached our stories about "Inner City 333 00:33:31,780 --> 00:33:39,820 Blues," growing our hair long, picket signs, the environment, 334 00:33:39,820 --> 00:33:44,360 corruption, Vietnam, and spiritual healing. 335 00:33:44,360 --> 00:33:46,870 Brother Marvin was also searching for 336 00:33:46,870 --> 00:33:49,030 fairness and justice. 337 00:33:49,030 --> 00:33:52,270 And his music reassured us that we young 338 00:33:52,270 --> 00:33:55,940 adults we're not alone. 339 00:33:55,940 --> 00:33:59,230 Affirmative action policies further anointed my sense of 340 00:33:59,230 --> 00:34:01,170 fairness and justice. 341 00:34:01,170 --> 00:34:05,580 These policies pave the way for my four years of education 342 00:34:05,580 --> 00:34:09,190 at Baylor University and opened the door for my first 343 00:34:09,190 --> 00:34:11,880 living-wage job. 344 00:34:11,880 --> 00:34:15,080 Affirmative action initiatives were meant to pressure 345 00:34:15,080 --> 00:34:19,090 institutions into compliance with the nondiscrimination 346 00:34:19,090 --> 00:34:23,440 mandate of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 347 00:34:23,440 --> 00:34:27,850 They were intended to make things more fair, compensate 348 00:34:27,850 --> 00:34:31,320 for past discrimination, and to address ongoing 349 00:34:31,320 --> 00:34:33,679 discrimination. 350 00:34:33,679 --> 00:34:39,219 Well-intended, these policies did nothing for the ongoing 351 00:34:39,219 --> 00:34:43,270 oppressive attitudes and systems that shackled black 352 00:34:43,270 --> 00:34:48,270 students from sunrise to sunset. 353 00:34:48,270 --> 00:34:52,570 I was one of 15 black students who comprised the first wave 354 00:34:52,570 --> 00:34:57,610 of affirmative action recruits who graced the hallowed halls 355 00:34:57,610 --> 00:35:00,600 of Baylor University. 356 00:35:00,600 --> 00:35:05,390 In a covert hostile religious environment, how did we 357 00:35:05,390 --> 00:35:11,140 managed to study and address the multifaceted oppressions 358 00:35:11,140 --> 00:35:15,990 at the hands of those who invited us. 359 00:35:15,990 --> 00:35:20,580 Every meal we huddled together to share our story. 360 00:35:20,580 --> 00:35:24,040 We worship together at the local Baptist church. 361 00:35:24,040 --> 00:35:28,210 And because sororities and fraternities were not open to 362 00:35:28,210 --> 00:35:32,550 black students on campus, we pledged off campus at the 363 00:35:32,550 --> 00:35:35,830 historic college Paul Quinn. 364 00:35:35,830 --> 00:35:39,700 And in spite of Baylor University, we formed a social 365 00:35:39,700 --> 00:35:42,600 service club on campus. 366 00:35:42,600 --> 00:35:45,910 This club was our social legitimacy. 367 00:35:45,910 --> 00:35:52,030 It gave 15 young, gifted, proud, black-skinned students 368 00:35:52,030 --> 00:35:58,300 a framework from which we could play, create, educate, 369 00:35:58,300 --> 00:36:02,720 and showcase our cultures, our heritage, our gifts, our 370 00:36:02,720 --> 00:36:06,260 talents, and our treasures. 371 00:36:06,260 --> 00:36:12,060 Today I ask myself was it fair and just for Baylor University 372 00:36:12,060 --> 00:36:17,470 with no preparation on behalf of the institution to invite 373 00:36:17,470 --> 00:36:24,960 to bring 15 vulnerable black students on campus. 374 00:36:24,960 --> 00:36:28,890 My education about fairness and justice was further fired 375 00:36:28,890 --> 00:36:32,200 by the conspiracy and wiretapping and scandals and 376 00:36:32,200 --> 00:36:35,990 burglaries and lying and the courtroom drama brought to us 377 00:36:35,990 --> 00:36:39,660 by Watergate. 378 00:36:39,660 --> 00:36:43,790 My young adult self was angered and entertained and 379 00:36:43,790 --> 00:36:48,280 transformed by this real-time soap opera. 380 00:36:48,280 --> 00:36:51,020 How could it be that a commander-in-chief of the 381 00:36:51,020 --> 00:36:56,130 United States would lie to those who he had swore before 382 00:36:56,130 --> 00:37:00,490 God and country to protect? 383 00:37:00,490 --> 00:37:04,150 What does one do when the Supreme earthly model of all 384 00:37:04,150 --> 00:37:07,200 that is supposedly good and just about your 385 00:37:07,200 --> 00:37:11,490 world is up to no good? 386 00:37:11,490 --> 00:37:17,710 In 1972, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were courageous and 387 00:37:17,710 --> 00:37:20,930 fearless young adult reporters. 388 00:37:20,930 --> 00:37:24,550 They helped me answer the question of what to do and how 389 00:37:24,550 --> 00:37:29,730 to be when evil lurks about. 390 00:37:29,730 --> 00:37:35,230 Their journalistic behaviors said, take risks, dare to 391 00:37:35,230 --> 00:37:38,730 confront, and tell the stories. 392 00:37:38,730 --> 00:37:43,370 Their risky, confrontive storytelling had the goal to 393 00:37:43,370 --> 00:37:46,460 make a positive impact. 394 00:37:46,460 --> 00:37:51,080 And their impact contributed to President Richard Nixon 395 00:37:51,080 --> 00:37:56,380 resigning from office, only to be pardoned of all wrong doing 396 00:37:56,380 --> 00:37:58,790 by President Ford. 397 00:37:58,790 --> 00:38:00,100 Fair? 398 00:38:00,100 --> 00:38:01,170 Just? 399 00:38:01,170 --> 00:38:03,950 I don't know. 400 00:38:03,950 --> 00:38:07,670 I am no longer considered a young adult. 401 00:38:07,670 --> 00:38:09,210 And this is not fair. 402 00:38:09,210 --> 00:38:17,490 [APPLAUSE] 403 00:38:17,490 --> 00:38:20,720 Middle age I am, and I still grapple with 404 00:38:20,720 --> 00:38:23,180 what is fair and just. 405 00:38:23,180 --> 00:38:25,460 Today what is different? 406 00:38:25,460 --> 00:38:31,220 I am 58-years young, and now I have a social justice mindset. 407 00:38:31,220 --> 00:38:34,660 I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am a product of 408 00:38:34,660 --> 00:38:38,220 yesterday, today, and my dreams for 409 00:38:38,220 --> 00:38:40,550 our collective future. 410 00:38:40,550 --> 00:38:45,510 In 1972, I did not know what I did not know. 411 00:38:45,510 --> 00:38:50,060 Today I have wisdom born from living my life with the goal 412 00:38:50,060 --> 00:38:54,350 to every day to have a positive impact. 413 00:38:54,350 --> 00:38:59,360 In 1972, I was tender, naive, radical, and things were 414 00:38:59,360 --> 00:39:02,050 either right or wrong. 415 00:39:02,050 --> 00:39:07,340 As I stand before you in this moment, I am tender, naive, 416 00:39:07,340 --> 00:39:12,060 radical, and I am conscious about how to use these states 417 00:39:12,060 --> 00:39:15,740 of being in service of creating a world where all of 418 00:39:15,740 --> 00:39:19,570 God's children will thrive and know happiness. 419 00:39:19,570 --> 00:39:22,300 Some things are still right. 420 00:39:22,300 --> 00:39:23,760 And some are wrong. 421 00:39:23,760 --> 00:39:26,740 But everything is complicated. 422 00:39:26,740 --> 00:39:31,040 In 1972, it was all about me. 423 00:39:31,040 --> 00:39:33,680 And today, it is still all about me, but 424 00:39:33,680 --> 00:39:35,450 you and you and you. 425 00:39:35,450 --> 00:39:43,310 [APPLAUSE] 426 00:39:43,310 --> 00:39:46,810 As a young adult, I was not able to connect that the abuse 427 00:39:46,810 --> 00:39:50,900 of power that contributed to Vietnam was the same abuse of 428 00:39:50,900 --> 00:39:55,420 power that brought us Watergate and in 1976 a 429 00:39:55,420 --> 00:39:58,260 gasoline shortage and an unemployment rate 430 00:39:58,260 --> 00:40:01,340 that reached 8%. 431 00:40:01,340 --> 00:40:07,920 Today my justice-making ministry is my lifestyle, not 432 00:40:07,920 --> 00:40:11,320 a line on an application or a resume. 433 00:40:11,320 --> 00:40:14,210 It is who I am. 434 00:40:14,210 --> 00:40:19,910 And it informs how I live every day in the world. 435 00:40:19,910 --> 00:40:25,360 I suspect that one day one of you who identifies today as a 436 00:40:25,360 --> 00:40:31,090 young adult will transition to middle age, and a young adult 437 00:40:31,090 --> 00:40:35,600 will ask you, hey, what's going on? 438 00:40:35,600 --> 00:40:38,230 What's different today? 439 00:40:38,230 --> 00:40:40,130 And you will be slightly annoyed and 440 00:40:40,130 --> 00:40:44,350 respond, I am different. 441 00:40:44,350 --> 00:40:46,030 I have changed. 442 00:40:46,030 --> 00:40:48,580 and I am still becoming. 443 00:40:48,580 --> 00:40:54,160 The world has changed, and the world is still becoming. 444 00:40:54,160 --> 00:41:00,440 And I believe that I and the world need each other for 445 00:41:00,440 --> 00:41:03,640 ongoing transformation toward justice. 446 00:41:03,640 --> 00:41:15,560 [APPLAUSE] 447 00:41:15,560 --> 00:41:19,610 And if you identify with the my generation, please rise in 448 00:41:19,610 --> 00:41:23,806 body or spirit while everyone sings the next verse. 449 00:41:23,806 --> 00:42:11,680 [MUSIC - "SINGING FOR OUR LIVES"] 450 00:42:11,680 --> 00:42:11,846 REV. 451 00:42:11,846 --> 00:42:15,240 AARON MCEMRYS: It's 1988. 452 00:42:15,240 --> 00:42:20,150 I'm a high school junior in rural Wisconsin, not a bad 453 00:42:20,150 --> 00:42:24,380 place to be a kid in a Tom Sawyer kind of way. 454 00:42:24,380 --> 00:42:28,060 But the older I get the more jagged and threadbare 455 00:42:28,060 --> 00:42:30,170 everything seems. 456 00:42:30,170 --> 00:42:35,070 My town is almost entirely white, and I'm beginning to 457 00:42:35,070 --> 00:42:38,260 understand why that is. 458 00:42:38,260 --> 00:42:40,840 The Berlin Wall hasn't yet fallen. 459 00:42:40,840 --> 00:42:46,350 And our government is selling weapons to Iran and crack on 460 00:42:46,350 --> 00:42:49,080 the streets of Los Angeles to fund 461 00:42:49,080 --> 00:42:53,060 death squads in Nicaragua. 462 00:42:53,060 --> 00:42:56,350 And I feel cynical. 463 00:42:56,350 --> 00:42:59,930 And I feel helpless. 464 00:42:59,930 --> 00:43:04,470 And then comes the assignment, write an essay about a 465 00:43:04,470 --> 00:43:07,110 political party. 466 00:43:07,110 --> 00:43:09,820 Uhh. 467 00:43:09,820 --> 00:43:13,790 I mean there are only two I think, and they're both full 468 00:43:13,790 --> 00:43:15,725 of old white guys with bad hair. 469 00:43:15,725 --> 00:43:20,890 [APPLAUSE] 470 00:43:20,890 --> 00:43:24,420 You could make a really thick coffee table book called 471 00:43:24,420 --> 00:43:28,590 congressional hairstyles. 472 00:43:28,590 --> 00:43:32,220 But I am a diligent student, and I look up political 473 00:43:32,220 --> 00:43:34,920 parties in the Yellow Pages. 474 00:43:34,920 --> 00:43:37,210 And here I'm dating myself. 475 00:43:37,210 --> 00:43:43,120 There were pages, and they were yellow. 476 00:43:43,120 --> 00:43:46,160 And there it is Democrat, yep. 477 00:43:46,160 --> 00:43:48,110 Republican, yep. 478 00:43:48,110 --> 00:43:53,170 Socialists, hmmm. 479 00:43:53,170 --> 00:43:58,900 And so soon I find myself in a small dingy office in the big 480 00:43:58,900 --> 00:44:01,690 city, Milwaukee. 481 00:44:01,690 --> 00:44:06,750 And the walls are coated with the residue of 1,000 482 00:44:06,750 --> 00:44:08,950 cigarettes. 483 00:44:08,950 --> 00:44:13,640 Books and yellowing newspapers from days gone by rise to the 484 00:44:13,640 --> 00:44:18,680 ceiling in great tottering piles. 485 00:44:18,680 --> 00:44:23,710 And a very old man greets me with a firm handshake. 486 00:44:23,710 --> 00:44:27,550 It was a grownup handshake. 487 00:44:27,550 --> 00:44:29,740 Name's Frank. 488 00:44:29,740 --> 00:44:34,290 And just like that, this brief interview unfolds into one of 489 00:44:34,290 --> 00:44:37,790 my lives' first great awakenings. 490 00:44:37,790 --> 00:44:44,760 It turns out that very old man had been mayor of the city of 491 00:44:44,760 --> 00:44:50,340 Milwaukee, a socialist until 1960. 492 00:44:50,340 --> 00:44:51,930 And I'd never heard anything about it. 493 00:44:51,930 --> 00:44:56,520 Teacher did not cover the socialist mayor of Milwaukee, 494 00:44:56,520 --> 00:45:00,750 Wisconsin, in class. 495 00:45:00,750 --> 00:45:06,450 And at that time, Milwaukee was and is in Frank's time and 496 00:45:06,450 --> 00:45:09,010 in mind's one of the most racially 497 00:45:09,010 --> 00:45:12,160 segregated cities in America. 498 00:45:12,160 --> 00:45:16,950 And Frank told me how he used to walk block by block through 499 00:45:16,950 --> 00:45:21,390 those deliberately forgotten neighborhoods. 500 00:45:21,390 --> 00:45:25,000 And he didn't go there to tell people what he was going to do 501 00:45:25,000 --> 00:45:29,630 for them or what he was going to do to them. 502 00:45:29,630 --> 00:45:35,790 Instead Frank Zeidler asked people about their lives, 503 00:45:35,790 --> 00:45:38,100 about how they could be better. 504 00:45:38,100 --> 00:45:41,680 And you what they wanted these people? 505 00:45:41,680 --> 00:45:43,800 They wanted running water. 506 00:45:43,800 --> 00:45:47,320 They want streetlights. 507 00:45:47,320 --> 00:45:50,890 In a big city, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, whole 508 00:45:50,890 --> 00:45:55,600 neighborhoods were dark. 509 00:45:55,600 --> 00:46:02,570 So Frank Zeidler turned on the light. 510 00:46:02,570 --> 00:46:06,560 And Frank listens to me too. 511 00:46:06,560 --> 00:46:09,530 And also for the first time I know what it feels like to 512 00:46:09,530 --> 00:46:13,140 have someone's complete attention. 513 00:46:13,140 --> 00:46:18,560 It's powerful thing to be heard. 514 00:46:18,560 --> 00:46:25,320 And later he puts his hand on my shoulder and says, Aaron, 515 00:46:25,320 --> 00:46:28,650 you can make a difference. 516 00:46:28,650 --> 00:46:31,520 But just remember it's not about statistics 517 00:46:31,520 --> 00:46:35,070 or policies or issues. 518 00:46:35,070 --> 00:46:40,410 In the end he tells me, it's always about people, people 519 00:46:40,410 --> 00:46:45,540 who love and suffer and dream just like you do. 520 00:46:45,540 --> 00:46:47,490 Don't ever forget that he says. 521 00:46:47,490 --> 00:46:53,790 Real power comes from where deep suffering meets deep hope 522 00:46:53,790 --> 00:46:57,320 and deep love. 523 00:46:57,320 --> 00:47:01,540 That's how you change the world. 524 00:47:01,540 --> 00:47:10,430 [APPLAUSE] 525 00:47:10,430 --> 00:47:12,590 And so I write my essay. 526 00:47:12,590 --> 00:47:17,360 And I hand it in with genuine pride only to have my teacher 527 00:47:17,360 --> 00:47:20,860 hand it back to me the very next day. 528 00:47:20,860 --> 00:47:27,870 He's wearing a Declaration of Independence tie. 529 00:47:27,870 --> 00:47:32,140 And I think I know what's coming. 530 00:47:32,140 --> 00:47:33,750 I can't accept this, Aaron. 531 00:47:33,750 --> 00:47:38,470 Just do it over, Democrats or Republicans. 532 00:47:38,470 --> 00:47:41,200 Democrats or Republicans. 533 00:47:41,200 --> 00:47:47,390 And I look at him and his silly tie, and I feel Frank 534 00:47:47,390 --> 00:47:53,520 Zeidler's hand on my shoulder. 535 00:47:53,520 --> 00:47:54,020 Nope. 536 00:47:54,020 --> 00:48:06,550 [APPLAUSE] 537 00:48:06,550 --> 00:48:08,420 Nope. 538 00:48:08,420 --> 00:48:09,530 Nope. 539 00:48:09,530 --> 00:48:09,880 Nope. 540 00:48:09,880 --> 00:48:10,240 Nope. 541 00:48:10,240 --> 00:48:11,180 Nope. 542 00:48:11,180 --> 00:48:15,780 I pushed the paper back across the desk and 543 00:48:15,780 --> 00:48:20,770 say, this is my essay. 544 00:48:20,770 --> 00:48:22,600 And he sighs. 545 00:48:22,600 --> 00:48:27,510 My teacher sighs, and he writes the letter F in red at 546 00:48:27,510 --> 00:48:31,330 the top of the page. 547 00:48:31,330 --> 00:48:33,560 And it is the very best grade I've ever gotten. 548 00:48:33,560 --> 00:48:49,450 [APPLAUSE] 549 00:48:49,450 --> 00:48:53,360 Sisters and brothers, you know what was happening to me right 550 00:48:53,360 --> 00:48:55,900 then when I pushed that paper back? 551 00:48:55,900 --> 00:48:59,530 I didn't realize it until I sat down to write this sermon. 552 00:48:59,530 --> 00:49:05,960 Sisters and brothers, in that moment I was bridging. 553 00:49:05,960 --> 00:49:10,210 I was bridging. 554 00:49:10,210 --> 00:49:15,520 And that very Sunday I'm back in Milwaukee again protesting 555 00:49:15,520 --> 00:49:18,820 death squads in the rain. 556 00:49:18,820 --> 00:49:21,050 And I have felt Frank Zeidler's hand on my shoulder 557 00:49:21,050 --> 00:49:22,580 so many times since then. 558 00:49:22,580 --> 00:49:26,230 I've gone on to spend much of my life helping 559 00:49:26,230 --> 00:49:28,970 workers form unions. 560 00:49:28,970 --> 00:49:33,520 And I feel his hands as I drink orange soda in a hundred 561 00:49:33,520 --> 00:49:37,210 trailer parks listening to the dreams of people that no one 562 00:49:37,210 --> 00:49:41,490 has ever listened to before, in the way hotel maids hold 563 00:49:41,490 --> 00:49:45,980 their heads up invisible no more, and in the way whole 564 00:49:45,980 --> 00:49:48,920 communities of mothers and fathers and grandfathers and 565 00:49:48,920 --> 00:49:53,050 neighbors and children form brave and giddy chains to 566 00:49:53,050 --> 00:49:57,090 stuff envelopes, make solidarity ribbons, or soup 567 00:49:57,090 --> 00:50:00,270 for those who walk the line. 568 00:50:00,270 --> 00:50:04,810 And I see what happens when the circle of life gets 569 00:50:04,810 --> 00:50:10,510 bigger, when people realize that union is what happens 570 00:50:10,510 --> 00:50:14,070 when we start living like the sisters and brothers we are 571 00:50:14,070 --> 00:50:15,080 born to be. 572 00:50:15,080 --> 00:50:24,020 [APPLAUSE] 573 00:50:24,020 --> 00:50:27,120 And let me tell you, moments like these may not make the 574 00:50:27,120 --> 00:50:30,950 news, but they do happen all the time, all over America, 575 00:50:30,950 --> 00:50:34,720 and they cannot be done by any power or any principality 576 00:50:34,720 --> 00:50:36,550 anywhere ever. 577 00:50:36,550 --> 00:50:41,400 I feel Frank Zeidler's hand every time I reach out to 578 00:50:41,400 --> 00:50:47,380 bridge the space between us, every time I tell somebody 579 00:50:47,380 --> 00:50:52,490 that they, you are somebody. 580 00:50:52,490 --> 00:50:58,130 Just like Frank told me. 581 00:50:58,130 --> 00:51:02,190 When problems seem too big, whose 582 00:51:02,190 --> 00:51:06,290 hand is on your shoulder? 583 00:51:06,290 --> 00:51:11,150 When you're afraid you can't make a difference, who reminds 584 00:51:11,150 --> 00:51:16,270 you that you can? 585 00:51:16,270 --> 00:51:22,590 My friends whose life is ready to change for ever if only 586 00:51:22,590 --> 00:51:29,610 they are seen and heard by you. 587 00:51:29,610 --> 00:51:34,550 Nobody can break what we build between us. 588 00:51:34,550 --> 00:51:39,100 That's what the haters don't want to know that in the end 589 00:51:39,100 --> 00:51:41,395 love wins every time. 590 00:51:41,395 --> 00:51:52,830 [APPLAUSE] 591 00:51:52,830 --> 00:51:59,110 And I want to end with Frank Zeidler's words, real power 592 00:51:59,110 --> 00:52:03,400 comes from where deep suffering meet deep hope, 593 00:52:03,400 --> 00:52:06,180 meets deep love. 594 00:52:06,180 --> 00:52:09,500 That's how you change the world. 595 00:52:09,500 --> 00:52:12,970 And so thank you Frank Zeidler, and thank you to all 596 00:52:12,970 --> 00:52:16,570 you Frank Zeidlers out there tonight. 597 00:52:16,570 --> 00:52:21,090 And if you are one of my generation, I invite you stand 598 00:52:21,090 --> 00:52:24,728 with me now in body or spirit as we sing. 599 00:52:24,728 --> 00:53:07,638 [MUSIC - "SINGING FOR OUR LIVES"] 600 00:53:07,638 --> 00:53:07,798 REV. 601 00:53:07,798 --> 00:53:10,890 REBECCA FROOM: In April 2000, I got on a train to 602 00:53:10,890 --> 00:53:15,330 Washington, D.C. I was with a friend. 603 00:53:15,330 --> 00:53:17,570 We were both 18-years old about to 604 00:53:17,570 --> 00:53:20,250 graduate from high school. 605 00:53:20,250 --> 00:53:25,250 And we were on our way to our first protest to protest the 606 00:53:25,250 --> 00:53:27,960 annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund 607 00:53:27,960 --> 00:53:32,690 and the World Bank, two institutions with enormous 608 00:53:32,690 --> 00:53:38,060 impacts on global economic system world community. 609 00:53:38,060 --> 00:53:42,940 We traveled on this train to our nation's capital angered 610 00:53:42,940 --> 00:53:47,470 by the inequality of these practices, upset by our 611 00:53:47,470 --> 00:53:53,650 complicity in these practices, ready to march and to holler 612 00:53:53,650 --> 00:53:57,040 for change. 613 00:53:57,040 --> 00:54:02,990 The call to action of my early young adulthood was the call 614 00:54:02,990 --> 00:54:07,700 to end injustices. 615 00:54:07,700 --> 00:54:11,680 Through large-scale protests in the streets of Seattle and 616 00:54:11,680 --> 00:54:16,220 Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, people were shouting out for 617 00:54:16,220 --> 00:54:21,210 an end to economic policies that created global inequality 618 00:54:21,210 --> 00:54:25,190 and environmental degradation. 619 00:54:25,190 --> 00:54:29,410 Protests in Fort Benning, Georgia, were calling for the 620 00:54:29,410 --> 00:54:33,960 US Government to shut down the School of the Americas where 621 00:54:33,960 --> 00:54:37,680 military leaders had been trained for decades in the 622 00:54:37,680 --> 00:54:40,600 arts of war. 623 00:54:40,600 --> 00:54:44,490 Community organizers were fighting to shut down the 624 00:54:44,490 --> 00:54:50,000 prison industrial complex and put a stop to racist laws that 625 00:54:50,000 --> 00:54:53,700 resulted in a disproportionate number of people of color 626 00:54:53,700 --> 00:54:57,510 being incarcerated. 627 00:54:57,510 --> 00:55:01,940 So the rallying cry to the work of justice that I first 628 00:55:01,940 --> 00:55:11,450 heard was yelling out the word no, stop, no more. 629 00:55:11,450 --> 00:55:18,400 And the thing about yelling is you get tired. 630 00:55:18,400 --> 00:55:21,820 You lose your voice, and you just don't have the energy to 631 00:55:21,820 --> 00:55:24,750 keep fighting against the monstrosities of the world 632 00:55:24,750 --> 00:55:30,250 that as you turn 19 and 20 and 21 and 22 just keep on coming, 633 00:55:30,250 --> 00:55:35,070 the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the militarization of 634 00:55:35,070 --> 00:55:40,340 borders, mountaintop removal and oil spills, anti-immigrant 635 00:55:40,340 --> 00:55:44,940 legislation, and economic recession. 636 00:55:44,940 --> 00:55:51,050 When there is so much injustice to end, where do we 637 00:55:51,050 --> 00:55:58,070 begin and how do we keep going? 638 00:55:58,070 --> 00:56:02,870 During my young adulthood, I've begun to learn that just 639 00:56:02,870 --> 00:56:07,720 as important as ending injustice is the work of 640 00:56:07,720 --> 00:56:11,960 building healthy, life-affirming communities of 641 00:56:11,960 --> 00:56:14,990 justice, of love, of the peace. 642 00:56:14,990 --> 00:56:23,680 [APPLAUSE] 643 00:56:23,680 --> 00:56:27,990 I first learned about many of these issues of injustice from 644 00:56:27,990 --> 00:56:32,160 my peers, many of whom are still here today from young 645 00:56:32,160 --> 00:56:39,820 religious Unitarian Universalists or YRUU. 646 00:56:39,820 --> 00:56:43,350 In fact the young woman that I traveled to our very first 647 00:56:43,350 --> 00:56:48,140 protest with was a friend I had met at a youth conference. 648 00:56:48,140 --> 00:56:52,690 And church is also where I began to learn how we can 649 00:56:52,690 --> 00:56:57,110 build communities where we can support one another in the 650 00:56:57,110 --> 00:57:01,320 work for justice over the long haul. 651 00:57:01,320 --> 00:57:06,540 In YRUU and later campus ministry spaces, we cultivated 652 00:57:06,540 --> 00:57:09,020 a space for worship and small group 653 00:57:09,020 --> 00:57:13,550 sharing as well as protest. 654 00:57:13,550 --> 00:57:17,560 And beyond the walls of church and beyond the walls of 655 00:57:17,560 --> 00:57:23,090 college, I've run into some of my fellow UU young adults at 656 00:57:23,090 --> 00:57:27,580 environmental conferences, community organizing meetings, 657 00:57:27,580 --> 00:57:32,100 and potlucks at communities co-ops. 658 00:57:32,100 --> 00:57:35,950 We recognize one another by our chalice tattoos and our 659 00:57:35,950 --> 00:57:41,520 shared repertoire of songs and chants. 660 00:57:41,520 --> 00:57:42,780 And we talk. 661 00:57:42,780 --> 00:57:46,420 We talk about how the principles of our faith that 662 00:57:46,420 --> 00:57:51,370 we were so lucky to grow up with how those principles have 663 00:57:51,370 --> 00:57:59,070 guided us in our work to fight injustice and in our work to 664 00:57:59,070 --> 00:58:04,470 envision and act for a world of justice and 665 00:58:04,470 --> 00:58:08,050 compassion and love. 666 00:58:08,050 --> 00:58:14,010 See, our world does need us to stand up and say that 667 00:58:14,010 --> 00:58:15,750 injustice must end. 668 00:58:15,750 --> 00:58:18,220 It must stop. 669 00:58:18,220 --> 00:58:25,520 And our world also needs us to listen to one another, to form 670 00:58:25,520 --> 00:58:30,700 relationships, and builds networks of solidarity. 671 00:58:30,700 --> 00:58:36,250 So my prayer this evening for all of us is that we can 672 00:58:36,250 --> 00:58:42,660 create communities in which our call to end injustice is 673 00:58:42,660 --> 00:58:46,910 only part of our larger call to build that 674 00:58:46,910 --> 00:58:48,741 world we dream about. 675 00:58:48,741 --> 00:58:57,300 [APPLAUSE] 676 00:58:57,300 --> 00:59:02,320 If you identify as being part of my generation, please rise 677 00:59:02,320 --> 00:59:06,960 in body or spirits while everyone sings this next verse 678 00:59:06,960 --> 00:59:08,043 to our song. 679 00:59:08,043 --> 00:59:49,870 [MUSIC - "SINGING FOR OUR LIVES"] 680 00:59:49,870 --> 00:59:52,070 MACKENZIE KONG-SIVERT: First, I would like to thank the 681 00:59:52,070 --> 00:59:55,510 organizers for asking me to speak and taking me seriously 682 00:59:55,510 --> 01:00:03,810 as having my own thoughts and opinions. 683 01:00:03,810 --> 01:00:06,650 I often hear adults talk about how young people should be in 684 01:00:06,650 --> 01:00:10,540 charge of the world not because of some substantial 685 01:00:10,540 --> 01:00:14,340 moral thesis they might have, but rather because young 686 01:00:14,340 --> 01:00:18,110 people are innocent or pure or hold hands with people or 687 01:00:18,110 --> 01:00:19,750 whatever it is you think we do. 688 01:00:19,750 --> 01:00:25,580 [APPLAUSE] 689 01:00:25,580 --> 01:00:28,540 They seem to think that young people are just naive, 690 01:00:28,540 --> 01:00:32,210 uncorrupted by reality, and would be adorable in a 691 01:00:32,210 --> 01:00:38,000 leadership role, and not that they have anything profound or 692 01:00:38,000 --> 01:00:39,960 thoroughly considered to say. 693 01:00:39,960 --> 01:00:43,220 They seem to think that it is cute that young people think 694 01:00:43,220 --> 01:00:47,050 they can help whatever cause they have decided to follow. 695 01:00:47,050 --> 01:00:49,720 I would like to say that I really would like to be 696 01:00:49,720 --> 01:00:53,450 recognized as having some substantial point to make and 697 01:00:53,450 --> 01:00:56,860 that I am sure the rest of my generation feels the same way. 698 01:00:56,860 --> 01:01:08,060 [APPLAUSE] 699 01:01:08,060 --> 01:01:10,760 I would rather the old generations not treat this as 700 01:01:10,760 --> 01:01:13,940 if I do not know what I'm doing and do not treat me as 701 01:01:13,940 --> 01:01:16,855 if I am a small child stumbling about playing dress 702 01:01:16,855 --> 01:01:19,580 up in her parents' clothing. 703 01:01:19,580 --> 01:01:22,500 Again, thank you for not acting like this and taking me 704 01:01:22,500 --> 01:01:26,990 seriously enough to have me get a reflection. 705 01:01:26,990 --> 01:01:29,790 This is what I love about Unitarian Universalism. 706 01:01:29,790 --> 01:01:32,760 People my age in another religion might spend their 707 01:01:32,760 --> 01:01:35,610 religious education class time being taught what is right and 708 01:01:35,610 --> 01:01:39,440 what is wrong and learning about some story from a text. 709 01:01:39,440 --> 01:01:42,810 But I spend my Sundays debating the ethics of torture 710 01:01:42,810 --> 01:01:44,460 and discussing what the appropriate level of 711 01:01:44,460 --> 01:01:45,405 censorship is. 712 01:01:45,405 --> 01:01:53,520 [APPLAUSE] 713 01:01:53,520 --> 01:01:56,050 How many other coming-of-age rituals 714 01:01:56,050 --> 01:01:57,155 involve writing a manifesto. 715 01:01:57,155 --> 01:02:08,780 [LAUGHTER] 716 01:02:08,780 --> 01:02:12,870 Promoting justice and equality is very important to us, so we 717 01:02:12,870 --> 01:02:14,770 want to be taken seriously. 718 01:02:14,770 --> 01:02:18,350 Every generation seems to have a cause or perhaps two, but 719 01:02:18,350 --> 01:02:20,450 due to faster and more advanced forms of 720 01:02:20,450 --> 01:02:23,190 communication, my generation has many. 721 01:02:23,190 --> 01:02:25,590 There are many injustices around the world, and we now 722 01:02:25,590 --> 01:02:29,030 have access to most if not all of them through our 723 01:02:29,030 --> 01:02:30,890 technological advances. 724 01:02:30,890 --> 01:02:33,580 With each generation, the world becomes more connected. 725 01:02:33,580 --> 01:02:36,350 And we cannot only appreciate the interconnected web of 726 01:02:36,350 --> 01:02:40,020 natural life but the interconnected global web of 727 01:02:40,020 --> 01:02:41,640 the global culture. 728 01:02:41,640 --> 01:02:46,420 I can support the solutions to local problems such as SB1070. 729 01:02:46,420 --> 01:02:49,190 But I can also join some cause from a remote, war-torn, 730 01:02:49,190 --> 01:02:52,170 rights-deprived, heavily censored corner of the world. 731 01:02:52,170 --> 01:02:55,220 Because in that remote, war-torn, rights-deprived, 732 01:02:55,220 --> 01:02:58,910 heavily censored corner, there is a reporter not hired by a 733 01:02:58,910 --> 01:03:01,480 news station or some international organization 734 01:03:01,480 --> 01:03:04,500 built for the promotion of rights but a civilian who has 735 01:03:04,500 --> 01:03:08,080 a cellphone with a camera with which they can photograph the 736 01:03:08,080 --> 01:03:11,030 suffering and the injustice and the bloodshed so that this 737 01:03:11,030 --> 01:03:13,775 corrupt government cannot continue with impunity. 738 01:03:13,775 --> 01:03:26,490 [APPLAUSE] 739 01:03:26,490 --> 01:03:28,430 There is little privacy anymore. 740 01:03:28,430 --> 01:03:31,440 This civilian from the remote, war-torn, rights-deprived, 741 01:03:31,440 --> 01:03:35,130 heavily censored corner can show the entire world what is 742 01:03:35,130 --> 01:03:38,800 happening so we won't be in the dark or at least there is 743 01:03:38,800 --> 01:03:42,360 more light than there otherwise would. 744 01:03:42,360 --> 01:03:45,380 In fifth grade, I did an activity with my class in 745 01:03:45,380 --> 01:03:48,590 which we imagined that some invading alien species forced 746 01:03:48,590 --> 01:03:51,420 us to give up half the rights in the Bill of Rights. 747 01:03:51,420 --> 01:03:54,050 Some people in the class voted to discard the right to 748 01:03:54,050 --> 01:03:57,510 peaceful assembly, et cetera, because according to them all 749 01:03:57,510 --> 01:04:01,950 the protesting was done already, and the 750 01:04:01,950 --> 01:04:03,550 world is just now. 751 01:04:03,550 --> 01:04:04,400 I disagree. 752 01:04:04,400 --> 01:04:06,450 When you solve one problem, you realize 753 01:04:06,450 --> 01:04:07,690 there is another one. 754 01:04:07,690 --> 01:04:10,880 And even old problems do not get completely solved. 755 01:04:10,880 --> 01:04:13,090 There is still gender inequality in the workplace, 756 01:04:13,090 --> 01:04:15,295 for example, and there is a lot of racism. 757 01:04:15,295 --> 01:04:23,880 [APPLAUSE] 758 01:04:23,880 --> 01:04:26,040 People think these problems are solved. 759 01:04:26,040 --> 01:04:28,740 But there is still a lot of work to do. 760 01:04:28,740 --> 01:04:30,840 Now that we have this technology to increase 761 01:04:30,840 --> 01:04:33,890 awareness of the problems that need fixing, we must not 762 01:04:33,890 --> 01:04:35,250 ignore these issues. 763 01:04:35,250 --> 01:04:38,130 The world is unjust and unequal, and we cannot pretend 764 01:04:38,130 --> 01:04:39,100 that it is not. 765 01:04:39,100 --> 01:04:41,790 Therefore, we must try to do what we can to help. 766 01:04:41,790 --> 01:04:43,575 There is no longer a valid excuse. 767 01:04:43,575 --> 01:04:51,830 [APPLAUSE] 768 01:04:51,830 --> 01:04:55,510 If you identify as being part of my generation or younger, 769 01:04:55,510 --> 01:04:58,580 please rise in body or in spirit while everyone sings 770 01:04:58,580 --> 01:04:59,390 the next verse. 771 01:04:59,390 --> 01:05:08,419 [APPLAUSE] 772 01:05:08,419 --> 01:05:50,909 [MUSIC - "SINGING FOR OUR LIVES"] 773 01:05:50,909 --> 01:05:53,160 JENNIFER CHANNIN: And now the part many of you have been 774 01:05:53,160 --> 01:05:56,400 waiting for. 775 01:05:56,400 --> 01:06:00,550 The bridging ceremony is a ritual that Unitarian 776 01:06:00,550 --> 01:06:04,330 Universalists have been practicing for many years to 777 01:06:04,330 --> 01:06:06,440 mark the transition that our youth 778 01:06:06,440 --> 01:06:09,980 make into legal adulthood. 779 01:06:09,980 --> 01:06:13,070 But it is more than just a recognition of their 780 01:06:13,070 --> 01:06:17,710 individual growth and maturity. 781 01:06:17,710 --> 01:06:21,870 A bridge is a path that connects different places. 782 01:06:21,870 --> 01:06:25,220 And in our bridging ceremony tonight, it connects different 783 01:06:25,220 --> 01:06:27,380 communities. 784 01:06:27,380 --> 01:06:30,300 The communities that the youth here have come from include 785 01:06:30,300 --> 01:06:34,100 their congregations, their religious education programs, 786 01:06:34,100 --> 01:06:37,150 their youth groups, their districts youth conferences 787 01:06:37,150 --> 01:06:40,630 and leadership committees, their UU summer camps and 788 01:06:40,630 --> 01:06:44,870 conference center, and the community of youth caucus here 789 01:06:44,870 --> 01:06:50,410 at General Assembly in Phoenix and at GAs past in Charlotte, 790 01:06:50,410 --> 01:06:54,240 Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City. 791 01:06:54,240 --> 01:06:57,300 As they travel across this bridge, they have the 792 01:06:57,300 --> 01:07:01,340 opportunity to be welcomed into new communities, 793 01:07:01,340 --> 01:07:05,580 communities within their congregations, communities in 794 01:07:05,580 --> 01:07:09,740 cities and towns that they move to, campus ministry 795 01:07:09,740 --> 01:07:14,190 groups, young adult group, communities such as the Church 796 01:07:14,190 --> 01:07:18,160 of the Larger Fellowship, and the communities that form 797 01:07:18,160 --> 01:07:21,300 around social justice activism. 798 01:07:21,300 --> 01:07:24,690 ELISSA MCDAVID: But a bridge is not only there to get you 799 01:07:24,690 --> 01:07:27,280 from one place to another. 800 01:07:27,280 --> 01:07:31,210 A bridge is also there to keep you safe from whatever is 801 01:07:31,210 --> 01:07:36,040 below, the river or ravine or highway. 802 01:07:36,040 --> 01:07:40,040 Today we not only recognize that our youth are crossing 803 01:07:40,040 --> 01:07:44,790 into new experiences and communities, we also affirm 804 01:07:44,790 --> 01:07:48,160 our commitment to guide them across safely. 805 01:07:48,160 --> 01:07:51,610 With our support and our welcome, with the wisdom we 806 01:07:51,610 --> 01:07:55,300 have gained from our own crossing, with our hands held 807 01:07:55,300 --> 01:07:58,850 out to catch them if they stumble, and with words of 808 01:07:58,850 --> 01:08:02,920 encouragement to strengthen them when they falter, we are 809 01:08:02,920 --> 01:08:07,880 all the beams and supports, the cables and the stones that 810 01:08:07,880 --> 01:08:10,602 make up this bridge. 811 01:08:10,602 --> 01:08:12,940 JENNIFER CHANNIN: As our bridging youth walk through 812 01:08:12,940 --> 01:08:16,630 the symbolic bridge created by members of the Young Adult 813 01:08:16,630 --> 01:08:21,290 Caucus, let us all show them our love and support by 814 01:08:21,290 --> 01:08:25,410 singing the traditional bridging song together. 815 01:08:25,410 --> 01:08:28,380 And please hold your applause until all 816 01:08:28,380 --> 01:08:47,110 the youth have bridged. 817 01:08:47,110 --> 01:10:03,970 [MUSIC PLAYING] 818 01:10:03,970 --> 01:10:06,320 CHINA RAE NEWMAN: I'm China Rae Newman from the Unitarian 819 01:10:06,320 --> 01:10:21,400 Universalist Congregation of Phoenix. 820 01:10:21,400 --> 01:10:23,460 CELESTE ALLEN: I'm Celeste Allen from the Unitarian 821 01:10:23,460 --> 01:10:34,960 Universalist Congregation of Phoenix. 822 01:10:34,960 --> 01:10:37,906 BRITTANY GOETZ-SMITH: I'm Brittany Goetz-Smith from the 823 01:10:37,906 --> 01:10:39,133 White Bear Unitarian 824 01:10:39,133 --> 01:10:45,271 Universalist Church of Minnesota. 825 01:10:45,271 --> 01:10:47,863 INGO VAN DER HEIDEN: I'm Ingo van der Heiden, Congregation 826 01:10:47,863 --> 01:10:57,888 of Northwest Tucson. 827 01:10:57,888 --> 01:10:58,950 CARREL MORGAN: I'm Carrel [INAUDIBLE] 828 01:10:58,950 --> 01:11:01,180 Morgan from the Unitarian Universalist 829 01:11:01,180 --> 01:11:12,160 Congregation of Miami. 830 01:11:12,160 --> 01:11:14,850 EVELYN RIPSOM: I'm Evelyn Ripsom from the First 831 01:11:14,850 --> 01:11:27,230 Unitarian Society of Wilmington, Delaware. 832 01:11:27,230 --> 01:11:30,330 NICK HOFFMAN: I'm Nick Hoffman from the Unitarian 833 01:11:30,330 --> 01:11:39,515 Universalist Fellowship of New [INAUDIBLE]. 834 01:11:39,515 --> 01:11:42,100 OLIVIA PATRICK: I'm Olivia Patrick of the Unitarian 835 01:11:42,100 --> 01:11:53,815 Universalist Church of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 836 01:11:53,815 --> 01:11:57,045 ELLEN LUCY: I'm Ellen Lucy [INAUDIBLE] from the Unitarian 837 01:11:57,045 --> 01:12:08,584 Universalist Congregation of Columbia. 838 01:12:08,584 --> 01:12:11,210 CORY: I'm Cory [INAUDIBLE] from the Unitarian 839 01:12:11,210 --> 01:12:20,572 Universalist Church of Columbia, Missouri. 840 01:12:20,572 --> 01:12:22,680 JAMES KUTZ: I'm James Kutz from the Unitarian 841 01:12:22,680 --> 01:12:31,350 Universalist Church of Columbia, Missouri. 842 01:12:31,350 --> 01:12:33,850 NIKKI ROTH: I'm Nikki Roth, and I'm from the Unitarian 843 01:12:33,850 --> 01:12:46,960 Universalist Church of Princeton. 844 01:12:46,960 --> 01:12:47,940 ALICIA: Hi. 845 01:12:47,940 --> 01:12:56,760 I'm Alicia, and I'm from the UU Church of Phoenix. 846 01:12:56,760 --> 01:12:59,160 ALEX SANDBERG: I'm Alex Sandberg of the Unitarian 847 01:12:59,160 --> 01:13:12,263 Universalist Congregation of Princeton. 848 01:13:12,263 --> 01:13:14,530 MARKA: I'm Marka [INAUDIBLE] 849 01:13:14,530 --> 01:13:16,430 and I'm from the Unitarian Universalist Neighborhood 850 01:13:16,430 --> 01:13:24,892 Church in Pasadena, California. 851 01:13:24,892 --> 01:13:26,510 SPEAKER: I'm [INAUDIBLE] 852 01:13:26,510 --> 01:13:29,325 and I'm from Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church 853 01:13:29,325 --> 01:13:37,005 in Pasadena, California. 854 01:13:37,005 --> 01:13:38,000 IAN BEND: Hi. 855 01:13:38,000 --> 01:13:40,830 My name is Ian Bend, and I am also from the Neighborhood 856 01:13:40,830 --> 01:13:54,440 Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena. 857 01:13:54,440 --> 01:13:56,900 RACHEL WOOD: I'm Rachel Wood from the Neighborhood 858 01:13:56,900 --> 01:14:05,264 Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena, California. 859 01:14:05,264 --> 01:14:07,802 ARIEL WOOD: I am Ariel Wood, and I am also from the 860 01:14:07,802 --> 01:14:09,850 Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of 861 01:14:09,850 --> 01:14:22,460 Pasadena, California. 862 01:14:22,460 --> 01:14:25,080 BEN HILLMAN: I'm Ben Hillman, and I'm also from Neighborhood 863 01:14:25,080 --> 01:14:34,523 Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasadena. 864 01:14:34,523 --> 01:14:36,150 EMMA: I'm Emma [INAUDIBLE] 865 01:14:36,150 --> 01:14:38,882 I'm from the East Shore Unitarian Church of Bellevue, 866 01:14:38,882 --> 01:14:49,130 Washington. 867 01:14:49,130 --> 01:14:52,330 NICHOLAS TOOMEY: I'm Nicholas Toomey I'm from East Shore 868 01:14:52,330 --> 01:14:54,424 Unitarian Universalist Church of Bellevue, Washington. 869 01:14:54,424 --> 01:15:03,772 Hi, mom. 870 01:15:03,772 --> 01:15:06,110 MARY E. CLARK: I'm Mary E. Clark from the Church of the 871 01:15:06,110 --> 01:15:19,300 Larger Fellowship in Los Angeles, California. 872 01:15:19,300 --> 01:15:24,760 IAN GRAY: I'm Ian Gray of the Unitarian Universalist Church 873 01:15:24,760 --> 01:15:36,930 of Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas. 874 01:15:36,930 --> 01:15:40,060 ZACK TAYLOR: Hi, I'm Zack Taylor of the Unitarian 875 01:15:40,060 --> 01:15:51,540 Universalist Church of Tucson. 876 01:15:51,540 --> 01:15:54,508 CHRISTINA: Hi, I'm Christina [INAUDIBLE] from the Unitarian 877 01:15:54,508 --> 01:16:09,207 Universalist Fellowship of San Diego. 878 01:16:09,207 --> 01:16:10,030 MITCHELL DAVIS: Hi. 879 01:16:10,030 --> 01:16:12,747 I'm Mitchell Davis from the Unitarian Universalist Church 880 01:16:12,747 --> 01:16:21,333 of Fresno, California. 881 01:16:21,333 --> 01:16:23,635 LEIGH FRIEDMAN: I'm Leigh Friedman from East Shore 882 01:16:23,635 --> 01:16:32,997 Unitarian Church in Bellevue, Washington. 883 01:16:32,997 --> 01:16:34,810 LUKA: Luka [INAUDIBLE] 884 01:16:34,810 --> 01:16:47,368 from the Unitarian Society of New Haven. 885 01:16:47,368 --> 01:16:49,440 AVI: I'm Avi [INAUDIBLE] 886 01:16:49,440 --> 01:16:51,080 from the Unitarian Universalist Church of 887 01:16:51,080 --> 01:17:02,130 Clearwater. 888 01:17:02,130 --> 01:17:04,830 DORA HUNTINGTON: My name is Dora Huntington, and I'm from 889 01:17:04,830 --> 01:17:13,945 the Birmingham Unitarian Church, Michigan. 890 01:17:13,945 --> 01:17:14,920 SCOTT: Hi. 891 01:17:14,920 --> 01:17:17,150 I'm Scott [INAUDIBLE] and I'm from the Unitarian 892 01:17:17,150 --> 01:17:28,810 Universalist Church of Indianapolis. 893 01:17:28,810 --> 01:17:31,290 EMMA WATSON: I'm Emma Wilson, and I'm from the Unitarian 894 01:17:31,290 --> 01:17:43,420 Universalist Fellowship of Ames. 895 01:17:43,420 --> 01:17:44,414 IMANI : Hi. 896 01:17:44,414 --> 01:17:47,776 My name is Imani [INAUDIBLE] and I'm from the Unitarian 897 01:17:47,776 --> 01:17:56,690 Universalist Church of Joilet. 898 01:17:56,690 --> 01:17:57,350 ALEX: Hi. 899 01:17:57,350 --> 01:18:00,410 I'm Alex [INAUDIBLE], I'm from the Unitarian Universalist 900 01:18:00,410 --> 01:18:14,675 Congregation of Phoenix. 901 01:18:14,675 --> 01:18:15,620 SARAH: Hi. 902 01:18:15,620 --> 01:18:18,690 I'm Sarah [INAUDIBLE] and I'm from the First Unitarian 903 01:18:18,690 --> 01:18:29,544 Universalist Church of Richmond, Virginia. 904 01:18:29,544 --> 01:18:31,512 SPEAKER: Hi, I'm [INAUDIBLE]. 905 01:18:31,512 --> 01:18:46,764 I'm a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson. 906 01:18:46,764 --> 01:18:48,570 BILLY RIVERA: My name is Billy Rivera. 907 01:18:48,570 --> 01:19:03,183 I'm from the First Universalist Church of Denver. 908 01:19:03,183 --> 01:19:03,965 LINDA: Hi. 909 01:19:03,965 --> 01:19:07,653 I'm Linda [INAUDIBLE] from the Unitarian Church of Northeast 910 01:19:07,653 --> 01:19:20,367 Connecticut. 911 01:19:20,367 --> 01:19:21,190 SARA NICHOLS: Hi. 912 01:19:21,190 --> 01:19:23,950 I'm Sara Nichols, and I'm from the Unitarian Universalist 913 01:19:23,950 --> 01:19:31,318 Church of Tucson. 914 01:19:31,318 --> 01:19:32,080 MARIAH HELLER: Hi. 915 01:19:32,080 --> 01:19:34,030 I'm Mariah Heller, and I'm from the Unitarian 916 01:19:34,030 --> 01:19:48,152 Universalist Congregation of Princeton, New Jersey. 917 01:19:48,152 --> 01:19:50,540 ABBY KIRBY: My name is Abby Kirby, and I am from the 918 01:19:50,540 --> 01:19:52,780 University Unitarian Universalist Society in 919 01:19:52,780 --> 01:20:00,476 Orlando, Florida. 920 01:20:00,476 --> 01:20:03,010 ZACK FOLEY: I'm Zack Foley, and I'm from the Unitarian 921 01:20:03,010 --> 01:20:14,080 Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, Massachusetts. 922 01:20:14,080 --> 01:20:16,150 DYLAN YOUNG: I'm Dylan Young, and I'm also from the 923 01:20:16,150 --> 01:20:19,193 Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 924 01:20:19,193 --> 01:20:25,576 Massachusetts. 925 01:20:25,576 --> 01:20:27,960 PHIL SMITH: I'm Phil Smith, and I'm also also from the 926 01:20:27,960 --> 01:20:29,990 Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 927 01:20:29,990 --> 01:20:37,525 Massachusetts. 928 01:20:37,525 --> 01:20:39,990 HENRY LUKA: My name is Henry Luka, and I'm from the 929 01:20:39,990 --> 01:20:53,812 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Canaan Valley. 930 01:20:53,812 --> 01:20:54,786 SOPHIE KOSTAS: Hi. 931 01:20:54,786 --> 01:20:57,708 I'm Sophie Kostas from the Granite Peak Unitarian 932 01:20:57,708 --> 01:21:08,026 Universalist Congregation in Prescott, Arizona. 933 01:21:08,026 --> 01:21:09,220 EVAN: I'm Evan [INAUDIBLE] 934 01:21:09,220 --> 01:21:23,680 from the UU Church of Greater Lansing, Michigan. 935 01:21:23,680 --> 01:21:26,489 ALEXANDRA MACK: My name is Alexandra Mack, and I'm from 936 01:21:26,489 --> 01:21:29,509 the first Unitarian Universalist Church of San 937 01:21:29,509 --> 01:21:38,491 Diego, California. 938 01:21:38,491 --> 01:21:55,435 [MUSIC PLAYING] 939 01:21:55,435 --> 01:22:31,055 [APPLAUSE] 940 01:22:31,055 --> 01:22:33,660 ELISSA MCDAVID: As we say goodbye to our Bridgers, I 941 01:22:33,660 --> 01:22:40,700 invite all the youth that are present today to stand up and 942 01:22:40,700 --> 01:22:45,360 join me in addressing them. 943 01:22:45,360 --> 01:22:47,320 This is call and response. 944 01:22:47,320 --> 01:22:51,290 Please follow along on the screen. 945 01:22:51,290 --> 01:22:56,625 Today as a community we say goodbye, but not for long. 946 01:22:56,625 --> 01:22:58,980 ELISSA MCDAVID AND CONGREGATION: We honor you. 947 01:22:58,980 --> 01:23:02,820 ELISSA MCDAVID: As youth as part of our generation and as 948 01:23:02,820 --> 01:23:06,760 part of our faith, we see you leave our beloved community. 949 01:23:06,760 --> 01:23:10,585 And though we are sadden to see you go, we are with you. 950 01:23:10,585 --> 01:23:10,924 ELISSA MCDAVID AND 951 01:23:10,924 --> 01:23:17,974 CONGREGATION: We are a community. 952 01:23:17,974 --> 01:23:21,050 ELISSA MCDAVID: As you walk the path into young adulthood, 953 01:23:21,050 --> 01:23:24,560 remember our community as we remember each of you. 954 01:23:24,560 --> 01:23:25,010 ELISSA MCDAVID AND CONGREGATION: 955 01:23:25,010 --> 01:23:27,845 We carry the flame. 956 01:23:27,845 --> 01:23:30,990 ELISSA MCDAVID: Thank you for your leadership, your energy, 957 01:23:30,990 --> 01:23:33,586 your passion, your inner chalice. 958 01:23:33,586 --> 01:23:36,426 ELISSA MCDAVID AND CONGREGATION: We honor you. 959 01:23:36,426 --> 01:23:39,280 ELISSA MCDAVID: Everyone please stand if you're able 960 01:23:39,280 --> 01:23:44,226 and repeat the congregational litany on the screen. 961 01:23:44,226 --> 01:23:46,580 ELISSA MCDAVID AND CONGREGATION: As a faith, we 962 01:23:46,580 --> 01:23:51,250 promise to care for you, provide space for you, and 963 01:23:51,250 --> 01:23:56,580 welcome you as you go into the new chapter of your life. 964 01:23:56,580 --> 01:23:58,556 ELISSA MCDAVID: You may be seated. 965 01:23:58,556 --> 01:24:10,460 [APPLAUSE] 966 01:24:10,460 --> 01:24:13,220 MICHAEL HAN: I remember when I graduated high school I 967 01:24:13,220 --> 01:24:18,780 bridged four times, once at my home congregation, once at the 968 01:24:18,780 --> 01:24:23,310 congregation I grew up at, and once at my district youth con. 969 01:24:23,310 --> 01:24:27,100 But even after those beautiful ceremonies, I didn't really 970 01:24:27,100 --> 01:24:29,800 feel I had bridged until I bridged 971 01:24:29,800 --> 01:24:32,550 here at General Assembly. 972 01:24:32,550 --> 01:24:36,580 It was only once I had across this plenary stage that I 973 01:24:36,580 --> 01:24:39,110 truly felt like a young adult. 974 01:24:39,110 --> 01:24:41,930 There's just something about standing here feeling the 975 01:24:41,930 --> 01:24:43,990 power of this place. 976 01:24:43,990 --> 01:24:47,800 This can be a profoundly joyful moment, a time for 977 01:24:47,800 --> 01:24:50,940 celebration of the youth community, a time for 978 01:24:50,940 --> 01:24:55,690 reflection on what it means to grow up, a time for excitement 979 01:24:55,690 --> 01:24:58,360 for what the years ahead hold. 980 01:24:58,360 --> 01:25:02,720 But for many, this is also a time of mourning, a time to 981 01:25:02,720 --> 01:25:06,920 say goodbye to friends and community, a time for 982 01:25:06,920 --> 01:25:10,090 apprehension that there will never again be such a beloved 983 01:25:10,090 --> 01:25:14,070 spiritual home as the one you may have found now. 984 01:25:14,070 --> 01:25:17,550 It is important in this time of transition that we hold 985 01:25:17,550 --> 01:25:21,910 both the celebrations and the mourning because there is much 986 01:25:21,910 --> 01:25:24,250 that you will leave on the youth side. 987 01:25:24,250 --> 01:25:27,170 But there is much waiting for you on the young adult end of 988 01:25:27,170 --> 01:25:28,650 the bridge. 989 01:25:28,650 --> 01:25:32,320 You are entering a wonderful, loving community. 990 01:25:32,320 --> 01:25:35,900 And we are so glad that you're here. 991 01:25:35,900 --> 01:25:38,060 In all this, it is also crucial what 992 01:25:38,060 --> 01:25:40,850 you carry with you. 993 01:25:40,850 --> 01:25:43,620 Each Bridger carries something different. 994 01:25:43,620 --> 01:25:46,500 What is it that you choose to bring with you? 995 01:25:46,500 --> 01:25:49,740 What gifts do you bring? 996 01:25:49,740 --> 01:25:52,670 Remember too that in this time and place you have a profound 997 01:25:52,670 --> 01:25:55,570 responsibility. 998 01:25:55,570 --> 01:25:59,520 You who have been youth and are now young adults are not 999 01:25:59,520 --> 01:26:02,890 only the future of this association, but you are the 1000 01:26:02,890 --> 01:26:07,630 vital present, the lifeblood, the courageous voice that 1001 01:26:07,630 --> 01:26:10,443 calls us to remain true to our Seven Principles. 1002 01:26:10,443 --> 01:26:19,160 [APPLAUSE] 1003 01:26:19,160 --> 01:26:20,970 Here more than anywhere else your 1004 01:26:20,970 --> 01:26:23,190 presence is so very needed. 1005 01:26:23,190 --> 01:26:25,830 Historically in our association, it has been the 1006 01:26:25,830 --> 01:26:28,705 youth and the young adults who lead us to change. 1007 01:26:28,705 --> 01:26:34,360 [APPLAUSE] 1008 01:26:34,360 --> 01:26:37,770 This year we gather in Phoenix for something we have never 1009 01:26:37,770 --> 01:26:40,750 done before, for something that has the power to change 1010 01:26:40,750 --> 01:26:45,980 who we are as an association for the better if we let it. 1011 01:26:45,980 --> 01:26:48,100 We need you for this. 1012 01:26:48,100 --> 01:26:51,450 We need your energy, your wisdom, your 1013 01:26:51,450 --> 01:26:54,650 vision, and your faith. 1014 01:26:54,650 --> 01:26:57,960 So this is my charge to you. 1015 01:26:57,960 --> 01:27:00,360 Live your values boldly. 1016 01:27:00,360 --> 01:27:02,890 Witness for what is good and right. 1017 01:27:02,890 --> 01:27:05,240 Be on the side of love. 1018 01:27:05,240 --> 01:27:07,990 Go out into the world and find yourself, but know that this 1019 01:27:07,990 --> 01:27:11,100 community will always be here. 1020 01:27:11,100 --> 01:27:12,320 Blessed be and Amen. 1021 01:27:12,320 --> 01:27:22,060 [APPLAUSE] 1022 01:27:22,060 --> 01:27:24,780 REV, KELLIE WALKER: I invite you to rise in body and spirit 1023 01:27:24,780 --> 01:27:27,366 as we sing a closing hymn, "The Fire of Commitment." 1024 01:27:27,366 --> 01:30:32,798 [MUSIC - "THE FIRE OF COMMITMENT"] 1025 01:30:32,798 --> 01:30:40,620 [APPLAUSE] 1026 01:30:40,620 --> 01:30:44,490 ELISSA MCDAVID: Leave with courage to cross the bridges 1027 01:30:44,490 --> 01:30:48,910 that come your way rooted in the courage displayed by those 1028 01:30:48,910 --> 01:30:51,346 who have come before. 1029 01:30:51,346 --> 01:30:54,510 JENNIFER CHANNIN: Leave trusting the strength of love 1030 01:30:54,510 --> 01:30:59,870 within growing from the love that flows through all ages. 1031 01:30:59,870 --> 01:31:02,870 ELISSA MCDAVID: Go now, learning from those who have 1032 01:31:02,870 --> 01:31:06,270 made a life of justice work. 1033 01:31:06,270 --> 01:31:09,460 JENNIFER CHANNIN: Go now, trusting in the power of our 1034 01:31:09,460 --> 01:31:14,362 love to guide us to new promises and new horizons. 1035 01:31:14,362 --> 01:31:17,220 ELISSA MCDAVID AND JENNIFER CHANNIN: May it be so for many 1036 01:31:17,220 --> 01:31:18,930 generations to come. 1037 01:31:18,930 --> 01:31:30,330 [APPLAUSE] 1038 01:31:30,330 --> 01:33:07,413 [MUSIC PLAYING]