1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:07,340 2 00:00:07,340 --> 00:00:07,400 REV. 3 00:00:07,400 --> 00:00:11,120 KELLIE WALKER: We honor the people who came before, and 4 00:00:11,120 --> 00:00:14,210 didn't let their light go out even in the most 5 00:00:14,210 --> 00:00:16,550 difficult of times. 6 00:00:16,550 --> 00:00:19,520 Please rise in body and spirit-- 7 00:00:19,520 --> 00:00:27,002 body or spirit as we sing together. 8 00:00:27,002 --> 00:02:33,640 [MUSIC -- "THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE"] 9 00:02:33,640 --> 00:02:33,715 REV. 10 00:02:33,715 --> 00:02:35,650 KELLIE WALKER: Please be seated for this next song by 11 00:02:35,650 --> 00:02:40,610 Shelley Denham Jackson. 12 00:02:40,610 --> 00:02:43,790 "When I Am Frightened" is found under that title in the 13 00:02:43,790 --> 00:02:47,740 hymnal supplement "Singing the Journey," but the actual name 14 00:02:47,740 --> 00:02:52,090 of the song is "Then I May Learn," which changes the 15 00:02:52,090 --> 00:02:54,330 whole meaning of the song. 16 00:02:54,330 --> 00:02:56,240 What a wonderful message to give to 17 00:02:56,240 --> 00:02:57,900 children as well as adults. 18 00:02:57,900 --> 00:03:01,710 If you will show me compassion then I may learn 19 00:03:01,710 --> 00:03:08,500 to care as you do. 20 00:03:08,500 --> 00:03:08,610 [MUSIC -- 21 00:03:08,610 --> 00:06:07,300 SHELLEY JACKSON DENHAM, "THEN I MAY LEARN"] 22 00:06:07,300 --> 00:06:07,310 REV. 23 00:06:07,310 --> 00:06:09,710 KELLIE WALKER: I would like to introduce David Glasgow to 24 00:06:09,710 --> 00:06:12,050 help lead the next two songs. 25 00:06:12,050 --> 00:06:14,470 David will be music coordinator of GA starting 26 00:06:14,470 --> 00:06:17,320 next year in Louisville, and has been helping me out for 27 00:06:17,320 --> 00:06:22,820 many months in planning music. 28 00:06:22,820 --> 00:06:25,190 Please welcome him. 29 00:06:25,190 --> 00:06:27,770 DAVID GLASGOW: Thank you. 30 00:06:27,770 --> 00:06:30,520 The African-American spiritual we're about to sing voices 31 00:06:30,520 --> 00:06:36,540 hope for a future where all will be free, and, likely for 32 00:06:36,540 --> 00:06:40,600 its writers, also held another level of meaning about where 33 00:06:40,600 --> 00:06:45,370 and when to make that move toward freedom. 34 00:06:45,370 --> 00:06:48,270 We acknowledge all of the anonymous people who created 35 00:06:48,270 --> 00:06:51,880 this powerful, powerful music from their struggle and from 36 00:06:51,880 --> 00:06:52,500 their strength. 37 00:06:52,500 --> 00:06:55,910 Would you please join me and rise in body or spirit as we 38 00:06:55,910 --> 00:06:59,856 sing "Come and Go With Me to That Land." 39 00:06:59,856 --> 00:09:24,010 [MUSIC -- "COME AND GO WITH ME TO THAT LAND"] 40 00:09:24,010 --> 00:09:30,900 DAVID GLASGOW: Would you please be seated? 41 00:09:30,900 --> 00:09:30,940 REV. 42 00:09:30,940 --> 00:09:32,230 JOHN CRESTWELL: You all look like you're ready to workshop 43 00:09:32,230 --> 00:09:32,750 this morning! 44 00:09:32,750 --> 00:09:35,950 [APPLAUSE] 45 00:09:35,950 --> 00:09:35,965 REV. 46 00:09:35,965 --> 00:09:37,720 JOHN CRESTWELL: I'm Reverend John Crestwell and it's 47 00:09:37,720 --> 00:09:40,310 exciting to be here. 48 00:09:40,310 --> 00:09:44,540 And I'd like for you to sing a song with me that begins to 49 00:09:44,540 --> 00:09:48,900 bring us to where we need to be to get ready for worship. 50 00:09:48,900 --> 00:09:51,780 It's going to be familiar to many of you so just sing along 51 00:09:51,780 --> 00:09:52,360 as you catch on. 52 00:09:52,360 --> 00:09:56,400 I'll help lead you through it. 53 00:09:56,400 --> 00:09:59,220 It's "Alleluia." And I call this song 54 00:09:59,220 --> 00:09:59,871 "Transformation." [MUSIC -- 55 00:09:59,871 --> 00:13:41,890 JERRY SINCLAIR, "TRANSFORMATION/ALLELUIA"] 56 00:13:41,890 --> 00:13:41,987 REV. 57 00:13:41,987 --> 00:13:43,482 PETER MORALES: Good morning. 58 00:13:43,482 --> 00:13:45,400 AUDIENCE: Good morning! 59 00:13:45,400 --> 00:13:45,427 REV. 60 00:13:45,427 --> 00:13:46,900 PETER MORALES: Buenos dias 61 00:13:46,900 --> 00:13:48,480 AUDIENCE: Buenos dias. 62 00:13:48,480 --> 00:13:48,543 REV. 63 00:13:48,543 --> 00:13:49,970 PETER MORALES: Welcome everyone. 64 00:13:49,970 --> 00:13:53,030 Bienvenidos todos. 65 00:13:53,030 --> 00:13:56,830 We come together this morning to worship. 66 00:13:56,830 --> 00:13:59,660 We come to sing. 67 00:13:59,660 --> 00:14:02,240 We come to pray. 68 00:14:02,240 --> 00:14:04,920 We come to listen. 69 00:14:04,920 --> 00:14:07,910 We come in gratitude. 70 00:14:07,910 --> 00:14:13,590 We come to remind ourselves of what is sacred. 71 00:14:13,590 --> 00:14:17,870 We come to affirm the power of love. 72 00:14:17,870 --> 00:14:24,600 We come together to be one strong body. 73 00:14:24,600 --> 00:14:28,520 We come to delight in one anothers' presence. 74 00:14:28,520 --> 00:14:31,720 Let us feed our souls today. 75 00:14:31,720 --> 00:14:37,040 We come to affirm that we are one people. 76 00:14:37,040 --> 00:14:43,475 [SPEAKING SPANISH] 77 00:14:43,475 --> 00:14:52,320 [APPLAUSE] 78 00:14:52,320 --> 00:14:54,690 ANASTASSIA ZINKE: We light this chalice today as a 79 00:14:54,690 --> 00:14:59,790 justice-seeking people who face a bleak and desolate 80 00:14:59,790 --> 00:15:04,270 midnight of cruelty and exploitation. 81 00:15:04,270 --> 00:15:06,690 Our eyes are open. 82 00:15:06,690 --> 00:15:10,580 Our souls cry enough. 83 00:15:10,580 --> 00:15:16,630 Sailing upon an ocean of injustice, we seek a compass, 84 00:15:16,630 --> 00:15:19,420 a true course to a land where love 85 00:15:19,420 --> 00:15:23,600 reigns and justice prevails. 86 00:15:23,600 --> 00:15:26,650 We are not alone in this journey. 87 00:15:26,650 --> 00:15:32,090 There's a light from a distant shore that calls us, come! 88 00:15:32,090 --> 00:15:33,530 Come! 89 00:15:33,530 --> 00:15:37,780 It is the light of our faith and the call of peoples from 90 00:15:37,780 --> 00:15:40,640 around the world. 91 00:15:40,640 --> 00:15:40,920 Come! 92 00:15:40,920 --> 00:15:41,200 Come! 93 00:15:41,200 --> 00:15:45,960 We hear as we head into a bright and glittering daybreak 94 00:15:45,960 --> 00:16:11,460 of freedom to a place we all call home. 95 00:16:11,460 --> 00:16:15,130 KEITH ARNOLD: The bright and glittering daybreak of freedom 96 00:16:15,130 --> 00:16:19,680 was also envisioned by African-American poet Langston 97 00:16:19,680 --> 00:16:24,590 Hughes who, in the language conventions of his day, 98 00:16:24,590 --> 00:16:30,560 dreamed of a world where all will know sweet freedom's way. 99 00:16:30,560 --> 00:16:34,880 This morning, Mr. Hughes, along with composer Rosephanye 100 00:16:34,880 --> 00:16:40,750 Powell, continues to help usher in a society where black 101 00:16:40,750 --> 00:16:46,670 or white, whatever race you be, will share the bounties of 102 00:16:46,670 --> 00:17:06,277 the Earth with freedom and joy shared by all. 103 00:17:06,277 --> 00:17:06,441 [MUSIC -- 104 00:17:06,441 --> 00:20:03,046 LANGSTON/POWELL, "I DREAM WORLD"] 105 00:20:03,046 --> 00:20:27,500 [APPLAUSE] 106 00:20:27,500 --> 00:20:27,545 REV. 107 00:20:27,545 --> 00:20:29,590 JOHN CRESTWELL: This morning's call to worship, it was 108 00:20:29,590 --> 00:20:32,330 written by Kenneth Patton. 109 00:20:32,330 --> 00:20:36,020 Your response, when prompted, will be let us worship. 110 00:20:36,020 --> 00:20:37,480 Let's try that together. 111 00:20:37,480 --> 00:20:40,410 ALL: Let us worship. 112 00:20:40,410 --> 00:20:40,450 REV. 113 00:20:40,450 --> 00:20:43,610 JOHN CRESTWELL: Let us worship with our eyes, and ears, and 114 00:20:43,610 --> 00:20:45,540 fingertips. 115 00:20:45,540 --> 00:20:47,460 AUDIENCE: Let us worship. 116 00:20:47,460 --> 00:20:47,497 REV. 117 00:20:47,497 --> 00:20:49,560 JOHN CRESTWELL: Let us love the world through heart, and 118 00:20:49,560 --> 00:20:51,620 mind, and body. 119 00:20:51,620 --> 00:20:55,010 We feed our eyes upon the mystery and revelation in the 120 00:20:55,010 --> 00:20:57,926 faces of our brothers and sisters. 121 00:20:57,926 --> 00:21:00,310 AUDIENCE: Let us worship. 122 00:21:00,310 --> 00:21:05,470 We seek to know the wistfulness of the very young 123 00:21:05,470 --> 00:21:07,600 and the very old. 124 00:21:07,600 --> 00:21:13,293 The wistfulness of people in all times of life. 125 00:21:13,293 --> 00:21:16,060 ALL: Let us worship. 126 00:21:16,060 --> 00:21:19,560 ANASTASSIA ZINKE: We seek to understand the shyness behind 127 00:21:19,560 --> 00:21:25,980 arrogance, the fear behind pride, the tenderness behind 128 00:21:25,980 --> 00:21:31,658 clumsy strength, and the anguish behind cruelty. 129 00:21:31,658 --> 00:21:34,410 ALL: Let us worship. 130 00:21:34,410 --> 00:21:38,480 ANASTASSIA ZINKE: All life flows into a great common life 131 00:21:38,480 --> 00:21:43,420 if we will only open our eyes to our companions. 132 00:21:43,420 --> 00:21:45,290 ALL: Let us worship. 133 00:21:45,290 --> 00:21:48,540 ANASTASSIA ZINKE: Let us worship not in bowing down, 134 00:21:48,540 --> 00:21:52,570 not with closed eyes and stopped ears. 135 00:21:52,570 --> 00:21:54,630 ALL: Let us worship. 136 00:21:54,630 --> 00:21:54,677 REV. 137 00:21:54,677 --> 00:21:57,030 FRED MUIR: Let us worship with the opening of all the 138 00:21:57,030 --> 00:22:00,850 windows, all the windows of our beings with the full 139 00:22:00,850 --> 00:22:03,720 out-stretching of our spirits. 140 00:22:03,720 --> 00:22:05,870 ALL: Let us worship. 141 00:22:05,870 --> 00:22:05,975 REV. 142 00:22:05,975 --> 00:22:09,870 FRED MUIR: Life comes with singing and laughter, with 143 00:22:09,870 --> 00:22:15,490 tears and confiding, with the rising wave too great to be 144 00:22:15,490 --> 00:22:20,270 held in the mind, and heart, and body to those who have 145 00:22:20,270 --> 00:22:23,720 fallen in love with life. 146 00:22:23,720 --> 00:22:25,340 ALL: Let us worship. 147 00:22:25,340 --> 00:22:25,382 REV. 148 00:22:25,382 --> 00:22:28,540 FRED MUIR: And let us learn to love. 149 00:22:28,540 --> 00:22:28,622 REV. 150 00:22:28,622 --> 00:22:30,720 JOHN CRESTWELL: Now if you will rise with me in body 151 00:22:30,720 --> 00:22:33,580 and/or spirit to sing our morning hymn, one of my 152 00:22:33,580 --> 00:22:35,440 favorite's, "Building a New 153 00:22:35,440 --> 00:22:40,484 Way." [MUSIC -- 154 00:22:40,484 --> 00:26:15,342 MARTHA SANDEFER, 'BUILDING A NEW WAY"] 155 00:26:15,342 --> 00:26:21,750 [APPLAUSE] 156 00:26:21,750 --> 00:26:21,780 REV. 157 00:26:21,780 --> 00:26:27,080 FRED MUIR: I invite you to remain standing. 158 00:26:27,080 --> 00:26:31,950 I invite you to rise in body or in spirit. 159 00:26:31,950 --> 00:26:37,450 I invite you to sway or join hands with me, to unite your 160 00:26:37,450 --> 00:26:45,330 hearts with me, in reflection and prayer. 161 00:26:45,330 --> 00:26:48,060 [SPEAKING SPANISH] 162 00:26:48,060 --> 00:26:56,640 Spirit of life to whom and to which we attach so many names, 163 00:26:56,640 --> 00:27:03,820 worthy dreams, lofty ideals, sacred aspirations. 164 00:27:03,820 --> 00:27:08,570 We yearn to be whole, complete people. 165 00:27:08,570 --> 00:27:12,000 We want to do what is right. 166 00:27:12,000 --> 00:27:16,250 Grace us with insight and imagination. 167 00:27:16,250 --> 00:27:20,810 Inspire and infuse us with the fire of commitment. 168 00:27:20,810 --> 00:27:24,310 Oh holy and precious life. 169 00:27:24,310 --> 00:27:26,320 Come on to me. 170 00:27:26,320 --> 00:27:28,660 Come into us. 171 00:27:28,660 --> 00:27:30,110 Surround me. 172 00:27:30,110 --> 00:27:31,570 Dwell with me. 173 00:27:31,570 --> 00:27:33,170 Guide our feet. 174 00:27:33,170 --> 00:27:36,060 Walk with us. 175 00:27:36,060 --> 00:27:39,100 Come and keep bright the flame in my soul. 176 00:27:39,100 --> 00:27:43,510 Come and run this race with us. 177 00:27:43,510 --> 00:27:44,780 Sing in my heart. 178 00:27:44,780 --> 00:27:46,140 [SPEAKING SPANISH] 179 00:27:46,140 --> 00:27:51,890 Spirit of life sign melodies that permeate, linger, 180 00:27:51,890 --> 00:27:54,540 lighten, and embolden us. 181 00:27:54,540 --> 00:27:58,760 Sing songs that caress, nurture, 182 00:27:58,760 --> 00:28:01,370 refresh, and bind me up. 183 00:28:01,370 --> 00:28:06,780 Make of our lives lyrics we want to sing. 184 00:28:06,780 --> 00:28:10,880 Help us to remember and know for certain that there is a 185 00:28:10,880 --> 00:28:17,010 Balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole. 186 00:28:17,010 --> 00:28:22,010 Sing in my heart, spirit of life, sing in my heart all the 187 00:28:22,010 --> 00:28:25,690 stirrings of compassion. 188 00:28:25,690 --> 00:28:31,230 Disturb me, move me, heal me. 189 00:28:31,230 --> 00:28:36,160 Let my prayer and our deepest longing be that your song 190 00:28:36,160 --> 00:28:40,590 align us with all that is righteous and true in this 191 00:28:40,590 --> 00:28:43,930 shared life. 192 00:28:43,930 --> 00:28:45,860 Standing on the side of love. 193 00:28:45,860 --> 00:28:47,940 [SPEAKING SPANISH] 194 00:28:47,940 --> 00:28:51,640 Our minds and hearts are with those whose lives are on the 195 00:28:51,640 --> 00:28:57,250 margins, who suffer from chronic incompleteness, who 196 00:28:57,250 --> 00:29:02,500 live and suffer from a deficit of compassion. 197 00:29:02,500 --> 00:29:06,460 May we be as bold in our affection as we 198 00:29:06,460 --> 00:29:09,870 are with our words. 199 00:29:09,870 --> 00:29:12,710 Life spirit blow in the wind. 200 00:29:12,710 --> 00:29:16,530 Push us forward, though we will resist. 201 00:29:16,530 --> 00:29:22,640 Twist, turn, and pull us back when our eyes miss the prize. 202 00:29:22,640 --> 00:29:27,060 Make us swift of foot because too many have been holding on 203 00:29:27,060 --> 00:29:29,270 for too long. 204 00:29:29,270 --> 00:29:30,230 Blow spirit. 205 00:29:30,230 --> 00:29:31,480 Blow like the wind. 206 00:29:31,480 --> 00:29:38,100 Fill us with the spirit of commitment and compassion. 207 00:29:38,100 --> 00:29:41,050 Rise in the sea, spirit of life. 208 00:29:41,050 --> 00:29:46,320 Raise us from the swells of indecision and despair. 209 00:29:46,320 --> 00:29:50,240 Lift us to a place where our vision is clear and far. 210 00:29:50,240 --> 00:29:55,120 Raise us so that waters will roll down like an ever-flowing 211 00:29:55,120 --> 00:29:59,880 stream to take us to that place of inherent worth and 212 00:29:59,880 --> 00:30:03,790 dignity for all. 213 00:30:03,790 --> 00:30:07,900 Moving the hand, spirit of life, giving life 214 00:30:07,900 --> 00:30:10,870 the shape of justice. 215 00:30:10,870 --> 00:30:12,840 Make of my hands-- 216 00:30:12,840 --> 00:30:17,700 make up our hands instruments of peace worthy of the work 217 00:30:17,700 --> 00:30:20,360 they are called to do. 218 00:30:20,360 --> 00:30:23,490 Let us share our hands with others. 219 00:30:23,490 --> 00:30:26,140 Let us hold the hands of others. 220 00:30:26,140 --> 00:30:31,290 Let us mold with our hands and with others communities of 221 00:30:31,290 --> 00:30:37,880 justice and freedom where all your people, spirit 222 00:30:37,880 --> 00:30:42,490 of life, are one. 223 00:30:42,490 --> 00:30:47,510 As we begin to complete our time here, as we reflect back 224 00:30:47,510 --> 00:30:51,290 over the week and remember all the ways that the spirit of 225 00:30:51,290 --> 00:30:57,520 life has moved and shaped us, let us make room in our hearts 226 00:30:57,520 --> 00:31:01,810 and souls for those who, in their presence or in their 227 00:31:01,810 --> 00:31:07,610 absence, those who are with you in memory or spirit, 228 00:31:07,610 --> 00:31:12,570 friends, ancestors, names, those who are the roots that 229 00:31:12,570 --> 00:31:16,430 hold you close and the wings that set you free. 230 00:31:16,430 --> 00:31:22,760 Without them, we would not be who we are today right now. 231 00:31:22,760 --> 00:31:28,040 They have been, they are your roots holding you close and 232 00:31:28,040 --> 00:31:30,260 accountable. 233 00:31:30,260 --> 00:31:33,910 They have been our wings liberating us to make 234 00:31:33,910 --> 00:31:39,340 commitments of compassion and justice. 235 00:31:39,340 --> 00:31:43,100 Please join with me now in saying their names into the 236 00:31:43,100 --> 00:31:46,960 silence of your own minds or say their names allowed into 237 00:31:46,960 --> 00:31:48,520 this great hall. 238 00:31:48,520 --> 00:31:49,870 Say there names! 239 00:31:49,870 --> 00:31:59,250 Sing their names! 240 00:31:59,250 --> 00:32:00,690 [SPEAKING SPANISH] 241 00:32:00,690 --> 00:32:01,950 Come to us. 242 00:32:01,950 --> 00:32:06,460 Come to me spirit of life. 243 00:32:06,460 --> 00:32:10,590 May the blessings of the spirit, may the gifts of life 244 00:32:10,590 --> 00:32:15,080 be with us here and with all of those with whom we share 245 00:32:15,080 --> 00:32:21,370 the stirrings of compassion and the shape of justice. 246 00:32:21,370 --> 00:32:24,480 Let us sing, "Spirit of 247 00:32:24,480 --> 00:32:27,652 Life." [MUSIC -- 248 00:32:27,652 --> 00:33:57,320 CAROLYN MCDADE, "SPIRIT OF LIFE"] 249 00:33:57,320 --> 00:33:57,397 REV. 250 00:33:57,397 --> 00:34:02,850 CHRISTINA LEONE: Here I have a box. 251 00:34:02,850 --> 00:34:07,820 This is a special box. 252 00:34:07,820 --> 00:34:11,870 This box reminds us that there are many things in the 253 00:34:11,870 --> 00:34:21,060 universe which we do not know, and we can only wonder about. 254 00:34:21,060 --> 00:34:25,739 Wondering is an important part of being a Unitarian 255 00:34:25,739 --> 00:34:28,550 Universalist. 256 00:34:28,550 --> 00:34:35,900 This special box, this is our wonder box. 257 00:34:35,900 --> 00:34:41,730 I wonder what's inside? 258 00:34:41,730 --> 00:34:45,580 I need a volunteer who could help me find what's in the 259 00:34:45,580 --> 00:34:46,130 wonder box. 260 00:34:46,130 --> 00:34:47,302 Anyone? 261 00:34:47,302 --> 00:34:50,010 [LAUGHTER] 262 00:34:50,010 --> 00:34:50,095 REV. 263 00:34:50,095 --> 00:34:51,030 CHRISTINA LEONE: Oh! 264 00:34:51,030 --> 00:34:51,920 Peter! 265 00:34:51,920 --> 00:34:57,990 Please. 266 00:34:57,990 --> 00:34:59,130 What's inside? 267 00:34:59,130 --> 00:35:08,300 Can you open it up and find out? 268 00:35:08,300 --> 00:35:11,968 What is it? 269 00:35:11,968 --> 00:35:14,408 [LAUGHTER] 270 00:35:14,408 --> 00:35:14,530 REV. 271 00:35:14,530 --> 00:35:15,872 CHRISTINA LEONE: What is it? 272 00:35:15,872 --> 00:35:15,994 REV. 273 00:35:15,994 --> 00:35:16,860 PETER MORALES: It's a fork. 274 00:35:16,860 --> 00:35:16,922 REV. 275 00:35:16,922 --> 00:35:19,910 CHRISTINA LEONE: It's a fork. 276 00:35:19,910 --> 00:35:21,824 Thank you, Peter. 277 00:35:21,824 --> 00:35:24,194 You can sit back down. 278 00:35:24,194 --> 00:35:30,360 [APPLAUSE] 279 00:35:30,360 --> 00:35:30,450 REV. 280 00:35:30,450 --> 00:35:33,110 CHRISTINA LEONE: This fork reminds me of a story. 281 00:35:33,110 --> 00:35:39,420 [LAUGHTER] 282 00:35:39,420 --> 00:35:39,497 REV. 283 00:35:39,497 --> 00:35:41,490 CHRISTINA LEONE: Many of you are familiar with the 284 00:35:41,490 --> 00:35:46,540 fairytale of the princess and the pea, the story by Hans 285 00:35:46,540 --> 00:35:50,640 Christian Andersen, who tells of a princess whose royalty 286 00:35:50,640 --> 00:35:56,270 was proven only when she couldn't sleep on a pea, even 287 00:35:56,270 --> 00:36:01,080 though it was covered by several mattresses. 288 00:36:01,080 --> 00:36:02,245 This is not that story. 289 00:36:02,245 --> 00:36:06,020 [LAUGHTER] 290 00:36:06,020 --> 00:36:06,085 REV. 291 00:36:06,085 --> 00:36:09,810 CHRISTINA LEONE: This is the story of "The Fairest and the 292 00:36:09,810 --> 00:36:24,500 Fork." Once upon a time there was a king. 293 00:36:24,500 --> 00:36:33,160 [APPLAUSE] 294 00:36:33,160 --> 00:36:37,200 He was the king in a land where some things were fair 295 00:36:37,200 --> 00:36:42,920 and some things were not fair. 296 00:36:42,920 --> 00:36:48,630 He decided to hold a contest to see who would be a member 297 00:36:48,630 --> 00:36:51,720 of his royal court to help make things to 298 00:36:51,720 --> 00:36:55,160 fairer in the land. 299 00:36:55,160 --> 00:37:03,010 The king designed a test to find the fairest of them all. 300 00:37:03,010 --> 00:37:08,010 And a royal decree was sent throughout the land, I will 301 00:37:08,010 --> 00:37:11,840 open up my castle doors and I will let you come 302 00:37:11,840 --> 00:37:18,570 in and take a nap. 303 00:37:18,570 --> 00:37:23,210 Your dreams will tell me who to choose to join my royal 304 00:37:23,210 --> 00:37:26,920 court of fairness. 305 00:37:26,920 --> 00:37:31,880 Little did the people know this test had a twist. 306 00:37:31,880 --> 00:37:40,010 For the king had placed a fork beneath the mattress. 307 00:37:40,010 --> 00:37:47,910 The first person who knocked on the castle door proclaimed, 308 00:37:47,910 --> 00:37:50,410 I am the fairest of them all. 309 00:37:50,410 --> 00:37:54,850 I am sure my dreams will prove it. 310 00:37:54,850 --> 00:38:00,800 Climbing upon the soft mattress it became immediately 311 00:38:00,800 --> 00:38:07,870 clear that something was wrong. 312 00:38:07,870 --> 00:38:12,280 Tossing and turning, eventually the napper fell 313 00:38:12,280 --> 00:38:19,030 asleep, and dreamed of a fairer kingdom. 314 00:38:19,030 --> 00:38:22,120 Upon waking, these dreams of fairness we're told to the 315 00:38:22,120 --> 00:38:30,600 king who shook his head and opened the door to the castle. 316 00:38:30,600 --> 00:38:34,860 You are not the fairest of them all. 317 00:38:34,860 --> 00:38:39,830 [LAUGHTER] 318 00:38:39,830 --> 00:38:39,870 REV. 319 00:38:39,870 --> 00:38:44,240 CHRISTINA LEONE: The second person who knocked on the 320 00:38:44,240 --> 00:38:49,080 castle door proclaimed, I am the fairest of them all. 321 00:38:49,080 --> 00:38:53,320 I am sure my dreams well prove it. 322 00:38:53,320 --> 00:38:58,270 Climbing upon the soft mattress it became immediately 323 00:38:58,270 --> 00:39:05,782 clear that something was wrong. 324 00:39:05,782 --> 00:39:09,050 [LAUGHTER] 325 00:39:09,050 --> 00:39:09,125 REV. 326 00:39:09,125 --> 00:39:11,680 CHRISTINA LEONE: Calling for his servants to bring more 327 00:39:11,680 --> 00:39:17,450 mattresses, more blankets, more pillows, piled higher and 328 00:39:17,450 --> 00:39:24,170 higher, eventually the napper fell asleep and dreamed of a 329 00:39:24,170 --> 00:39:26,110 fairer kingdom. 330 00:39:26,110 --> 00:39:29,600 Upon waking, these dreams of fairness were told to the king 331 00:39:29,600 --> 00:39:33,704 who shook his head and open the castle door. 332 00:39:33,704 --> 00:39:41,020 You are not the fairest of them all. 333 00:39:41,020 --> 00:39:49,250 The last person who knocked on the castle door proclaimed, I 334 00:39:49,250 --> 00:39:51,750 am the fairest of them all. 335 00:39:51,750 --> 00:39:55,490 I'm sure my dreams will prove it. 336 00:39:55,490 --> 00:39:59,330 Climbing upon the soft mattress it became immediately 337 00:39:59,330 --> 00:40:00,760 clear that 338 00:40:00,760 --> 00:40:06,140 ALL: Something was wrong. 339 00:40:06,140 --> 00:40:06,237 REV. 340 00:40:06,237 --> 00:40:11,060 CHRISTINA LEONE: Lying awake, worrying that sleep would 341 00:40:11,060 --> 00:40:14,490 never come, the contest would be lost. 342 00:40:14,490 --> 00:40:20,120 Tossing and turning, the napper spent his time awake 343 00:40:20,120 --> 00:40:27,160 with the discomfort of the fork beneath the mattress. 344 00:40:27,160 --> 00:40:32,440 And when the time was up the king was told a story of an 345 00:40:32,440 --> 00:40:36,860 uncomfortable, restless time. 346 00:40:36,860 --> 00:40:43,330 A time spent worrying that the discomfort of a bad nap was 347 00:40:43,330 --> 00:40:47,550 nothing compared to the discomfort of living in an 348 00:40:47,550 --> 00:40:51,090 unfair kingdom. 349 00:40:51,090 --> 00:40:58,533 The king opened his arms and embraced the last person. 350 00:40:58,533 --> 00:41:05,692 You who knew discomfort and never grew accustomed to it, 351 00:41:05,692 --> 00:41:11,010 you who knew discomfort and wondered about others beyond 352 00:41:11,010 --> 00:41:17,530 yourself, you are the fairest of them all. 353 00:41:17,530 --> 00:41:19,989 May we, too, go and do likewise. 354 00:41:19,989 --> 00:41:33,300 [APPLAUSE] 355 00:41:33,300 --> 00:41:33,405 REV. 356 00:41:33,405 --> 00:41:35,750 KELLIE WALKER: Elise Witt's song "Open the Window" was 357 00:41:35,750 --> 00:41:38,620 inspired by the Georgia Sea island spiritual "Heist the 358 00:41:38,620 --> 00:41:42,300 Window Noah." In keeping with the cultural tradition of 359 00:41:42,300 --> 00:41:45,410 spirituals from this part of the country, John will sing 360 00:41:45,410 --> 00:41:47,680 the verses and invite you all to come in on the 361 00:41:47,680 --> 00:41:49,910 chorus with the choir. 362 00:41:49,910 --> 00:41:51,230 Your words are-- 363 00:41:51,230 --> 00:41:53,470 open the window, children. 364 00:41:53,470 --> 00:41:55,890 Open the window now. 365 00:41:55,890 --> 00:41:58,350 Open the window children. 366 00:41:58,350 --> 00:42:01,730 Open the window, let the dove fly in. 367 00:42:01,730 --> 00:42:06,950 Open the window, let the dove fly in. 368 00:42:06,950 --> 00:42:09,980 Feel free to add some good harmony and just let your 369 00:42:09,980 --> 00:42:30,070 voice shine. 370 00:42:30,070 --> 00:42:30,138 REV. 371 00:42:30,138 --> 00:42:32,810 KELLIE WALKER: We'll start with the chorus. 372 00:42:32,810 --> 00:42:32,934 [SINGING -- 373 00:42:32,934 --> 00:45:06,178 ELISE WITT, "OPEN THE WINDOW"] 374 00:45:06,178 --> 00:45:18,220 [APPLAUSE] 375 00:45:18,220 --> 00:45:18,285 REV. 376 00:45:18,285 --> 00:45:25,290 GEOFFREY BLACK: Over 40 years ago, on May 18, 1966, Dr. 377 00:45:25,290 --> 00:45:28,750 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the "Ware Lecture" 378 00:45:28,750 --> 00:45:33,020 to the Unitarian Universalists at the General Assembly in 379 00:45:33,020 --> 00:45:35,850 Hollywood, Florida. 380 00:45:35,850 --> 00:45:40,090 This morning's reading is from his lecture. 381 00:45:40,090 --> 00:45:46,890 Hear these eloquent and challenging words. 382 00:45:46,890 --> 00:45:52,120 "My friends, there are some things in our nation and in 383 00:45:52,120 --> 00:45:59,450 our world to which I am proud to be maladjusted. 384 00:45:59,450 --> 00:46:03,240 And I call upon you to be maladjusted and all people of 385 00:46:03,240 --> 00:46:08,030 goodwill to be maladjusted to these things until the good 386 00:46:08,030 --> 00:46:11,990 society is realized. 387 00:46:11,990 --> 00:46:16,300 I never intend to adjust myself to segregation and 388 00:46:16,300 --> 00:46:18,360 discrimination. 389 00:46:18,360 --> 00:46:23,560 I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. 390 00:46:23,560 --> 00:46:28,200 I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions 391 00:46:28,200 --> 00:46:32,780 that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries 392 00:46:32,780 --> 00:46:32,920 to 393 00:46:32,920 --> 00:46:34,600 the few." [APPLAUSE] 394 00:46:34,600 --> 00:46:34,662 REV. 395 00:46:34,662 --> 00:46:41,360 GEOFFREY BLACK: "And leave millions of people perishing 396 00:46:41,360 --> 00:46:45,940 on a lonely Island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean 397 00:46:45,940 --> 00:46:48,240 of prosperity. 398 00:46:48,240 --> 00:46:54,300 I plan to be as maladjusted as Abraham Lincoln, who had the 399 00:46:54,300 --> 00:46:59,240 vision to see that this nation could not survive half-slave 400 00:46:59,240 --> 00:47:01,130 and half-free. 401 00:47:01,130 --> 00:47:04,910 As maladjusted as Thomas Jefferson, who in the midst of 402 00:47:04,910 --> 00:47:10,580 an age amazingly adjusted to slavery cried in words lifted 403 00:47:10,580 --> 00:47:13,150 to cosmic proportions-- 404 00:47:13,150 --> 00:47:17,530 'we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are 405 00:47:17,530 --> 00:47:21,470 created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with 406 00:47:21,470 --> 00:47:24,060 certain inalienable rights. 407 00:47:24,060 --> 00:47:28,950 That among those these are life, liberty, and the pursuit 408 00:47:28,950 --> 00:47:34,660 of happiness.' As maladjusted as Jesus of Nazareth, who 409 00:47:34,660 --> 00:47:39,910 could say to the men and women of his day, he who lives by 410 00:47:39,910 --> 00:47:44,320 the sword will parish by the sword. 411 00:47:44,320 --> 00:47:48,880 "Through such maladjustment we will be able to emerge from 412 00:47:48,880 --> 00:47:52,840 the bleak and desolate midnight of man's inhumanity 413 00:47:52,840 --> 00:47:57,960 to man, into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom 414 00:47:57,960 --> 00:48:00,330 and justice." 415 00:48:00,330 --> 00:48:08,040 Then, Dr. King went on to say these words, "if we are to 416 00:48:08,040 --> 00:48:12,730 have a truly integrated society, white persons and 417 00:48:12,730 --> 00:48:17,740 Negro persons and members of all groups must live together, 418 00:48:17,740 --> 00:48:20,300 not merely because the law says it, but 419 00:48:20,300 --> 00:48:23,460 because it's right. 420 00:48:23,460 --> 00:48:28,960 But that does not make legislation less important. 421 00:48:28,960 --> 00:48:33,130 It may be true that you can't legislate integration, but you 422 00:48:33,130 --> 00:48:37,230 can legislate desegregation. 423 00:48:37,230 --> 00:48:40,900 It may be true that morality cannot be legislated, but 424 00:48:40,900 --> 00:48:43,990 behavior can be regulated. 425 00:48:43,990 --> 00:48:49,570 It may be true that the law cannot change the heart, but 426 00:48:49,570 --> 00:48:53,170 it can restrain the heartless. 427 00:48:53,170 --> 00:48:58,570 The law cannot make a man love me, but it can restrain him 428 00:48:58,570 --> 00:49:02,350 from lynching me and I think that's pretty 429 00:49:02,350 --> 00:49:04,600 important also." LAUGHTER] 430 00:49:04,600 --> 00:49:08,900 [APPLAUSE] 431 00:49:08,900 --> 00:49:08,945 REV. 432 00:49:08,945 --> 00:49:11,730 GEOFFREY BLACK: "And so, while the law may not change the 433 00:49:11,730 --> 00:49:15,350 hearts of men, it does change the 434 00:49:15,350 --> 00:49:43,560 habits of men." [APPLAUSE] 435 00:49:43,560 --> 00:53:39,832 [SINGING ] 436 00:53:39,832 --> 00:53:53,170 [APPLAUSE] 437 00:53:53,170 --> 00:53:53,247 REV. 438 00:53:53,247 --> 00:53:55,050 JOHN CRESTWELL: Back in my old tradition, they would say, 439 00:53:55,050 --> 00:54:00,540 well, it's time to go home. 440 00:54:00,540 --> 00:54:03,520 I would first like to thank Reverend Peter Morales for 441 00:54:03,520 --> 00:54:04,960 asking me to give this sermon. 442 00:54:04,960 --> 00:54:06,480 Thank you so much. 443 00:54:06,480 --> 00:54:09,570 And to his special assistant Dea Brayden who helped to 444 00:54:09,570 --> 00:54:11,700 really make this service happen. 445 00:54:11,700 --> 00:54:13,770 It would not have happened without her for sure. 446 00:54:13,770 --> 00:54:20,130 [APPLAUSE] 447 00:54:20,130 --> 00:54:24,420 I would also like to thank the President of the UCC Church 448 00:54:24,420 --> 00:54:25,820 Geoffrey Black for being here. 449 00:54:25,820 --> 00:54:34,890 [APPLAUSE] 450 00:54:34,890 --> 00:54:37,150 And I would also like to thank my colleagues from the 451 00:54:37,150 --> 00:54:38,710 Unitarian Universalist Church of 452 00:54:38,710 --> 00:54:40,480 Annapolis, they look marvelous. 453 00:54:40,480 --> 00:54:48,960 [APPLAUSE] 454 00:54:48,960 --> 00:54:52,670 We have a little cheering section up here. 455 00:54:52,670 --> 00:54:55,010 I've titled my message to you this morning, 456 00:54:55,010 --> 00:54:59,940 Justice is Love in Action. 457 00:54:59,940 --> 00:55:04,870 Justice is Love in Action. 458 00:55:04,870 --> 00:55:10,280 I recognize that we are here on a very special Sunday, this 459 00:55:10,280 --> 00:55:15,280 General Assembly Sunday to worship and give thanks. 460 00:55:15,280 --> 00:55:19,690 But we are also here because we are very concerned about 461 00:55:19,690 --> 00:55:26,500 the State of Arizona, and how it treats some of its people. 462 00:55:26,500 --> 00:55:26,970 Amen. 463 00:55:26,970 --> 00:55:33,080 We expressed our concerns privately and publicly. 464 00:55:33,080 --> 00:55:36,870 We've been loud in our opposition this week. 465 00:55:36,870 --> 00:55:39,480 We are certainly letting Governor Brewer and her 466 00:55:39,480 --> 00:55:42,530 sheriff know that these beautiful brown people down 467 00:55:42,530 --> 00:55:43,755 here are here to stay. 468 00:55:43,755 --> 00:55:53,640 [APPLAUSE] 469 00:55:53,640 --> 00:55:56,420 Perhaps they haven't gotten the memo. 470 00:55:56,420 --> 00:55:59,470 They too are God's people. 471 00:55:59,470 --> 00:56:01,520 And as they say in my neighborhood, God 472 00:56:01,520 --> 00:56:09,430 don't make no junk. 473 00:56:09,430 --> 00:56:11,700 We are here to let them know not to play politics with 474 00:56:11,700 --> 00:56:13,130 people's lives. 475 00:56:13,130 --> 00:56:18,010 We are here to tell them to embrace instead of me erase. 476 00:56:18,010 --> 00:56:20,850 Learn how to love instead of hate. 477 00:56:20,850 --> 00:56:24,680 Learn how to, as Dr. King said so well, live together as 478 00:56:24,680 --> 00:56:29,440 sisters and brothers, or perish as fools. 479 00:56:29,440 --> 00:56:32,480 We made some progress this week. 480 00:56:32,480 --> 00:56:33,540 They know we're here. 481 00:56:33,540 --> 00:56:39,630 In fact, the sheriff, I think, he shut down the jails for 482 00:56:39,630 --> 00:56:43,510 visitors because we're here. 483 00:56:43,510 --> 00:56:46,630 And we've made progress, but the road is rough, the going 484 00:56:46,630 --> 00:56:52,120 gets tough, and the hills are hard to climb. 485 00:56:52,120 --> 00:56:55,140 We've still got a long way to go and I just want to 486 00:56:55,140 --> 00:56:59,630 encourage everyone here to go home and 487 00:56:59,630 --> 00:57:00,760 start a little trouble. 488 00:57:00,760 --> 00:57:03,640 [APPLAUSE] 489 00:57:03,640 --> 00:57:09,510 In the name of justice. 490 00:57:09,510 --> 00:57:12,330 For indeed, justice what we seek, beloved community 491 00:57:12,330 --> 00:57:16,320 becomes manifest from our persistent marching, our 492 00:57:16,320 --> 00:57:20,790 letter writing, our continuous public witnessing, our 493 00:57:20,790 --> 00:57:24,390 one-on-one conversations proclaiming that we stand on 494 00:57:24,390 --> 00:57:29,970 the side of love and on the side of justice. 495 00:57:29,970 --> 00:57:32,610 But you know something, we do whatever we 496 00:57:32,610 --> 00:57:35,660 choose to do in life. 497 00:57:35,660 --> 00:57:38,500 And I want to be honest with you this morning, we have the 498 00:57:38,500 --> 00:57:42,890 world we have because enough of the right people have not 499 00:57:42,890 --> 00:57:46,365 stepped up to renounce human tragedies. 500 00:57:46,365 --> 00:57:52,500 [APPLAUSE] 501 00:57:52,500 --> 00:57:57,650 We can collectively speed up the day to beloved community, 502 00:57:57,650 --> 00:58:01,260 but first we all have to dedicate and rededicate 503 00:58:01,260 --> 00:58:04,140 ourselves to this work. 504 00:58:04,140 --> 00:58:07,200 And we have to look in the mirror and be honest with 505 00:58:07,200 --> 00:58:10,530 ourselves and say self, you know what, I have not done 506 00:58:10,530 --> 00:58:14,460 enough for the underprivileged, marginalized, 507 00:58:14,460 --> 00:58:18,110 and oppressed. 508 00:58:18,110 --> 00:58:25,930 See, I do understand that learning how to take a stand 509 00:58:25,930 --> 00:58:29,800 is a process, it is a growth process. 510 00:58:29,800 --> 00:58:32,370 To take a stand on anything important 511 00:58:32,370 --> 00:58:34,870 we have to be convicted. 512 00:58:34,870 --> 00:58:40,940 Our conscience must be pricked in some small or great way. 513 00:58:40,940 --> 00:58:45,000 There has to be a moral imperative that holds us 514 00:58:45,000 --> 00:58:49,970 captive and moves us from hibernation to participation. 515 00:58:49,970 --> 00:58:55,650 It takes courage and faith to stand in the face of ignorance 516 00:58:55,650 --> 00:59:00,860 which oftentimes can cost you your time, your peace, and 517 00:59:00,860 --> 00:59:02,810 your sleep. 518 00:59:02,810 --> 00:59:03,950 I'm being real with you. 519 00:59:03,950 --> 00:59:09,450 There is a price to pay if we want justice to roll down and 520 00:59:09,450 --> 00:59:13,330 history is wrought with examples. 521 00:59:13,330 --> 00:59:18,440 One example for me, many of you may or may not know but in 522 00:59:18,440 --> 00:59:23,620 an early sermon, long before his Ware Lecture, Dr. King 523 00:59:23,620 --> 00:59:26,650 shared the moment when he chose to stand on the side of 524 00:59:26,650 --> 00:59:31,200 love, accepting his call to lead in spite of the 525 00:59:31,200 --> 00:59:32,580 difficulties. 526 00:59:32,580 --> 00:59:40,370 It was sometime in 1955 during the Montgomery bus boycott. 527 00:59:40,370 --> 00:59:44,960 And hear these pretty lengthy words of the then 26-year-old 528 00:59:44,960 --> 00:59:47,780 Martin Luther King. 529 00:59:47,780 --> 00:59:54,430 "I came home and my wife was in the bed and I immediately 530 00:59:54,430 --> 00:59:56,560 crawled into bed to get some rest to get up 531 00:59:56,560 --> 00:59:59,750 early the next morning. 532 00:59:59,750 --> 01:00:02,510 And then immediately the telephone started ringing and 533 01:00:02,510 --> 01:00:04,670 I picked up the phone. 534 01:00:04,670 --> 01:00:07,890 On the other end was an ugly voice. 535 01:00:07,890 --> 01:00:13,170 And that voice said to me in substance, 'nigger, we're 536 01:00:13,170 --> 01:00:15,876 tired of you and your mess now. 537 01:00:15,876 --> 01:00:20,070 And if you aren't out of this town in three days, we're 538 01:00:20,070 --> 01:00:25,800 going to blow your brains out and blow up your house.' I had 539 01:00:25,800 --> 01:00:29,130 heard these things before, but for some reason that 540 01:00:29,130 --> 01:00:31,140 night it got to me. 541 01:00:31,140 --> 01:00:35,170 I was frustrated, bewildered. 542 01:00:35,170 --> 01:00:37,970 Then I got up and went back to the kitchen and started 543 01:00:37,970 --> 01:00:40,750 warming some coffee, hoping the coffee would give me a 544 01:00:40,750 --> 01:00:42,820 little relief. 545 01:00:42,820 --> 01:00:45,090 Then I started thinking about many things. 546 01:00:45,090 --> 01:00:48,540 I pulled back on the theology and philosophy that I had just 547 01:00:48,540 --> 01:00:52,490 studied in the universities trying to give philosophical 548 01:00:52,490 --> 01:00:56,740 and theological reasons for the existence and the reality 549 01:00:56,740 --> 01:00:59,940 of sin and evil, but the answer 550 01:00:59,940 --> 01:01:02,600 didn't quite come there. 551 01:01:02,600 --> 01:01:05,260 I sat there and thought about a beautiful little daughter 552 01:01:05,260 --> 01:01:08,930 who had just been born about a month earlier. 553 01:01:08,930 --> 01:01:11,520 She was the darling of my life. 554 01:01:11,520 --> 01:01:14,550 And I'd come in night after night and see that little 555 01:01:14,550 --> 01:01:19,000 gentle smile, and I sat at that table thinking about that 556 01:01:19,000 --> 01:01:22,420 little girl and thinking about the fact that she could be 557 01:01:22,420 --> 01:01:25,220 taken from me at any minute. 558 01:01:25,220 --> 01:01:28,160 And I started thinking about a dedicated, devoted, and loyal 559 01:01:28,160 --> 01:01:32,140 wife who was over there asleep. 560 01:01:32,140 --> 01:01:34,340 And she could be taken from me, or I could 561 01:01:34,340 --> 01:01:37,070 be taken from her. 562 01:01:37,070 --> 01:01:40,110 And I got to the point that I couldn't take it any longer. 563 01:01:40,110 --> 01:01:41,732 I was weak. 564 01:01:41,732 --> 01:01:46,230 And something said to me, you can't call on daddy now, he's 565 01:01:46,230 --> 01:01:50,380 up in Atlanta 175 miles away. 566 01:01:50,380 --> 01:01:53,250 You can't even call on momma now. 567 01:01:53,250 --> 01:01:56,030 You've got to call on that power that can make a 568 01:01:56,030 --> 01:01:58,740 way out of no way. 569 01:01:58,740 --> 01:02:01,770 And I discovered then that religion had to 570 01:02:01,770 --> 01:02:04,280 become real to me. 571 01:02:04,280 --> 01:02:06,420 And I'm bowed down over that cup of coffee-- 572 01:02:06,420 --> 01:02:08,320 I'll never forget it-- 573 01:02:08,320 --> 01:02:10,830 and oh yes I prayed a prayer, and I prayed 574 01:02:10,830 --> 01:02:13,560 out loud that night. 575 01:02:13,560 --> 01:02:18,570 I said, Lord, I'm down here trying to do what's right. 576 01:02:18,570 --> 01:02:22,440 I think the cause that we represent is right, but Lord I 577 01:02:22,440 --> 01:02:24,425 must confess that I am weak. 578 01:02:24,425 --> 01:02:25,300 I'm faltering. 579 01:02:25,300 --> 01:02:27,440 I'm losing my courage. 580 01:02:27,440 --> 01:02:29,880 And I can't let the people see me like this because if they 581 01:02:29,880 --> 01:02:33,260 see me weak and losing my courage they will 582 01:02:33,260 --> 01:02:35,400 begin to get weak. 583 01:02:35,400 --> 01:02:38,270 And it seemed, at that moment, that I could hear an inner 584 01:02:38,270 --> 01:02:43,290 voice saying to me, Martin Luther stand up for 585 01:02:43,290 --> 01:02:44,830 righteousness. 586 01:02:44,830 --> 01:02:46,690 Stand up for justice. 587 01:02:46,690 --> 01:02:52,070 Stand up for truth and lo I will be with you even until 588 01:02:52,070 --> 01:02:52,785 the end 589 01:02:52,785 --> 01:02:57,740 of the earth." [APPLAUSE] 590 01:02:57,740 --> 01:03:04,530 Powerful words that we now know as Dr. King's "Kitchen 591 01:03:04,530 --> 01:03:09,400 Call." It was a major impetus in moving forward socially and 592 01:03:09,400 --> 01:03:12,410 I'm sure we had that conversation with his God many 593 01:03:12,410 --> 01:03:16,580 times in his ministry when the road got rough. 594 01:03:16,580 --> 01:03:19,440 And his call we know is extraordinary. 595 01:03:19,440 --> 01:03:24,410 Most of us won't have that kind of call, but even still 596 01:03:24,410 --> 01:03:30,110 the world is calling, do you hear what I hear? 597 01:03:30,110 --> 01:03:34,260 The world is calling, do you hear what I hear? 598 01:03:34,260 --> 01:03:37,500 AUDIENCE: Yeah! 599 01:03:37,500 --> 01:03:37,602 REV. 600 01:03:37,602 --> 01:03:40,745 JOHN CRESTWELL: Good. 601 01:03:40,745 --> 01:03:42,420 The spirit is calling you. 602 01:03:42,420 --> 01:03:47,070 It is calling us to wake up and understand the game that 603 01:03:47,070 --> 01:03:49,620 is being played. 604 01:03:49,620 --> 01:03:54,410 It is asking us to learn the game of life and get into it 605 01:03:54,410 --> 01:03:56,212 ready to play. 606 01:03:56,212 --> 01:04:00,100 Now currently in this game we're witnessing a paradigm 607 01:04:00,100 --> 01:04:02,090 shift in many societies and many are 608 01:04:02,090 --> 01:04:05,590 uncomfortable and afraid. 609 01:04:05,590 --> 01:04:10,840 This game is called modern tribalism. 610 01:04:10,840 --> 01:04:15,560 Let me break this down to you, just focusing here on America. 611 01:04:15,560 --> 01:04:19,450 We are all living in a constructed or created 612 01:04:19,450 --> 01:04:22,850 reality, the American dream. 613 01:04:22,850 --> 01:04:24,130 This is what I'm talking about. 614 01:04:24,130 --> 01:04:28,330 We've collectively created it and we can 615 01:04:28,330 --> 01:04:31,530 collectively change it. 616 01:04:31,530 --> 01:04:35,040 It's not that simple, though, because it works quite well 617 01:04:35,040 --> 01:04:38,800 for a few gamers who get lots of incentives to keep the game 618 01:04:38,800 --> 01:04:41,140 a certain way. 619 01:04:41,140 --> 01:04:47,410 Now, in this game there is no alien at work, only the tragic 620 01:04:47,410 --> 01:04:51,240 human condition with all of its prejudices and biases, 621 01:04:51,240 --> 01:04:57,170 virtues and vices, various stories, mores, 622 01:04:57,170 --> 01:04:58,940 folklores, et cetera. 623 01:04:58,940 --> 01:05:00,980 We've created meaning. 624 01:05:00,980 --> 01:05:03,010 We've created things we love. 625 01:05:03,010 --> 01:05:06,480 And we've created things we hate. 626 01:05:06,480 --> 01:05:10,400 Now we're all in this game for better or for worse. 627 01:05:10,400 --> 01:05:13,920 And we all sort of create meaning out of all of this 628 01:05:13,920 --> 01:05:16,980 chaos and ambiguity. 629 01:05:16,980 --> 01:05:23,510 Now, within the game those with massive incentives have 630 01:05:23,510 --> 01:05:26,640 created, what I'm calling, the societal 631 01:05:26,640 --> 01:05:29,970 quintessential of privilege. 632 01:05:29,970 --> 01:05:32,580 Now, here's what that looks like. 633 01:05:32,580 --> 01:05:36,390 If you're looking at a dartboard, in the center, the 634 01:05:36,390 --> 01:05:44,850 bullseye, in the center, that represents ultimate privilege. 635 01:05:44,850 --> 01:05:49,520 Now what does this center of that bullseye look like in its 636 01:05:49,520 --> 01:05:53,650 purest form? 637 01:05:53,650 --> 01:05:55,990 It's a white man. 638 01:05:55,990 --> 01:05:57,700 He's tall. 639 01:05:57,700 --> 01:05:59,460 He's fit. 640 01:05:59,460 --> 01:06:02,490 He's blonde, blue eyed. 641 01:06:02,490 --> 01:06:04,140 He's CEO. 642 01:06:04,140 --> 01:06:05,580 He's Protestant. 643 01:06:05,580 --> 01:06:08,350 He's straight. 644 01:06:08,350 --> 01:06:10,960 He's man of the house. 645 01:06:10,960 --> 01:06:15,210 He's married and he's the best dad in the world. 646 01:06:15,210 --> 01:06:21,870 He has 2.5 kids, a dog, and a cat. 647 01:06:21,870 --> 01:06:26,750 He's wise and patient, so loving. 648 01:06:26,750 --> 01:06:31,160 He lives in a lovely home in the suburbs. 649 01:06:31,160 --> 01:06:35,630 He has great genes. 650 01:06:35,630 --> 01:06:39,580 His spouse, his wife, is also tall. 651 01:06:39,580 --> 01:06:41,380 She's fit. 652 01:06:41,380 --> 01:06:45,150 She's blonde and blue eyed, a supportive homemaker. 653 01:06:45,150 --> 01:06:48,900 She makes the best apple pie too. 654 01:06:48,900 --> 01:06:53,960 She's Protestant, straight, mild tempered, innocent, a 655 01:06:53,960 --> 01:06:58,280 little bit naive, by golly, it's June Cleaver! 656 01:06:58,280 --> 01:07:01,340 [LAUGHTER] 657 01:07:01,340 --> 01:07:03,930 And let me not forget she walks around in 658 01:07:03,930 --> 01:07:05,690 high heels and pearls. 659 01:07:05,690 --> 01:07:10,630 Amen! 660 01:07:10,630 --> 01:07:12,410 She's always so nice. 661 01:07:12,410 --> 01:07:13,930 Her home is in the suburbs. 662 01:07:13,930 --> 01:07:16,830 It's always tidy and clean. 663 01:07:16,830 --> 01:07:17,530 She's perfect. 664 01:07:17,530 --> 01:07:21,910 She has superb genes. 665 01:07:21,910 --> 01:07:25,080 Now this game of privilege empowers and provides 666 01:07:25,080 --> 01:07:29,700 incentives to those who get closest to the center of that 667 01:07:29,700 --> 01:07:32,770 dartboard of which I've just described. 668 01:07:32,770 --> 01:07:36,170 If you have all of the things mentioned, step to the center. 669 01:07:36,170 --> 01:07:39,260 If you don't, take a step back for everything 670 01:07:39,260 --> 01:07:42,818 that you don't have. 671 01:07:42,818 --> 01:07:47,480 But let me say, the makers of this game 672 01:07:47,480 --> 01:07:50,700 doomed it from the start. 673 01:07:50,700 --> 01:07:57,030 It wasn't honest about what this country and world is. 674 01:07:57,030 --> 01:08:06,410 This is the dream of some, a few, but it is not my America. 675 01:08:06,410 --> 01:08:10,480 This is not the game that I would like to play. 676 01:08:10,480 --> 01:08:12,860 Perhaps to some it is the America that you want and 677 01:08:12,860 --> 01:08:16,819 that's OK, but this has never been my America. 678 01:08:16,819 --> 01:08:20,510 And, sadly, it is the facade many strive toward but few 679 01:08:20,510 --> 01:08:22,520 ever get close to. 680 01:08:22,520 --> 01:08:24,000 I'm being real with you this morning. 681 01:08:24,000 --> 01:08:25,779 We are a diverse world. 682 01:08:25,779 --> 01:08:28,090 We have many kinds of families. 683 01:08:28,090 --> 01:08:29,680 We're not only white but we are black. 684 01:08:29,680 --> 01:08:30,510 We are Latino. 685 01:08:30,510 --> 01:08:31,490 We are Latina. 686 01:08:31,490 --> 01:08:32,090 We're gay. 687 01:08:32,090 --> 01:08:32,830 We're straight. 688 01:08:32,830 --> 01:08:35,920 We're bisexual, lesbian, transgender. 689 01:08:35,920 --> 01:08:37,550 We're Asian Pacific Islander. 690 01:08:37,550 --> 01:08:42,210 We have so many things and so much more. 691 01:08:42,210 --> 01:08:43,260 And that is my point. 692 01:08:43,260 --> 01:08:47,950 [APPLAUSE] 693 01:08:47,950 --> 01:08:53,069 The problem with immigration is the same problem that some 694 01:08:53,069 --> 01:08:56,270 people have with an African American United States 695 01:08:56,270 --> 01:09:01,550 President, which is the same problem they have with same 696 01:09:01,550 --> 01:09:06,300 sex marriage, and woman's reproductive rights, and 697 01:09:06,300 --> 01:09:10,160 overall empowerment, which is the same problem that I have 698 01:09:10,160 --> 01:09:12,040 with the mass incarceration system, 699 01:09:12,040 --> 01:09:14,100 the blacks and Latinos. 700 01:09:14,100 --> 01:09:18,020 It is all one big problem. 701 01:09:18,020 --> 01:09:19,300 Maybe two, actually. 702 01:09:19,300 --> 01:09:25,770 [APPLAUSE] 703 01:09:25,770 --> 01:09:31,729 One, America is getting too brown, too fast. 704 01:09:31,729 --> 01:09:37,210 And those who control the dartboard don't like it. 705 01:09:37,210 --> 01:09:41,640 They fear they are losing power. 706 01:09:41,640 --> 01:09:45,930 Two, the traditional family myth is being challenged and 707 01:09:45,930 --> 01:09:48,479 changed before their eyes. 708 01:09:48,479 --> 01:09:48,990 O- 709 01:09:48,990 --> 01:09:59,200 M- G. [APPLAUSE] 710 01:09:59,200 --> 01:10:01,540 What is happening to my America? 711 01:10:01,540 --> 01:10:03,620 Where's the baseball and apple pie? 712 01:10:03,620 --> 01:10:06,880 The sky is falling! 713 01:10:06,880 --> 01:10:08,280 The world is coming to an end! 714 01:10:08,280 --> 01:10:09,060 My stocks! 715 01:10:09,060 --> 01:10:09,610 My country! 716 01:10:09,610 --> 01:10:10,670 My Social Security! 717 01:10:10,670 --> 01:10:13,300 What am I to do? 718 01:10:13,300 --> 01:10:15,956 Thank God the story is changing! 719 01:10:15,956 --> 01:10:23,260 [APPLAUSE] 720 01:10:23,260 --> 01:10:26,520 There's nothing wrong with the Leave it to Beaver story, that 721 01:10:26,520 --> 01:10:28,606 was one of my favorite shows growing up, I 722 01:10:28,606 --> 01:10:29,240 have to tell you. 723 01:10:29,240 --> 01:10:31,410 I like it. 724 01:10:31,410 --> 01:10:36,940 But the reality is that this current homogeneous paradigm 725 01:10:36,940 --> 01:10:42,600 has marginalized and oppressed far too many non-white people 726 01:10:42,600 --> 01:10:44,210 for centuries. 727 01:10:44,210 --> 01:10:49,730 And it is only presented to us one reality which is good and 728 01:10:49,730 --> 01:10:52,720 that's just not true. 729 01:10:52,720 --> 01:10:57,020 That my friends is the issue, is what's going on right now. 730 01:10:57,020 --> 01:11:00,550 That is the lie that is being sold to us in movies, in 731 01:11:00,550 --> 01:11:04,270 politics, on television, it's everywhere and we have sort of 732 01:11:04,270 --> 01:11:08,920 bought into it somehow. 733 01:11:08,920 --> 01:11:12,160 As if it is some beautiful and perfect mono-cultural 734 01:11:12,160 --> 01:11:14,290 masterpiece. 735 01:11:14,290 --> 01:11:20,740 We've never been a homogeneous nation. 736 01:11:20,740 --> 01:11:23,260 We've always been a heterogeneous nation made up 737 01:11:23,260 --> 01:11:25,440 of many kinds of people. 738 01:11:25,440 --> 01:11:29,580 The Census figures tell us that 36% of Americans are 739 01:11:29,580 --> 01:11:31,050 minorities. 740 01:11:31,050 --> 01:11:35,120 In a few decades the minorities of America will 741 01:11:35,120 --> 01:11:39,890 probably equal or surpass the European-American majority. 742 01:11:39,890 --> 01:11:43,570 Some are shuttering at this reality and working like hell 743 01:11:43,570 --> 01:11:46,310 to redistrict and suppress votes, and 744 01:11:46,310 --> 01:11:48,350 for the sake of what? 745 01:11:48,350 --> 01:11:52,810 The betterment of humanity? 746 01:11:52,810 --> 01:11:55,518 I say embrace the change. 747 01:11:55,518 --> 01:11:56,982 [APPLAUSE] 748 01:11:56,982 --> 01:11:57,470 Amen. 749 01:11:57,470 --> 01:12:02,050 [APPLAUSE] 750 01:12:02,050 --> 01:12:05,070 We are religious liberals, that's what we do. 751 01:12:05,070 --> 01:12:06,770 We evolve and resolve. 752 01:12:06,770 --> 01:12:09,560 We embrace not erase. 753 01:12:09,560 --> 01:12:13,180 And I say that you should tell some of your friends or family 754 01:12:13,180 --> 01:12:17,062 members in a very loving way to grow up. 755 01:12:17,062 --> 01:12:25,430 [APPLAUSE] 756 01:12:25,430 --> 01:12:28,550 I'm a first and seventh principle preacher, which 757 01:12:28,550 --> 01:12:32,110 means that my faith calls me to fight to 758 01:12:32,110 --> 01:12:35,290 participate in the game. 759 01:12:35,290 --> 01:12:37,080 This struggle is too important and too many 760 01:12:37,080 --> 01:12:39,620 lives are at stake. 761 01:12:39,620 --> 01:12:43,870 When I think about the worth and dignity of all in the 762 01:12:43,870 --> 01:12:46,680 interdependent web of existence of which we are all 763 01:12:46,680 --> 01:12:51,930 a part, I cannot see anothers woe and not be in sorrow too. 764 01:12:51,930 --> 01:12:55,300 I cannot see anothers grief and not seek for kind relief. 765 01:12:55,300 --> 01:12:57,400 I cannot see a falling tear and not 766 01:12:57,400 --> 01:13:00,750 feel my sorrow's share. 767 01:13:00,750 --> 01:13:05,480 I cannot see my faith as just for the privileged either. 768 01:13:05,480 --> 01:13:07,600 I don't want to see my faith or my church as some 769 01:13:07,600 --> 01:13:09,650 mono-cultural experience. 770 01:13:09,650 --> 01:13:14,290 I cannot see my immigrant brothers and sisters dying in 771 01:13:14,290 --> 01:13:18,542 the desert and not get very upset. 772 01:13:18,542 --> 01:13:21,280 [APPLAUSE] 773 01:13:21,280 --> 01:13:24,395 I can't and I won't. 774 01:13:24,395 --> 01:13:27,290 I cannot look at our principles or our historic 775 01:13:27,290 --> 01:13:30,750 legacy as Unitarian Universalists, what we've been 776 01:13:30,750 --> 01:13:32,460 with the downtrodden and 777 01:13:32,460 --> 01:13:35,290 oppressed, and then do nothing. 778 01:13:35,290 --> 01:13:42,090 To me, that is a counterfeit faith, a kind of paltry piety. 779 01:13:42,090 --> 01:13:45,930 Justice is love in action. 780 01:13:45,930 --> 01:13:50,070 Justice is not just in what we say, it is in what you're 781 01:13:50,070 --> 01:13:51,260 willing to do. 782 01:13:51,260 --> 01:13:55,750 [APPLAUSE] 783 01:13:55,750 --> 01:14:01,060 However, a lot of us don't like choosing a side. 784 01:14:01,060 --> 01:14:05,010 You know, when we choose a side, it's like when we were 785 01:14:05,010 --> 01:14:06,246 growing up. 786 01:14:06,246 --> 01:14:09,330 I was always short and my sister, she's tall, she would 787 01:14:09,330 --> 01:14:13,270 always get chosen on the basketball team ahead of me. 788 01:14:13,270 --> 01:14:14,880 They would choose her before me. 789 01:14:14,880 --> 01:14:16,610 And it always made me feel bad. 790 01:14:16,610 --> 01:14:18,290 Some of us don't like choosing sides because it 791 01:14:18,290 --> 01:14:19,500 makes us feel bad. 792 01:14:19,500 --> 01:14:21,540 We feel like we're the loser. 793 01:14:21,540 --> 01:14:23,550 They're the winner, we're the loser. 794 01:14:23,550 --> 01:14:27,640 So we don't really like a lot of times you choosing a side. 795 01:14:27,640 --> 01:14:29,020 I understand that. 796 01:14:29,020 --> 01:14:30,470 I do. 797 01:14:30,470 --> 01:14:34,060 And we've seen the world, how bruised and beat up it is from 798 01:14:34,060 --> 01:14:37,550 people choosing sides, creating all kinds of 799 01:14:37,550 --> 01:14:40,950 dichotomies and false dichotomies, one tyranny 800 01:14:40,950 --> 01:14:42,830 leading to another tyranny. 801 01:14:42,830 --> 01:14:44,060 I hear you. 802 01:14:44,060 --> 01:14:45,980 I get it. 803 01:14:45,980 --> 01:14:49,640 But I have a litmus test that helps me 804 01:14:49,640 --> 01:14:53,100 decide whether to stand. 805 01:14:53,100 --> 01:14:55,310 Maybe it will help you. 806 01:14:55,310 --> 01:15:00,620 Does my stance lift up the worth and dignity of all? 807 01:15:00,620 --> 01:15:05,650 Does my choice eventually join one to another, or continue 808 01:15:05,650 --> 01:15:08,820 tearing us further apart? 809 01:15:08,820 --> 01:15:14,310 Does my choice move us toward beloved community, to a world 810 01:15:14,310 --> 01:15:17,590 with mutuality and reciprocity? 811 01:15:17,590 --> 01:15:23,650 Does it recognize the namaste, the holy, in others? 812 01:15:23,650 --> 01:15:27,930 Does it create the us against them mentality, or the we are 813 01:15:27,930 --> 01:15:30,690 together reality? 814 01:15:30,690 --> 01:15:32,940 I ask myself these questions before I 815 01:15:32,940 --> 01:15:38,190 decide to take a stance. 816 01:15:38,190 --> 01:15:40,550 Perhaps you, too, could ask yourself 817 01:15:40,550 --> 01:15:43,690 some of these questions. 818 01:15:43,690 --> 01:15:50,070 Standing up is also about changing bad legislation. 819 01:15:50,070 --> 01:15:50,990 Amen? 820 01:15:50,990 --> 01:15:53,960 AUDIENCE: Amen! 821 01:15:53,960 --> 01:15:53,995 REV. 822 01:15:53,995 --> 01:15:56,420 JOHN CRESTWELL: In Dr. King's reading he mentioned how 823 01:15:56,420 --> 01:15:59,500 important moral legislation is in bending that moral arc 824 01:15:59,500 --> 01:16:01,410 toward justice. 825 01:16:01,410 --> 01:16:03,700 I think he was on to something. 826 01:16:03,700 --> 01:16:07,370 As King said, "you may not like me, but the law can keep 827 01:16:07,370 --> 01:16:12,300 you from lynching me." We need solid, moral laws. 828 01:16:12,300 --> 01:16:15,052 They protect us from ourselves. 829 01:16:15,052 --> 01:16:18,810 But when I think about the laws, past and present, in 830 01:16:18,810 --> 01:16:24,270 America it has quite often occurred to me that just 831 01:16:24,270 --> 01:16:27,250 because some things are legal, do not make 832 01:16:27,250 --> 01:16:29,440 them moral or ethical. 833 01:16:29,440 --> 01:16:35,950 [APPLAUSE] 834 01:16:35,950 --> 01:16:41,100 Sometimes we have to work real hard to get rid of very bad 835 01:16:41,100 --> 01:16:44,720 laws that keep the world separate and unequal. 836 01:16:44,720 --> 01:16:47,330 Slavery was legal at one point. 837 01:16:47,330 --> 01:16:49,540 Hello? 838 01:16:49,540 --> 01:16:55,430 And to stand against it meant you were breaking the law. 839 01:16:55,430 --> 01:16:58,730 That seems crazy for most of us today but it was legal for 840 01:16:58,730 --> 01:17:01,010 very long time. 841 01:17:01,010 --> 01:17:03,360 And so my belief is that sometimes we have to go 842 01:17:03,360 --> 01:17:06,820 against the norm so that the circle of privilege can be 843 01:17:06,820 --> 01:17:10,570 widened and shared by more people. 844 01:17:10,570 --> 01:17:14,600 We have to be collectively maladjusted to speed up the 845 01:17:14,600 --> 01:17:19,080 freedom of all the earth's people. 846 01:17:19,080 --> 01:17:21,600 Reverend Bill Sinkford would always say we have to afflict 847 01:17:21,600 --> 01:17:25,760 the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. 848 01:17:25,760 --> 01:17:29,620 And when we fail to act there are repercussions that occur, 849 01:17:29,620 --> 01:17:33,110 historical happenings that have been the result of our 850 01:17:33,110 --> 01:17:35,550 acquiescence. 851 01:17:35,550 --> 01:17:38,710 And I'll offer as an example for you, early America, in 852 01:17:38,710 --> 01:17:42,630 Virginia specifically, when immigrants from England and 853 01:17:42,630 --> 01:17:45,710 Africa came over to the New World. 854 01:17:45,710 --> 01:17:49,390 You may not know this, but at first, all who came over were 855 01:17:49,390 --> 01:17:53,050 indentured servants, white and black, Native American, alike. 856 01:17:53,050 --> 01:17:55,900 This was before the transatlantic slave trade. 857 01:17:55,900 --> 01:17:59,110 As long as a person professed to be a Christian upon their 858 01:17:59,110 --> 01:18:02,900 arrival to Jamestown, they were promised land and a few 859 01:18:02,900 --> 01:18:06,130 other things if they worked as indentured servants for around 860 01:18:06,130 --> 01:18:08,420 seven years. 861 01:18:08,420 --> 01:18:11,900 This was, of course, in the 1600s but as time passed and 862 01:18:11,900 --> 01:18:17,010 the labor force changed, the law changed to reconcile what 863 01:18:17,010 --> 01:18:21,720 had become a lack of workers in early America. 864 01:18:21,720 --> 01:18:23,290 Now you've got to pick up a history book 865 01:18:23,290 --> 01:18:25,530 to get all the details. 866 01:18:25,530 --> 01:18:31,420 But at first, as long as you were Christian you were OK. 867 01:18:31,420 --> 01:18:36,920 But in 1705, about 100 years later, the law was amended in 868 01:18:36,920 --> 01:18:41,350 the Virginia General Assembly to state this-- now watch the 869 01:18:41,350 --> 01:18:44,710 power of the law here my friends-- 870 01:18:44,710 --> 01:18:48,900 "all servants imported and brought in to the country who 871 01:18:48,900 --> 01:18:51,880 were not Christians in their native country shall be 872 01:18:51,880 --> 01:18:55,030 accounted and shall be slaves. 873 01:18:55,030 --> 01:19:00,130 All Negro, mulatto, and Indian slaves within this dominion 874 01:19:00,130 --> 01:19:03,480 shall be held to be real estate. 875 01:19:03,480 --> 01:19:09,080 If any slave resists his master correcting such slave 876 01:19:09,080 --> 01:19:13,860 and shall happen to be killed in such correction, the master 877 01:19:13,860 --> 01:19:18,900 shall be free of all punishment as if such accident 878 01:19:18,900 --> 01:19:22,300 never happened." The Virginia General Assembly 879 01:19:22,300 --> 01:19:24,940 declaration, 1705. 880 01:19:24,940 --> 01:19:27,750 And now many states followed suit with 881 01:19:27,750 --> 01:19:29,850 Virginia leading the way. 882 01:19:29,850 --> 01:19:34,520 America was now going to be a country defined by slavery, 883 01:19:34,520 --> 01:19:37,390 defined by black and white, defined by 884 01:19:37,390 --> 01:19:38,570 red and blue states. 885 01:19:38,570 --> 01:19:44,040 This unethical, immoral law in 1705 still 886 01:19:44,040 --> 01:19:46,590 lives with us today. 887 01:19:46,590 --> 01:19:48,650 The vestiges of it. 888 01:19:48,650 --> 01:19:50,760 We live with its ramifications. 889 01:19:50,760 --> 01:19:52,850 It was there in the Dred Scott case. 890 01:19:52,850 --> 01:19:56,840 It lived and created the Civil War, lived during Jim Crow, 891 01:19:56,840 --> 01:20:00,830 lived in Brown v. Board of Education, lived during the 892 01:20:00,830 --> 01:20:03,440 Voting Rights Act, and the civil rights movement. 893 01:20:03,440 --> 01:20:06,800 This bad legal decision has shaped American 894 01:20:06,800 --> 01:20:08,270 history as we know it. 895 01:20:08,270 --> 01:20:11,868 It has shaped out relationships with each other. 896 01:20:11,868 --> 01:20:15,780 [APPLAUSE] 897 01:20:15,780 --> 01:20:19,940 But thank, God for conscientious people who stood 898 01:20:19,940 --> 01:20:21,980 up and said, you know what, this is not right. 899 01:20:21,980 --> 01:20:24,250 Legal does that mean ethical or moral. 900 01:20:24,250 --> 01:20:27,160 [APPLAUSE] 901 01:20:27,160 --> 01:20:31,530 [APPLAUSE] 902 01:20:31,530 --> 01:20:31,647 REV. 903 01:20:31,647 --> 01:20:33,960 JOHN CRESTWELL: History is replete with examples of how 904 01:20:33,960 --> 01:20:39,600 when we don't respond so many innocents suffer, but I'm 905 01:20:39,600 --> 01:20:42,960 telling you this morning the world is calling us. 906 01:20:42,960 --> 01:20:46,120 Calling the gentle, angry people. 907 01:20:46,120 --> 01:20:50,310 Calling the justice-seeking people. 908 01:20:50,310 --> 01:20:54,250 That is why we have to continue to stand up in 909 01:20:54,250 --> 01:20:57,840 opposition of any legislation that treats our brown 910 01:20:57,840 --> 01:21:01,050 immigrants and other sisters and brothers as if they're not 911 01:21:01,050 --> 01:21:03,170 fully human and fully divine. 912 01:21:03,170 --> 01:21:09,480 [APPLAUSE] 913 01:21:09,480 --> 01:21:12,740 I'm so clear this morning. 914 01:21:12,740 --> 01:21:14,130 I can see clearly. 915 01:21:14,130 --> 01:21:17,900 I can see clearly now the rain is gone. 916 01:21:17,900 --> 01:21:20,340 It's so clear to me when looking at history and the 917 01:21:20,340 --> 01:21:23,560 legal system why we must stand up for the human rights of 918 01:21:23,560 --> 01:21:25,050 immigrants in America. 919 01:21:25,050 --> 01:21:28,060 It's clear to me that advocating for those who are 920 01:21:28,060 --> 01:21:32,140 of the same sex and desire marriage, that's a no-brainer. 921 01:21:32,140 --> 01:21:35,470 It's clear to me why the mass incarceration system is jacked 922 01:21:35,470 --> 01:21:38,580 up and needs an overhaul. 923 01:21:38,580 --> 01:21:41,300 It's clear to me why conservation and ecological 924 01:21:41,300 --> 01:21:44,880 responsibility are required for humanity sustenance. 925 01:21:44,880 --> 01:21:51,705 It's clear to me that the medical system is corrupt. 926 01:21:51,705 --> 01:21:54,880 [LAUGHTER] 927 01:21:54,880 --> 01:21:58,460 It's clear to me that the few still dictate 928 01:21:58,460 --> 01:22:00,400 how the many eat. 929 01:22:00,400 --> 01:22:03,620 Is clear to me that we have a lot of work to do. 930 01:22:03,620 --> 01:22:04,990 Get in the game! 931 01:22:04,990 --> 01:22:05,580 Come on! 932 01:22:05,580 --> 01:22:06,640 Get in the game! 933 01:22:06,640 --> 01:22:13,380 [APPLAUSE] 934 01:22:13,380 --> 01:22:16,670 There are too many Josselines out there. 935 01:22:16,670 --> 01:22:19,310 We need to let them know that we're not giving up on them. 936 01:22:19,310 --> 01:22:22,320 That we, Unitarian Universalists, are not 937 01:22:22,320 --> 01:22:24,460 giving up on you. 938 01:22:24,460 --> 01:22:28,230 We refuse to give in to this exclusive dream. 939 01:22:28,230 --> 01:22:31,250 No, we will not give in to this myth. 940 01:22:31,250 --> 01:22:33,240 We can change the myth. 941 01:22:33,240 --> 01:22:36,660 It's a mental choice we must make. 942 01:22:36,660 --> 01:22:40,070 I'm not going to live with a mind of fear and scarcity. 943 01:22:40,070 --> 01:22:42,580 That's a mental choice that I'm making. 944 01:22:42,580 --> 01:22:45,540 I'm going to choose to see God in others. 945 01:22:45,540 --> 01:22:47,850 That's a mental choice that I'm making. 946 01:22:47,850 --> 01:22:50,120 I'm going to keep marching and keep praying and keep 947 01:22:50,120 --> 01:22:53,580 meditating and writing letters and working with the UU 948 01:22:53,580 --> 01:22:57,160 advocacy organizations because I believe that we have the 949 01:22:57,160 --> 01:23:00,480 power to change human history to something that is truly 950 01:23:00,480 --> 01:23:03,164 welcoming and affirming. 951 01:23:03,164 --> 01:23:04,370 [APPLAUSE] 952 01:23:04,370 --> 01:23:05,295 Amen! 953 01:23:05,295 --> 01:23:08,460 Do you believe? 954 01:23:08,460 --> 01:23:08,960 I believe. 955 01:23:08,960 --> 01:23:12,110 You believe. 956 01:23:12,110 --> 01:23:17,050 We can speed up today to justice, for you see, when the 957 01:23:17,050 --> 01:23:21,970 spirit is working inside of you, you want to share and 958 01:23:21,970 --> 01:23:26,180 care and give and nurture. 959 01:23:26,180 --> 01:23:29,370 When the great spirit moves and challenges you, you can't 960 01:23:29,370 --> 01:23:32,500 look at others without seeing yourself. 961 01:23:32,500 --> 01:23:36,080 When you are truly living a meaningful life you just want 962 01:23:36,080 --> 01:23:40,290 to give your life away. 963 01:23:40,290 --> 01:23:44,080 When spirit lives inside of your heart, you want 964 01:23:44,080 --> 01:23:46,520 relationships based on trust. 965 01:23:46,520 --> 01:23:50,290 That's the world that I dream of. 966 01:23:50,290 --> 01:23:53,890 That's the world that I dream of. 967 01:23:53,890 --> 01:23:57,170 I don't know about you this morning but I'm still a yes we 968 01:23:57,170 --> 01:23:59,852 can kind of guy. 969 01:23:59,852 --> 01:24:06,630 [APPLAUSE] 970 01:24:06,630 --> 01:24:11,400 I'm going to keep believing in the dream and in my faith that 971 01:24:11,400 --> 01:24:14,750 it can manifest its greatness in this life. 972 01:24:14,750 --> 01:24:19,110 Because see, I, like Langston Hughes, dream a world where we 973 01:24:19,110 --> 01:24:22,130 will know sweet freedom's way. 974 01:24:22,130 --> 01:24:24,540 Where greed no long saps the soul nor 975 01:24:24,540 --> 01:24:26,660 avarice blights our day. 976 01:24:26,660 --> 01:24:30,590 A world I dream where black and white, whatever race you 977 01:24:30,590 --> 01:24:33,960 be, we share the bounties of the earth, and 978 01:24:33,960 --> 01:24:36,050 every person is free. 979 01:24:36,050 --> 01:24:40,300 Where wretchedness will hang its head and joy, like a 980 01:24:40,300 --> 01:24:44,270 pearl, attends the needs of all 981 01:24:44,270 --> 01:24:48,440 humankind of such, I dream! 982 01:24:48,440 --> 01:24:50,938 My world! 983 01:24:50,938 --> 01:24:51,437 Amen! 984 01:24:51,437 --> 01:25:35,370 [APPLAUSE] 985 01:25:35,370 --> 01:25:37,212 TAQUIENA BOSTON: Can we get another amen? 986 01:25:37,212 --> 01:25:41,340 ALL: Amen! 987 01:25:41,340 --> 01:25:45,830 TAQUIENA BOSTON: Two years ago, Unitarian Universalists 988 01:25:45,830 --> 01:25:49,510 were asked to join a movement. 989 01:25:49,510 --> 01:25:54,680 A movement calling for an end to human rights abuses 990 01:25:54,680 --> 01:25:59,390 inflicted on immigrants and migrant communities. 991 01:25:59,390 --> 01:26:04,440 We were called to shine the light on these abuses, and to 992 01:26:04,440 --> 01:26:09,030 join our voices with the voices of the human rights 993 01:26:09,030 --> 01:26:15,140 organizations calling for justice not only in Arizona, 994 01:26:15,140 --> 01:26:17,720 but across this nation. 995 01:26:17,720 --> 01:26:23,540 [APPLAUSE] 996 01:26:23,540 --> 01:26:29,220 Over the last several days, we have worshipped, we have 997 01:26:29,220 --> 01:26:35,610 witnessed, we have done acts of service together to amplify 998 01:26:35,610 --> 01:26:43,320 the voices of human rights partners calling for justice. 999 01:26:43,320 --> 01:26:48,520 But our witness and service does not end here in Phoenix. 1000 01:26:48,520 --> 01:26:52,840 As Reverend John said this morning, changing bad laws is 1001 01:26:52,840 --> 01:26:55,580 long-haul work. 1002 01:26:55,580 --> 01:27:00,710 And while this Justice General Assembly has been two years of 1003 01:27:00,710 --> 01:27:05,472 working for immigrant and migrant justice, we know we 1004 01:27:05,472 --> 01:27:10,334 have to be in this for the long haul. 1005 01:27:10,334 --> 01:27:13,610 [APPLAUSE] 1006 01:27:13,610 --> 01:27:19,620 We must take this experience home to our congregations and 1007 01:27:19,620 --> 01:27:22,780 to our communities. 1008 01:27:22,780 --> 01:27:27,080 And during this part of worship we have the 1009 01:27:27,080 --> 01:27:32,170 opportunity to witness and serve through the act of 1010 01:27:32,170 --> 01:27:35,770 generosity. 1011 01:27:35,770 --> 01:27:41,500 First, I have the honor to introduce Carlos Garcia, 1012 01:27:41,500 --> 01:27:45,990 Director of our partner organization, Puente Arizona, 1013 01:27:45,990 --> 01:27:50,930 to speak of the work in their communities, in this community 1014 01:27:50,930 --> 01:27:55,689 to bend the arc towards justice. 1015 01:27:55,689 --> 01:28:02,950 [APPLAUSE} 1016 01:28:02,950 --> 01:28:04,180 CARLOS GARCIA: Good morning, everyone. 1017 01:28:04,180 --> 01:28:05,440 ALL: Good morning. 1018 01:28:05,440 --> 01:28:07,640 CARLOS GARCIA: When I heard of this, this Justice Assembly, I 1019 01:28:07,640 --> 01:28:09,615 didn't know how to imagine it. 1020 01:28:09,615 --> 01:28:12,970 But last night it was clear to me when I saw those candles, 1021 01:28:12,970 --> 01:28:17,090 when I saw all of you through the heat, be out there 1022 01:28:17,090 --> 01:28:18,690 supporting our community. 1023 01:28:18,690 --> 01:28:20,990 That's what justice, that's what love looks like. 1024 01:28:20,990 --> 01:28:22,665 And thank you all for doing that. 1025 01:28:22,665 --> 01:28:29,320 [APPLAUSE] 1026 01:28:29,320 --> 01:28:32,790 For the last 10 years, and even before S.B. 1070 was 1027 01:28:32,790 --> 01:28:36,600 introduced, our community faced checkpoints, bore 1028 01:28:36,600 --> 01:28:40,750 witness to women forced to give birth in shackles, and 1029 01:28:40,750 --> 01:28:45,120 travel to work and school on a daily basis already wondering 1030 01:28:45,120 --> 01:28:47,570 if we would reunite with our families and loved ones at the 1031 01:28:47,570 --> 01:28:50,610 end of each day. 1032 01:28:50,610 --> 01:28:53,930 Arizona sought to erase us from history with a ban on 1033 01:28:53,930 --> 01:28:58,485 ethnic studies, and remove us all together through S.B. 1034 01:28:58,485 --> 01:29:02,585 1070, and the constant growth of Secure Communities and 1035 01:29:02,585 --> 01:29:06,200 other deportation programs. 1036 01:29:06,200 --> 01:29:08,900 In what amounts to a state of war of attrition on our 1037 01:29:08,900 --> 01:29:13,570 community, it will get worse as we expect injunction will 1038 01:29:13,570 --> 01:29:15,470 be lifted on some of the remaining 1039 01:29:15,470 --> 01:29:18,210 portions of S.B. 1070. 1040 01:29:18,210 --> 01:29:21,490 Further criminalizing and tools demanding all law 1041 01:29:21,490 --> 01:29:25,390 enforcement to investigate and deport in massive numbers is 1042 01:29:25,390 --> 01:29:31,510 set to become law as soon as tomorrow. 1043 01:29:31,510 --> 01:29:34,440 But that will not be our future. 1044 01:29:34,440 --> 01:29:37,780 We are on the move and we're not going anywhere. 1045 01:29:37,780 --> 01:29:40,167 We're not running away as the authors of 1046 01:29:40,167 --> 01:29:41,081 S.B. 1070 had hoped. 1047 01:29:41,081 --> 01:29:42,910 [APPLAUSE] 1048 01:29:42,910 --> 01:29:46,830 We're moving our community forward. 1049 01:29:46,830 --> 01:29:49,520 To be honest, this struggle has both destroyed parts of 1050 01:29:49,520 --> 01:29:52,440 our community and made us stronger. 1051 01:29:52,440 --> 01:29:55,840 In the past years, we have learned important lessons and 1052 01:29:55,840 --> 01:29:59,110 developed new ways to fight. 1053 01:29:59,110 --> 01:30:03,150 The name Arizona currently is a mark of embarrassment that 1054 01:30:03,150 --> 01:30:07,170 makes people envision bigotry, but in the not too distant 1055 01:30:07,170 --> 01:30:12,090 future, people think of a birthplace of a new human 1056 01:30:12,090 --> 01:30:14,340 rights movement when they hear of this state. 1057 01:30:14,340 --> 01:30:25,990 [APPLAUSE] 1058 01:30:25,990 --> 01:30:28,320 For more than a decade we petitioned Congress for 1059 01:30:28,320 --> 01:30:31,910 immigration reform, only to be kicked around as a political 1060 01:30:31,910 --> 01:30:34,820 football by both parties. 1061 01:30:34,820 --> 01:30:37,180 We hoped things would change with President Obama but 1062 01:30:37,180 --> 01:30:42,080 instead of feeling our pain, he caused more of it. 1063 01:30:42,080 --> 01:30:45,060 Instead of executive action to grant us relief, he gave us 1064 01:30:45,060 --> 01:30:49,540 record deportations in unprecedented quotas. 1065 01:30:49,540 --> 01:30:53,030 When all else failed we looked at these courts, but even they 1066 01:30:53,030 --> 01:30:57,330 seem ready to deny us our humanity. 1067 01:30:57,330 --> 01:31:02,040 The present might feel heavy but the future is bright 1068 01:31:02,040 --> 01:31:05,140 because love always overcomes hate. 1069 01:31:05,140 --> 01:31:10,490 [APPLAUSE] 1070 01:31:10,490 --> 01:31:12,330 Our numbers are on our side. 1071 01:31:12,330 --> 01:31:14,330 The truth is on our side. 1072 01:31:14,330 --> 01:31:18,660 With or without those in power, history is on our side. 1073 01:31:18,660 --> 01:31:20,680 We just have to put our shoulders to the gears of 1074 01:31:20,680 --> 01:31:26,270 history and push, unite, and continue to fight. 1075 01:31:26,270 --> 01:31:29,880 Your contribution today will help organizations like Puente 1076 01:31:29,880 --> 01:31:33,910 and Los Comites de Defensa del Barrios continue to fight. 1077 01:31:33,910 --> 01:31:37,290 Your contribution this week by being here has already helped 1078 01:31:37,290 --> 01:31:42,110 us and helped us move forward and continue to fight. 1079 01:31:42,110 --> 01:31:46,600 I thank you for being here and appreciate your contribution 1080 01:31:46,600 --> 01:31:47,910 and your presence. 1081 01:31:47,910 --> 01:31:51,230 Yesterday at Tent City was amazing. 1082 01:31:51,230 --> 01:31:53,790 The people that were out there from our community couldn't 1083 01:31:53,790 --> 01:31:57,960 believe it as people just kept coming and coming. 1084 01:31:57,960 --> 01:32:00,502 And on their behalf, thank you so much. 1085 01:32:00,502 --> 01:32:14,060 [APPLAUSE] 1086 01:32:14,060 --> 01:32:18,198 TAQUIENA BOSTON: We have worshipped. 1087 01:32:18,198 --> 01:32:21,711 We have witnessed. 1088 01:32:21,711 --> 01:32:27,700 We have answered the call for justice. 1089 01:32:27,700 --> 01:32:33,440 Now let our light shine through generous giving. 1090 01:32:33,440 --> 01:32:39,400 Let us give, not from the depths of our wallet, let us 1091 01:32:39,400 --> 01:32:44,570 give from the depth of our hearts. 1092 01:32:44,570 --> 01:32:47,380 The offering will now be received. 1093 01:32:47,380 --> 01:32:58,798 Thank you. 1094 01:32:58,798 --> 01:32:58,962 [MUSIC -- 1095 01:32:58,962 --> 01:38:42,801 PAMELA MARTIN, "GROUNDLESS GROUND"] 1096 01:38:42,801 --> 01:39:14,120 [APPLAUSE] 1097 01:39:14,120 --> 01:39:14,165 REV. 1098 01:39:14,165 --> 01:39:19,880 PETER MORALES: I invite you to stand again, as you are able. 1099 01:39:19,880 --> 01:39:25,350 Put down what you have in your hands and take the hand of 1100 01:39:25,350 --> 01:39:27,560 your neighbor. 1101 01:39:27,560 --> 01:39:37,930 [SPEAKING SPANISH] 1102 01:39:37,930 --> 01:39:46,200 Love is not just a feeling. 1103 01:39:46,200 --> 01:39:54,600 Love may began as a feeling but love is much more. 1104 01:39:54,600 --> 01:39:58,260 Love acts. 1105 01:39:58,260 --> 01:40:02,870 Love reaches out. 1106 01:40:02,870 --> 01:40:09,820 Love takes a stand. 1107 01:40:09,820 --> 01:40:15,450 Love stays the course. 1108 01:40:15,450 --> 01:40:21,170 Love changes our lives and changes the world. 1109 01:40:21,170 --> 01:40:26,500 So let us go with love filling our hearts. 1110 01:40:26,500 --> 01:40:33,960 Let us go determined to let love live within us, among us, 1111 01:40:33,960 --> 01:40:36,890 and through us. 1112 01:40:36,890 --> 01:40:39,290 Take it with you. 1113 01:40:39,290 --> 01:40:42,000 Go in peace. 1114 01:40:42,000 --> 01:40:44,924 [SPEAKING SPANISH] 1115 01:40:44,924 --> 01:40:49,600 Amen. 1116 01:40:49,600 --> 01:47:15,818 [MUSIC -- "TRANSFORMATION"]