1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:06,930 2 00:00:06,930 --> 00:00:18,830 [MUSIC PLAYING] 3 00:00:18,830 --> 00:00:22,880 BETH NORTON: 2002, at the General Assembly in Quebec 4 00:00:22,880 --> 00:00:27,620 City, the Reverend John Gibbons recited the Szekely 5 00:00:27,620 --> 00:00:33,630 Aldas or Hazi Aldas, the house blessing, in English and in 6 00:00:33,630 --> 00:00:37,590 Hungarian during a plenary presentation for the 7 00:00:37,590 --> 00:00:41,430 Transylvania Partner Church Council. 8 00:00:41,430 --> 00:00:45,420 That same summer, the choir of First Parish in Concord, 9 00:00:45,420 --> 00:00:49,180 Massachusetts, was preparing for our first musical 10 00:00:49,180 --> 00:00:53,680 pilgrimage to Transylvania and to Szekelykeresztur, our 11 00:00:53,680 --> 00:00:56,070 partner congregation. 12 00:00:56,070 --> 00:00:59,950 I was inspired to write music for that blessing, a partner 13 00:00:59,950 --> 00:01:03,600 song celebrating the relationship between our 14 00:01:03,600 --> 00:01:06,010 partner congregations. 15 00:01:06,010 --> 00:01:10,920 Each melody and each congregation possesses its own 16 00:01:10,920 --> 00:01:15,170 identity, beauty, and strength. 17 00:01:15,170 --> 00:01:25,175 But together, they are so much more. 18 00:01:25,175 --> 00:04:33,770 [SINGING] 19 00:04:33,770 --> 00:04:36,070 REVEREND ERIC M. CHERRY: I remember an inspiring story 20 00:04:36,070 --> 00:04:41,450 that Unitarian Universalist minister Reverend Carl Scovel 21 00:04:41,450 --> 00:04:45,840 once told about how love breaks down doors, 22 00:04:45,840 --> 00:04:51,190 metaphorically and literally. 23 00:04:51,190 --> 00:04:56,820 In this story, a spouse in the midst of mental and physical 24 00:04:56,820 --> 00:05:04,100 crisis steadily pursued isolation, going so far as to 25 00:05:04,100 --> 00:05:09,280 ignore requests to talk and to quite literally lock himself 26 00:05:09,280 --> 00:05:13,770 in his bedroom, perhaps more importantly to lock 27 00:05:13,770 --> 00:05:16,400 everyone else out. 28 00:05:16,400 --> 00:05:21,200 In this story from parish life, Carl described how his 29 00:05:21,200 --> 00:05:27,520 wife warned this man and then broke down the door with three 30 00:05:27,520 --> 00:05:31,720 swings of an axe. 31 00:05:31,720 --> 00:05:36,080 Love breaks down doors, 32 00:05:36,080 --> 00:05:42,170 metaphorically and also literally. 33 00:05:42,170 --> 00:05:48,210 In the same way, faith breaks down borders. 34 00:05:48,210 --> 00:05:52,910 It crosses borders metaphorically every time that 35 00:05:52,910 --> 00:05:58,030 a spiritual certainty, a religious idea, or a dogmatic 36 00:05:58,030 --> 00:06:02,380 position is confronted by a new one. 37 00:06:02,380 --> 00:06:05,410 The source of the new idea could be your next door 38 00:06:05,410 --> 00:06:08,700 neighbor or your spiritual neighbor 39 00:06:08,700 --> 00:06:12,400 halfway around the globe. 40 00:06:12,400 --> 00:06:18,450 That is a kind of faithful border crossing. 41 00:06:18,450 --> 00:06:24,370 But faith also crosses borders quite literally when Unitarian 42 00:06:24,370 --> 00:06:29,060 Universalists carry their faith with them across 43 00:06:29,060 --> 00:06:33,870 geopolitical, social, economic, and other kinds of 44 00:06:33,870 --> 00:06:36,290 real borders. 45 00:06:36,290 --> 00:06:39,810 Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists from 46 00:06:39,810 --> 00:06:47,630 Transylvania and Mexico and Bolivia do so this very day. 47 00:06:47,630 --> 00:06:52,920 And multiple others from places as diverse as Burundi, 48 00:06:52,920 --> 00:06:59,250 Hungary, India, Uganda, the Philippines, Germany, and God 49 00:06:59,250 --> 00:07:05,890 knows where else have as well in just the past few months. 50 00:07:05,890 --> 00:07:10,890 Sometimes these border crossers meet obstructions, 51 00:07:10,890 --> 00:07:16,880 like severe or harsh and unjust visa requirements. 52 00:07:16,880 --> 00:07:19,750 Sometimes they meet frightening immigration 53 00:07:19,750 --> 00:07:25,290 officials who interrogate them extensively or dismiss them 54 00:07:25,290 --> 00:07:28,500 with hardly a word. 55 00:07:28,500 --> 00:07:33,950 Other times, they meet warm hands and smiling faces, 56 00:07:33,950 --> 00:07:37,580 welcoming arms and open minds. 57 00:07:37,580 --> 00:07:45,450 Sometimes they meet all of this in a 24 hour period. 58 00:07:45,450 --> 00:07:49,640 Faith also crosses borders every time a father tries to 59 00:07:49,640 --> 00:07:53,320 traverse the Sonoran desert because his family is in 60 00:07:53,320 --> 00:07:56,300 desperate need of a wage earner. 61 00:07:56,300 --> 00:07:59,690 Faith crosses the border every time a Guatemalan woman is 62 00:07:59,690 --> 00:08:03,070 dropped off penniless, starving, and injured in 63 00:08:03,070 --> 00:08:08,090 Nogales after 180 days of US detention. 64 00:08:08,090 --> 00:08:11,940 Faith crosses borders in thousands of circumstances and 65 00:08:11,940 --> 00:08:14,220 meets unknowable contexts. 66 00:08:14,220 --> 00:08:19,100 And so we can say that faith crossing borders is often an 67 00:08:19,100 --> 00:08:26,840 act of courage and as natural as love breaking down doors. 68 00:08:26,840 --> 00:08:31,630 As we gather for worship this morning, let us embrace the 69 00:08:31,630 --> 00:08:36,240 voices and the multitude of voices they represent, 70 00:08:36,240 --> 00:08:41,840 explaining how Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism are 71 00:08:41,840 --> 00:08:46,220 crossing borders today and tomorrow. 72 00:08:46,220 --> 00:08:51,080 And may we be inspired by the countless ways they portray 73 00:08:51,080 --> 00:08:57,240 how we can hold each other and people across every border in 74 00:08:57,240 --> 00:09:00,960 love and faith. 75 00:09:00,960 --> 00:09:27,270 Come, let us worship together as border crosser of faith. 76 00:09:27,270 --> 00:09:32,290 REVEREND ZOLTAN KOPPANDI: Spirit of life, we are here in 77 00:09:32,290 --> 00:09:38,230 this place to worship you and to try to maintain a strong 78 00:09:38,230 --> 00:09:41,640 religious community. 79 00:09:41,640 --> 00:09:46,020 Our hearts are filled with gratitude as we call on you 80 00:09:46,020 --> 00:09:50,700 and look into each other's faces. 81 00:09:50,700 --> 00:09:57,340 We open our hearts and souls and invite you to inspire us, 82 00:09:57,340 --> 00:10:02,860 to care for us each and every day. 83 00:10:02,860 --> 00:10:06,860 We would like to experience the love of all creatures 84 00:10:06,860 --> 00:10:11,390 great and small, the peace-- 85 00:10:11,390 --> 00:10:13,720 the inner peace-- 86 00:10:13,720 --> 00:10:18,440 the deep faith, the feeling of togetherness, and the 87 00:10:18,440 --> 00:10:25,830 continuing guidance of your caregiving power in our lives. 88 00:10:25,830 --> 00:10:32,470 We light this chalice as a symbol of our faith. 89 00:10:32,470 --> 00:10:37,940 We hope this light can guide us in our everyday lives. 90 00:10:37,940 --> 00:10:41,935 We hope this flame can be a guide for all 91 00:10:41,935 --> 00:10:44,630 seekers on this Earth. 92 00:10:44,630 --> 00:10:52,570 We trust that it can be our light in times of darkness. 93 00:10:52,570 --> 00:10:58,830 Dear God, we light this candle, but we don't want to 94 00:10:58,830 --> 00:11:02,750 put it under a bushel. 95 00:11:02,750 --> 00:11:05,450 We rather will hold it high because it will 96 00:11:05,450 --> 00:11:09,540 give light to everyone. 97 00:11:09,540 --> 00:11:14,940 We want to reaffirm, here in this place, that we don't have 98 00:11:14,940 --> 00:11:18,240 to be ashamed of our faith. 99 00:11:18,240 --> 00:11:22,030 We don't have to stay in shadows. 100 00:11:22,030 --> 00:11:26,090 Our religion has so many values that we 101 00:11:26,090 --> 00:11:28,940 can be proud of. 102 00:11:28,940 --> 00:11:33,320 We want to speak out loudly that we believe in our 103 00:11:33,320 --> 00:11:38,080 unitarianism, our universalism. 104 00:11:38,080 --> 00:11:44,060 We believe in our UUism, and this can be an answer to the 105 00:11:44,060 --> 00:11:50,230 challenges we face in the 21st century. 106 00:11:50,230 --> 00:11:57,470 We believe in or common vision for the years to come. 107 00:11:57,470 --> 00:12:03,290 We believe in visionary people who can inspire us with a "we 108 00:12:03,290 --> 00:12:10,990 have a dream" attitude as we strive for beloved community. 109 00:12:10,990 --> 00:12:16,600 We believe that our faith can keep us, even in the midst of 110 00:12:16,600 --> 00:12:18,610 great suffering. 111 00:12:18,610 --> 00:12:23,810 We believe that the very essence of our faith, our 112 00:12:23,810 --> 00:12:28,460 conviction about religious tolerance, and our firm 113 00:12:28,460 --> 00:12:33,970 attitude in support of liberty of conscience can make a real 114 00:12:33,970 --> 00:12:37,550 difference in this world. 115 00:12:37,550 --> 00:12:43,950 We believe that our community can be a religious community 116 00:12:43,950 --> 00:12:49,500 which can do good in each local neighborhood. 117 00:12:49,500 --> 00:12:57,650 Righteous and Almighty One, in a special place, this ground 118 00:12:57,650 --> 00:13:05,030 made holy by our intentions, we want to feel that we belong 119 00:13:05,030 --> 00:13:07,750 to each other. 120 00:13:07,750 --> 00:13:12,410 Please help us to feel these in our inner self. 121 00:13:12,410 --> 00:13:16,540 Help us to strengthen this feeling every time we have the 122 00:13:16,540 --> 00:13:19,420 opportunity. 123 00:13:19,420 --> 00:13:21,630 We want to be candles. 124 00:13:21,630 --> 00:13:26,130 We want to be chalices whose lights are shining so that 125 00:13:26,130 --> 00:13:30,130 other people might see our good actions and 126 00:13:30,130 --> 00:13:33,870 might glorify creation. 127 00:13:33,870 --> 00:13:39,170 Inspire us to be stronger communities, better people who 128 00:13:39,170 --> 00:13:42,000 make a difference. 129 00:13:42,000 --> 00:13:47,470 Let us be a loving and caring community where sisters and 130 00:13:47,470 --> 00:13:51,610 brothers who might not think alike are still 131 00:13:51,610 --> 00:13:54,450 able to love alike. 132 00:13:54,450 --> 00:13:58,340 Let us worship in spirit and in love. 133 00:13:58,340 --> 00:14:00,450 Let us pray together. 134 00:14:00,450 --> 00:14:06,070 Let our souls be fed by the spirit of this moment. 135 00:14:06,070 --> 00:14:08,980 We give thanks for this opportunity. 136 00:14:08,980 --> 00:14:11,920 We give thanks for this gathering. 137 00:14:11,920 --> 00:14:16,300 May it be a blessing in our lives, a blessing on our 138 00:14:16,300 --> 00:14:21,350 congregations, and bless our prayers. 139 00:14:21,350 --> 00:14:22,650 So be it. 140 00:14:22,650 --> 00:14:32,650 Amen. 141 00:14:32,650 --> 00:14:35,410 REVEREND KELLIE WALKER: Please rise in body or spirit to sing 142 00:14:35,410 --> 00:14:40,130 "Let Freedom Span Both East and West." This melody is 143 00:14:40,130 --> 00:14:43,920 based on an African-American spiritual with words written 144 00:14:43,920 --> 00:14:47,350 by Jacob Trapp in the mid-20th century. 145 00:14:47,350 --> 00:14:51,600 We honor the anonymous people who, though they struggled 146 00:14:51,600 --> 00:14:55,580 during the time of slavery, created powerful and beautiful 147 00:14:55,580 --> 00:14:59,530 music that still lives on today. 148 00:14:59,530 --> 00:15:09,960 [PIANO PLAYING] 149 00:15:09,960 --> 00:16:59,010 [SINGING] 150 00:16:59,010 --> 00:17:00,770 FRANCISCO JAVIER LAGUNES-GAITAN: Nowadays, 151 00:17:00,770 --> 00:17:07,220 Mexicans are in a moment of violence in our immigration 152 00:17:07,220 --> 00:17:09,589 rates to the US. 153 00:17:09,589 --> 00:17:16,270 But our liberal faith is slowly but steadily crossing 154 00:17:16,270 --> 00:17:21,150 the cultural border southwards, into Mexico's 155 00:17:21,150 --> 00:17:26,660 mind, heart, and life, luckily, on its way to get 156 00:17:26,660 --> 00:17:28,290 full citizenship. 157 00:17:28,290 --> 00:17:30,550 [LAUGHTER] 158 00:17:30,550 --> 00:17:32,100 FRANCISCO JAVIER LAGUNES-GAITAN: Well, thanks 159 00:17:32,100 --> 00:17:36,090 to the internet, some of us got to know the Unitarian 160 00:17:36,090 --> 00:17:41,780 Universalists's great, deep theology, inspiring poetry, 161 00:17:41,780 --> 00:17:46,480 well-crafted sermons, illuminating jokes, and 162 00:17:46,480 --> 00:17:53,660 visions of wonder, open hands in action for human rights, 163 00:17:53,660 --> 00:17:57,070 full equality, and social justice-- 164 00:17:57,070 --> 00:18:00,530 a glimpse of a liberal, religious 165 00:18:00,530 --> 00:18:04,400 community of real praxis. 166 00:18:04,400 --> 00:18:09,730 But where to begin in order to create a Mexican all-native 167 00:18:09,730 --> 00:18:11,930 Unitarian group? 168 00:18:11,930 --> 00:18:18,200 We began with an invitation in some email groups, 169 00:18:18,200 --> 00:18:19,970 and there we are. 170 00:18:19,970 --> 00:18:26,140 In February 2006, we lit the chalice of our living 171 00:18:26,140 --> 00:18:29,200 tradition, and then, regularly-- 172 00:18:29,200 --> 00:18:30,590 twice a month-- 173 00:18:30,590 --> 00:18:37,920 since then, teachers, computer wizards, thirsty seekers, 174 00:18:37,920 --> 00:18:40,950 activists of social justice-- 175 00:18:40,950 --> 00:18:46,990 we are experiencing spiritual growth in our coming together, 176 00:18:46,990 --> 00:18:55,120 sharing our religious home and finding our own collective 177 00:18:55,120 --> 00:19:01,790 soul as Libre Congregacion Unitaria de Mexico. 178 00:19:01,790 --> 00:19:06,900 We are crossing the cultural border with a post-Calvinist 179 00:19:06,900 --> 00:19:11,720 faith into a growing post-Catholic society. 180 00:19:11,720 --> 00:19:13,560 [LAUGHTER] 181 00:19:13,560 --> 00:19:14,960 FRANCISCO JAVIER LAGUNES-GAITAN: The critical 182 00:19:14,960 --> 00:19:19,090 assimilation of our liberal religious faith and practice 183 00:19:19,090 --> 00:19:23,660 is beginning a conversation with our sensibilities, our 184 00:19:23,660 --> 00:19:28,780 history, our own native religious liberal traditions, 185 00:19:28,780 --> 00:19:30,640 and references. 186 00:19:30,640 --> 00:19:35,480 We are crossing the border of class and preaching with feet 187 00:19:35,480 --> 00:19:39,650 and hands, reaching out to some of the most neglected 188 00:19:39,650 --> 00:19:42,510 people in our society. 189 00:19:42,510 --> 00:19:47,585 Our emerging group supports prison education ministry in 190 00:19:47,585 --> 00:19:51,828 two prisons in Mexico City for four years now. 191 00:19:51,828 --> 00:19:58,310 [APPLAUSE] 192 00:19:58,310 --> 00:19:59,750 FRANCISCO JAVIER LAGUNES-GAITAN: There, they 193 00:19:59,750 --> 00:20:04,050 badly need and greatly appreciate spiritual 194 00:20:04,050 --> 00:20:07,410 empowering resources and humanist tools 195 00:20:07,410 --> 00:20:10,880 for critical thinking. 196 00:20:10,880 --> 00:20:15,150 There, we promote sexuality education with the perspective 197 00:20:15,150 --> 00:20:18,090 of sexual justice and rights. 198 00:20:18,090 --> 00:20:22,860 Our whole lives, in colloquial Spanish, will be soon lo que 199 00:20:22,860 --> 00:20:24,570 es nuestra vida. 200 00:20:24,570 --> 00:20:31,150 [APPLAUSE] 201 00:20:31,150 --> 00:20:32,470 FRANCISCO JAVIER LAGUNES-GAITAN: Now, I want to 202 00:20:32,470 --> 00:20:37,390 share with you these words by Mexico poet Rosario 203 00:20:37,390 --> 00:20:41,370 Castellanos. against In her poem, "Meditation on the 204 00:20:41,370 --> 00:20:49,170 Brink," she said, "No, it's not a solution to throw 205 00:20:49,170 --> 00:20:55,600 oneself under a train as Tolstoy's Anna or gulp down 206 00:20:55,600 --> 00:21:01,090 Madame Bovary's arsenic or await on the barren heights of 207 00:21:01,090 --> 00:21:08,130 Avila the visit of angel with a fiery dart before binding 208 00:21:08,130 --> 00:21:15,380 one's veil back over one's head and starting to act. 209 00:21:15,380 --> 00:21:21,030 Not to deduce geometric laws by counting the beams of one's 210 00:21:21,030 --> 00:21:26,170 solitary confinement cell like Sor Juana did. 211 00:21:26,170 --> 00:21:32,520 It's not a solution to write, while company arrives, in the 212 00:21:32,520 --> 00:21:37,740 Austen family living room or to shut oneself up in the 213 00:21:37,740 --> 00:21:42,420 attic of some New England house and dream with the 214 00:21:42,420 --> 00:21:49,170 Dickinson's family Bible under a spinster pillow. 215 00:21:49,170 --> 00:21:53,420 There must be another way that's not named Sappho or 216 00:21:53,420 --> 00:21:59,800 Mesalina or Mary of Egypt or Magdalene or Clemence Isaure. 217 00:21:59,800 --> 00:22:03,110 Another way to be human and free. 218 00:22:03,110 --> 00:22:03,480 Another 219 00:22:03,480 --> 00:22:14,940 way to be." [APPLAUSE] 220 00:22:14,940 --> 00:22:15,460 FRANCISCO JAVIER LAGUNES-GAITAN: It is my 221 00:22:15,460 --> 00:22:18,570 pleasure to introduce to you my friend and colleague Hal 222 00:22:18,570 --> 00:22:22,270 Walker who is Director of Music at the UU Church of Kent 223 00:22:22,270 --> 00:22:24,030 in Kent, Ohio. 224 00:22:24,030 --> 00:22:26,920 He wrote this wonderful song, "Praise Song," which can be 225 00:22:26,920 --> 00:22:31,800 sung with just a trio, an ensemble, or a full choir. 226 00:22:31,800 --> 00:22:35,120 I'm happy that we have a whole group here of UU Musicians 227 00:22:35,120 --> 00:22:38,790 Network folks to sing it for you today. 228 00:22:38,790 --> 00:22:42,100 Although the struggle against oppressive institutions and 229 00:22:42,100 --> 00:22:47,450 racism must still go on, we all yearn for the today when 230 00:22:47,450 --> 00:22:49,790 we really are all treated equally. 231 00:22:49,790 --> 00:22:59,961 And as Hal's song says, we're just people. 232 00:22:59,961 --> 00:23:18,850 [GUITAR PLAYING] 233 00:23:18,850 --> 00:26:51,421 [SINGING] 234 00:26:51,421 --> 00:27:04,200 [CHEERING] 235 00:27:04,200 --> 00:27:08,430 OLGA FLORES: Every day, thousands of migrants, risking 236 00:27:08,430 --> 00:27:13,380 their lives and in terrible conditions, gross borders to 237 00:27:13,380 --> 00:27:16,050 reach the land of their dreams. 238 00:27:16,050 --> 00:27:23,470 What attracts people to migrate are the lifestyles, 239 00:27:23,470 --> 00:27:26,780 the commodities of the rich countries, the ability to earn 240 00:27:26,780 --> 00:27:31,415 money to buy things and to escape from poverty.. 241 00:27:31,415 --> 00:27:35,650 In the contemporary world, despite the current economic 242 00:27:35,650 --> 00:27:39,770 crisis, the lifestyle of people in the rich countries 243 00:27:39,770 --> 00:27:43,240 is the prevalent paradigm. 244 00:27:43,240 --> 00:27:46,100 The paradigm of life in our times-- 245 00:27:46,100 --> 00:27:50,830 a legacy of modern and industrial society-- 246 00:27:50,830 --> 00:27:55,100 is the constant development and the economic growth to 247 00:27:55,100 --> 00:28:00,240 live in comfort with a high level of consumption. 248 00:28:00,240 --> 00:28:04,710 All countries in society, even the communists, seek to 249 00:28:04,710 --> 00:28:09,710 achieve this sort of development. 250 00:28:09,710 --> 00:28:15,420 Profit and high consumption are not only the driving force 251 00:28:15,420 --> 00:28:21,340 of this kind of development, they are also the supreme goal 252 00:28:21,340 --> 00:28:27,180 of this philosophy of life, which leads to the whirlpool 253 00:28:27,180 --> 00:28:31,210 of insatiable need for consumption and its 254 00:28:31,210 --> 00:28:35,860 consequences for our environment. 255 00:28:35,860 --> 00:28:39,620 Religions have no longer provided interpretations of 256 00:28:39,620 --> 00:28:44,610 existence, giving sense to our human life and creating 257 00:28:44,610 --> 00:28:47,400 certain philosophies of life. 258 00:28:47,400 --> 00:28:52,430 Our secular society has long ago given up practicing 259 00:28:52,430 --> 00:28:56,780 certain virtues which were suggested or required by 260 00:28:56,780 --> 00:28:58,880 religious institutions. 261 00:28:58,880 --> 00:29:02,860 We have adopted new practices no longer dictated by 262 00:29:02,860 --> 00:29:07,120 religion, but the rationality of science. 263 00:29:07,120 --> 00:29:10,950 The new religion is consumption, and its 264 00:29:10,950 --> 00:29:15,400 cathedrals are malls where people go not just to satisfy 265 00:29:15,400 --> 00:29:20,140 their material needs, but many artificial needs created by 266 00:29:20,140 --> 00:29:23,490 the machinery of advertising. 267 00:29:23,490 --> 00:29:32,520 The desire of unnecessarily material goods to satisfy 268 00:29:32,520 --> 00:29:37,990 hedonistic ends outstrip the desire to satisfy spiritual 269 00:29:37,990 --> 00:29:40,810 and cultural needs. 270 00:29:40,810 --> 00:29:43,760 In the ancient times, the promised land was 271 00:29:43,760 --> 00:29:45,810 freedom from slavery. 272 00:29:45,810 --> 00:29:50,410 Now, we can say that economic development is the promised 273 00:29:50,410 --> 00:29:53,140 land of our times. 274 00:29:53,140 --> 00:30:00,160 It is the departure point and the final destination of all. 275 00:30:00,160 --> 00:30:06,910 That's why our world is classified in terms of 276 00:30:06,910 --> 00:30:10,350 developing and under-developing countries. 277 00:30:10,350 --> 00:30:15,090 Behind this development lies the philosophy of profit and 278 00:30:15,090 --> 00:30:19,310 consumption, which is destroying our planet, because 279 00:30:19,310 --> 00:30:26,200 it's valid to do whatever you want to earn money. 280 00:30:26,200 --> 00:30:31,040 What's more true and right is no longer articulated by the 281 00:30:31,040 --> 00:30:35,280 divine right of kings, but by the economic power of 282 00:30:35,280 --> 00:30:41,160 corporations, who dictate our norms of behavior. 283 00:30:41,160 --> 00:30:43,380 This is the new catechism. 284 00:30:43,380 --> 00:30:47,490 The catechists include those who advocate for totally free 285 00:30:47,490 --> 00:30:52,530 markets, for accumulation of capital by a few, and for the 286 00:30:52,530 --> 00:30:58,790 need to convert all nations to these primary goals. 287 00:30:58,790 --> 00:31:03,200 In this system, there is a huge gap between the supplying 288 00:31:03,200 --> 00:31:07,800 of material needs and the feeding of more intangible 289 00:31:07,800 --> 00:31:12,740 needs which are cultural and spiritual in nature. 290 00:31:12,740 --> 00:31:17,800 This imbalance these two such disorder in human beings, that 291 00:31:17,800 --> 00:31:22,310 each day the number of people who are divided within 292 00:31:22,310 --> 00:31:25,420 themselves grows and grows. 293 00:31:25,420 --> 00:31:29,860 We are divided against ourselves, fragmented within, 294 00:31:29,860 --> 00:31:38,510 and suffer from an existential vacuum, because in reality, we 295 00:31:38,510 --> 00:31:40,920 are body and spirit. 296 00:31:40,920 --> 00:31:45,510 We need to eat food, but at the same time, we need to feed 297 00:31:45,510 --> 00:31:51,550 by joy, peace, and other non-material goods. 298 00:31:51,550 --> 00:31:54,630 Economic development can easily be 299 00:31:54,630 --> 00:31:57,750 compared to fair tradition. 300 00:31:57,750 --> 00:32:01,810 The new dogma of development, preached by the mass media and 301 00:32:01,810 --> 00:32:05,390 the propaganda, are believed and trusted, just as in former 302 00:32:05,390 --> 00:32:11,086 days, people believed and trusted the clergy and church. 303 00:32:11,086 --> 00:32:16,290 On one hand, we are very proud to have given up the magical 304 00:32:16,290 --> 00:32:20,750 thinking, superstition, miracles, which were at the 305 00:32:20,750 --> 00:32:25,210 center of many religious traditions in our view. 306 00:32:25,210 --> 00:32:33,320 Yet, on the other hand, it's not difficult at all for us to 307 00:32:33,320 --> 00:32:38,080 believe almost everything we hear through mass media, 308 00:32:38,080 --> 00:32:41,985 especially anything written by scientific journals. 309 00:32:41,985 --> 00:32:46,670 [APPLAUSE] 310 00:32:46,670 --> 00:32:49,860 OLGA FLORES: The heretics of our time are no longer 311 00:32:49,860 --> 00:32:52,100 speaking against the trinity. 312 00:32:52,100 --> 00:32:56,720 The true heretics today are those who still refuse to 313 00:32:56,720 --> 00:33:01,216 incorporate into the sacred cause of economic development. 314 00:33:01,216 --> 00:33:05,392 [CHEERING] 315 00:33:05,392 --> 00:33:07,945 OLGA FLORES: The current inquisition and the repression 316 00:33:07,945 --> 00:33:13,180 is aimed against indigenous people who fight development 317 00:33:13,180 --> 00:33:17,910 projects that damage the area, is today in Bolivia, who are 318 00:33:17,910 --> 00:33:22,300 opposed to the construction of a roadway which will destroy 319 00:33:22,300 --> 00:33:27,860 rivers, forests, and biodiversity in the Amazon. 320 00:33:27,860 --> 00:33:32,720 As in the past, our martyrs spoke against from outside of 321 00:33:32,720 --> 00:33:35,410 the logic of mainstream thinking. 322 00:33:35,410 --> 00:33:39,780 Now, indigenous people speak against the orthodoxy of 323 00:33:39,780 --> 00:33:45,760 economic development that is being imposed on them. 324 00:33:45,760 --> 00:33:49,605 In Brazil, they are fighting against the construction of a 325 00:33:49,605 --> 00:33:55,980 mega hydroelectric river dam that will destroy their land. 326 00:33:55,980 --> 00:33:59,530 In Ecuador, they are struggling to protect their 327 00:33:59,530 --> 00:34:04,190 lands from the ravages of petroleum extraction. 328 00:34:04,190 --> 00:34:07,900 In Chile and in Argentina, they are trying to stop the 329 00:34:07,900 --> 00:34:12,020 mining industries that destroyed the glaciers. 330 00:34:12,020 --> 00:34:20,780 They defend not only their land, but also a way of life 331 00:34:20,780 --> 00:34:24,460 that respects and reveres nature. 332 00:34:24,460 --> 00:34:32,659 They want to live in ways that honor life, which do not just 333 00:34:32,659 --> 00:34:39,250 see nature as a sort of profit or commodity. 334 00:34:39,250 --> 00:34:44,310 They want to live under a different life paradigm and a 335 00:34:44,310 --> 00:34:48,080 different understanding of time, in which days are not 336 00:34:48,080 --> 00:34:52,239 divided into hours and minutes, but in which days are 337 00:34:52,239 --> 00:34:56,120 lived as days. 338 00:34:56,120 --> 00:34:57,770 [APPLAUSE] 339 00:34:57,770 --> 00:35:00,330 OLGA FLORES: They want to live in a different kind of 340 00:35:00,330 --> 00:35:05,645 relationship with nature, considering rivers, forests, 341 00:35:05,645 --> 00:35:09,810 and mountains not as commodities or resources, but 342 00:35:09,810 --> 00:35:14,710 as beings and entities which represent and hold different 343 00:35:14,710 --> 00:35:17,490 qualities of existence. 344 00:35:17,490 --> 00:35:22,310 Rather than watch the news on TV, they would rather watch 345 00:35:22,310 --> 00:35:26,794 the sunrise, or clouds moving across the sky. 346 00:35:26,794 --> 00:35:27,610 [APPLAUSE] 347 00:35:27,610 --> 00:35:31,940 OLGA FLORES: Countries and borders are human creations, 348 00:35:31,940 --> 00:35:37,410 demarcating territories and false temporal powers. 349 00:35:37,410 --> 00:35:41,505 We've come to believe that countries and borders we live 350 00:35:41,505 --> 00:35:47,830 within have always been defined this way. 351 00:35:47,830 --> 00:35:51,270 We have engaged in wars to defend 352 00:35:51,270 --> 00:35:54,090 these imaginary borders. 353 00:35:54,090 --> 00:35:58,500 But these borders are actually imagined, illusions that we 354 00:35:58,500 --> 00:36:04,200 accept event to the point of preparing our young ones to 355 00:36:04,200 --> 00:36:07,850 kill to maintain these borders. 356 00:36:07,850 --> 00:36:12,800 Our countries are human creations that are only a few 357 00:36:12,800 --> 00:36:17,410 centuries old, while borderless spaces always 358 00:36:17,410 --> 00:36:21,900 existed, long before our existence, and surely will 359 00:36:21,900 --> 00:36:25,370 exist long after our deaths. 360 00:36:25,370 --> 00:36:30,940 The rivers, the forests, or the migratory birds do not 361 00:36:30,940 --> 00:36:33,430 have any nationality. 362 00:36:33,430 --> 00:36:39,190 They live within none of our borders, as our souls also 363 00:36:39,190 --> 00:36:43,010 cannot live within these borders. 364 00:36:43,010 --> 00:36:46,985 This is why the Unitarian Universalists of the world, 365 00:36:46,985 --> 00:36:51,360 and of Latin America in particular, affirm the 366 00:36:51,360 --> 00:36:55,240 principle respect for the interdependent web of 367 00:36:55,240 --> 00:36:58,810 existence, of which we are a part. 368 00:36:58,810 --> 00:37:04,390 In this way, we participate in movement and actions to defend 369 00:37:04,390 --> 00:37:11,300 the integrity of ecosystems and biodiversity, to stand 370 00:37:11,300 --> 00:37:15,510 against predation and the destruction of nature. 371 00:37:15,510 --> 00:37:19,610 This year, Unitarians in Bolivia joined in supporting 372 00:37:19,610 --> 00:37:23,690 the Eighth Indigenous March in defense of indigenous 373 00:37:23,690 --> 00:37:27,260 territory and National Park Isiboro Secure-- 374 00:37:27,260 --> 00:37:28,860 TIPNIS. 375 00:37:28,860 --> 00:37:36,530 We walked nearly 500 miles together with 1,000 indigenous 376 00:37:36,530 --> 00:37:40,440 children, women, and men to try to unify 377 00:37:40,440 --> 00:37:42,180 the spirit of Bolivia. 378 00:37:42,180 --> 00:37:46,830 And we have seen that we can have an impact. 379 00:37:46,830 --> 00:37:52,800 After 60 days of walking, when the March arrived in La Paz, 380 00:37:52,800 --> 00:37:57,820 almost the whole population of the city received the marchers 381 00:37:57,820 --> 00:38:03,570 with bread, jewels, food, toys for children, flowers, song, 382 00:38:03,570 --> 00:38:06,060 and much emotion. 383 00:38:06,060 --> 00:38:12,510 In that way, we reached the goal of world community with 384 00:38:12,510 --> 00:38:16,820 peace, liberty, and justice for all. 385 00:38:16,820 --> 00:38:22,620 Our Unitarian identification with the Guarani tribe, one of 386 00:38:22,620 --> 00:38:27,780 the largest and most spread in South America, is why we 387 00:38:27,780 --> 00:38:32,250 congregate for a free and responsible search for truth 388 00:38:32,250 --> 00:38:33,470 and meaning. 389 00:38:33,470 --> 00:38:35,350 So we are searchers. 390 00:38:35,350 --> 00:38:40,670 And they are searchers too. 391 00:38:40,670 --> 00:38:46,270 Their sense of life is to walk, I mean always, toward 392 00:38:46,270 --> 00:38:50,610 what they call the Land Without Evil. 393 00:38:50,610 --> 00:38:53,790 They do not set boundaries. 394 00:38:53,790 --> 00:38:59,580 Their lives are a pilgrimage to the transcendent. 395 00:38:59,580 --> 00:39:04,880 Today, I bring to you this inspiration 396 00:39:04,880 --> 00:39:07,840 from the Guarani tribe-- 397 00:39:07,840 --> 00:39:14,362 "May we walk toward a land without evil." 398 00:39:14,362 --> 00:39:46,234 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 399 00:39:46,234 --> 00:40:00,290 [FLUTE PLAYING] 400 00:40:00,290 --> 00:40:07,056 REVEREND STEVE DICK: We turn inwards. 401 00:40:07,056 --> 00:40:13,120 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: In reflection, in meditation, in 402 00:40:13,120 --> 00:40:23,120 prayer, thinking and feeling, alone. 403 00:40:23,120 --> 00:40:28,980 REVEREND STEVE DICK: But knowing we are always together 404 00:40:28,980 --> 00:40:31,820 with everyone on this celestial 405 00:40:31,820 --> 00:40:38,150 Island we call Earth. 406 00:40:38,150 --> 00:40:40,810 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: There are more-- 407 00:40:40,810 --> 00:40:42,780 so many more-- 408 00:40:42,780 --> 00:40:49,090 people here than those we see around us. 409 00:40:49,090 --> 00:40:53,830 REVEREND STEVE DICK: We reach out in concern. 410 00:40:53,830 --> 00:40:58,200 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: Crossing a border. 411 00:40:58,200 --> 00:41:01,110 We speak out in dialogue. 412 00:41:01,110 --> 00:41:07,060 REVEREND STEVE DICK: Crossing a border. 413 00:41:07,060 --> 00:41:12,910 We offer our love and support. 414 00:41:12,910 --> 00:41:25,320 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: Crossing a border. 415 00:41:25,320 --> 00:41:35,120 REVEREND STEVE DICK: Stretching, growing, risking. 416 00:41:35,120 --> 00:41:38,580 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: We cross a border and live from 417 00:41:38,580 --> 00:41:42,190 the other side. 418 00:41:42,190 --> 00:41:44,080 REVEREND STEVE DICK: We have become-- 419 00:41:44,080 --> 00:41:46,500 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: The stranger, the 420 00:41:46,500 --> 00:41:50,870 immigrant, the refugee. 421 00:41:50,870 --> 00:41:52,495 REVEREND STEVE DICK: We are now-- 422 00:41:52,495 --> 00:41:55,900 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: The wounded, the 423 00:41:55,900 --> 00:41:59,970 frightened, the hungry. 424 00:41:59,970 --> 00:42:01,410 REVEREND STEVE DICK: We live-- 425 00:42:01,410 --> 00:42:02,785 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: The fraught 426 00:42:02,785 --> 00:42:16,990 existence of the alien. 427 00:42:16,990 --> 00:42:22,100 REVEREND STEVE DICK: Soon we return to the 428 00:42:22,100 --> 00:42:29,180 comforts of the familiar. 429 00:42:29,180 --> 00:42:32,790 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: Safe in the security of not being 430 00:42:32,790 --> 00:42:34,821 the stranger. 431 00:42:34,821 --> 00:42:40,120 REVEREND STEVE DICK: But transformed nonetheless-- 432 00:42:40,120 --> 00:42:43,010 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: By crossing the border-- 433 00:42:43,010 --> 00:42:52,700 REVEREND STEVE DICK: In our minds and hearts. 434 00:42:52,700 --> 00:42:54,780 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: Crossing the border-- 435 00:42:54,780 --> 00:42:56,600 REVEREND STEVE DICK: That divides humanity 436 00:42:56,600 --> 00:43:03,612 into friend and foe. 437 00:43:03,612 --> 00:43:05,670 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: Crossing a border-- 438 00:43:05,670 --> 00:43:10,660 REVEREND STEVE DICK: That leaves so many outside. 439 00:43:10,660 --> 00:43:13,480 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: Crossing a border-- 440 00:43:13,480 --> 00:43:23,800 REVEREND STEVE DICK: That separates and fragments. 441 00:43:23,800 --> 00:43:24,970 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: We reach out. 442 00:43:24,970 --> 00:43:27,920 REVEREND STEVE DICK: We speak out. 443 00:43:27,920 --> 00:43:35,020 TOGETHER: We share in love, pulling, stretching, 444 00:43:35,020 --> 00:43:39,260 challenging the border-- 445 00:43:39,260 --> 00:43:40,780 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: Until that 446 00:43:40,780 --> 00:43:43,350 which alienates us-- 447 00:43:43,350 --> 00:43:45,570 REVEREND STEVE DICK: In our own souls-- 448 00:43:45,570 --> 00:43:47,070 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: And in the boundless 449 00:43:47,070 --> 00:43:49,450 community of life-- 450 00:43:49,450 --> 00:43:55,116 REVEREND STEVE DICK: Is transcended-- 451 00:43:55,116 --> 00:43:56,310 REVEREND JILL MCALLISTER: So there our 452 00:43:56,310 --> 00:43:59,800 no borders to cross-- 453 00:43:59,800 --> 00:44:08,155 TOGETHER: Because we all have learned to live as one. 454 00:44:08,155 --> 00:44:48,690 Blessed be. 455 00:44:48,690 --> 00:44:52,970 REVEREND KELLIE WALKER: I like to add some hand motions when 456 00:44:52,970 --> 00:45:01,470 we sing "From You I Receive." These gestures are somewhat 457 00:45:01,470 --> 00:45:03,490 adapted from American Sign Language. 458 00:45:03,490 --> 00:45:04,560 Some are my own. 459 00:45:04,560 --> 00:45:08,160 So we're not doing an actual translation of the piece. 460 00:45:08,160 --> 00:45:11,120 But "from you" will look like this. 461 00:45:11,120 --> 00:45:12,295 From you-- 462 00:45:12,295 --> 00:45:14,700 so we bring it in-- 463 00:45:14,700 --> 00:45:19,330 I receive, to you I give. 464 00:45:19,330 --> 00:45:25,070 Together we share, and from this-- 465 00:45:25,070 --> 00:45:28,300 like you're holding something heavy-- 466 00:45:28,300 --> 00:45:31,650 we live. 467 00:45:31,650 --> 00:45:33,110 Please rise in body or spirit. 468 00:45:33,110 --> 00:45:34,625 We'll sing it twice through. 469 00:45:34,625 --> 00:45:48,980 [PIANO PLAYING] 470 00:45:48,980 --> 00:46:41,750 [SINGING] 471 00:46:41,750 --> 00:46:43,720 REVEREND GARY SMITH: We have come together to share our 472 00:46:43,720 --> 00:46:48,540 deepest concerns, speaking and singing words of 473 00:46:48,540 --> 00:46:51,510 inspiration and hope. 474 00:46:51,510 --> 00:46:55,790 We have committed ourselves to do what we can to ease the 475 00:46:55,790 --> 00:47:01,370 burdens of those who suffer, to stand for decency and 476 00:47:01,370 --> 00:47:03,370 compassion. 477 00:47:03,370 --> 00:47:07,240 We have pledged to work for a more wholesome environment, 478 00:47:07,240 --> 00:47:12,050 for us and for all the generations that will follow. 479 00:47:12,050 --> 00:47:15,400 But these are just words. 480 00:47:15,400 --> 00:47:18,020 The hymns we sing are just songs. 481 00:47:18,020 --> 00:47:22,710 All are reflections, are just idle thoughts. 482 00:47:22,710 --> 00:47:28,410 When we convert them all into loving and responsible action 483 00:47:28,410 --> 00:47:33,550 throughout the week, then and only then will this morning 484 00:47:33,550 --> 00:47:36,080 become what we want it to be-- 485 00:47:36,080 --> 00:47:49,000 a time of worship. 486 00:47:49,000 --> 00:47:55,720 CAROL HUSTON: And so, we go forward on this day to a day 487 00:47:55,720 --> 00:48:03,270 of witness and service, to lives of witness and service. 488 00:48:03,270 --> 00:48:07,290 And as we do that, may the voices empower us-- 489 00:48:07,290 --> 00:48:13,350 voices we have heard from far and wide proclaiming prophecy 490 00:48:13,350 --> 00:48:16,010 in our hearts. 491 00:48:16,010 --> 00:48:21,750 May the songs we hear be songs of justice. 492 00:48:21,750 --> 00:48:28,520 May our thoughts, even idle thoughts, focus on equality 493 00:48:28,520 --> 00:48:32,660 for women and men around the world. 494 00:48:32,660 --> 00:48:40,030 And may our worship here, among kindred spirits, provide 495 00:48:40,030 --> 00:48:47,680 for us the peace that fosters compassion and the power that 496 00:48:47,680 --> 00:48:53,000 fosters courage for the work of creation and crossing 497 00:48:53,000 --> 00:48:57,980 borders that is still ahead of us. 498 00:48:57,980 --> 00:49:07,220 Go in peace and go in power. 499 00:49:07,220 --> 00:49:13,830 [SPEAKING IN HUNGARIAN] 500 00:49:13,830 --> 00:49:20,220 [SPEAKING IN SPANISH] 501 00:49:20,220 --> 00:49:23,930 CAROL HUSTON: Please say it together, all of us, say to 502 00:49:23,930 --> 00:49:28,580 each other in whatever language is your own and 503 00:49:28,580 --> 00:49:35,600 whatever language you choose, go in peace and go in power. 504 00:49:35,600 --> 00:49:41,300 Go in peace and go in power. 505 00:49:41,300 --> 00:49:51,126 Shalom, salaam, so be it, and amen. 506 00:49:51,126 --> 00:54:19,370 [FLUTE PLAYING] 507 00:54:19,370 --> 00:54:44,095 [MUSIC PLAYING]