1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:12,190 2 00:00:12,190 --> 00:00:15,820 TOM LOUGHREY: We had two extraordinary candidates for 3 00:00:15,820 --> 00:00:18,120 the office of moderator. 4 00:00:18,120 --> 00:00:20,060 For the last 18 months, they've shared 5 00:00:20,060 --> 00:00:22,540 their lives with you. 6 00:00:22,540 --> 00:00:26,260 And as I thought, from the very beginning when we worked 7 00:00:26,260 --> 00:00:29,530 hard to select two very qualified people, we did 8 00:00:29,530 --> 00:00:32,930 indeed have a very close election. 9 00:00:32,930 --> 00:00:35,740 For those of you who ran unopposed, you will be pleased 10 00:00:35,740 --> 00:00:39,380 to note that we found nothing irregular, nothing in the 11 00:00:39,380 --> 00:00:42,220 bylaws that would prevent you from taking the offices to 12 00:00:42,220 --> 00:00:43,780 which you have been elected. 13 00:00:43,780 --> 00:00:45,860 And you are indeed elected. 14 00:00:45,860 --> 00:00:51,330 [APPLAUSE] 15 00:00:51,330 --> 00:00:53,170 TOM LOUGHREY: Particular congratulations to the 16 00:00:53,170 --> 00:00:55,620 reelection of our president Peter Morales. 17 00:00:55,620 --> 00:00:59,630 [APPLAUSE] 18 00:00:59,630 --> 00:01:02,830 TOM LOUGHREY: It is my pleasure to introduce to you 19 00:01:02,830 --> 00:01:05,430 the next moderator of the Unitarian Universalist 20 00:01:05,430 --> 00:01:06,740 Association-- 21 00:01:06,740 --> 00:01:20,940 Mr. Jim Key from Beaufort, South Carolina. 22 00:01:20,940 --> 00:01:24,170 JIM KEY: Thank you so much for your support. 23 00:01:24,170 --> 00:01:25,920 I'm humbled, of course. 24 00:01:25,920 --> 00:01:27,210 I'm honored to serve. 25 00:01:27,210 --> 00:01:29,720 I'm deeply passionate about this faith. 26 00:01:29,720 --> 00:01:31,600 I need your help as we go forward. 27 00:01:31,600 --> 00:01:35,770 And I can't go forward without thinking Tamara and her team. 28 00:01:35,770 --> 00:01:37,620 They've made me a better candidate. 29 00:01:37,620 --> 00:01:39,240 They've made search deeper about my 30 00:01:39,240 --> 00:01:42,020 own spiritual practices. 31 00:01:42,020 --> 00:01:43,900 And I think they will make me-- 32 00:01:43,900 --> 00:01:47,810 her collegiality in this whole process will certainly make me 33 00:01:47,810 --> 00:01:50,530 a better moderator on your behalf. 34 00:01:50,530 --> 00:01:52,800 I'm anxious to start serving to you. 35 00:01:52,800 --> 00:02:02,880 Thank you very much. 36 00:02:02,880 --> 00:02:04,525 DAVID B. SMITH: If you came ready to celebrate let me hear 37 00:02:04,525 --> 00:02:05,690 you say, yes I did. 38 00:02:05,690 --> 00:02:08,289 AUDIENCE: Yes, I did. 39 00:02:08,289 --> 00:02:09,690 DAVID B. SMITH: If you came ready to celebrate, let me 40 00:02:09,690 --> 00:02:10,949 hear you say, yes I did. 41 00:02:10,949 --> 00:02:13,010 AUDIENCE: Yes, I did. 42 00:02:13,010 --> 00:02:14,590 DAVID B. SMITH: I'm going to invite you to stand with us. 43 00:02:14,590 --> 00:02:23,984 And let's sing some songs together. 44 00:02:23,984 --> 00:02:54,341 [SINGING - "ENTER, REJOICE, AND COME IN"] 45 00:02:54,341 --> 00:02:55,820 DAVID B. SMITH: Now, I wonder if you can clap 46 00:02:55,820 --> 00:02:56,641 your hands with us. 47 00:02:56,641 --> 00:03:00,260 Can you clap your hands with us? 48 00:03:00,260 --> 00:03:05,164 Whether you clap on one, two, three, of four, it all works. 49 00:03:05,164 --> 00:03:05,656 Ready? 50 00:03:05,656 --> 00:03:06,640 Let me hear you! 51 00:03:06,640 --> 00:03:07,624 Enter! 52 00:03:07,624 --> 00:03:37,664 [SINGING - "ENTER, REJOICE, AND COME IN"] 53 00:03:37,664 --> 00:03:39,740 DAVID B. SMITH: Open your ears to the song. 54 00:03:39,740 --> 00:04:09,388 [SINGING - "ENTER, REJOICE, AND COME IN"] 55 00:04:09,388 --> 00:04:10,793 DAVID B. SMITH: Open your hearts, everyone. 56 00:04:10,793 --> 00:04:41,680 [SINGING - "ENTER, REJOICE, AND COME IN"] 57 00:04:41,680 --> 00:04:43,943 DAVID B. SMITH: Don't be afraid of some change. 58 00:04:43,943 --> 00:04:58,700 [SINGING - "ENTER, REJOICE, AND COME IN"] 59 00:04:58,700 --> 00:05:00,250 DAVID B. SMITH: Would you look over to someone next to you 60 00:05:00,250 --> 00:05:01,760 and tell them, I'm so glad to be 61 00:05:01,760 --> 00:05:03,528 standing next to you tonight? 62 00:05:03,528 --> 00:05:04,992 Tell somebody, would you? 63 00:05:04,992 --> 00:05:10,860 [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC] 64 00:05:10,860 --> 00:05:14,438 DAVID B. SMITH: Tell somebody else, you look great. 65 00:05:14,438 --> 00:05:17,414 Did you lose 30 pounds or what? 66 00:05:17,414 --> 00:05:24,854 [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC] 67 00:05:24,854 --> 00:05:27,086 DAVID B. SMITH: I love this verse-- don't be afraid of 68 00:05:27,086 --> 00:05:30,310 change because change is the only constant in life. 69 00:05:30,310 --> 00:05:31,310 Let's sing it again. 70 00:05:31,310 --> 00:05:32,249 Don't be afraid! 71 00:05:32,249 --> 00:06:02,189 [SINGING - "ENTER, REJOICE, AND COME IN"] 72 00:06:02,189 --> 00:06:04,185 DAVID B. SMITH: Now put your hands together. 73 00:06:04,185 --> 00:06:11,171 [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC] 74 00:06:11,171 --> 00:06:12,169 DAVID B. SMITH: Enter! 75 00:06:12,169 --> 00:07:50,472 [SINGING - "ENTER, REJOICE, AND COME IN"] 76 00:07:50,472 --> 00:07:52,468 DAVID B. SMITH: Can you do that? 77 00:07:52,468 --> 00:07:53,466 Can you do that? 78 00:07:53,466 --> 00:07:54,464 Can you move your arms like that? 79 00:07:54,464 --> 00:07:55,462 Come on! 80 00:07:55,462 --> 00:08:01,949 [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC] 81 00:08:01,949 --> 00:08:03,945 DAVID B. SMITH: Let me see your hands up. 82 00:08:03,945 --> 00:08:05,442 Let me see your hands up. 83 00:08:05,442 --> 00:08:05,941 Come on. 84 00:08:05,941 --> 00:08:07,970 Let me see your hands up. 85 00:08:07,970 --> 00:08:09,530 Let me see your hands up. 86 00:08:09,530 --> 00:08:10,638 Oh, enter! 87 00:08:10,638 --> 00:09:10,398 [SINGING - "ENTER, REJOICE, AND COME IN"] 88 00:09:10,398 --> 00:09:23,844 [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC] 89 00:09:23,844 --> 00:11:51,252 [CHORAL MUSIC - "COME THOU FOUNT"] 90 00:11:51,252 --> 00:11:57,228 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 91 00:11:57,228 --> 00:11:59,850 DAVID B. SMITH: Now, some of you probably know this one. 92 00:11:59,850 --> 00:12:01,740 I want you to join in and sing with me. 93 00:12:01,740 --> 00:12:27,076 [SINGING - "GLORY, GLORY"] 94 00:12:27,076 --> 00:12:28,570 DAVID B. SMITH: Let me hear you say it! 95 00:12:28,570 --> 00:12:53,968 [SINGING - "GLORY, GLORY"] 96 00:12:53,968 --> 00:12:55,130 DAVID B. SMITH: I want to hear you sing it. 97 00:12:55,130 --> 00:12:56,126 Would you sing it with me? 98 00:12:56,126 --> 00:12:56,956 Come on! 99 00:12:56,956 --> 00:13:01,936 [SINGING - "GLORY, GLORY"] 100 00:13:01,936 --> 00:13:02,932 DAVID B. SMITH: That's good singing. 101 00:13:02,932 --> 00:13:03,928 Come on, now. 102 00:13:03,928 --> 00:13:08,410 [SINGING - "GLORY, GLORY"] 103 00:13:08,410 --> 00:13:09,904 DAVID B. SMITH: I like what I'm hearing. 104 00:13:09,904 --> 00:13:10,402 Sing it now. 105 00:13:10,402 --> 00:13:11,398 Come on! 106 00:13:11,398 --> 00:13:21,856 [SINGING - "GLORY, GLORY"] 107 00:13:21,856 --> 00:13:23,848 DAVID B. SMITH: Let's sing, I feel better. 108 00:13:23,848 --> 00:13:50,242 [SINGING - "GLORY, GLORY"] 109 00:13:50,242 --> 00:13:51,238 DAVID B. SMITH: Life is sweeter! 110 00:13:51,238 --> 00:14:25,600 [SINGING - "GLORY, GLORY"] 111 00:14:25,600 --> 00:14:26,098 DAVID B. SMITH: Listen. 112 00:14:26,098 --> 00:14:27,094 Sing this with me. 113 00:14:27,094 --> 00:16:17,837 [SINGING - "LEAN ON ME"] 114 00:16:17,837 --> 00:16:18,326 DAVID B. SMITH: Listen. 115 00:16:18,326 --> 00:16:20,771 Just before we set out, I want to get all the lower voices. 116 00:16:20,771 --> 00:16:23,040 If you have a lower voice, will you just wave your hand 117 00:16:23,040 --> 00:16:24,036 and say, yeah? 118 00:16:24,036 --> 00:16:25,530 AUDIENCE: Yeah. 119 00:16:25,530 --> 00:16:27,024 DAVID B. SMITH: If you have a higher voice, let me 120 00:16:27,024 --> 00:16:28,518 hear you say, yeah. 121 00:16:28,518 --> 00:16:30,012 AUDIENCE: Yeah. 122 00:16:30,012 --> 00:16:31,506 DAVID B. SMITH: I want to get all the lower voices 123 00:16:31,506 --> 00:16:33,000 [INAUDIBLE], just call on me, brother. 124 00:16:33,000 --> 00:16:33,996 Are you ready? 125 00:16:33,996 --> 00:16:35,490 Ready, go. 126 00:16:35,490 --> 00:16:54,414 [SINGING - "LEAN ON ME"] 127 00:16:54,414 --> 00:16:56,406 DAVID B. SMITH: All the higher voices, are you ready? 128 00:16:56,406 --> 00:16:57,402 Let's do it. 129 00:16:57,402 --> 00:17:17,820 [SINGING - "LEAN ON ME"] 130 00:17:17,820 --> 00:17:18,816 DAVID B. SMITH: All right, listen. 131 00:17:18,816 --> 00:17:20,310 We ain't never forget the sisters in the house. 132 00:17:20,310 --> 00:17:22,302 I want to say, you just call on me, sister. 133 00:17:22,302 --> 00:17:23,298 How many sisters we got out there? 134 00:17:23,298 --> 00:17:24,294 Any sisters? 135 00:17:24,294 --> 00:17:26,286 [CHEERING] 136 00:17:26,286 --> 00:17:27,780 DAVID B. SMITH: Sisters, let's do it. 137 00:17:27,780 --> 00:17:28,740 You just call on me, sister. 138 00:17:28,740 --> 00:17:29,570 Come on! 139 00:17:29,570 --> 00:18:41,382 [SINGING - "LEAN ON ME"] 140 00:18:41,382 --> 00:18:42,378 DAVID B. SMITH: Is that right? 141 00:18:42,378 --> 00:19:00,940 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 142 00:19:00,940 --> 00:19:05,640 REVEREND SARAH LAMMERT: Welcome. 143 00:19:05,640 --> 00:19:09,270 Welcome, brothers and sisters and those otherwise 144 00:19:09,270 --> 00:19:13,380 identified. 145 00:19:13,380 --> 00:19:20,580 Welcome to this 52nd service of the Living Tradition. 146 00:19:20,580 --> 00:19:25,090 Welcome to those of us present here in Louisville and those 147 00:19:25,090 --> 00:19:29,420 of joining virtually from across the nation 148 00:19:29,420 --> 00:19:31,100 and across the world. 149 00:19:31,100 --> 00:19:36,730 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 150 00:19:36,730 --> 00:19:39,410 REVEREND SARAH LAMMERT: Each year we gather in this special 151 00:19:39,410 --> 00:19:43,720 ceremony to honor the accomplishments of our newly 152 00:19:43,720 --> 00:19:47,490 credentialed ministers, religious educators, and 153 00:19:47,490 --> 00:19:52,570 musicians, and the final fellowship of ordained clergy, 154 00:19:52,570 --> 00:19:57,670 to celebrate the many years of dedicated service of our newly 155 00:19:57,670 --> 00:20:02,690 retired ministers and other credentialed professionals, 156 00:20:02,690 --> 00:20:06,850 and to mourn the deaths of our precious colleagues who have 157 00:20:06,850 --> 00:20:10,520 died during this past year. 158 00:20:10,520 --> 00:20:14,150 We recognize that the ministries to which these 159 00:20:14,150 --> 00:20:19,400 professionals serve are called forth from the lay people with 160 00:20:19,400 --> 00:20:22,410 whom they serve. 161 00:20:22,410 --> 00:20:26,510 Traditions, such as this service, provide the grounding 162 00:20:26,510 --> 00:20:30,120 from which we can imagine new ways of being in a 163 00:20:30,120 --> 00:20:31,530 multicultural and 164 00:20:31,530 --> 00:20:34,930 multi-generational religious community. 165 00:20:34,930 --> 00:20:39,510 At its best, the service of the Living Tradition is an 166 00:20:39,510 --> 00:20:44,500 annual opportunity to reconsider who and what we are 167 00:20:44,500 --> 00:20:49,520 called to be as Unitarian Universalists. 168 00:20:49,520 --> 00:20:54,060 This year, we will be challenged to a new awakening 169 00:20:54,060 --> 00:20:55,570 for our faith. 170 00:20:55,570 --> 00:20:58,770 And the music will bring us there on the wings of 171 00:20:58,770 --> 00:21:01,010 possibility. 172 00:21:01,010 --> 00:21:04,360 We extend a special welcome this evening to our 173 00:21:04,360 --> 00:21:08,310 international guests and to the family members of the 174 00:21:08,310 --> 00:21:15,060 deceased ministers who are being honored this evening. 175 00:21:15,060 --> 00:21:18,120 Ministry is many things. 176 00:21:18,120 --> 00:21:22,960 It can be a moment of transcendence in a prayer or a 177 00:21:22,960 --> 00:21:29,130 song, a meeting of the hearts across the generations, an 178 00:21:29,130 --> 00:21:35,730 offered hand in a time of trouble, or a signal call to a 179 00:21:35,730 --> 00:21:39,220 just and transformed world. 180 00:21:39,220 --> 00:21:44,100 As we now begin our calling forth, you are invited to 181 00:21:44,100 --> 00:21:47,150 raise a glad noise as our honorees 182 00:21:47,150 --> 00:21:59,270 venture onto the stage. 183 00:21:59,270 --> 00:22:03,380 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: I call forth from among you these 184 00:22:03,380 --> 00:22:08,780 persons who have received preliminary fellowship as 185 00:22:08,780 --> 00:22:13,770 Unitarian Universalist ministers-- 186 00:22:13,770 --> 00:22:18,155 Eric Benjamin Kealoha Banner. 187 00:22:18,155 --> 00:22:30,756 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 188 00:22:30,756 --> 00:22:33,200 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Timothy Knox Barger. 189 00:22:33,200 --> 00:22:43,410 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 190 00:22:43,410 --> 00:22:45,096 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Robin Bartlett. 191 00:22:45,096 --> 00:22:54,010 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 192 00:22:54,010 --> 00:22:56,123 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Thomas J. Bodie. 193 00:22:56,123 --> 00:23:04,820 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 194 00:23:04,820 --> 00:23:06,222 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Mary Bohman. 195 00:23:06,222 --> 00:23:15,440 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 196 00:23:15,440 --> 00:23:18,155 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Susan Carlson Browning. 197 00:23:18,155 --> 00:23:26,080 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 198 00:23:26,080 --> 00:23:27,650 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Lucy Bunch. 199 00:23:27,650 --> 00:23:35,590 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 200 00:23:35,590 --> 00:23:37,290 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Marisol Caballero. 201 00:23:37,290 --> 00:23:46,860 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 202 00:23:46,860 --> 00:23:48,820 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Jennifer L. Channin. 203 00:23:48,820 --> 00:23:58,600 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 204 00:23:58,600 --> 00:24:00,455 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Carol Thomas Cissel. 205 00:24:00,455 --> 00:24:10,560 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 206 00:24:10,560 --> 00:24:11,910 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Joe Cleveland. 207 00:24:11,910 --> 00:24:22,520 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 208 00:24:22,520 --> 00:24:24,120 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Michelle Collins. 209 00:24:24,120 --> 00:24:32,560 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 210 00:24:32,560 --> 00:24:35,050 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Joanna Fontaine Crawford. 211 00:24:35,050 --> 00:24:45,360 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 212 00:24:45,360 --> 00:24:46,466 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Kelly Dignan. 213 00:24:46,466 --> 00:24:55,410 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 214 00:24:55,410 --> 00:24:56,570 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Greg DuBow. 215 00:24:56,570 --> 00:25:06,200 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 216 00:25:06,200 --> 00:25:07,785 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Leon L. Dunkley. 217 00:25:07,785 --> 00:25:18,400 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 218 00:25:18,400 --> 00:25:19,780 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Cathey Edwards. 219 00:25:19,780 --> 00:25:29,120 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 220 00:25:29,120 --> 00:25:30,240 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: David Etherington. 221 00:25:30,240 --> 00:25:39,360 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 222 00:25:39,360 --> 00:25:41,290 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Tandy K. Rogers. 223 00:25:41,290 --> 00:25:52,520 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 224 00:25:52,520 --> 00:25:54,013 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Kristen Rome. 225 00:25:54,013 --> 00:26:01,750 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 226 00:26:01,750 --> 00:26:03,234 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: David Schwartz. 227 00:26:03,234 --> 00:26:10,830 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 228 00:26:10,830 --> 00:26:12,930 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Amy Petrie Shaw. 229 00:26:12,930 --> 00:26:22,000 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 230 00:26:22,000 --> 00:26:23,910 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Sally Beth Shore. 231 00:26:23,910 --> 00:26:32,270 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 232 00:26:32,270 --> 00:26:33,600 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Linda Simmons. 233 00:26:33,600 --> 00:26:41,610 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 234 00:26:41,610 --> 00:26:43,637 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Aija Ruth Simpson. 235 00:26:43,637 --> 00:26:53,880 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 236 00:26:53,880 --> 00:26:55,841 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Laelia' Tawnamaia. 237 00:26:55,841 --> 00:27:04,500 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 238 00:27:04,500 --> 00:27:05,790 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Linda Thompson. 239 00:27:05,790 --> 00:27:14,290 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 240 00:27:14,290 --> 00:27:16,182 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Deborah D. Thorne. 241 00:27:16,182 --> 00:27:23,830 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 242 00:27:23,830 --> 00:27:25,410 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Colleen L. Vahey. 243 00:27:25,410 --> 00:27:36,040 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 244 00:27:36,040 --> 00:27:38,780 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa. 245 00:27:38,780 --> 00:27:50,310 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 246 00:27:50,310 --> 00:27:51,770 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Judy Zimmerman. 247 00:27:51,770 --> 00:28:01,000 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 248 00:28:01,000 --> 00:28:02,240 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: And just to prove we're more 249 00:28:02,240 --> 00:28:07,100 innovative than alphabetical order allows, Carly Gaylor. 250 00:28:07,100 --> 00:28:15,260 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 251 00:28:15,260 --> 00:28:16,390 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Annie Gonzalez. 252 00:28:16,390 --> 00:28:25,140 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 253 00:28:25,140 --> 00:28:26,890 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Michael F. Hall. 254 00:28:26,890 --> 00:28:35,600 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 255 00:28:35,600 --> 00:28:36,540 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Fiona Heath. 256 00:28:36,540 --> 00:28:44,970 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 257 00:28:44,970 --> 00:28:47,150 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Angela M. Henderson. 258 00:28:47,150 --> 00:28:55,060 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 259 00:28:55,060 --> 00:28:56,580 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Nathan Hollister. 260 00:28:56,580 --> 00:29:06,240 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 261 00:29:06,240 --> 00:29:08,240 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Kierstin Elizabeth Homblette. 262 00:29:08,240 --> 00:29:18,100 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 263 00:29:18,100 --> 00:29:19,926 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: C. Lynn Hopkins. 264 00:29:19,926 --> 00:29:28,560 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 265 00:29:28,560 --> 00:29:30,525 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Celie L. Katovitch. 266 00:29:30,525 --> 00:29:39,160 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 267 00:29:39,160 --> 00:29:40,970 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Jennifer Ann Kelleher. 268 00:29:40,970 --> 00:29:50,080 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 269 00:29:50,080 --> 00:29:52,600 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Caroline Hoffberg Knowles. 270 00:29:52,600 --> 00:30:00,810 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 271 00:30:00,810 --> 00:30:02,610 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Rachel Lonberg. 272 00:30:02,610 --> 00:30:10,680 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 273 00:30:10,680 --> 00:30:12,010 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Ruth MacKenzie. 274 00:30:12,010 --> 00:30:19,890 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 275 00:30:19,890 --> 00:30:21,429 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Sue Magidson. 276 00:30:21,429 --> 00:30:29,260 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 277 00:30:29,260 --> 00:30:30,686 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Justin Martin. 278 00:30:30,686 --> 00:30:38,650 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 279 00:30:38,650 --> 00:30:39,745 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Patrick McLaughlin. 280 00:30:39,745 --> 00:30:48,760 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 281 00:30:48,760 --> 00:30:49,890 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Russ Menk. 282 00:30:49,890 --> 00:30:57,640 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 283 00:30:57,640 --> 00:31:00,045 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Amy Katherine Moses-Lagos. 284 00:31:00,045 --> 00:31:08,920 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 285 00:31:08,920 --> 00:31:11,350 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Elizabeth Buffington Nguyen. 286 00:31:11,350 --> 00:31:20,500 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 287 00:31:20,500 --> 00:31:22,160 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Craig M. Nowak. 288 00:31:22,160 --> 00:31:29,490 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 289 00:31:29,490 --> 00:31:31,510 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Nancy Bird Pellegrini. 290 00:31:31,510 --> 00:31:39,430 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 291 00:31:39,430 --> 00:31:41,590 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Michael Leslie Quayle. 292 00:31:41,590 --> 00:31:48,840 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 293 00:31:48,840 --> 00:31:51,170 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Darcy Alicia Roake. 294 00:31:51,170 --> 00:32:09,570 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 295 00:32:09,570 --> 00:32:13,300 JAN DEVOR: I call forth from among you these persons who 296 00:32:13,300 --> 00:32:16,440 have completed the credentialing process for the 297 00:32:16,440 --> 00:32:22,600 master level certification for religious education. 298 00:32:22,600 --> 00:32:23,530 Pat Kahn. 299 00:32:23,530 --> 00:32:33,020 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 300 00:32:33,020 --> 00:32:34,381 JAN DEVOR: Michelle Richards. 301 00:32:34,381 --> 00:32:44,710 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 302 00:32:44,710 --> 00:32:47,330 JAN DEVOR: I call forth from among you these persons who 303 00:32:47,330 --> 00:32:48,820 have been certified as 304 00:32:48,820 --> 00:32:52,370 credentialed religious educators. 305 00:32:52,370 --> 00:32:53,730 Tracy Beck. 306 00:32:53,730 --> 00:33:02,170 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 307 00:33:02,170 --> 00:33:03,730 JAN DEVOR: Melissa MacKinnon. 308 00:33:03,730 --> 00:33:12,750 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 309 00:33:12,750 --> 00:33:14,262 JAN DEVOR: Laura Worley. 310 00:33:14,262 --> 00:33:22,640 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 311 00:33:22,640 --> 00:33:24,760 JAN DEVOR: Deborah Zagaeski. 312 00:33:24,760 --> 00:33:35,260 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 313 00:33:35,260 --> 00:33:38,755 KEVIN TARSA: I call forth from among you these persons who 314 00:33:38,755 --> 00:33:43,260 have been certified as credentialed music leaders. 315 00:33:43,260 --> 00:33:45,490 David M. Glasgow. 316 00:33:45,490 --> 00:33:59,910 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 317 00:33:59,910 --> 00:34:01,510 KEVIN TARSA: Arthur Culler. 318 00:34:01,510 --> 00:34:10,510 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 319 00:34:10,510 --> 00:34:12,146 KEVIN TARSA: Shawn McCann. 320 00:34:12,146 --> 00:34:30,590 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 321 00:34:30,590 --> 00:34:33,199 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: I call forth from among you these 322 00:34:33,199 --> 00:34:38,400 persons who have received final fellowship as Unitarian 323 00:34:38,400 --> 00:34:43,260 Universalist ministers. 324 00:34:43,260 --> 00:34:45,320 Carol Allman-Morton. 325 00:34:45,320 --> 00:34:54,429 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 326 00:34:54,429 --> 00:34:56,800 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Matthew D. Alspaugh. 327 00:34:56,800 --> 00:35:04,840 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 328 00:35:04,840 --> 00:35:07,120 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Erica Parsley Baron. 329 00:35:07,120 --> 00:35:16,600 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 330 00:35:16,600 --> 00:35:18,776 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Margaret Louise Beard. 331 00:35:18,776 --> 00:35:26,400 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 332 00:35:26,400 --> 00:35:29,060 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Rebecca Benefiel Bijur. 333 00:35:29,060 --> 00:35:36,640 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 334 00:35:36,640 --> 00:35:37,880 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: David Breeden. 335 00:35:37,880 --> 00:35:46,270 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 336 00:35:46,270 --> 00:35:47,550 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Andy Burnette. 337 00:35:47,550 --> 00:35:55,940 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 338 00:35:55,940 --> 00:35:58,110 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Janet C. Bush. 339 00:35:58,110 --> 00:36:05,010 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 340 00:36:05,010 --> 00:36:06,890 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Dawn Skjei Cooley. 341 00:36:06,890 --> 00:36:15,800 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 342 00:36:15,800 --> 00:36:17,520 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Amy Kulesza DeBeck. 343 00:36:17,520 --> 00:36:25,210 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 344 00:36:25,210 --> 00:36:26,590 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Kent Doss. 345 00:36:26,590 --> 00:36:34,100 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 346 00:36:34,100 --> 00:36:36,260 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Mara Julia Dowdall. 347 00:36:36,260 --> 00:36:44,190 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 348 00:36:44,190 --> 00:36:46,350 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Mark David Evens. 349 00:36:46,350 --> 00:36:55,480 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 350 00:36:55,480 --> 00:36:57,380 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Megan Leigh Foley. 351 00:36:57,380 --> 00:37:05,370 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 352 00:37:05,370 --> 00:37:07,750 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Jeffrey Briggs Gamblee. 353 00:37:07,750 --> 00:37:15,360 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 354 00:37:15,360 --> 00:37:17,120 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Frieda L. Gillespie. 355 00:37:17,120 --> 00:37:24,610 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 356 00:37:24,610 --> 00:37:26,650 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Kathleen A. Green. 357 00:37:26,650 --> 00:37:34,440 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 358 00:37:34,440 --> 00:37:35,812 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Lucas Hergert. 359 00:37:35,812 --> 00:37:44,190 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 360 00:37:44,190 --> 00:37:45,820 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Ronald A. Hersom. 361 00:37:45,820 --> 00:37:53,590 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 362 00:37:53,590 --> 00:37:55,550 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Rebekah C. Ingram. 363 00:37:55,550 --> 00:38:03,220 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 364 00:38:03,220 --> 00:38:05,834 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Mitra T. Jafarzadeh. 365 00:38:05,834 --> 00:38:13,580 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 366 00:38:13,580 --> 00:38:14,990 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Jill Jarvis. 367 00:38:14,990 --> 00:38:22,710 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 368 00:38:22,710 --> 00:38:24,030 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Carie Johnsen. 369 00:38:24,030 --> 00:38:31,730 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 370 00:38:31,730 --> 00:38:33,150 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Wendy Jones. 371 00:38:33,150 --> 00:38:41,130 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 372 00:38:41,130 --> 00:38:43,215 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Nina Irene Kalmoutis. 373 00:38:43,215 --> 00:38:50,730 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 374 00:38:50,730 --> 00:38:51,920 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Mary Knight. 375 00:38:51,920 --> 00:38:58,440 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 376 00:38:58,440 --> 00:38:59,880 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Jacqueline Lahey. 377 00:38:59,880 --> 00:39:06,930 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 378 00:39:06,930 --> 00:39:08,010 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Judith Long. 379 00:39:08,010 --> 00:39:15,780 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 380 00:39:15,780 --> 00:39:17,120 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Megan Lynes. 381 00:39:17,120 --> 00:39:27,680 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 382 00:39:27,680 --> 00:39:29,340 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Robert A. MacDicken. 383 00:39:29,340 --> 00:39:38,050 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 384 00:39:38,050 --> 00:39:39,740 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: David A. Miller. 385 00:39:39,740 --> 00:39:49,070 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 386 00:39:49,070 --> 00:39:50,930 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Rebekah A. Montgomery. 387 00:39:50,930 --> 00:39:58,400 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 388 00:39:58,400 --> 00:40:00,380 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Margaret A. O'Neall. 389 00:40:00,380 --> 00:40:08,850 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 390 00:40:08,850 --> 00:40:10,320 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Eric Posa. 391 00:40:10,320 --> 00:40:18,460 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 392 00:40:18,460 --> 00:40:19,900 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Jane Ramsey. 393 00:40:19,900 --> 00:40:28,200 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 394 00:40:28,200 --> 00:40:29,944 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Elizabeth Scheuerman. 395 00:40:29,944 --> 00:40:37,690 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 396 00:40:37,690 --> 00:40:39,140 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Justin Schroeder. 397 00:40:39,140 --> 00:40:46,850 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 398 00:40:46,850 --> 00:40:48,610 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Catherine Sengas. 399 00:40:48,610 --> 00:40:56,350 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 400 00:40:56,350 --> 00:40:58,126 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Terrance Lee Sims. 401 00:40:58,126 --> 00:41:05,320 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 402 00:41:05,320 --> 00:41:06,980 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Sonya Sukalski. 403 00:41:06,980 --> 00:41:15,570 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 404 00:41:15,570 --> 00:41:16,620 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Julie Taylor. 405 00:41:16,620 --> 00:41:24,890 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 406 00:41:24,890 --> 00:41:26,010 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Tim Timerson. 407 00:41:26,010 --> 00:41:33,200 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 408 00:41:33,200 --> 00:41:34,380 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Jody Whelden. 409 00:41:34,380 --> 00:41:41,870 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 410 00:41:41,870 --> 00:41:43,328 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Aaron White. 411 00:41:43,328 --> 00:41:50,310 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 412 00:41:50,310 --> 00:41:52,075 REVEREND WAYNE ARNASON: Steve Wilson. 413 00:41:52,075 --> 00:42:17,820 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 414 00:42:17,820 --> 00:42:19,620 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: I call forth from among you 415 00:42:19,620 --> 00:42:22,720 these persons who have completed their careers of 416 00:42:22,720 --> 00:42:26,990 full time service to our congregations. 417 00:42:26,990 --> 00:42:29,020 Timothy W. Ashton. 418 00:42:29,020 --> 00:42:36,880 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 419 00:42:36,880 --> 00:42:38,470 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Jose Ballester. 420 00:42:38,470 --> 00:42:46,430 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 421 00:42:46,430 --> 00:42:47,940 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Richard F. Beal. 422 00:42:47,940 --> 00:42:55,210 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 423 00:42:55,210 --> 00:42:56,710 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Jane Bramadat. 424 00:42:56,710 --> 00:43:03,360 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 425 00:43:03,360 --> 00:43:05,070 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Charlotte E. Cowtan. 426 00:43:05,070 --> 00:43:12,520 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 427 00:43:12,520 --> 00:43:14,462 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Alexander L. Craig. 428 00:43:14,462 --> 00:43:21,440 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 429 00:43:21,440 --> 00:43:23,450 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Frances A. Dew. 430 00:43:23,450 --> 00:43:30,870 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 431 00:43:30,870 --> 00:43:32,055 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Kathy Duhon. 432 00:43:32,055 --> 00:43:39,110 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 433 00:43:39,110 --> 00:43:40,800 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Gary M. Gallum. 434 00:43:40,800 --> 00:43:47,950 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 435 00:43:47,950 --> 00:43:50,180 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Patience Jane Gardner. 436 00:43:50,180 --> 00:43:57,040 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 437 00:43:57,040 --> 00:43:59,720 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Elizabeth L. Greene. 438 00:43:59,720 --> 00:44:07,710 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 439 00:44:07,710 --> 00:44:09,546 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Karen Johnson Gustafson. 440 00:44:09,546 --> 00:44:18,340 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 441 00:44:18,340 --> 00:44:19,830 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Sally Hamlin. 442 00:44:19,830 --> 00:44:26,910 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 443 00:44:26,910 --> 00:44:28,650 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Morris Hudgins. 444 00:44:28,650 --> 00:44:36,430 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 445 00:44:36,430 --> 00:44:37,983 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Kay Jorgensen. 446 00:44:37,983 --> 00:44:45,378 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 447 00:44:45,378 --> 00:44:47,490 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: H. Vann Knight. 448 00:44:47,490 --> 00:44:54,350 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 449 00:44:54,350 --> 00:44:56,320 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Bruce L. Lakin. 450 00:44:56,320 --> 00:45:03,130 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 451 00:45:03,130 --> 00:45:04,460 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Phlox Laucher. 452 00:45:04,460 --> 00:45:11,880 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 453 00:45:11,880 --> 00:45:13,736 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Karen K. Matteson. 454 00:45:13,736 --> 00:45:21,650 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 455 00:45:21,650 --> 00:45:23,660 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: David More Maynard. 456 00:45:23,660 --> 00:45:31,010 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 457 00:45:31,010 --> 00:45:32,990 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Karen J. McFarland. 458 00:45:32,990 --> 00:45:40,100 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 459 00:45:40,100 --> 00:45:41,272 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Denis Meacham. 460 00:45:41,272 --> 00:45:48,340 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 461 00:45:48,340 --> 00:45:49,725 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Susanne S. Nazian. 462 00:45:49,725 --> 00:45:57,180 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 463 00:45:57,180 --> 00:45:58,760 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Penny Rather. 464 00:45:58,760 --> 00:46:05,640 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 465 00:46:05,640 --> 00:46:07,350 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: William Charles Sasso. 466 00:46:07,350 --> 00:46:15,360 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 467 00:46:15,360 --> 00:46:16,920 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Ken Sawyer. 468 00:46:16,920 --> 00:46:25,280 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 469 00:46:25,280 --> 00:46:27,070 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Craig H. Scott. 470 00:46:27,070 --> 00:46:33,590 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 471 00:46:33,590 --> 00:46:35,475 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz. 472 00:46:35,475 --> 00:46:42,710 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 473 00:46:42,710 --> 00:46:44,752 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Louise Ulrich. 474 00:46:44,752 --> 00:46:51,640 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 475 00:46:51,640 --> 00:46:53,166 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: Douglas Wilson. 476 00:46:53,166 --> 00:47:00,360 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 477 00:47:00,360 --> 00:47:02,686 REVEREND RICHARD GILBERT: J. Mark Worth. 478 00:47:02,686 --> 00:47:14,610 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 479 00:47:14,610 --> 00:47:17,220 JAIMIE DINGUS: Let us have one final round of applause. 480 00:47:17,220 --> 00:47:38,750 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 481 00:47:38,750 --> 00:47:40,010 JAIMIE DINGUS: Come. 482 00:47:40,010 --> 00:47:45,610 Let us gather with the spirit of ministry that surrounds us, 483 00:47:45,610 --> 00:47:50,610 this spirit of leadership, of compassion that guides our 484 00:47:50,610 --> 00:47:54,480 communities and encourages each of us 485 00:47:54,480 --> 00:47:57,500 to be our best selves. 486 00:47:57,500 --> 00:48:02,810 Let us gather with reverence for the history of this, our 487 00:48:02,810 --> 00:48:07,500 beloved Living Tradition, acknowledging all that our 488 00:48:07,500 --> 00:48:13,240 faith has been and all that it has the potential to become-- 489 00:48:13,240 --> 00:48:19,210 a force for justice, a home for all who would seek it, a 490 00:48:19,210 --> 00:48:22,100 community of love. 491 00:48:22,100 --> 00:48:26,460 Let us gather with pride in our current understandings of 492 00:48:26,460 --> 00:48:31,940 our faith, this faith that enriches our lives, that 493 00:48:31,940 --> 00:48:37,285 nurtures our children, that encourages all to share in 494 00:48:37,285 --> 00:48:41,420 ministry, that brings us peace when our lives 495 00:48:41,420 --> 00:48:44,280 seem too hard to bear. 496 00:48:44,280 --> 00:48:49,300 Let us gather to relish in the joy way that this community, 497 00:48:49,300 --> 00:48:53,420 this faith brings to us now. 498 00:48:53,420 --> 00:48:57,170 Let us not forget that we gather here to 499 00:48:57,170 --> 00:48:59,280 envision the future. 500 00:48:59,280 --> 00:49:02,090 We are a living tradition. 501 00:49:02,090 --> 00:49:05,960 We have not finished realizing all that Unitarian 502 00:49:05,960 --> 00:49:08,650 Universalism can be. 503 00:49:08,650 --> 00:49:12,330 So let us gather with excitement for the 504 00:49:12,330 --> 00:49:14,950 future of our faith. 505 00:49:14,950 --> 00:49:20,450 Let us bring all that we are and all that we hope to be 506 00:49:20,450 --> 00:49:24,810 into this constantly new and renewing faith. 507 00:49:24,810 --> 00:49:30,300 And as we gather with hope and anticipation for all that our 508 00:49:30,300 --> 00:49:36,220 faith can become, let us also gather with patience. 509 00:49:36,220 --> 00:49:40,040 Let us gather with patience for the challenges, the rough 510 00:49:40,040 --> 00:49:44,140 spots that come with growing as a movement, and with 511 00:49:44,140 --> 00:49:47,450 patience for the leaders whose ministry 512 00:49:47,450 --> 00:49:50,740 guides us in this growth. 513 00:49:50,740 --> 00:49:56,800 For all that we hold holy, for all acts of love and 514 00:49:56,800 --> 00:50:00,780 compassion, for all that is our common 515 00:50:00,780 --> 00:50:08,170 ministry, let us gather. 516 00:50:08,170 --> 00:53:48,500 [CHORAL MUSIC - "RANK BY RANK"] 517 00:53:48,500 --> 00:53:51,760 DR. TULI PATEL: Breathe in. 518 00:53:51,760 --> 00:53:54,680 Breathe in. 519 00:53:54,680 --> 00:53:59,610 Breathe in the spirit of this hour. 520 00:53:59,610 --> 00:54:02,790 Spirit and breath-- 521 00:54:02,790 --> 00:54:07,850 two words whose origins are the same. 522 00:54:07,850 --> 00:54:11,530 Breathe in remembering the fragility of life, how it 523 00:54:11,530 --> 00:54:14,920 hangs on air. 524 00:54:14,920 --> 00:54:17,770 Breathe in remembering the need to live 525 00:54:17,770 --> 00:54:22,680 with heart and intention. 526 00:54:22,680 --> 00:54:28,410 Breathe in and be recalled to spirit, its demands, its 527 00:54:28,410 --> 00:54:34,070 invitations, its fierce remembering. 528 00:54:34,070 --> 00:54:39,320 For the mind questing to understand, the heart 529 00:54:39,320 --> 00:54:45,560 stretching to love, and the hands determined to serve, we 530 00:54:45,560 --> 00:55:20,188 light this chalice for Unitarian Universalism. 531 00:55:20,188 --> 00:58:50,630 [CHORAL MUSIC - "SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD"] 532 00:58:50,630 --> 00:59:05,980 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 533 00:59:05,980 --> 00:59:09,340 REVEREND PETER MORALES: Each year, we honor those whose 534 00:59:09,340 --> 00:59:14,280 legacy is the ministry of our faith. 535 00:59:14,280 --> 00:59:18,900 As we have for generations, we will read the names of those 536 00:59:18,900 --> 00:59:23,360 who died during the last year. 537 00:59:23,360 --> 00:59:28,600 To live is to create a legacy. 538 00:59:28,600 --> 00:59:36,110 The legacy of these ministers are acts of love and service. 539 00:59:36,110 --> 00:59:41,270 Although much of ministry is public, more of it is private 540 00:59:41,270 --> 00:59:44,060 and hidden from view. 541 00:59:44,060 --> 00:59:51,520 Ministry is countless acts of comfort, nurture, listening, 542 00:59:51,520 --> 00:59:57,450 counseling, and conversations that are never seen. 543 00:59:57,450 --> 01:00:01,540 As I call the roll of those ministers who have died, let 544 01:00:01,540 --> 01:00:10,700 us hold the memory of their ministries in our hearts-- 545 01:00:10,700 --> 01:00:21,740 the Reverend Dr. Dwight Brown, the Reverend Dr. Gaston M. 546 01:00:21,740 --> 01:00:35,670 Carrier, the Reverend R. Lanier Clance, the Reverend 547 01:00:35,670 --> 01:00:50,660 Robert C. Clarke, the Reverend Robert L. Hadley, the Reverend 548 01:00:50,660 --> 01:01:05,500 W. Edward Harris, the Reverend John F. "Jack" Hayward, the 549 01:01:05,500 --> 01:01:14,160 Reverend Dr. Raymond C. Hopkins, the Reverend Donald 550 01:01:14,160 --> 01:01:28,350 J. Jacobsen, Sr., the Reverend Dr. William R. Jones, the 551 01:01:28,350 --> 01:01:42,760 Reverend Byron E. Kelham, the Reverend David V. Leonard, the 552 01:01:42,760 --> 01:01:52,200 Reverend Dr. Ronald M. Mazur, the Reverend Dr. Jack 553 01:01:52,200 --> 01:02:07,480 Mendelssohn, the Reverend Stephen C. Reinhartsen, the 554 01:02:07,480 --> 01:02:18,950 Reverend Nancy C. Roemheld, the Reverend Charlotte Justice 555 01:02:18,950 --> 01:02:32,330 Saleska, the Reverend Nancy M. Shaffer, the Reverend Connie 556 01:02:32,330 --> 01:03:02,210 P. Sternberg, the Reverend John "Jack" Wilkinson, III. 557 01:03:02,210 --> 01:03:10,410 Please join me in a spirit of prayer. 558 01:03:10,410 --> 01:03:17,880 Spirit of life and love that lives within us and among us, 559 01:03:17,880 --> 01:03:22,740 let us feel your presence. 560 01:03:22,740 --> 01:03:28,800 We mourn the loss of these good ministers. 561 01:03:28,800 --> 01:03:33,800 We have lost dear friends. 562 01:03:33,800 --> 01:03:40,160 We have lost ministers who mentored us, inspired us, 563 01:03:40,160 --> 01:03:43,190 consoled us. 564 01:03:43,190 --> 01:03:50,190 Never more will we converse with them, see their smiles, 565 01:03:50,190 --> 01:03:54,330 feel their touch. 566 01:03:54,330 --> 01:03:59,768 May we be filled with profound gratitude for their lives. 567 01:03:59,768 --> 01:04:04,480 They kept the faith. 568 01:04:04,480 --> 01:04:11,270 They stood on the side of love year after year. 569 01:04:11,270 --> 01:04:15,040 They worked for justice. 570 01:04:15,040 --> 01:04:19,630 They handed on a precious tradition. 571 01:04:19,630 --> 01:04:23,110 Their lives continue to inspire us 572 01:04:23,110 --> 01:04:26,560 and to give us hope. 573 01:04:26,560 --> 01:04:31,810 May we be worthy heirs of their legacy. 574 01:04:31,810 --> 01:04:36,020 The work of love is not done. 575 01:04:36,020 --> 01:04:44,110 Their ministries are now our ministries. 576 01:04:44,110 --> 01:04:46,970 We pray for consolation for those 577 01:04:46,970 --> 01:04:50,970 closest to these departed. 578 01:04:50,970 --> 01:04:54,690 May they feel our compassion. 579 01:04:54,690 --> 01:04:59,000 May they find comfort. 580 01:04:59,000 --> 01:05:06,830 Now, in silence, let each of us honor those who have passed 581 01:05:06,830 --> 01:05:45,048 and reflect on our place in this living faith. 582 01:05:45,048 --> 01:08:34,120 [CHORAL MUSIC - "23RD PSALM"] 583 01:08:34,120 --> 01:08:38,460 JAIMIE DINGUS: Life deals us incredible blessings and 584 01:08:38,460 --> 01:08:45,300 struggles, people born into our lives who change us 585 01:08:45,300 --> 01:08:50,300 forever and who are taken from us. 586 01:08:50,300 --> 01:08:52,330 If we are blessed-- 587 01:08:52,330 --> 01:08:55,120 and most of us are-- 588 01:08:55,120 --> 01:09:01,260 there are people, forces, moments when the seen or 589 01:09:01,260 --> 01:09:07,000 unseen reaches in, and we are carried through the hard parts 590 01:09:07,000 --> 01:09:09,430 of this life. 591 01:09:09,430 --> 01:09:17,109 For this, for these, for all that raises us up, including 592 01:09:17,109 --> 01:09:52,886 those we bid goodbye to this night, we give thanks. 593 01:09:52,886 --> 01:16:08,042 [SINGING - "YOU RAISE ME UP"] 594 01:16:08,042 --> 01:16:20,840 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 595 01:16:20,840 --> 01:16:23,260 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: Now I had a choice. 596 01:16:23,260 --> 01:16:26,030 I could do a reading. 597 01:16:26,030 --> 01:16:34,040 Or I could pick another song. 598 01:16:34,040 --> 01:16:38,210 You never quite know when life is going to ask you to step 599 01:16:38,210 --> 01:16:43,390 up, step in, give back, get on board, and begin an adventure 600 01:16:43,390 --> 01:16:49,380 in which it needs your participation. 601 01:16:49,380 --> 01:16:54,170 We ready ourselves with lives practicing courage and 602 01:16:54,170 --> 01:16:56,950 compassion and all the other virtues and skills of 603 01:16:56,950 --> 01:17:03,500 leadership and discipleship for a moment that comes on an 604 01:17:03,500 --> 01:17:09,310 unpublished schedule. 605 01:17:09,310 --> 01:17:15,430 Sometimes, sometimes, however, sometimes, you can hear the 606 01:17:15,430 --> 01:17:20,170 train rumbling up the tracks. 607 01:17:20,170 --> 01:17:24,580 Sometimes, someone sounds the call that it is the hour to 608 01:17:24,580 --> 01:17:29,930 put your traveling shoes on and strap courage and love to 609 01:17:29,930 --> 01:17:35,924 your back and get ready for the journey of a lifetime. 610 01:17:35,924 --> 01:17:45,664 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 611 01:17:45,664 --> 01:17:48,010 DAVID B. SMITH: Would you lean over on somebody? 612 01:17:48,010 --> 01:17:50,695 Just lean over on them gently, would you, and ask 613 01:17:50,695 --> 01:17:51,730 them, are you ready? 614 01:17:51,730 --> 01:17:52,380 Are you ready? 615 01:17:52,380 --> 01:17:53,871 Are your ready? 616 01:17:53,871 --> 01:22:47,586 [SINGING - "PEOPLE GET READY"] 617 01:22:47,586 --> 01:22:53,538 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 618 01:22:53,538 --> 01:23:21,182 [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC] 619 01:23:21,182 --> 01:23:27,510 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 620 01:23:27,510 --> 01:23:28,540 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: Peter Morales just told me 621 01:23:28,540 --> 01:23:29,500 this was cheating. 622 01:23:29,500 --> 01:23:35,660 [LAUGHTER] 623 01:23:35,660 --> 01:23:37,630 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: I want you all to imagine I am 624 01:23:37,630 --> 01:23:43,510 standing on the edge off a back of a boat that is rocking 625 01:23:43,510 --> 01:23:46,310 in pretty decent waves. 626 01:23:46,310 --> 01:23:49,540 I have 8 pounds of weight strapped around my waist and 627 01:23:49,540 --> 01:23:50,600 another 40-- 628 01:23:50,600 --> 01:23:54,210 or so they tell me, though it feels like more-- 629 01:23:54,210 --> 01:23:57,360 strapped on my back. 630 01:23:57,360 --> 01:24:03,630 And my size 12 feet are now even more absurdly large 631 01:24:03,630 --> 01:24:05,440 because they are covered in flippers. 632 01:24:05,440 --> 01:24:12,680 So I look like a red-headed Donald Duck, only I can't 633 01:24:12,680 --> 01:24:16,480 quack because they have stuck some tube in my face and told 634 01:24:16,480 --> 01:24:18,750 me to breathe through it. 635 01:24:18,750 --> 01:24:23,190 While the mask that covers my favorite breathing orifice, my 636 01:24:23,190 --> 01:24:27,760 nose, and my eyes, despite their best preventative 637 01:24:27,760 --> 01:24:30,270 measures-- the instructors' measures-- 638 01:24:30,270 --> 01:24:33,000 is fogging. 639 01:24:33,000 --> 01:24:37,820 So I can't walk or breathe the way I'd like to. 640 01:24:37,820 --> 01:24:43,500 And the world is getting misty, which might be nice and 641 01:24:43,500 --> 01:24:47,960 atmospheric, except that they are now also telling me to 642 01:24:47,960 --> 01:24:51,330 hold onto my mask and regulator and jump with my 643 01:24:51,330 --> 01:24:55,560 legs like this, scissor style, which, as we 644 01:24:55,560 --> 01:24:59,170 all know, is crazy. 645 01:24:59,170 --> 01:25:01,710 No one jumps like this. 646 01:25:01,710 --> 01:25:07,590 At the very least, it is inelegant. 647 01:25:07,590 --> 01:25:11,850 But at the moment, I have lost all dignity. 648 01:25:11,850 --> 01:25:17,310 And truth be told, all I'm really concerned about is 649 01:25:17,310 --> 01:25:23,280 survival, so is my lizard brain. 650 01:25:23,280 --> 01:25:25,730 Do you know lizard brain? 651 01:25:25,730 --> 01:25:28,530 It's that part of our brain kind of near the base that's 652 01:25:28,530 --> 01:25:32,060 been around since the woolly mammoths whose job it is to 653 01:25:32,060 --> 01:25:35,600 just keep us alive and warn us of danger. 654 01:25:35,600 --> 01:25:38,670 So lizard brain has come for a chat. 655 01:25:38,670 --> 01:25:41,600 Actually, mine is in a panic. 656 01:25:41,600 --> 01:25:44,960 First, she tells me to step back off that ledge like I am 657 01:25:44,960 --> 01:25:47,610 someone on the eighth floor of some New York apartment 658 01:25:47,610 --> 01:25:50,560 building about to take my own life. 659 01:25:50,560 --> 01:25:55,310 When I don't listen, she gets hysterical. 660 01:25:55,310 --> 01:25:57,870 She wonders aloud, sarcastically, why they don't 661 01:25:57,870 --> 01:25:59,820 just tie a noose around my neck and be done 662 01:25:59,820 --> 01:26:03,030 with me all at once. 663 01:26:03,030 --> 01:26:09,570 Finally, she tries the pastoral approach. 664 01:26:09,570 --> 01:26:13,720 She tells me, I don't need to be embarrassed bailing on a 665 01:26:13,720 --> 01:26:17,880 birthday gift of the dive lesson, that a good friend 666 01:26:17,880 --> 01:26:23,630 will understand. 667 01:26:23,630 --> 01:26:26,710 I listen. 668 01:26:26,710 --> 01:26:31,350 I take it in. 669 01:26:31,350 --> 01:26:33,850 Then I cover my face the way the instructor 670 01:26:33,850 --> 01:26:39,540 tells me to and I jump. 671 01:26:39,540 --> 01:26:43,260 And a whole new world opens up beneath 672 01:26:43,260 --> 01:26:50,060 what I knew and trusted. 673 01:26:50,060 --> 01:26:53,070 Why am I telling you this? 674 01:26:53,070 --> 01:26:55,690 Well, it's relevant, I think, to that train that's coming, 675 01:26:55,690 --> 01:26:58,480 the one we can hear, the one we don't need a ticket for. 676 01:26:58,480 --> 01:27:00,210 But we might need to get rid of some baggage 677 01:27:00,210 --> 01:27:02,360 before we get on board. 678 01:27:02,360 --> 01:27:05,730 I'm telling you because I think we are standing on the 679 01:27:05,730 --> 01:27:08,950 edge preparing to leap into a world beyond 680 01:27:08,950 --> 01:27:11,926 what we know and trust. 681 01:27:11,926 --> 01:27:14,880 I'm talking, my friends and colleagues, about the 682 01:27:14,880 --> 01:27:19,930 religious revolution that is headed our way. 683 01:27:19,930 --> 01:27:23,400 Diana Butler Bass, professor of religious studies and 684 01:27:23,400 --> 01:27:28,140 writer, calls this the great turning. 685 01:27:28,140 --> 01:27:30,910 William McLaughlin, historian of religion and former 686 01:27:30,910 --> 01:27:34,530 professor at Brown University, 50 years ago predicted the 687 01:27:34,530 --> 01:27:40,560 signs of what he called the fourth Great Awakening. 688 01:27:40,560 --> 01:27:43,950 What they are saying makes sense of what you and I are 689 01:27:43,950 --> 01:27:48,220 hearing and seeing all around us. 690 01:27:48,220 --> 01:27:51,240 It makes sense of all the changes and the cultural 691 01:27:51,240 --> 01:27:54,350 upheavals that Peter Morales has been calling to our 692 01:27:54,350 --> 01:27:59,760 attention for years, that Fred Muir explored in last year's 693 01:27:59,760 --> 01:28:03,510 Berry Street lecture that the pew survey on religion found 694 01:28:03,510 --> 01:28:07,340 ways to quantify and Faith Formation 2020 put in neat, 695 01:28:07,340 --> 01:28:09,340 little lists for us. 696 01:28:09,340 --> 01:28:12,760 It makes sense of all the changes that are ordained and 697 01:28:12,760 --> 01:28:15,800 lay leaders have been wrestling to incorporate into 698 01:28:15,800 --> 01:28:21,700 our sense of who we must become. 699 01:28:21,700 --> 01:28:26,150 By now, you know the facts as well as I do. 700 01:28:26,150 --> 01:28:29,990 Mainstream denominations are on the decline. 701 01:28:29,990 --> 01:28:33,730 The nones, those who identify themselves as having no 702 01:28:33,730 --> 01:28:37,300 religious affiliation, they're on the rise. 703 01:28:37,300 --> 01:28:39,460 Increasing numbers of people describe themselves as 704 01:28:39,460 --> 01:28:41,000 spiritual but not religious. 705 01:28:41,000 --> 01:28:43,940 More and more families and marriages, like my own, are 706 01:28:43,940 --> 01:28:47,470 made up of people of mixed religious, racial, and ethnic 707 01:28:47,470 --> 01:28:49,280 backgrounds. 708 01:28:49,280 --> 01:28:53,160 And in the rising generation of adults 18 to 35, these 709 01:28:53,160 --> 01:28:57,140 trends are growing fastest. 710 01:28:57,140 --> 01:29:02,730 When asked why they reject religion, this growing cohort 711 01:29:02,730 --> 01:29:07,080 of people say they reject it because they associate it with 712 01:29:07,080 --> 01:29:15,270 words like narrow, judgmental, homophobic. 713 01:29:15,270 --> 01:29:19,810 The age of belief or dogma is out, says Harvard professor 714 01:29:19,810 --> 01:29:21,040 Harvey Cox. 715 01:29:21,040 --> 01:29:26,780 Enter the age of spirit. 716 01:29:26,780 --> 01:29:29,800 Cox and Bass and leaders of the emergent church movement 717 01:29:29,800 --> 01:29:33,110 and others say increasingly, people are looking for a more 718 01:29:33,110 --> 01:29:37,000 direct experience of the divine, one unmediated by 719 01:29:37,000 --> 01:29:39,650 religious leaders-- no offense to us all, we 720 01:29:39,650 --> 01:29:41,660 have our calling still-- 721 01:29:41,660 --> 01:29:45,140 or staid ritual or dusty doctrine. 722 01:29:45,140 --> 01:29:49,550 They bring to their lives an ethic informed by a world that 723 01:29:49,550 --> 01:29:56,120 has grown smaller and more clearly interdependent, a 724 01:29:56,120 --> 01:30:00,050 world where differences of race and gender and sexual 725 01:30:00,050 --> 01:30:02,770 orientation blend and brush up against each 726 01:30:02,770 --> 01:30:06,450 other all the time. 727 01:30:06,450 --> 01:30:12,900 Where they gather, they want professed truths to be visible 728 01:30:12,900 --> 01:30:16,560 and in action. 729 01:30:16,560 --> 01:30:21,860 They are tired of religion getting in the way, rather 730 01:30:21,860 --> 01:30:26,450 than paving it. 731 01:30:26,450 --> 01:30:29,590 In this future, increasingly shaped by the radical 732 01:30:29,590 --> 01:30:33,630 democracy and full and open participatory influence of the 733 01:30:33,630 --> 01:30:38,550 internet, if people don't find a community they like, they 734 01:30:38,550 --> 01:30:43,470 will make their own in one great flash mob of 735 01:30:43,470 --> 01:30:48,780 religiosity. 736 01:30:48,780 --> 01:30:51,360 The religious wave that's washing over us is made up of 737 01:30:51,360 --> 01:30:56,080 people who have no innate love of institutions. 738 01:30:56,080 --> 01:30:58,730 And why would they? 739 01:30:58,730 --> 01:31:02,310 In the last decade alone, we have watched institutions 740 01:31:02,310 --> 01:31:06,150 launch the war against Iraq without proof of weapons of 741 01:31:06,150 --> 01:31:08,780 mass destruction. 742 01:31:08,780 --> 01:31:12,850 Institutions allowed the bundling of subprime mortgages 743 01:31:12,850 --> 01:31:16,500 that collapsed the economy into which many people entered 744 01:31:16,500 --> 01:31:22,500 the first time looking for jobs that were not there. 745 01:31:22,500 --> 01:31:27,440 And religious institutions, religious institutions fought 746 01:31:27,440 --> 01:31:32,140 and split over the rejection of gay and lesbian clergy. 747 01:31:32,140 --> 01:31:34,350 And religious institutions protected 748 01:31:34,350 --> 01:31:41,630 priests over children. 749 01:31:41,630 --> 01:31:50,220 It is into this world you, my new colleagues, enter, a world 750 01:31:50,220 --> 01:31:54,230 in which congregations whose mission is just to maintain 751 01:31:54,230 --> 01:31:58,080 the congregations and denominations whose de facto 752 01:31:58,080 --> 01:32:04,581 mission is simply to maintain the bureaucracy are out. 753 01:32:04,581 --> 01:32:13,834 [APPLAUSE] 754 01:32:13,834 --> 01:32:16,510 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: What is in is communities 755 01:32:16,510 --> 01:32:22,980 alive to spirit, people gather to question, doubt, struggle, 756 01:32:22,980 --> 01:32:27,600 live with ambiguity, serve directly, who are ecologically 757 01:32:27,600 --> 01:32:31,850 minded and affirming of the pluralism across all real and 758 01:32:31,850 --> 01:32:34,040 supposed differences. 759 01:32:34,040 --> 01:32:38,060 These are the only communities into which this growing cohort 760 01:32:38,060 --> 01:32:44,910 of adults will join and offer its allegiance to. 761 01:32:44,910 --> 01:32:46,800 Exactly. 762 01:32:46,800 --> 01:32:49,960 Perhaps you were thinking, as I was when I was reading all 763 01:32:49,960 --> 01:32:54,700 of this, this is great. 764 01:32:54,700 --> 01:32:57,970 Perhaps under your breath you started singing, we are the 765 01:32:57,970 --> 01:33:02,750 ones, we are the ones we have been waiting for. 766 01:33:02,750 --> 01:33:06,030 Sounds good to be true, doesn't it? 767 01:33:06,030 --> 01:33:09,370 We love questions and doubts too, don't we? 768 01:33:09,370 --> 01:33:17,230 Deed over creeds, baby, you want to shout out. 769 01:33:17,230 --> 01:33:20,410 We live pluralism and interfaith dialogues, some of 770 01:33:20,410 --> 01:33:23,630 us in our own homes, every day. 771 01:33:23,630 --> 01:33:28,250 Some of our best ministers and lay people, let alone friends, 772 01:33:28,250 --> 01:33:31,700 lovers, children, are gay, lesbian, bisexual, 773 01:33:31,700 --> 01:33:34,590 transgender, and queer folk. 774 01:33:34,590 --> 01:33:35,290 In fact-- 775 01:33:35,290 --> 01:33:41,060 [APPLAUSE] 776 01:33:41,060 --> 01:33:42,840 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: In fact, this year I 777 01:33:42,840 --> 01:33:47,730 co-officiated at the first same sex wedding in the chapel 778 01:33:47,730 --> 01:33:49,237 at West Point. 779 01:33:49,237 --> 01:34:00,680 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 780 01:34:00,680 --> 01:34:02,910 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: For Unitarian Universalists Penny 781 01:34:02,910 --> 01:34:05,980 Gnesin and Sue Fulton. 782 01:34:05,980 --> 01:34:09,260 We need to give them a shout out for their work on behalf 783 01:34:09,260 --> 01:34:12,192 of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. 784 01:34:12,192 --> 01:34:24,060 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 785 01:34:24,060 --> 01:34:26,680 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: It was a moment in history. 786 01:34:26,680 --> 01:34:31,570 No one who participated in that wedding didn't realize 787 01:34:31,570 --> 01:34:36,660 and appreciate what we stood in the midst of. 788 01:34:36,660 --> 01:34:42,180 And looming right beside the joy we felt was the sadness 789 01:34:42,180 --> 01:34:46,280 that the defilement of Marriage Act-- 790 01:34:46,280 --> 01:34:54,060 that's what DOMA stands for, right-- 791 01:34:54,060 --> 01:35:01,150 that it still stood, but it still stands. 792 01:35:01,150 --> 01:35:05,400 And so the soldiers and their wives and husbands are still 793 01:35:05,400 --> 01:35:09,420 second class citizens in the military if their partners are 794 01:35:09,420 --> 01:35:14,980 of the same sex, though their blood, if you will pardon the 795 01:35:14,980 --> 01:35:20,632 image, still runs as red, white, and blue. 796 01:35:20,632 --> 01:35:30,740 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 797 01:35:30,740 --> 01:35:35,150 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: But we were there, and in places 798 01:35:35,150 --> 01:35:40,080 like that all over the nation, on courthouse steps and city 799 01:35:40,080 --> 01:35:43,670 halls, hanging banners in the front of our churches, 800 01:35:43,670 --> 01:35:47,130 demanding that our nation make good on its promissory note 801 01:35:47,130 --> 01:35:51,880 once again, the note that promises equality and justice 802 01:35:51,880 --> 01:35:55,040 for all, and we were there. 803 01:35:55,040 --> 01:35:58,660 We don't want religion to get in the way either. 804 01:35:58,660 --> 01:36:00,620 We want it to pave the way. 805 01:36:00,620 --> 01:36:05,960 And we are out there helping to make it so. 806 01:36:05,960 --> 01:36:10,870 We get this wave of the future. 807 01:36:10,870 --> 01:36:14,380 We get this age of spirit because we've been wrestling 808 01:36:14,380 --> 01:36:22,870 to live it for decades, for centuries. 809 01:36:22,870 --> 01:36:25,970 But that doesn't necessarily mean that our work of 810 01:36:25,970 --> 01:36:30,890 preparation is done. 811 01:36:30,890 --> 01:36:34,810 Cox and Bass say this age of spirit may be a little more 812 01:36:34,810 --> 01:36:37,560 chaotic than we are used to. 813 01:36:37,560 --> 01:36:42,480 It may be a little bit more like early stages of all faith 814 01:36:42,480 --> 01:36:46,900 traditions than it will be like the age just passed with 815 01:36:46,900 --> 01:36:52,820 its doctrines and procedures and institutional focus. 816 01:36:52,820 --> 01:36:56,870 In the beginning, writes Andy Stanley, the founder of North 817 01:36:56,870 --> 01:37:00,390 Point ministries in Atlanta, in the beginning, the Church 818 01:37:00,390 --> 01:37:07,110 was a gloriously messy movement. 819 01:37:07,110 --> 01:37:09,660 It may be so again. 820 01:37:09,660 --> 01:37:13,680 Early on, not bound by creed or hierarchy, the early church 821 01:37:13,680 --> 01:37:18,380 was bound by a pretty clear mission, which was figuring 822 01:37:18,380 --> 01:37:22,030 out what it meant to live the teachings and example of its 823 01:37:22,030 --> 01:37:29,330 founding prophet Jesus and how to usher in the coming of 824 01:37:29,330 --> 01:37:33,030 God's reign of Shalom of peace and justice and love that He 825 01:37:33,030 --> 01:37:36,790 talked about. 826 01:37:36,790 --> 01:37:43,430 This awakening will be about going back to those basics, 827 01:37:43,430 --> 01:37:50,700 about being focused back on core mission, and being 828 01:37:50,700 --> 01:37:54,630 willing to question any inherited traditions that get 829 01:37:54,630 --> 01:37:57,440 in the way, that get in the way of its 830 01:37:57,440 --> 01:38:00,200 serving this mission. 831 01:38:00,200 --> 01:38:05,800 Be married to mission, says Andy Stanley, and date 832 01:38:05,800 --> 01:38:07,210 everything else. 833 01:38:07,210 --> 01:38:15,162 [LAUGHTER] 834 01:38:15,162 --> 01:38:20,170 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: What does that mean? 835 01:38:20,170 --> 01:38:23,650 Does that feel intimidating to any of you? 836 01:38:23,650 --> 01:38:27,890 Because it certainly does to me. 837 01:38:27,890 --> 01:38:31,060 It involves a lot of uncertainty about what it is 838 01:38:31,060 --> 01:38:35,850 we lose and what it is we gain. 839 01:38:35,850 --> 01:38:38,680 For some of us, it may mean sitting with a pretty chatty 840 01:38:38,680 --> 01:38:42,040 lizard brain warning us of all the dangers that come with 841 01:38:42,040 --> 01:38:47,290 every change, every letting go. 842 01:38:47,290 --> 01:38:50,740 But it's also exciting. 843 01:38:50,740 --> 01:38:56,390 And it might just be fun. 844 01:38:56,390 --> 01:38:59,460 I knew one person who was the most alive to life 845 01:38:59,460 --> 01:39:03,670 spirit-filled person I have ever met. 846 01:39:03,670 --> 01:39:06,786 If she had a mission, that would be it. 847 01:39:06,786 --> 01:39:11,010 And very little got in the way of her living it. 848 01:39:11,010 --> 01:39:15,750 No norm, no convention was more important to Toni than 849 01:39:15,750 --> 01:39:20,470 responding to what life demanded of her in the moment, 850 01:39:20,470 --> 01:39:24,990 which meant taking road trips was with Toni was about paying 851 01:39:24,990 --> 01:39:29,550 the toll for everybody behind you in line at the bridge. 852 01:39:29,550 --> 01:39:32,970 And going to lunch with her meant sending a piece of cake 853 01:39:32,970 --> 01:39:37,130 or pie to the person at the table next to you, the one who 854 01:39:37,130 --> 01:39:40,040 had the look on their face as if life had just fallen out 855 01:39:40,040 --> 01:39:42,930 from under them. 856 01:39:42,930 --> 01:39:49,710 Almost nothing was completely routine with Toni around. 857 01:39:49,710 --> 01:39:53,750 So the quintessential moment of my relationship with her 858 01:39:53,750 --> 01:39:56,740 took place at a stop light. 859 01:39:56,740 --> 01:39:58,690 We were out running some errand. 860 01:39:58,690 --> 01:39:59,880 I don't remember what. 861 01:39:59,880 --> 01:40:02,450 And a song came on the radio, a song we loved, a song we 862 01:40:02,450 --> 01:40:03,610 loved to dance to. 863 01:40:03,610 --> 01:40:05,420 And we loved to dance. 864 01:40:05,420 --> 01:40:07,660 So we were dancing in the car, which, as you know, is a 865 01:40:07,660 --> 01:40:11,410 little restrictive to your freedom of expression. 866 01:40:11,410 --> 01:40:14,910 And we just happened, at about the time the song was getting 867 01:40:14,910 --> 01:40:16,920 going, to pull up to a stop light. 868 01:40:16,920 --> 01:40:18,560 And it just happened to turn red. 869 01:40:18,560 --> 01:40:22,370 And before I knew what was happening, Toni had cranked up 870 01:40:22,370 --> 01:40:26,120 the volume, thrown off her seat belt, opened the door, 871 01:40:26,120 --> 01:40:30,790 and was out running in the street, hair tossing, huge 872 01:40:30,790 --> 01:40:34,490 smile on her face, dancing, cars going by, honking. 873 01:40:34,490 --> 01:40:37,460 She's waving them to come join her, people dancing from their 874 01:40:37,460 --> 01:40:46,530 cars, laughter and joy erupting all around us. 875 01:40:46,530 --> 01:40:53,110 The mission was to be alive to life, spirit-filled. 876 01:40:53,110 --> 01:41:01,370 And everything else took its rightful auxiliary place. 877 01:41:01,370 --> 01:41:04,480 I'm not saying we have to dance in traffic, you and I. I 878 01:41:04,480 --> 01:41:06,820 am saying, though, that we might want to throw off what 879 01:41:06,820 --> 01:41:11,250 holds us back, especially if it's getting in the way, in 880 01:41:11,250 --> 01:41:17,530 the way of what spirit and what mission require of us. 881 01:41:17,530 --> 01:41:22,100 We are a pretty flexible lot, we Unitarian Universalists. 882 01:41:22,100 --> 01:41:29,140 But radical innovations will, with time, become traditions. 883 01:41:29,140 --> 01:41:37,420 And traditions, with time, can become fossilized artifacts. 884 01:41:37,420 --> 01:41:40,790 So every once in a while, we have to clean house and get 885 01:41:40,790 --> 01:41:47,330 back to basics and then risk and experiment, take a chance 886 01:41:47,330 --> 01:41:53,320 that we will look foolish and a bit incompetent, all to be 887 01:41:53,320 --> 01:41:56,820 more alive to what it looks like to live those commitments 888 01:41:56,820 --> 01:42:07,820 for this age and, in our case, for this great turning. 889 01:42:07,820 --> 01:42:10,560 The good news is I think we are already doing this. 890 01:42:10,560 --> 01:42:12,560 I think we're already getting ourselves 891 01:42:12,560 --> 01:42:14,020 back, grounded in mission. 892 01:42:14,020 --> 01:42:18,130 And I think we're already taking a lot of risks. 893 01:42:18,130 --> 01:42:22,490 As we speak, our headquarters is getting ready to leave its 894 01:42:22,490 --> 01:42:25,930 stately address for the offices that will allow for 895 01:42:25,930 --> 01:42:30,440 21st century technology and accessible space that speaks 896 01:42:30,440 --> 01:42:32,940 more to our future than our past. 897 01:42:32,940 --> 01:42:43,890 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 898 01:42:43,890 --> 01:42:45,140 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: We all have been asking and 899 01:42:45,140 --> 01:42:48,650 answering what it means to stand on the side of love, 900 01:42:48,650 --> 01:42:51,980 keeping that core piece of our witness front and center for 901 01:42:51,980 --> 01:42:55,390 ourselves, as a movement and in our congregations. 902 01:42:55,390 --> 01:42:58,170 We are talking this entire general assembly, think about 903 01:42:58,170 --> 01:43:02,330 it, about the glue that holds non-creedal communities 904 01:43:02,330 --> 01:43:06,550 together across differences and through chaos, namely 905 01:43:06,550 --> 01:43:09,370 those convenantal promises of the heart that we 906 01:43:09,370 --> 01:43:11,910 make to each other. 907 01:43:11,910 --> 01:43:14,610 We are experimenting with reaching beyond our walls, 908 01:43:14,610 --> 01:43:18,760 using technology to embroaden the embrace of our faith. 909 01:43:18,760 --> 01:43:22,610 We are opening our eyes to what are the interpersonal 910 01:43:22,610 --> 01:43:25,830 skills and cultural competencies that we need if 911 01:43:25,830 --> 01:43:30,260 we are truly going to be welcoming in this pluralistic, 912 01:43:30,260 --> 01:43:34,540 multicultural world. 913 01:43:34,540 --> 01:43:37,710 And some of our ministers, particularly the newly minted 914 01:43:37,710 --> 01:43:43,000 ones, are doing all kinds of fantastic experiments that I 915 01:43:43,000 --> 01:43:46,880 don't think we're hearing enough about-- 916 01:43:46,880 --> 01:43:50,480 wherever you are. 917 01:43:50,480 --> 01:43:53,420 Some have started coffee houses with justice 918 01:43:53,420 --> 01:43:55,270 programming. 919 01:43:55,270 --> 01:43:58,460 Others have started small house churches. 920 01:43:58,460 --> 01:44:01,370 And one newly gathered community in my area is 921 01:44:01,370 --> 01:44:08,990 talking about meeting in a tent amidst an urban garden. 922 01:44:08,990 --> 01:44:12,630 These ministers and lay folk are casting off some of the 923 01:44:12,630 --> 01:44:18,450 inherited patterns to see what new ways of being might invite 924 01:44:18,450 --> 01:44:25,400 to dwell among us, what and who. 925 01:44:25,400 --> 01:44:30,160 And I would bet your church has a few examples of its own. 926 01:44:30,160 --> 01:44:32,300 I know mine does. 927 01:44:32,300 --> 01:44:37,070 We just passed a mission that says that we are a radically 928 01:44:37,070 --> 01:44:41,060 inclusive religious community that feeds the human spirit 929 01:44:41,060 --> 01:44:44,690 and heals the world. 930 01:44:44,690 --> 01:44:49,080 So you know what our theme for next year will be? 931 01:44:49,080 --> 01:44:51,302 Living the Mission Impossible. 932 01:44:51,302 --> 01:44:57,169 [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE] 933 01:44:57,169 --> 01:44:59,750 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: And in October we, I expect, are 934 01:44:59,750 --> 01:45:02,390 going to be ripping up a mortgage on a property next 935 01:45:02,390 --> 01:45:06,300 door, a property that the powers that be said that we 936 01:45:06,300 --> 01:45:08,240 neither had the time nor ability to 937 01:45:08,240 --> 01:45:09,510 buy on short notice. 938 01:45:09,510 --> 01:45:13,390 But spirit and mission told us we had to. 939 01:45:13,390 --> 01:45:17,550 $2.5 million pledged in record time and 940 01:45:17,550 --> 01:45:19,860 paid off in two years-- 941 01:45:19,860 --> 01:45:28,750 [APPLAUSE] 942 01:45:28,750 --> 01:45:31,090 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: --because spirit 943 01:45:31,090 --> 01:45:36,350 is a powerful partner. 944 01:45:36,350 --> 01:45:39,110 So what's it going to take, my friends, my colleagues? 945 01:45:39,110 --> 01:45:41,410 What's it's going to take for us to step into this 946 01:45:41,410 --> 01:45:45,950 revolution as full partners and participants? 947 01:45:45,950 --> 01:45:49,120 The truth is no one really knows. 948 01:45:49,120 --> 01:45:51,010 It's emerging. 949 01:45:51,010 --> 01:45:53,780 It's an adaptive change, a paradigm shift. 950 01:45:53,780 --> 01:45:55,660 It's just something we're going to have 951 01:45:55,660 --> 01:45:58,130 to figure out together. 952 01:45:58,130 --> 01:46:00,590 I mean, there are a few things I think we 953 01:46:00,590 --> 01:46:04,730 can say with certainty. 954 01:46:04,730 --> 01:46:06,560 I think it's going to mean giving up some of our 955 01:46:06,560 --> 01:46:07,440 stinginess. 956 01:46:07,440 --> 01:46:16,290 [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE] 957 01:46:16,290 --> 01:46:20,360 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: Big missions do not happen on 958 01:46:20,360 --> 01:46:21,982 starvation budgets. 959 01:46:21,982 --> 01:46:28,950 [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE] 960 01:46:28,950 --> 01:46:30,910 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: And on average, last I checked, we 961 01:46:30,910 --> 01:46:33,770 give one and one half percent of income to our 962 01:46:33,770 --> 01:46:35,400 congregations. 963 01:46:35,400 --> 01:46:37,810 Really? 964 01:46:37,810 --> 01:46:40,750 That is just not worthy of us. 965 01:46:40,750 --> 01:46:43,160 So we need to stop pretending that we are just people who 966 01:46:43,160 --> 01:46:46,390 are really careful with our money, and we need to get 967 01:46:46,390 --> 01:46:47,870 crazy generous. 968 01:46:47,870 --> 01:46:59,530 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 969 01:46:59,530 --> 01:47:00,790 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: Second, I think we need to 970 01:47:00,790 --> 01:47:04,970 admit that no perfect form of governance alone will create a 971 01:47:04,970 --> 01:47:16,090 congregation or an association that does great things. 972 01:47:16,090 --> 01:47:19,380 That would be the myth of governance. 973 01:47:19,380 --> 01:47:24,440 The best assurance of great things has always been people 974 01:47:24,440 --> 01:47:28,480 gathered in a spirit of collaboration and trust. 975 01:47:28,480 --> 01:47:36,900 [APPLAUSE] 976 01:47:36,900 --> 01:47:38,020 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: So I just think we need to go 977 01:47:38,020 --> 01:47:41,270 back to making that our focus and not spend too many years 978 01:47:41,270 --> 01:47:44,870 hammering out a governance structure because, meanwhile, 979 01:47:44,870 --> 01:47:47,720 children are starving and the earth is choking. 980 01:47:47,720 --> 01:47:57,990 [APPLAUSE] 981 01:47:57,990 --> 01:48:02,720 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: Lastly, you and I have got to 982 01:48:02,720 --> 01:48:06,280 become great experimenters in the laboratory 983 01:48:06,280 --> 01:48:11,170 of religious life. 984 01:48:11,170 --> 01:48:16,650 We have got to be like 1,000 R&D departments all over the 985 01:48:16,650 --> 01:48:21,050 world, reporting in daily on their experiments to bring 986 01:48:21,050 --> 01:48:24,330 faith more alive, how we have succeeded, what our 987 01:48:24,330 --> 01:48:25,650 victories look like. 988 01:48:25,650 --> 01:48:28,900 We need to tell stories and laugh together of the 989 01:48:28,900 --> 01:48:32,230 victories the face plant failures. 990 01:48:32,230 --> 01:48:40,400 [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE] 991 01:48:40,400 --> 01:48:42,210 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: We will laugh and celebrate and 992 01:48:42,210 --> 01:48:43,060 learn together. 993 01:48:43,060 --> 01:48:46,780 We will be pioneers of the spirit, entrepreneurs of the 994 01:48:46,780 --> 01:48:50,420 soul, married to mission, dating everything else. 995 01:48:50,420 --> 01:48:53,640 We must do this if we are going to be partners and 996 01:48:53,640 --> 01:48:56,660 co-creators of the next Great Awakening. 997 01:48:56,660 --> 01:49:05,270 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 998 01:49:05,270 --> 01:49:08,720 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: A good friend, Emerson, told us 999 01:49:08,720 --> 01:49:14,410 not ever to take any truths second-hand. 1000 01:49:14,410 --> 01:49:17,950 But generation after generation, we take two truths 1001 01:49:17,950 --> 01:49:18,880 as our own. 1002 01:49:18,880 --> 01:49:25,990 And these two give our Living Tradition it's continuity. 1003 01:49:25,990 --> 01:49:31,250 First is a commitment to a love that refuses to honor 1004 01:49:31,250 --> 01:49:35,350 false and constructed boundaries between us. 1005 01:49:35,350 --> 01:49:38,890 This is the love that banished hell from religious 1006 01:49:38,890 --> 01:49:44,032 imagination and then set to banishing it everywhere else. 1007 01:49:44,032 --> 01:49:51,920 [APPLAUSE] 1008 01:49:51,920 --> 01:49:53,960 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: And it is the expense of this 1009 01:49:53,960 --> 01:49:58,140 love's embrace that will, in the end, be the best judge of 1010 01:49:58,140 --> 01:50:01,760 the worth of our living. 1011 01:50:01,760 --> 01:50:05,670 Second and related is the unity we affirm beyond all 1012 01:50:05,670 --> 01:50:10,460 divisions, real and imagined, interdependent web of all 1013 01:50:10,460 --> 01:50:14,940 existence, injustice anywhere a threat to justice 1014 01:50:14,940 --> 01:50:20,940 everywhere, all creation woven into one garment of destiny. 1015 01:50:20,940 --> 01:50:24,260 Ecologically, theologically, politically, economically, 1016 01:50:24,260 --> 01:50:26,510 this is the reality we seek not to 1017 01:50:26,510 --> 01:50:28,744 forget, that we are one. 1018 01:50:28,744 --> 01:50:37,280 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 1019 01:50:37,280 --> 01:50:39,020 REVEREND VANESSA SOUTHERN: Remembering it generation 1020 01:50:39,020 --> 01:50:44,690 after generation opens us up to both deep pain and great 1021 01:50:44,690 --> 01:50:49,190 joy and wisdom. 1022 01:50:49,190 --> 01:50:52,640 Love and unity-- 1023 01:50:52,640 --> 01:51:00,770 love and unity, these are our enduring mission. 1024 01:51:00,770 --> 01:51:06,030 Someday we will have to answer for these. 1025 01:51:06,030 --> 01:51:09,150 What did we make of them? 1026 01:51:09,150 --> 01:51:12,280 How did we serve them? 1027 01:51:12,280 --> 01:51:20,760 To this dream and purpose you and I are married, which is 1028 01:51:20,760 --> 01:51:26,950 why we find ourselves standing here facing these waters. 1029 01:51:26,950 --> 01:51:29,900 That's why we have this awkward new gear strapped on 1030 01:51:29,900 --> 01:51:33,560 our backs and some old habits working against us. 1031 01:51:33,560 --> 01:51:40,920 And we are preparing to leap because a train is coming, my 1032 01:51:40,920 --> 01:51:46,000 fellow pioneers of the faith, love and unity waiting to take 1033 01:51:46,000 --> 01:51:51,420 their rightful place front and center on the human stage 1034 01:51:51,420 --> 01:51:57,960 because there is an age of spirit waiting to be born. 1035 01:51:57,960 --> 01:52:01,945 It's this Great Awakening that we have been preparing for for 1036 01:52:01,945 --> 01:52:05,650 a lifetime. 1037 01:52:05,650 --> 01:52:09,210 And for this, we are asked to leap just beyond the surface 1038 01:52:09,210 --> 01:52:14,070 of what we know and trust. 1039 01:52:14,070 --> 01:52:19,670 This is the time, writes poet Sonia Sanchez, for the 1040 01:52:19,670 --> 01:52:29,540 creative human being. 1041 01:52:29,540 --> 01:52:32,170 Before you dive, the instructor tells you there are 1042 01:52:32,170 --> 01:52:37,530 two things you have to remember, only two. 1043 01:52:37,530 --> 01:52:43,932 The first is just to remember to breathe. 1044 01:52:43,932 --> 01:52:46,330 Breath-- 1045 01:52:46,330 --> 01:52:53,290 that word so close to spirit, that which ties you to life 1046 01:52:53,290 --> 01:52:57,900 and its call. 1047 01:52:57,900 --> 01:53:01,260 The second thing to remember, he says, is 1048 01:53:01,260 --> 01:53:05,360 never to dive alone. 1049 01:53:05,360 --> 01:53:11,820 Once you're in, you can take my hand, he tells you. 1050 01:53:11,820 --> 01:53:16,590 So you reach up to secure your mask. 1051 01:53:16,590 --> 01:53:19,660 You walk to the edge, and you do that crazy leap they tell 1052 01:53:19,660 --> 01:53:23,690 you you must. 1053 01:53:23,690 --> 01:53:30,210 When you land, he reaches out and takes your hand. 1054 01:53:30,210 --> 01:53:35,570 And breath and that hand will be what 1055 01:53:35,570 --> 01:53:40,018 makes the scary possible. 1056 01:53:40,018 --> 01:53:48,060 And so the adventure begins. 1057 01:53:48,060 --> 01:53:58,164 And the rest, the rest is still unwritten. 1058 01:53:58,164 --> 01:54:10,068 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 1059 01:54:10,068 --> 01:57:50,021 [SINGING - "UNWRITTEN"] 1060 01:57:50,021 --> 01:58:14,940 [APPLAUSE] 1061 01:58:14,940 --> 01:58:21,030 REVEREND GAIL GEISENHAINER: Hello, my friends. 1062 01:58:21,030 --> 01:58:32,910 [LAUGHTER] 1063 01:58:32,910 --> 01:58:40,570 REVEREND GAIL GEISENHAINER: In 1988, we established the 1064 01:58:40,570 --> 01:58:46,200 Living Tradition Fund, and with that establishment, the 1065 01:58:46,200 --> 01:58:53,460 request that ordinations and installations held in member 1066 01:58:53,460 --> 01:58:58,660 societies include an offering to the Living Tradition Fund. 1067 01:58:58,660 --> 01:59:01,550 And after 25 years of practice, 1068 01:59:01,550 --> 01:59:07,530 we now have a tradition. 1069 01:59:07,530 --> 01:59:13,280 The Living Tradition Fund helps clergy. 1070 01:59:13,280 --> 01:59:16,540 It provides emergency financial assistance for 1071 01:59:16,540 --> 01:59:18,820 ministers and religious professionals. 1072 01:59:18,820 --> 01:59:25,940 The Living Tradition Fund brings to life our core values 1073 01:59:25,940 --> 01:59:33,010 of love and unity, our core practices of protecting the 1074 01:59:33,010 --> 01:59:40,522 dignity and the worth of persons, and our expectations 1075 01:59:40,522 --> 01:59:48,310 of making a difference in real lives, live time and personal. 1076 01:59:48,310 --> 01:59:52,250 The Living Tradition Fund gets important things done. 1077 01:59:52,250 --> 01:59:55,800 And I can attest to the way this current ministry's and 1078 01:59:55,800 --> 02:00:01,500 faith development staff team gets things done. 1079 02:00:01,500 --> 02:00:05,940 Through them, the Living Tradition Fund gets important 1080 02:00:05,940 --> 02:00:09,442 things done well. 1081 02:00:09,442 --> 02:00:11,900 Yeah. 1082 02:00:11,900 --> 02:00:15,270 The single widest stream of support for the Living 1083 02:00:15,270 --> 02:00:18,540 Tradition Fund is this service. 1084 02:00:18,540 --> 02:00:22,250 Tonight, we have the opportunity to do something 1085 02:00:22,250 --> 02:00:26,470 that matters, something that brings our values to life, 1086 02:00:26,470 --> 02:00:33,730 something that supports clergy in times of fear and need. 1087 02:00:33,730 --> 02:00:40,750 The reach of this fund extends from underwriting seminary 1088 02:00:40,750 --> 02:00:46,430 debt to providing heating oil, dentures, and daily bread for 1089 02:00:46,430 --> 02:00:49,160 retired clergy. 1090 02:00:49,160 --> 02:00:56,320 In between, the fund is often the only safety 1091 02:00:56,320 --> 02:01:01,730 net for clergy families. 1092 02:01:01,730 --> 02:01:05,650 A few years ago when my beloved in life had a 1093 02:01:05,650 --> 02:01:13,900 frightening and complicated brain surgery, I had a choice. 1094 02:01:13,900 --> 02:01:17,040 I could pay our mortgage and utilities. 1095 02:01:17,040 --> 02:01:27,890 Or I could pay the hospital, which required payment before 1096 02:01:27,890 --> 02:01:31,530 post-surgical follow up appointments 1097 02:01:31,530 --> 02:01:36,570 could even be scheduled. 1098 02:01:36,570 --> 02:01:37,540 We were close. 1099 02:01:37,540 --> 02:01:43,160 We only needed $1,000. 1100 02:01:43,160 --> 02:01:46,090 And we were afraid. 1101 02:01:46,090 --> 02:01:51,900 That gap felt huge. 1102 02:01:51,900 --> 02:01:57,940 And we felt isolated. 1103 02:01:57,940 --> 02:02:03,698 But we were never alone. 1104 02:02:03,698 --> 02:02:14,250 [APPLAUSE] 1105 02:02:14,250 --> 02:02:18,110 REVEREND GAIL GEISENHAINER: All of you were there through 1106 02:02:18,110 --> 02:02:20,900 the Living Tradition Fund. 1107 02:02:20,900 --> 02:02:21,740 Thank you. 1108 02:02:21,740 --> 02:02:26,360 [APPLAUSE] 1109 02:02:26,360 --> 02:02:29,210 REVEREND GAIL GEISENHAINER: And just last year, you all 1110 02:02:29,210 --> 02:02:34,640 provided travel and support money to ensure that a 1111 02:02:34,640 --> 02:02:42,370 minister with a terrible and a terminal illness did not have 1112 02:02:42,370 --> 02:02:47,440 to spend her last weeks alone. 1113 02:02:47,440 --> 02:02:49,530 Thank you. 1114 02:02:49,530 --> 02:02:54,030 Year after year, you are present to seminary graduates 1115 02:02:54,030 --> 02:03:01,200 who carry an average of $50,000 in tuition debt. 1116 02:03:01,200 --> 02:03:05,570 You are present to retired clergy who need expensive 1117 02:03:05,570 --> 02:03:09,620 hearing aids to stay connected to families and to 1118 02:03:09,620 --> 02:03:11,870 congregational life. 1119 02:03:11,870 --> 02:03:13,620 Thank you. 1120 02:03:13,620 --> 02:03:15,530 Thank you. 1121 02:03:15,530 --> 02:03:18,270 The Living Tradition Fund supports the lives of our 1122 02:03:18,270 --> 02:03:20,670 ministers and our religious professionals. 1123 02:03:20,670 --> 02:03:26,510 And it is my honor to ask you to build up the vitality of 1124 02:03:26,510 --> 02:03:28,960 the Living Tradition Fund. 1125 02:03:28,960 --> 02:03:33,800 And I challenge us all tonight to surprise and hopefully to 1126 02:03:33,800 --> 02:03:39,760 comfort the ministries and faith development staff team 1127 02:03:39,760 --> 02:03:41,400 who watch over that fund. 1128 02:03:41,400 --> 02:03:43,760 Can we do that together tonight? 1129 02:03:43,760 --> 02:03:50,470 [APPLAUSE] 1130 02:03:50,470 --> 02:03:52,790 REVEREND GAIL GEISENHAINER: The envelope, on the front, 1131 02:03:52,790 --> 02:03:55,770 will tell you how to make out checks. 1132 02:03:55,770 --> 02:03:59,930 It'll give you an opportunity to have a more discerning 1133 02:03:59,930 --> 02:04:04,040 conversation in your kinship circle where you 1134 02:04:04,040 --> 02:04:05,850 write checks from. 1135 02:04:05,850 --> 02:04:08,870 I'd like you to look with me, if you would, at what you have 1136 02:04:08,870 --> 02:04:11,910 prepared to offer tonight. 1137 02:04:11,910 --> 02:04:18,580 Do you have perhaps a $20 bill in your hand? 1138 02:04:18,580 --> 02:04:23,970 Can you and would you find another one? 1139 02:04:23,970 --> 02:04:29,330 Would you double your intended gift tonight? 1140 02:04:29,330 --> 02:04:30,180 And if you can-- 1141 02:04:30,180 --> 02:04:32,850 I have a sense there's one among us tonight-- 1142 02:04:32,850 --> 02:04:40,720 if you can, now would be the time, if you are able, for one 1143 02:04:40,720 --> 02:04:46,080 among us to write a check for $25,000 tonight. 1144 02:04:46,080 --> 02:04:50,140 We have an opportunity to make a difference tonight here 1145 02:04:50,140 --> 02:04:53,590 together if we can support those who can do that. 1146 02:04:53,590 --> 02:04:56,340 And I believe we've got someone here 1147 02:04:56,340 --> 02:04:57,500 tonight who can do that. 1148 02:04:57,500 --> 02:05:00,690 And I also believe there may be two of us tonight who could 1149 02:05:00,690 --> 02:05:03,550 write checks for $20,000. 1150 02:05:03,550 --> 02:05:06,210 Shall I do the dissension for you, or would you find your 1151 02:05:06,210 --> 02:05:10,300 place on that list? 1152 02:05:10,300 --> 02:05:16,440 We get to make a significant impact tonight. 1153 02:05:16,440 --> 02:05:22,880 How many of us could write a check for $1,000 tonight? 1154 02:05:22,880 --> 02:05:27,680 Please know that your gifts will matter. 1155 02:05:27,680 --> 02:05:30,110 Please consider offering twice what you have 1156 02:05:30,110 --> 02:05:34,020 ever, ever given before. 1157 02:05:34,020 --> 02:05:41,670 Let's do this important and joyful thing together tonight. 1158 02:05:41,670 --> 02:05:46,630 Let's offer these clergy and our religious professionals. 1159 02:05:46,630 --> 02:05:51,610 Let's offer the convincing message that we've got your 1160 02:05:51,610 --> 02:05:57,470 back and you are not alone and we are here for you and your 1161 02:05:57,470 --> 02:06:02,800 families and your kinship circles through this fund. 1162 02:06:02,800 --> 02:06:11,150 I thank you all for your love, for your unity, and for your 1163 02:06:11,150 --> 02:06:12,170 generosity. 1164 02:06:12,170 --> 02:06:13,550 Thank you. 1165 02:06:13,550 --> 02:06:16,140 Thank you. 1166 02:06:16,140 --> 02:06:19,480 I invite the ushers, please, to receive 1167 02:06:19,480 --> 02:06:23,878 the evening's offering. 1168 02:06:23,878 --> 02:06:30,850 [APPLAUSE] 1169 02:06:30,850 --> 02:13:08,936 [SINGING - "LORD, HELP ME TO HOLD OUT"] 1170 02:13:08,936 --> 02:13:17,960 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 1171 02:13:17,960 --> 02:13:20,390 MALE SPEAKER 1: Please rise in body or spirit as we sing our 1172 02:13:20,390 --> 02:13:22,027 closing hymn. 1173 02:13:22,027 --> 02:15:30,890 [SINGING] 1174 02:15:30,890 --> 02:15:35,830 JAIMIE DINGUS: Breathe. 1175 02:15:35,830 --> 02:15:39,200 Breathe. 1176 02:15:39,200 --> 02:15:45,600 MALE SPEAKER 2: Take my hand. 1177 02:15:45,600 --> 02:15:48,460 JAIMIE DINGUS: Life calls us on-- 1178 02:15:48,460 --> 02:15:50,600 MALE SPEAKER 2: --to our place in the awakening 1179 02:15:50,600 --> 02:15:53,710 of the human spirit. 1180 02:15:53,710 --> 02:15:57,450 JAIMIE DINGUS: Anchored in our past strength-- 1181 02:15:57,450 --> 02:16:00,030 MALE SPEAKER 2: --lured forward by the dreams yet 1182 02:16:00,030 --> 02:16:02,710 unfulfilled-- 1183 02:16:02,710 --> 02:16:07,120 JAIMIE DINGUS: --we write the future, one day of daring 1184 02:16:07,120 --> 02:16:10,250 experiment at a time-- 1185 02:16:10,250 --> 02:16:15,060 MALE SPEAKER 2: --until love and unity reign-- 1186 02:16:15,060 --> 02:16:15,760 JAIMIE DINGUS AND MALE SPEAKER 2: --until 1187 02:16:15,760 --> 02:16:20,030 love and unity reign. 1188 02:16:20,030 --> 02:16:23,720 And let the people say, amen. 1189 02:16:23,720 --> 02:16:24,598 AUDIENCE: Amen. 1190 02:16:24,598 --> 02:18:00,214 [SINGING] 1191 02:18:00,214 --> 02:18:13,190 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 1192 02:18:13,190 --> 02:20:59,170 [SINGING] 1193 02:20:59,170 --> 02:21:18,670 [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] 1194 02:21:18,670 --> 02:21:19,920 [SINGING - "I'LL TAKE YOU THERE"] 1195 02:21:19,920 --> 02:23:07,967