1 00:00:12,780 --> 00:00:18,070 the unitarian universalist service committee is an incredible social 2 00:00:18,070 --> 00:00:26,100 justice organization propelling uu values throughout the world the UUSC 3 00:00:26,100 --> 00:00:32,380 advances Human Rights through grassroot collaborations in dozens of countries 4 00:00:32,380 --> 00:00:38,880 around the world and in the United States promoting economic justice 5 00:00:38,880 --> 00:00:45,370 bolstering environmental justice and protecting rights at risk is the work of 6 00:00:45,370 --> 00:00:53,140 the UUSC please welcome Lisa Jenkins the board chair of the UUSC and Rev 7 00:00:53,140 --> 00:01:08,939 Mary Catherine Morn the new president and CEO of the UUSC 8 00:01:08,939 --> 00:01:15,580 Marshall Islander Cathy Jitnil Kitchener shared a poem written for her 9 00:01:15,580 --> 00:01:24,369 infant daughter at the 2014 UN climate summit dear met developing em she begins 10 00:01:24,369 --> 00:01:30,399 with lamentations for her child given the possibility of a homeland lost to 11 00:01:30,399 --> 00:01:36,490 the ravages of climate change they say you your daughter and your 12 00:01:36,490 --> 00:01:43,569 granddaughter too will wander rootless with only a passport to call home she 13 00:01:43,569 --> 00:01:48,399 then goes on to promise that she will do everything in her power to ensure that 14 00:01:48,399 --> 00:01:54,610 there will never be another climate change refugee and assures her that they 15 00:01:54,610 --> 00:02:01,509 are not alone she tells her daughter there are those who see us with hands 16 00:02:01,509 --> 00:02:11,440 reaching out fists raising up banners unfurling megaphones booming wow that 17 00:02:11,440 --> 00:02:18,640 sounds a lot like us and yes Mehta fell upon them as Unitarian 18 00:02:18,640 --> 00:02:26,140 Universalists we see you we see you your people and your neighbors throughout the 19 00:02:26,140 --> 00:02:31,440 South Pacific confronting the immediate and existential threats of a rising sea 20 00:02:31,440 --> 00:02:37,690 we see you just like we see the Rohindra desperately fleeing ethnic 21 00:02:37,690 --> 00:02:46,420 cleansing in Burma Syrians escaping an ending and horrifying civil warfare we 22 00:02:46,420 --> 00:02:52,930 see the 65 million people displaced by conflict and climate seeking safe 23 00:02:52,930 --> 00:03:00,010 harbors only to find that they are not safe we see the mistreatment of 24 00:03:00,010 --> 00:03:06,099 immigrants in this country the escalating acts of hatred on our streets 25 00:03:06,099 --> 00:03:12,280 and from the highest offices in this land we see all of this and so much more 26 00:03:12,280 --> 00:03:18,680 and then we do our Unitarian Universalist values tell 27 00:03:18,680 --> 00:03:25,070 us to see and then to do we cannot possibly inventory all of the ways the 28 00:03:25,070 --> 00:03:31,940 UUSC offers opportunities to do so for now I refer you to our website the uuasc.org 29 00:03:31,940 --> 00:03:39,050 but that is the mission of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 30 00:03:39,050 --> 00:03:46,160 to put our uu values to work in this world it has been our mission from the 31 00:03:46,160 --> 00:03:52,150 moment we joined with local resistors in world war ii helping Jews and elections 32 00:03:52,150 --> 00:04:02,270 children always the children all enemies of the Nazi state get to safety 78 years 33 00:04:02,270 --> 00:04:07,940 later we remain true to our mission to defend the human rights of oppressed 34 00:04:07,940 --> 00:04:14,870 people everywhere fidelity to this mission has moved the UUSC from strength 35 00:04:14,870 --> 00:04:21,290 to strength across the generations it has sustained us in this past year when 36 00:04:21,290 --> 00:04:27,770 the world tilted off its axis and this glorious mission has sustained us at a 37 00:04:27,770 --> 00:04:34,700 time of our own institutional transition none of this is possible without our u 38 00:04:34,700 --> 00:04:45,860 UUSC family our board our staff our partners and you this faithful uu 39 00:04:45,860 --> 00:04:52,450 community of uu ministerial leaders congregational liaisons members 40 00:04:52,450 --> 00:05:03,229 volunteers donors you are our greatest asset 40,000 you use already engaged you 41 00:05:03,229 --> 00:05:09,740 are the ones the poet described with hands reaching out fists raising up 42 00:05:09,740 --> 00:05:15,500 banners unfurling megaphones booming we are marching hand in hand with people 43 00:05:15,500 --> 00:05:23,870 across the world in partnership and in defense of basic human rights thank you 44 00:05:23,870 --> 00:05:31,520 thank you for your engagement your vision your support today I am happy to 45 00:05:31,520 --> 00:05:36,470 introduce you to a new member of our immediate you UUSC family 46 00:05:36,470 --> 00:05:42,650 the Reverend Mary Catherine Morn has been in our larger circle for 30 years as a 47 00:05:42,650 --> 00:05:49,960 uu minister serving congregations communities and our larger association 48 00:05:49,960 --> 00:05:56,570 after many months of a robust search the the UUSC board is delighted that Mary 49 00:05:56,570 --> 00:06:02,260 Catherine accepted our invitation to be president and CEO 50 00:06:10,949 --> 00:06:19,500 we are confident that she will lead us all of us to live our uu values more 51 00:06:19,500 --> 00:06:26,539 passionately and effectively in this time that needs people just like us 52 00:06:26,539 --> 00:06:38,400 please join me in welcoming the Reverend Mary Katherine Morn thank you thank you 53 00:06:38,400 --> 00:06:44,610 Lissa so much I'm so honored by your invitation to serve and thrilled to take 54 00:06:44,610 --> 00:06:49,379 on this tremendously important role leading our Unitarian Universalist 55 00:06:49,379 --> 00:06:56,520 service committee you UUSC staff and board leadership inspire me and give me 56 00:06:56,520 --> 00:07:02,939 confidence that we can and will do even more as we navigate these treacherous 57 00:07:02,939 --> 00:07:13,349 waters ahead you UUSC was made for times like these by times like these from its 58 00:07:13,349 --> 00:07:18,690 beginnings you UUSC has effectively centered the voices and leadership of 59 00:07:18,690 --> 00:07:23,159 our partners around the world who are creating change and defending human 60 00:07:23,159 --> 00:07:29,849 rights partners like Ursula Rakova an environmental activist from the Carteret 61 00:07:29,849 --> 00:07:36,270 islands of Papua New Guinea and leader of Tulele Peisa. Tulele Peisa 62 00:07:36,270 --> 00:07:44,339 means sailing in the wind on your own in the local halia language Tulele Peisa 63 00:07:44,339 --> 00:07:50,389 supports Carteret Islanders through all stages of relocation and works to ensure 64 00:07:50,389 --> 00:07:58,620 that when they leave their homes behind they can create a new home a new home 65 00:07:58,620 --> 00:08:05,580 that fits as best it can with their identity and way of life leaving them 66 00:08:05,580 --> 00:08:12,680 not rootless but rooted in the beauty and history that has always held them 67 00:08:12,680 --> 00:08:20,029 even as they lose so much to the shifting tides because of your support 68 00:08:20,029 --> 00:08:27,539 at UUSC and together we see Ursula we see Mata 69 00:08:27,539 --> 00:08:37,979 Fele and then together we reach out our hands we raise up our fists 70 00:08:37,979 --> 00:08:40,250 thank you