1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:07,856 2 00:00:07,856 --> 00:00:11,000 KELLIE WALKER: It's my pleasure to introduce some 3 00:00:11,000 --> 00:00:13,750 in-gathering music, starting with the wonderful emma's 4 00:00:13,750 --> 00:00:18,828 revolution. 5 00:00:18,828 --> 00:00:21,690 PAT HUMPHRIES: Thank you so much. 6 00:00:21,690 --> 00:00:24,506 We were standing behind the stage last night, trying to 7 00:00:24,506 --> 00:00:27,140 think of appropriate words. 8 00:00:27,140 --> 00:00:32,299 So we wrote this little song for the rally. 9 00:00:32,299 --> 00:00:35,220 But we tried it out after some of you had already left 10 00:00:35,220 --> 00:00:39,270 because we were a little shy. 11 00:00:39,270 --> 00:00:45,410 So now, you get to sing it with us. 12 00:00:45,410 --> 00:02:51,945 [MUSIC - "SHUT DOWN TENT CITY"] 13 00:02:51,945 --> 00:02:53,905 KELLIE WALKER: Wow, isn't that great? 14 00:02:53,905 --> 00:02:59,310 A new song, just like that. 15 00:02:59,310 --> 00:03:03,240 This is my last time with you as GA music coordinator. 16 00:03:03,240 --> 00:03:05,490 I've done it for two years now. 17 00:03:05,490 --> 00:03:09,000 I just want to tell you what a pleasure it's been. 18 00:03:09,000 --> 00:03:14,700 [APPLAUSE] 19 00:03:14,700 --> 00:03:16,710 KELLIE WALKER: It's been A real pleasure for me to stand 20 00:03:16,710 --> 00:03:19,180 up on stage here and lead you all in singing. 21 00:03:19,180 --> 00:03:22,370 The sound you make together, I got to tell you, from up here, 22 00:03:22,370 --> 00:03:24,920 it's awesome. 23 00:03:24,920 --> 00:03:28,070 And I'd like to thank the UU Musicians Network and the GA 24 00:03:28,070 --> 00:03:31,020 Planning Committee for giving me this opportunity to grow, 25 00:03:31,020 --> 00:03:32,770 and learn, and be of service. 26 00:03:32,770 --> 00:03:37,540 But you'll be in great hands next year with David Glassgow. 27 00:03:37,540 --> 00:03:42,230 I'm going to invite him up. 28 00:03:42,230 --> 00:03:45,850 He's going to help sing on this next one. 29 00:03:45,850 --> 00:03:48,510 Some of you've been asking, why have we not sung Standing 30 00:03:48,510 --> 00:03:49,865 on the Side of Love? 31 00:03:49,865 --> 00:03:53,140 DAVID GLASSGOW: I think we need to fix that, Kellie. 32 00:03:53,140 --> 00:03:55,290 KELLIE WALKER: But before we sing-- and I do want to talk a 33 00:03:55,290 --> 00:03:56,870 little bit about it-- 34 00:03:56,870 --> 00:03:59,990 we were considering it for the banner parade. 35 00:03:59,990 --> 00:04:02,900 It's not the easiest song to sing while you're walking, so 36 00:04:02,900 --> 00:04:06,840 we didn't really do that while we were moving down the road. 37 00:04:06,840 --> 00:04:12,540 But more than that, I was very conscious of the use of words 38 00:04:12,540 --> 00:04:17,170 that are somewhat exclusive, not inclusive as they could 39 00:04:17,170 --> 00:04:22,570 be, like "stand," and "march," "walk." 40 00:04:22,570 --> 00:04:25,310 At this Justice GA in particular, I knew we would 41 00:04:25,310 --> 00:04:30,460 have accessibility issues in the heat, getting on buses. 42 00:04:30,460 --> 00:04:33,500 And I'm really aware that those words 43 00:04:33,500 --> 00:04:35,880 get in the way sometimes. 44 00:04:35,880 --> 00:04:39,020 Part of it is the fault of the English language. 45 00:04:39,020 --> 00:04:44,440 Other languages have different words for "stand" meaning "to 46 00:04:44,440 --> 00:04:49,370 take a strong position," and "stand," "to be standing." 47 00:04:49,370 --> 00:04:52,010 But English does not. 48 00:04:52,010 --> 00:04:58,280 And so we found that we had it in a lot of the songs. 49 00:04:58,280 --> 00:05:02,000 I would like to challenge all of us to think and be more 50 00:05:02,000 --> 00:05:06,750 creative and maybe poetic about other words we could use 51 00:05:06,750 --> 00:05:12,020 that might be as inclusive as possible. 52 00:05:12,020 --> 00:05:16,770 I had a really wonderful conversation in planning GA 53 00:05:16,770 --> 00:05:18,390 about this. 54 00:05:18,390 --> 00:05:21,050 And Suzanne, can I say? 55 00:05:21,050 --> 00:05:22,240 I've already said your name. 56 00:05:22,240 --> 00:05:25,290 So I hope it's all right. 57 00:05:25,290 --> 00:05:28,700 She said something that really stuck with me. 58 00:05:28,700 --> 00:05:34,140 Why do able-bodied people have trouble coming up with words 59 00:05:34,140 --> 00:05:36,820 as strong as they think "stand" is? 60 00:05:36,820 --> 00:05:39,540 If that's the strongest word we can think of, we're taking 61 00:05:39,540 --> 00:05:40,910 a position. 62 00:05:40,910 --> 00:05:43,220 And part of it is the limitation of English. 63 00:05:43,220 --> 00:05:51,220 But she reminded me how strong sitting and not moving can be 64 00:05:51,220 --> 00:05:57,170 and has been in all and many different justice movements. 65 00:05:57,170 --> 00:06:03,800 And so then, I remembered this song We Shall Not Be Moved, 66 00:06:03,800 --> 00:06:09,260 and how strong sitting and not moving can be. 67 00:06:09,260 --> 00:06:13,170 Now, for musicians, sometimes we're looking for a word 68 00:06:13,170 --> 00:06:15,240 that's just one word because of the way 69 00:06:15,240 --> 00:06:16,500 it fits in the flow. 70 00:06:16,500 --> 00:06:19,995 So even though we might be able to think of a sentence or 71 00:06:19,995 --> 00:06:22,970 a phrase or something that conveys better how we mean, it 72 00:06:22,970 --> 00:06:24,500 doesn't fit with the music. 73 00:06:24,500 --> 00:06:30,220 So my challenge to you is help us think more creatively, more 74 00:06:30,220 --> 00:06:33,810 poetically, more inclusively. 75 00:06:33,810 --> 00:06:41,370 And I want to invite you also to show up for events that 76 00:06:41,370 --> 00:06:48,920 help us do better with accessibility and for people 77 00:06:48,920 --> 00:06:50,940 who are differently abled. 78 00:06:50,940 --> 00:06:52,880 Show up and be there. 79 00:06:52,880 --> 00:06:54,426 That's my challenge. 80 00:06:54,426 --> 00:06:57,324 [APPLAUSE] 81 00:06:57,324 --> 00:06:58,390 KELLIE WALKER: Now, having said that, I 82 00:06:58,390 --> 00:06:59,680 personally love this song. 83 00:06:59,680 --> 00:07:03,720 And I know some of you do, too. 84 00:07:03,720 --> 00:07:05,110 Thank you, Jason Shelton. 85 00:07:05,110 --> 00:07:07,860 He's in the pit helping us with this tonight, Standing on 86 00:07:07,860 --> 00:07:12,120 the Side of Love. 87 00:07:12,120 --> 00:07:17,710 So please rise in body or in spirit and sing this song 88 00:07:17,710 --> 00:07:22,870 about taking a strong position for justice in many areas. 89 00:07:22,870 --> 00:07:31,398 And do not forget we need to be mindful of accessibility. 90 00:07:31,398 --> 00:10:40,638 [MUSIC - "STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE"] 91 00:10:40,638 --> 00:10:44,124 [APPLAUSE] 92 00:10:44,124 --> 00:10:48,250 KELLIE WALKER: I'd like to invite the wonderful Reverend 93 00:10:48,250 --> 00:10:50,760 Jason Shelton to come up. 94 00:10:50,760 --> 00:10:56,640 [APPLAUSE] 95 00:10:56,640 --> 00:10:58,030 JASON SHELTON: They didn't tell me I was 96 00:10:58,030 --> 00:10:58,400 going to be up here. 97 00:10:58,400 --> 00:11:04,280 Otherwise, I would have put pants on. 98 00:11:04,280 --> 00:11:06,580 Friday night, you learned a fairly new song. 99 00:11:06,580 --> 00:11:08,390 And there's been some requests to sing it again. 100 00:11:08,390 --> 00:11:12,120 So if you would like to singing Life Calls Us On, we 101 00:11:12,120 --> 00:11:20,280 invite you to rise in body or in spirit and join in singing. 102 00:11:20,280 --> 00:16:04,895 [MUSIC - "LIFE CALLS US ON"] 103 00:16:04,895 --> 00:16:07,930 KEITH ARNOLD: I'm Keith Arnold, the minister of music 104 00:16:07,930 --> 00:16:10,660 at Jefferson Unitarian Church and this 105 00:16:10,660 --> 00:16:13,440 year's GA choir director. 106 00:16:13,440 --> 00:16:14,980 Thank you. 107 00:16:14,980 --> 00:16:21,630 [APPLAUSE] 108 00:16:21,630 --> 00:16:23,910 KEITH ARNOLD: To help break down the barriers between the 109 00:16:23,910 --> 00:16:27,950 choir and the congregation, we're all sitting in this 110 00:16:27,950 --> 00:16:29,680 choir piece at the end. 111 00:16:29,680 --> 00:16:33,140 We have a special part for you in one of our songs. 112 00:16:33,140 --> 00:16:37,580 Later in the service during "Choose to Bless the World," 113 00:16:37,580 --> 00:16:42,750 I'll invite you to sing the words jubilate deo, 114 00:16:42,750 --> 00:16:48,350 hallelujah, which means "Rejoice in God, hallelujah." 115 00:16:48,350 --> 00:16:49,990 Let's say those words together. 116 00:16:49,990 --> 00:16:50,580 Jubilate. 117 00:16:50,580 --> 00:16:52,556 AUDIENCE: Jubilate. 118 00:16:52,556 --> 00:16:52,886 KEITH ARNOLD: Deo. 119 00:16:52,886 --> 00:16:54,368 AUDIENCE: Deo. 120 00:16:54,368 --> 00:16:55,356 KEITH ARNOLD: Hallelujah. 121 00:16:55,356 --> 00:16:57,332 AUDIENCE: Hallelujah. 122 00:16:57,332 --> 00:17:00,250 KEITH ARNOLD: And the melody goes like this. 123 00:17:00,250 --> 00:17:12,026 (SINGING) Jubilate deo, jubilate deo, hallelujah. 124 00:17:12,026 --> 00:17:23,569 AUDIENCE: Jubilate deo, jubilate deo, hallelujah. 125 00:17:23,569 --> 00:17:24,900 KEITH ARNOLD: Wow, you are a quick 126 00:17:24,900 --> 00:17:27,119 learning bunch here tonight. 127 00:17:27,119 --> 00:17:30,540 This melody was written by the hymn writer Michael 128 00:17:30,540 --> 00:17:33,510 Praetorius in 1571. 129 00:17:33,510 --> 00:17:46,520 We'll have a chance to sing it later in the service together. 130 00:17:46,520 --> 00:17:48,430 B. LOEWE: My friends. 131 00:17:48,430 --> 00:17:52,270 [APPLAUSE] 132 00:17:52,270 --> 00:17:58,490 B. LOEWE: My friends, what a time we've had together, and 133 00:17:58,490 --> 00:18:01,530 what a long time coming it's been. 134 00:18:01,530 --> 00:18:04,990 When we asked you to come to Arizona, we didn't ask you to 135 00:18:04,990 --> 00:18:07,380 come to transform Arizona. 136 00:18:07,380 --> 00:18:11,740 We asked you to come to be transformed by Arizona. 137 00:18:11,740 --> 00:18:14,440 [APPLAUSE] 138 00:18:14,440 --> 00:18:18,710 B. LOEWE: And this week, we have lived that truism that 139 00:18:18,710 --> 00:18:22,060 those who set out to change the world will surely be 140 00:18:22,060 --> 00:18:24,350 changed themselves. 141 00:18:24,350 --> 00:18:29,890 In your assembly, I can say we have found new recruits and 142 00:18:29,890 --> 00:18:32,800 old friends for the movement for migrant 143 00:18:32,800 --> 00:18:38,280 rights and human rights. 144 00:18:38,280 --> 00:18:41,980 And I think in our movement, you may very well have found 145 00:18:41,980 --> 00:18:44,350 some new recruits for the Unitarian 146 00:18:44,350 --> 00:18:46,724 Universalists as well. 147 00:18:46,724 --> 00:18:49,923 [APPLAUSE] 148 00:18:49,923 --> 00:18:54,210 B. LOEWE: On our first night, Pablo Alvarado issued a 149 00:18:54,210 --> 00:18:56,720 challenge to all of us. 150 00:18:56,720 --> 00:19:00,460 By inviting you to come to Arizona at a time when a 151 00:19:00,460 --> 00:19:05,010 boycott was our strongest tool, we extended the belief 152 00:19:05,010 --> 00:19:08,230 that you coming here would be more powerful 153 00:19:08,230 --> 00:19:10,470 than you going elsewhere. 154 00:19:10,470 --> 00:19:14,580 And as he said, that is still to be seen. 155 00:19:14,580 --> 00:19:19,380 We have had an incredible, incredible week together. 156 00:19:19,380 --> 00:19:21,810 But our success will be defined by 157 00:19:21,810 --> 00:19:25,824 where we go from here. 158 00:19:25,824 --> 00:19:29,060 [APPLAUSE] 159 00:19:29,060 --> 00:19:33,500 B. LOEWE: Doing justice is not about assembling once a year. 160 00:19:33,500 --> 00:19:37,420 It's a daily chore, as common as brushing one's teeth. . 161 00:19:37,420 --> 00:19:40,550 And as Pablo said last night, the road 162 00:19:40,550 --> 00:19:42,600 ahead will not be easy. 163 00:19:42,600 --> 00:19:44,950 It will not be smooth. 164 00:19:44,950 --> 00:19:49,380 But if we continue walking it together in partnership, we 165 00:19:49,380 --> 00:19:50,820 will be victorious. 166 00:19:50,820 --> 00:19:54,200 [APPLAUSE] 167 00:19:54,200 --> 00:19:57,470 B. LOEWE: So as you go home, you must be asking the 168 00:19:57,470 --> 00:20:00,520 question, where do we go from here? 169 00:20:00,520 --> 00:20:05,280 For us, where we go from here is the undocumented and 170 00:20:05,280 --> 00:20:09,740 unafraid Ride for Justice, a bus tour that will take off 171 00:20:09,740 --> 00:20:13,120 from here in Phoenix filled with undocumented families who 172 00:20:13,120 --> 00:20:16,200 will come out and challenge the defenders of hate 173 00:20:16,200 --> 00:20:19,180 throughout the South on the way to the Democratic National 174 00:20:19,180 --> 00:20:19,990 Convention. 175 00:20:19,990 --> 00:20:24,274 [APPLAUSE] 176 00:20:24,274 --> 00:20:26,450 B. LOEWE: We will demonstrate our power, the power we hold 177 00:20:26,450 --> 00:20:30,690 within, and we will demand the inclusion that they deserve. 178 00:20:30,690 --> 00:20:34,190 From here, we launch a campaign to restore trust and 179 00:20:34,190 --> 00:20:36,610 break ICE's hold on our communities. 180 00:20:36,610 --> 00:20:39,970 From here, we prepare for the Supreme Court to issue its 181 00:20:39,970 --> 00:20:41,640 ruling on the Department of Justice 182 00:20:41,640 --> 00:20:45,350 SB-1070 case likely tomorrow. 183 00:20:45,350 --> 00:20:48,520 And to be honest, it's a case we never believed would fully 184 00:20:48,520 --> 00:20:49,830 vindicate our rights. 185 00:20:49,830 --> 00:20:53,650 But it doesn't matter how they rule because the decision has 186 00:20:53,650 --> 00:20:56,250 already been made in our communities and in our 187 00:20:56,250 --> 00:20:57,850 congregations. 188 00:20:57,850 --> 00:21:00,580 Not even the highest court in the land can turn back a 189 00:21:00,580 --> 00:21:02,205 determined people. 190 00:21:02,205 --> 00:21:04,185 [APPLAUSE] 191 00:21:04,185 --> 00:21:06,660 B. LOEWE: We will stand on the side of love. 192 00:21:06,660 --> 00:21:10,440 And we will not comply. 193 00:21:10,440 --> 00:21:13,230 To carry out the hard work of the world, we 194 00:21:13,230 --> 00:21:15,260 will need each other. 195 00:21:15,260 --> 00:21:18,650 We will need to be resolute in the face of our adversaries. 196 00:21:18,650 --> 00:21:23,120 And we will need to be kind in the company of our friends. 197 00:21:23,120 --> 00:21:26,940 And so I want to ask you to do an exercise with me. 198 00:21:26,940 --> 00:21:29,270 Perhaps some of you came here thinking you were just a 199 00:21:29,270 --> 00:21:31,100 participant. 200 00:21:31,100 --> 00:21:35,560 But when you leave here tonight, you leave a leader, 201 00:21:35,560 --> 00:21:39,350 someone who your congregations back home will look to for how 202 00:21:39,350 --> 00:21:41,130 we go forward. 203 00:21:41,130 --> 00:21:45,370 And with that, let us accept that collective responsibility 204 00:21:45,370 --> 00:21:47,620 and that shared commitment. 205 00:21:47,620 --> 00:21:50,600 The president of this country is not the only one to tell us 206 00:21:50,600 --> 00:21:53,180 that we are the ones we've been waiting for. 207 00:21:53,180 --> 00:21:57,010 We, ourselves, also have to know that's true. 208 00:21:57,010 --> 00:22:01,750 So please, turn to someone next you. 209 00:22:01,750 --> 00:22:03,820 Find a partner. 210 00:22:03,820 --> 00:22:06,890 And if you're comfortable, hold each other by each 211 00:22:06,890 --> 00:22:08,520 other's wrist-- 212 00:22:08,520 --> 00:22:14,340 not the hand, but by the wrist so that you can feel the pulse 213 00:22:14,340 --> 00:22:18,340 because behind all of our statistics, behind all of our 214 00:22:18,340 --> 00:22:21,250 protests, there are people-- 215 00:22:21,250 --> 00:22:24,790 living, breathing, pulsing humans-- 216 00:22:24,790 --> 00:22:27,190 yearning to be free. 217 00:22:27,190 --> 00:22:29,170 Feel that. 218 00:22:29,170 --> 00:22:31,140 Hold that. 219 00:22:31,140 --> 00:22:36,540 And I'm going to ask person one to look at the other and 220 00:22:36,540 --> 00:22:40,748 tell them, "You are the one we've been waiting for." 221 00:22:40,748 --> 00:22:44,580 AUDIENCE: You are the one we've been waiting for. 222 00:22:44,580 --> 00:22:48,460 B. LOEWE: And person two, tell them with the greatest 223 00:22:48,460 --> 00:22:51,814 sincerity, "I will not fail you." 224 00:22:51,814 --> 00:22:53,670 AUDIENCE: I will not fail you. 225 00:22:53,670 --> 00:22:56,180 B. LOEWE: And now, let's do that in reverse. 226 00:22:56,180 --> 00:22:58,210 You are the one we've been waiting for. 227 00:22:58,210 --> 00:23:01,350 AUDIENCE: You are the one we've been waiting for. 228 00:23:01,350 --> 00:23:02,980 B. LOEWE: And I will not fail you. 229 00:23:02,980 --> 00:23:04,770 AUDIENCE: And I will not fail you. 230 00:23:04,770 --> 00:23:08,630 B. LOEWE: With our sincerest gratitude for being here, with 231 00:23:08,630 --> 00:23:13,300 our greatest determination to continue, Arizona, you are 232 00:23:13,300 --> 00:23:16,300 exactly what we have been waiting for. 233 00:23:16,300 --> 00:23:19,600 And Arizona, we will not fail you. 234 00:23:19,600 --> 00:23:21,140 Thank you. 235 00:23:21,140 --> 00:23:37,310 [APPLAUSE] 236 00:23:37,310 --> 00:23:41,260 PETER MORALES: This is the last time I will speak at this 237 00:23:41,260 --> 00:23:44,330 general assembly. 238 00:23:44,330 --> 00:23:45,590 And-- 239 00:23:45,590 --> 00:23:49,580 bless you. 240 00:23:49,580 --> 00:23:54,480 And I will leave here with an image. 241 00:23:54,480 --> 00:24:04,030 I wish all of you could have seen what it looked like last 242 00:24:04,030 --> 00:24:12,240 night from that flat-bed truck to look out on what seemed 243 00:24:12,240 --> 00:24:19,860 like an endless field of these small lights. 244 00:24:19,860 --> 00:24:25,935 I was so deeply moved by that and by so many other things at 245 00:24:25,935 --> 00:24:29,890 this General Assembly. 246 00:24:29,890 --> 00:24:32,360 And I've been asking myself today, why has 247 00:24:32,360 --> 00:24:36,560 it all been so powerful? 248 00:24:36,560 --> 00:24:39,420 And I don't think I have the answer fully. 249 00:24:39,420 --> 00:24:43,780 But I have part of it. 250 00:24:43,780 --> 00:24:49,040 It's because we acted out of our core spiritual 251 00:24:49,040 --> 00:24:57,080 convictions, around the power of love human to human. 252 00:24:57,080 --> 00:25:00,970 And we brought our best selves. 253 00:25:00,970 --> 00:25:04,490 Another piece is I think we prepared in a way that we 254 00:25:04,490 --> 00:25:07,190 normally don't for a General Assembly. 255 00:25:07,190 --> 00:25:09,990 And we came ready. 256 00:25:09,990 --> 00:25:13,630 And the other piece I'm increasingly convinced of is 257 00:25:13,630 --> 00:25:16,960 that we did it with partners who are not Unitarian 258 00:25:16,960 --> 00:25:18,070 Universalists. 259 00:25:18,070 --> 00:25:29,410 [APPLAUSE] 260 00:25:29,410 --> 00:25:32,910 PETER MORALES: It got us out of ourselves in a way that is 261 00:25:32,910 --> 00:25:35,290 powerful and essential. 262 00:25:35,290 --> 00:25:40,180 And it was and is beautiful. 263 00:25:40,180 --> 00:25:43,250 So I want to say thank you. 264 00:25:43,250 --> 00:25:47,180 Because of you, because of what we have done together, my 265 00:25:47,180 --> 00:25:50,450 faith is stronger today. 266 00:25:50,450 --> 00:25:54,660 Because of you, we are stronger. 267 00:25:54,660 --> 00:26:00,130 We have seen what is possible if we work together. 268 00:26:00,130 --> 00:26:02,080 Take that with you. 269 00:26:02,080 --> 00:26:07,190 Take that with you like one of those lights looking out from 270 00:26:07,190 --> 00:26:09,410 the flat-bed truck. 271 00:26:09,410 --> 00:26:11,490 And you know what? 272 00:26:11,490 --> 00:26:16,447 I can't wait to see what we do next. 273 00:26:16,447 --> 00:26:17,441 Thank you. 274 00:26:17,441 --> 00:26:33,842 [APPLAUSE] 275 00:26:33,842 --> 00:26:37,530 CAROLYN SAUNDERS: Words are important. 276 00:26:37,530 --> 00:26:43,120 We've talked a lot about words this week, words like "love," 277 00:26:43,120 --> 00:26:48,910 and "justice," and "humility." These words are important 278 00:26:48,910 --> 00:26:53,350 because of the feelings they invoke and for the actions 279 00:26:53,350 --> 00:26:56,090 they inspire. 280 00:26:56,090 --> 00:27:00,590 This evening, we'll share a few more words before we close 281 00:27:00,590 --> 00:27:04,430 General Assembly and take the things we've learned to our 282 00:27:04,430 --> 00:27:06,970 local communities. 283 00:27:06,970 --> 00:27:12,960 Our first word tonight is "chalice." As we like this 284 00:27:12,960 --> 00:27:18,270 symbol of our tradition, may we feel inspired to live out 285 00:27:18,270 --> 00:27:23,990 our best ideals tonight and every day. 286 00:27:23,990 --> 00:27:34,690 So may we be. 287 00:27:34,690 --> 00:27:38,590 KEITH ARNOLD: Our choral prelude is a meditation 288 00:27:38,590 --> 00:27:42,080 beginning with the soprano saxophone, continuing with 289 00:27:42,080 --> 00:27:45,600 hand-bells and the GA choir. 290 00:27:45,600 --> 00:27:48,460 The Reverend Wendy Williams provided the lyrics and the 291 00:27:48,460 --> 00:27:51,030 inspiration for this music whose 292 00:27:51,030 --> 00:27:53,700 essential message is this. 293 00:27:53,700 --> 00:27:59,650 We come to church to grow our own hearts so that we can hold 294 00:27:59,650 --> 00:28:02,510 one another into greater health, 295 00:28:02,510 --> 00:28:15,440 wholeness, and holiness. 296 00:28:15,440 --> 00:35:12,028 [MUSIC - "GROW YOUR HEART"] 297 00:35:12,028 --> 00:35:18,580 SPEAKER 1: We came together in Arizona for this Justice GA in 298 00:35:18,580 --> 00:35:22,260 response to a resolution. 299 00:35:22,260 --> 00:35:27,460 We resolved to support our companions and partners in 300 00:35:27,460 --> 00:35:33,130 Arizona on the journey to learn something new about 301 00:35:33,130 --> 00:35:40,530 ourselves and to live out the purpose and principles to 302 00:35:40,530 --> 00:35:45,950 which this association is committed. 303 00:35:45,950 --> 00:35:51,122 This resolution is our resolution. 304 00:35:51,122 --> 00:35:54,180 SPEAKER 2: We've made every effort to respond to this 305 00:35:54,180 --> 00:35:57,960 resolution with integrity and honesty. 306 00:35:57,960 --> 00:36:01,390 SPEAKER 3: We have gathered to examine and overcome our own 307 00:36:01,390 --> 00:36:05,470 individual assumptions when encountering new people, and 308 00:36:05,470 --> 00:36:09,880 to engage in compassionate response and witness even when 309 00:36:09,880 --> 00:36:13,310 we fall short of our aspirations to expand our 310 00:36:13,310 --> 00:36:17,665 capacity to be allies to all people in need. 311 00:36:17,665 --> 00:36:21,980 SPEAKER 1: Here we are. 312 00:36:21,980 --> 00:36:26,280 SPEAKER 4: We invite you now to enter a time of prayer and 313 00:36:26,280 --> 00:36:27,540 reflection. 314 00:36:27,540 --> 00:36:30,180 SPEAKER 3: Sit comfortably. 315 00:36:30,180 --> 00:36:32,190 Breathe deeply. 316 00:36:32,190 --> 00:36:35,440 SPEAKER 1: Let us pray. 317 00:36:35,440 --> 00:36:39,050 SPEAKER 2: It is ancient wisdom that says "Do justice, 318 00:36:39,050 --> 00:36:43,370 love mercy, and go humbly with your god." 319 00:36:43,370 --> 00:36:46,750 SPEAKER 1: It is ancient wisdom that says "Love your 320 00:36:46,750 --> 00:36:51,170 neighbor as yourself." Easy to say. 321 00:36:51,170 --> 00:36:53,910 SPEAKER 5: Hard to live. 322 00:36:53,910 --> 00:36:56,360 SPEAKER 2: Easy to forget. 323 00:36:56,360 --> 00:37:00,330 SPEAKER 4: Let us remember to meet injustice with 324 00:37:00,330 --> 00:37:01,590 compassion. 325 00:37:01,590 --> 00:37:05,730 SPEAKER 1: Let us remember that compassion is the true 326 00:37:05,730 --> 00:37:07,715 root of justice. 327 00:37:07,715 --> 00:37:11,546 SPEAKER 3: The invitation is always there-- 328 00:37:11,546 --> 00:37:13,515 SPEAKER 2: --easy to ignore. 329 00:37:13,515 --> 00:37:16,860 SPEAKER 4: The invitation is still there. 330 00:37:16,860 --> 00:37:18,950 SPEAKER 1: Easy to fail. 331 00:37:18,950 --> 00:37:23,060 SPEAKER 3: The invitation to do justice, love mercy, and to 332 00:37:23,060 --> 00:37:27,000 love our neighbors as ourselves is eternal. 333 00:37:27,000 --> 00:37:31,240 SPEAKER 5: We respond to the invitation in many ways. 334 00:37:31,240 --> 00:37:33,510 SPEAKER 4: We have many words for it. 335 00:37:33,510 --> 00:37:35,870 SPEAKER 1: We preach about it. 336 00:37:35,870 --> 00:37:37,630 SPEAKER 3: We teach about it. 337 00:37:37,630 --> 00:37:39,430 SPEAKER 5: We wrestle with it. 338 00:37:39,430 --> 00:37:40,290 SPEAKER 2: We struggle. 339 00:37:40,290 --> 00:37:40,975 With it. 340 00:37:40,975 --> 00:37:45,840 SPEAKER 1: Ancient Mother, we struggle with it. 341 00:37:45,840 --> 00:37:49,830 SPEAKER 3: Holy God, we struggle with it. 342 00:37:49,830 --> 00:37:54,660 SPEAKER 5: We fall short of our vision for ourselves. 343 00:37:54,660 --> 00:37:56,562 SPEAKER 3: We lose our way. 344 00:37:56,562 --> 00:37:59,590 SPEAKER 4: Yet we can find it again. 345 00:37:59,590 --> 00:38:03,300 SPEAKER 3: The invitation to do justice, love mercy, and go 346 00:38:03,300 --> 00:38:07,120 humbly with God is eternal. 347 00:38:07,120 --> 00:38:09,550 SPEAKER 5: We make assumptions. 348 00:38:09,550 --> 00:38:11,940 SPEAKER 2: We do make assumptions. 349 00:38:11,940 --> 00:38:13,680 SPEAKER 4: About God. 350 00:38:13,680 --> 00:38:15,396 SPEAKER 1: About the sacred. 351 00:38:15,396 --> 00:38:18,290 SPEAKER 5: About our neighbors. 352 00:38:18,290 --> 00:38:20,290 SPEAKER 3: About people we perceive as 353 00:38:20,290 --> 00:38:22,850 different from ourselves. 354 00:38:22,850 --> 00:38:25,590 SPEAKER 4: Assumptions are like prisons for the 355 00:38:25,590 --> 00:38:28,210 other and the self. 356 00:38:28,210 --> 00:38:31,060 SPEAKER 1: They wall us in, hold us 357 00:38:31,060 --> 00:38:34,930 down, keep us in place. 358 00:38:34,930 --> 00:38:38,405 SPEAKER 3: We ought to get to know each other first. 359 00:38:38,405 --> 00:38:40,695 SPEAKER 2: Know each other deeply. 360 00:38:40,695 --> 00:38:44,150 SPEAKER 4: Know each other's passions and dreams. 361 00:38:44,150 --> 00:38:47,142 SPEAKER 1: Know each other's gifts and talents. 362 00:38:47,142 --> 00:38:50,140 SPEAKER 3: Know each other's challenges and failings. 363 00:38:50,140 --> 00:38:52,640 SPEAKER 5: Know each other's joys. 364 00:38:52,640 --> 00:38:55,305 SPEAKER 4: Know each other's suffering and sorrow. 365 00:38:55,305 --> 00:38:57,450 SPEAKER 1: Know each other's children. 366 00:38:57,450 --> 00:38:59,190 SPEAKER 3: Know each other's parents. 367 00:38:59,190 --> 00:39:01,740 SPEAKER 5: Know each other's stories. 368 00:39:01,740 --> 00:39:04,110 SPEAKER 2: Know each other's history. 369 00:39:04,110 --> 00:39:06,090 SPEAKER 1: Know each other's name. 370 00:39:06,090 --> 00:39:08,452 SPEAKER 3: Know each other's families. 371 00:39:08,452 --> 00:39:11,100 SPEAKER 5: Know each other's people. 372 00:39:11,100 --> 00:39:13,422 SPEAKER 2: Then, we can be allies. 373 00:39:13,422 --> 00:39:15,813 SPEAKER 4: Then, we can be accountable. 374 00:39:15,813 --> 00:39:17,875 SPEAKER 3: Then, we can work together. 375 00:39:17,875 --> 00:39:19,320 SPEAKER 5: Sing together. 376 00:39:19,320 --> 00:39:20,335 SPEAKER 2: Dance together. 377 00:39:20,335 --> 00:39:21,425 SPEAKER 4: Dream together. 378 00:39:21,425 --> 00:39:23,625 SPEAKER 1: Seek justice together. 379 00:39:23,625 --> 00:39:25,850 SPEAKER 5: Build community together. 380 00:39:25,850 --> 00:39:27,180 SPEAKER 2: Pray together. 381 00:39:27,180 --> 00:39:29,435 SPEAKER 4: Recall the ancestors together. 382 00:39:29,435 --> 00:39:32,000 SPEAKER 1: Say hallelujah together. 383 00:39:32,000 --> 00:39:35,380 SPEAKER 3: Say masakhane together 384 00:39:35,380 --> 00:39:37,000 SPEAKER 2: Say shalom together. 385 00:39:37,000 --> 00:39:40,050 SPEAKER 4: Say blessed be together. 386 00:39:40,050 --> 00:39:43,660 SPEAKER 1: And let us not fool ourselves. 387 00:39:43,660 --> 00:39:46,650 Along the way, we will fall short. 388 00:39:46,650 --> 00:39:50,060 SPEAKER 3: Along the way, we will miss our mark. 389 00:39:50,060 --> 00:39:53,720 SPEAKER 5: Along the way, we will let each other down. 390 00:39:53,720 --> 00:39:56,460 SPEAKER 4: Along the way, we will fail. 391 00:39:56,460 --> 00:40:03,220 SPEAKER 1: But the invitation to do justice, love mercy, and 392 00:40:03,220 --> 00:40:07,945 go humbly with God is always present. 393 00:40:07,945 --> 00:40:11,470 SPEAKER 3: That invitation is eternal. 394 00:40:11,470 --> 00:40:14,320 SPEAKER 5: Let us hold each other when we fall short of 395 00:40:14,320 --> 00:40:15,691 our vision. 396 00:40:15,691 --> 00:40:18,090 SPEAKER 2: Let us respond with compassion 397 00:40:18,090 --> 00:40:19,815 when we miss our mark. 398 00:40:19,815 --> 00:40:24,330 SPEAKER 1: May our bonds remains strong even when we 399 00:40:24,330 --> 00:40:25,990 let each other down. 400 00:40:25,990 --> 00:40:30,800 SPEAKER 3: May our hearts remain open even when we fail. 401 00:40:30,800 --> 00:40:34,980 SPEAKER 5: May we remember the ancient wisdom that called us 402 00:40:34,980 --> 00:40:39,530 to do justice, love mercy, and go humbly with our God. 403 00:40:39,530 --> 00:40:42,930 SPEAKER 2: May we remember the ancient wisdom that calls us 404 00:40:42,930 --> 00:40:45,692 to love our neighbors as ourselves. 405 00:40:45,692 --> 00:40:48,640 SPEAKER 4: May remember here and now. 406 00:40:48,640 --> 00:40:51,805 SPEAKER 3: May we remember here and now-- 407 00:40:51,805 --> 00:40:54,560 SPEAKER 5: --to make our time together sacred. 408 00:40:54,560 --> 00:40:57,590 SPEAKER 2: To make our time together holy. 409 00:40:57,590 --> 00:41:00,440 SPEAKER 4: So that we may be community. 410 00:41:00,440 --> 00:41:05,070 SPEAKER 1: So that we may call each other beloved. 411 00:41:05,070 --> 00:41:07,806 SPEAKER 5: The invitation is eternal. 412 00:41:07,806 --> 00:41:10,850 SPEAKER 2: The invitation is eternal. 413 00:41:10,850 --> 00:41:14,620 SPEAKER 4: The invitation is eternal. 414 00:41:14,620 --> 00:41:33,860 ALL: Let us, once again, accept the invitation. 415 00:41:33,860 --> 00:41:36,060 KELLIE WALKER: I would again like to invite the Reverend 416 00:41:36,060 --> 00:41:56,850 Fred Small up to sing. 417 00:41:56,850 --> 00:42:02,295 [GUITAR MUSIC] 418 00:42:02,295 --> 00:42:09,760 FRED SMALL: [SPEAKING SPANISH]. 419 00:42:09,760 --> 00:42:14,050 This song is by Andres Useche from Columbia, who lives in 420 00:42:14,050 --> 00:42:15,630 Los Angeles. 421 00:42:15,630 --> 00:42:23,010 On July 29, 2010, 29 Unitarian Universalists including eight 422 00:42:23,010 --> 00:42:29,030 ministers were arrested here in Phoenix in nonviolent civil 423 00:42:29,030 --> 00:42:36,180 disobedience standing on the side of love with immigrant 424 00:42:36,180 --> 00:42:41,280 workers and students and families. 425 00:42:41,280 --> 00:42:46,190 That night, those of us who were not arrested gathered 426 00:42:46,190 --> 00:42:50,150 outside Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail. 427 00:42:50,150 --> 00:42:58,230 We didn't know how long those arrested would be detained. 428 00:42:58,230 --> 00:43:03,890 We didn't know how they were being treated or mistreated. 429 00:43:03,890 --> 00:43:08,420 We didn't know how their spirits were holding up. 430 00:43:08,420 --> 00:43:17,100 All we could do was bear witness and pray and sing. 431 00:43:17,100 --> 00:43:23,022 This is one of the songs we sang. 432 00:43:23,022 --> 00:49:03,706 [MUSIC - "MARCHING INTO THE LIGHT"] 433 00:49:03,706 --> 00:49:09,162 [APPLAUSE] 434 00:49:09,162 --> 00:49:19,604 FRED SMALL: Andres Usechu, Marching into the Light. 435 00:49:19,604 --> 00:49:22,710 JONIPHER KWONG: This GA, we have come to learn just how 436 00:49:22,710 --> 00:49:28,730 sexy power can be. 437 00:49:28,730 --> 00:49:32,920 Power is sexy because it's something we engage in, build 438 00:49:32,920 --> 00:49:35,230 upon, and co-create. 439 00:49:35,230 --> 00:49:38,990 It is the coming together of energies to scintillate our 440 00:49:38,990 --> 00:49:42,150 lives and bring meaning and depth to 441 00:49:42,150 --> 00:49:44,410 our religious movement. 442 00:49:44,410 --> 00:49:49,830 It is our mojo as Unitarian Universalists on our quest for 443 00:49:49,830 --> 00:49:52,730 social justice. 444 00:49:52,730 --> 00:49:56,070 We clearly saw this power at work in a mighty way during 445 00:49:56,070 --> 00:50:00,660 the past two years when DRUUM, LUUNA, Trust, Equal Access, 446 00:50:00,660 --> 00:50:04,920 and other groups within our own movement came together to 447 00:50:04,920 --> 00:50:08,340 plan what Justice GA would look like. 448 00:50:08,340 --> 00:50:12,330 We even went beyond our own movement and joined powers 449 00:50:12,330 --> 00:50:16,780 with groups like Somos Arizona and Puente to think 450 00:50:16,780 --> 00:50:18,780 strategically. 451 00:50:18,780 --> 00:50:24,460 Power is sexy because it harnesses our desire to build 452 00:50:24,460 --> 00:50:26,890 a more just world. 453 00:50:26,890 --> 00:50:31,170 And when used in a life-giving way, there is no room for the 454 00:50:31,170 --> 00:50:35,650 kind of power that would abuse, exploit, or dominate 455 00:50:35,650 --> 00:50:38,020 another human being. 456 00:50:38,020 --> 00:50:42,820 [APPLAUSE] 457 00:50:42,820 --> 00:50:46,140 JONIPHER KWONG: Sexy power is the kind of shared power that 458 00:50:46,140 --> 00:50:49,840 arises when we hear each other's stories and 459 00:50:49,840 --> 00:50:53,450 participate in each other's struggles. 460 00:50:53,450 --> 00:50:57,880 There is power not in the deportation of families, but 461 00:50:57,880 --> 00:51:01,220 in the importation of friendships. 462 00:51:01,220 --> 00:51:04,916 [APPLAUSE] 463 00:51:04,916 --> 00:51:07,420 JONIPHER KWONG: You know, last night, a certain sheriff tried 464 00:51:07,420 --> 00:51:11,110 to exert his power by Facebooking and Tweeting his 465 00:51:11,110 --> 00:51:13,850 supporters to counter-protest what we're 466 00:51:13,850 --> 00:51:16,770 doing here in Arizona? 467 00:51:16,770 --> 00:51:22,700 Well, yes, we do appreciate the publicity. 468 00:51:22,700 --> 00:51:27,240 Today and tonight, however, we boldly proclaimed that here in 469 00:51:27,240 --> 00:51:32,706 Phoenix, there's a new sheriff in town. 470 00:51:32,706 --> 00:51:56,419 [APPLAUSE] 471 00:51:56,419 --> 00:51:59,690 JONIPHER KWONG: While the old sheriff shows off his power 472 00:51:59,690 --> 00:52:03,720 and might by building borders, this new sheriff summons the 473 00:52:03,720 --> 00:52:09,130 power of love by building relationships. 474 00:52:09,130 --> 00:52:13,410 While the old sheriff values the love of power, the new 475 00:52:13,410 --> 00:52:20,660 sheriff thrives from the power of love. 476 00:52:20,660 --> 00:52:22,710 And did I also mention that this new 477 00:52:22,710 --> 00:52:24,656 sheriff speaks Spanish? 478 00:52:24,656 --> 00:52:27,572 [APPLAUSE] 479 00:52:27,572 --> 00:52:30,060 JONIPHER KWONG: He'd be the first to tell you that in 480 00:52:30,060 --> 00:52:33,580 Spanish, the word for power is poder. 481 00:52:33,580 --> 00:52:35,730 When we learn to speak one another's 482 00:52:35,730 --> 00:52:38,500 language, there is poder. 483 00:52:38,500 --> 00:52:42,210 When we persuade elected officials to work for justice, 484 00:52:42,210 --> 00:52:44,280 there is poder. 485 00:52:44,280 --> 00:52:48,370 When we protest and make a public witness of solidarity, 486 00:52:48,370 --> 00:52:50,910 there is poder. 487 00:52:50,910 --> 00:52:54,890 May our work extend beyond this week and beyond Phoenix 488 00:52:54,890 --> 00:52:59,240 to our local communities as we build poder or share power 489 00:52:59,240 --> 00:53:00,950 with one another. 490 00:53:00,950 --> 00:53:04,830 And may the sexy power to persuade and advocate for 491 00:53:04,830 --> 00:53:08,910 immigrant justice transform not just our country but 492 00:53:08,910 --> 00:53:11,130 indeed our world. 493 00:53:11,130 --> 00:53:16,010 May we, the new sheriff in town, become a powerful 494 00:53:16,010 --> 00:53:20,580 witness to what Unitarian Universalists are truly 495 00:53:20,580 --> 00:53:21,800 capable of. 496 00:53:21,800 --> 00:53:24,560 And to that, lots of people say, 497 00:53:24,560 --> 00:53:58,989 "Yeah, baby!" [APPLAUSE] 498 00:53:58,989 --> 00:54:03,700 GINI COUTER: Our next word, accompany, acompanar, to 499 00:54:03,700 --> 00:54:10,310 escort, to attend, to chaperone, to keep company, to 500 00:54:10,310 --> 00:54:15,950 convoy, go along with, hang out with, band together with, 501 00:54:15,950 --> 00:54:20,120 to associate or be an association, to 502 00:54:20,120 --> 00:54:22,710 care for, to tend. 503 00:54:22,710 --> 00:54:27,910 [SPEAKING SPANISH], to coexist with, be connected with, go 504 00:54:27,910 --> 00:54:30,010 hand in hand with. 505 00:54:30,010 --> 00:54:35,970 [SPEAKING SPANISH], complete, whole, and holy, to reach 506 00:54:35,970 --> 00:54:40,180 forward, to see fully, to wonder, to imagine the 507 00:54:40,180 --> 00:54:42,390 possibilities. 508 00:54:42,390 --> 00:54:50,250 To dare, to dare to discard "do for" for "go with." To 509 00:54:50,250 --> 00:54:55,370 choose, elegir, to choose again, tambien. 510 00:54:55,370 --> 00:55:00,380 To choose until not choosing is no longer a choice, to go 511 00:55:00,380 --> 00:55:05,680 with when the destination is unclear or unknown, to go with 512 00:55:05,680 --> 00:55:11,080 when some possible outcomes are frightening or unsafe, to 513 00:55:11,080 --> 00:55:15,330 go when going will change you so much that there will be no 514 00:55:15,330 --> 00:55:20,090 coming back, no reclaiming the self you are now. 515 00:55:20,090 --> 00:55:31,040 [SPEAKING SPANISH], to go as an embodiment of faith, to 516 00:55:31,040 --> 00:55:38,970 journey with as a manifestation of love, to err, 517 00:55:38,970 --> 00:55:44,040 to stumble, to almost regret, to question and wonder again, 518 00:55:44,040 --> 00:55:50,990 and then decide we will discard regret for gratitude 519 00:55:50,990 --> 00:55:57,380 and begin again in love, wiser and more resolutely. 520 00:55:57,380 --> 00:56:02,110 [SPEAKING SPANISH], we accompany, we learn together, 521 00:56:02,110 --> 00:56:06,000 leading and following, committed and committing acts 522 00:56:06,000 --> 00:56:09,690 of love and faith and learning. 523 00:56:09,690 --> 00:56:16,660 [SPEAKING SPANISH], you will not journey alone again. 524 00:56:16,660 --> 00:56:18,690 We will not allow it. 525 00:56:18,690 --> 00:56:25,584 Somos unos, we are one transformed, accompany. 526 00:56:25,584 --> 00:56:37,536 [APPLAUSE] 527 00:56:37,536 --> 00:56:41,840 KELLIE WALKER: We will remain seated for this next hymn. 528 00:56:41,840 --> 00:56:44,810 There is strength in sitting. 529 00:56:44,810 --> 00:56:51,000 There is strength in not moving. 530 00:56:51,000 --> 00:56:54,180 You heard the district choir in the opening ceremony sing 531 00:56:54,180 --> 00:56:57,780 this next song as a choral response. 532 00:56:57,780 --> 00:57:03,310 Tonight, it's your turn to sing "Ven, Espiritu de Amor." 533 00:57:03,310 --> 00:57:06,170 I'm working on my Spanish singing and it will 534 00:57:06,170 --> 00:57:11,650 be better next time. 535 00:57:11,650 --> 00:57:14,110 We will still sing for you, though. 536 00:57:14,110 --> 00:57:16,450 We will sing it two times through. 537 00:57:16,450 --> 00:57:20,870 Remember the meaning of these words as we return home to 538 00:57:20,870 --> 00:57:26,670 continue the work of justice in our own communities. 539 00:57:26,670 --> 00:57:34,170 The English meaning, spirits of love, descend upon me, take 540 00:57:34,170 --> 00:57:39,560 me, fill me, change me, use me. 541 00:57:39,560 --> 00:57:45,455 Spirit of love, descend upon me. 542 00:57:45,455 --> 01:00:18,648 [MUSIC - "VEN, ESPIRITU DE AMOR"] 543 01:00:18,648 --> 01:00:22,470 SPEAKER 6: We offer a brief collage of words from the 544 01:00:22,470 --> 01:00:27,632 Justice GA journey we are concluding. 545 01:00:27,632 --> 01:00:31,130 SPEAKER 7: We enter into a sea of faces. 546 01:00:31,130 --> 01:00:33,665 SPEAKER 8: Confront the doctrine of discovery. 547 01:00:33,665 --> 01:00:39,830 SPEAKER 6: Swinging from despair to joy and back. 548 01:00:39,830 --> 01:00:42,375 SPEAKER 9: Forgive and don't forget. 549 01:00:42,375 --> 01:00:44,900 SPEAKER 8: How can it be that some are imprisoned? 550 01:00:44,900 --> 01:00:46,780 SPEAKER 7: In our nation? 551 01:00:46,780 --> 01:00:49,795 SPEAKER 6: Do we want a parallel America? 552 01:00:49,795 --> 01:00:53,030 SPEAKER 9: Intention does not equal impact. 553 01:00:53,030 --> 01:00:56,380 SPEAKER 7: We can't just talk about what we want to change. 554 01:00:56,380 --> 01:00:58,880 SPEAKER 6: We need to act. 555 01:00:58,880 --> 01:01:00,480 SPEAKER 9: Arrest injustice. 556 01:01:00,480 --> 01:01:03,630 SPEAKER 8: Don't ignore the Arpaios in your own backyard. 557 01:01:03,630 --> 01:01:06,892 SPEAKER 7: Todos samos Arizona. 558 01:01:06,892 --> 01:01:12,076 SPEAKER 6: Drink more water. 559 01:01:12,076 --> 01:01:15,435 SPEAKER 9: Practice cultural competency. 560 01:01:15,435 --> 01:01:18,750 SPEAKER 8: Spirit is the opposite of domination. 561 01:01:18,750 --> 01:01:20,465 SPEAKER 7: Si, si puede. 562 01:01:20,465 --> 01:01:22,330 SPEAKER 8: It is possible. 563 01:01:22,330 --> 01:01:24,902 SPEAKER 6: I will do what I can. 564 01:01:24,902 --> 01:01:27,725 SPEAKER 9: I, too, will not comply. 565 01:01:27,725 --> 01:01:30,410 SPEAKER 7: Making the invisible visible. 566 01:01:30,410 --> 01:01:33,475 SPEAKER 8: We are not looking for saviors. 567 01:01:33,475 --> 01:01:35,420 SPEAKER 9: Humanizing one another. 568 01:01:35,420 --> 01:01:38,760 SPEAKER 6: We are all the same differently. 569 01:01:38,760 --> 01:01:41,490 SPEAKER 8: Pursuing the spirit of justice. 570 01:01:41,490 --> 01:01:45,950 SPEAKER 7: The first lesson of accountability is humility. 571 01:01:45,950 --> 01:01:48,480 SPEAKER 6: Be accountable to hope. 572 01:01:48,480 --> 01:01:48,970 Seek-- 573 01:01:48,970 --> 01:01:50,350 SPEAKER 7: Libertad. 574 01:01:50,350 --> 01:01:52,492 SPEAKER 9: Love is not afraid. 575 01:01:52,492 --> 01:01:54,255 SPEAKER 8: Love shows up. 576 01:01:54,255 --> 01:01:56,105 SPEAKER 6: We will prevail. 577 01:01:56,105 --> 01:02:00,500 SPEAKER 7: Mano en mano, moving forward. 578 01:02:00,500 --> 01:02:03,110 SPEAKER 8: Brothers, and sisters, and cousins, and 579 01:02:03,110 --> 01:02:06,975 friends, the dreamers are our future. 580 01:02:06,975 --> 01:02:09,015 SPEAKER 9: Living the questions. 581 01:02:09,015 --> 01:02:10,530 SPEAKER 8: Partnering with others. 582 01:02:10,530 --> 01:02:12,760 SPEAKER 7: Give your support. 583 01:02:12,760 --> 01:02:15,800 SPEAKER 9: Ask not what our rights are, but what our 584 01:02:15,800 --> 01:02:17,445 rights should be. 585 01:02:17,445 --> 01:02:21,805 SPEAKER 6: Remember, we all have different accents. 586 01:02:21,805 --> 01:02:25,880 SPEAKER 7: Remember words that should not be said-- 587 01:02:25,880 --> 01:02:27,260 illegal. 588 01:02:27,260 --> 01:02:29,870 SPEAKER 8: Be willing to pry the nails out of 589 01:02:29,870 --> 01:02:33,165 the complaint box. 590 01:02:33,165 --> 01:02:36,980 SPEAKER 6: Change the definition of minority. 591 01:02:36,980 --> 01:02:39,712 Change this America. 592 01:02:39,712 --> 01:02:42,446 SPEAKER 9: Can we make a new America? 593 01:02:42,446 --> 01:02:44,795 SPEAKER 7: Si, se puede. 594 01:02:44,795 --> 01:02:57,782 SPEAKER 9: It is possible. 595 01:02:57,782 --> 01:03:04,440 NATE WALKER: I'm from Philadelphia, the city of love 596 01:03:04,440 --> 01:03:10,300 and sisterly affection. 597 01:03:10,300 --> 01:03:17,170 But this pilgrimage of love has left some 598 01:03:17,170 --> 01:03:20,350 sorrow on my chest. 599 01:03:20,350 --> 01:03:24,610 During our vigil last night, many of us stood at the foot 600 01:03:24,610 --> 01:03:30,560 of a sign that read "Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Smart Tents." Do 601 01:03:30,560 --> 01:03:33,710 you see it? 602 01:03:33,710 --> 01:03:36,930 I felt a fire inside. 603 01:03:36,930 --> 01:03:39,230 I felt enraged. 604 01:03:39,230 --> 01:03:42,470 I felt the impulse to bolt. 605 01:03:42,470 --> 01:03:46,170 I wanted to bolt through the armed guards, pass the police 606 01:03:46,170 --> 01:03:49,440 on horses, and scale the barbed wire fence. 607 01:03:49,440 --> 01:03:53,570 Now, this might be a good moral impulse to have, but not 608 01:03:53,570 --> 01:03:59,970 a wise impulse to enact because it was you, the love 609 01:03:59,970 --> 01:04:05,210 people, who curbed my impulse to bolt. 610 01:04:05,210 --> 01:04:09,480 It was you, the love people, who curbed my impulse to be a 611 01:04:09,480 --> 01:04:12,020 hero or be a martyr. 612 01:04:12,020 --> 01:04:16,800 You taught me how to be a partner. 613 01:04:16,800 --> 01:04:20,650 So there we were under the stars. 614 01:04:20,650 --> 01:04:26,440 And little did you know that each of you were my PST, my 615 01:04:26,440 --> 01:04:32,270 personal spiritual trainer. 616 01:04:32,270 --> 01:04:35,730 You taught me something simple-- 617 01:04:35,730 --> 01:04:40,120 make love not simply a political slogan, 618 01:04:40,120 --> 01:04:42,900 but a way of life. 619 01:04:42,900 --> 01:04:46,900 You taught me that it not about leading by doing, but 620 01:04:46,900 --> 01:04:48,890 leading by being. 621 01:04:48,890 --> 01:04:51,680 You led by being kind. 622 01:04:51,680 --> 01:04:54,390 You led by being present. 623 01:04:54,390 --> 01:04:59,540 And the greatest gift you gave was to be present with those 624 01:04:59,540 --> 01:05:01,230 in prisons. 625 01:05:01,230 --> 01:05:05,210 They heard you. 626 01:05:05,210 --> 01:05:09,130 And that's my wish as you return home. 627 01:05:09,130 --> 01:05:13,610 May you continue to do what you did last night so that 628 01:05:13,610 --> 01:05:17,150 each time a Unitarian Universalist shows up, no 629 01:05:17,150 --> 01:05:23,090 matter where, those present will exhale and say, "Ah, the 630 01:05:23,090 --> 01:05:23,800 UUs 631 01:05:23,800 --> 01:05:32,455 have arrived." [APPLAUSE] 632 01:05:32,455 --> 01:05:33,680 NATE WALKER: Why don't you try that? 633 01:05:33,680 --> 01:05:37,350 Ah, the UUs have arrived! 634 01:05:37,350 --> 01:05:41,610 So ask yourself, what will be the quality of your presence 635 01:05:41,610 --> 01:05:44,040 next time you're home when you enter that 636 01:05:44,040 --> 01:05:46,140 heated town hall forum? 637 01:05:46,140 --> 01:05:51,000 Will you be known for using your power to shame and blame? 638 01:05:51,000 --> 01:05:55,800 No, because you are an agent of love who learned from those 639 01:05:55,800 --> 01:06:00,640 who came before, who to that same meeting who said, "Hello, 640 01:06:00,640 --> 01:06:04,940 I am Buddhist." And those present exhaled and said, "Ah, 641 01:06:04,940 --> 01:06:08,160 the Buddhist has arrived." 642 01:06:08,160 --> 01:06:11,790 So ask yourself next time, how will you be? 643 01:06:11,790 --> 01:06:15,220 How will you behave when you're in that peace march in 644 01:06:15,220 --> 01:06:16,840 that public square? 645 01:06:16,840 --> 01:06:19,752 Will you be known for screaming and demeaning? 646 01:06:19,752 --> 01:06:24,810 No, because you are an agent of love who have learned from 647 01:06:24,810 --> 01:06:28,690 that person who marched with you. 648 01:06:28,690 --> 01:06:33,780 And they turned and said, "Hello, I'm Quaker." And you 649 01:06:33,780 --> 01:06:38,310 said, "Ah, the Quaker has arrived!" 650 01:06:38,310 --> 01:06:40,780 It's really that simple. 651 01:06:40,780 --> 01:06:45,150 You are a lover of life, a lover of freedom who knows 652 01:06:45,150 --> 01:06:48,880 that leading is not only about doing and doing and doing and 653 01:06:48,880 --> 01:06:50,540 doing justice. 654 01:06:50,540 --> 01:06:52,230 It's about being. 655 01:06:52,230 --> 01:06:55,760 It's about being kind, about being present. 656 01:06:55,760 --> 01:07:00,460 For lovers, know when we feel the impulse to be the 657 01:07:00,460 --> 01:07:05,550 interrogator, we must choose to be the generator of visions 658 01:07:05,550 --> 01:07:07,850 larger than ourselves. 659 01:07:07,850 --> 01:07:12,280 When we feel the impulse to be enraged, we must accept the 660 01:07:12,280 --> 01:07:16,330 invitation to be empathetic and no longer make people the 661 01:07:16,330 --> 01:07:18,660 object of our aggression. 662 01:07:18,660 --> 01:07:24,360 When we feel the impulse to be furious, we become curious. 663 01:07:24,360 --> 01:07:28,240 When we feel the impulse to be righteous, we transform our 664 01:07:28,240 --> 01:07:31,176 soapbox into a music box. 665 01:07:31,176 --> 01:07:33,980 Right, choir? 666 01:07:33,980 --> 01:07:38,650 So lovers of justice, listen to the music of Phoenix 667 01:07:38,650 --> 01:07:40,380 calling you. 668 01:07:40,380 --> 01:07:45,030 From the fires of oppression, we rise. 669 01:07:45,030 --> 01:07:49,000 From the ashes of discrimination, we move. 670 01:07:49,000 --> 01:07:52,300 From this smolder of bigotry, we take flight. 671 01:07:52,300 --> 01:07:59,390 Go now from the Phoenix and dare to be powerfully playful. 672 01:07:59,390 --> 01:08:06,600 In doing so, your very way of being in the world just might 673 01:08:06,600 --> 01:08:13,270 curb the aggressive impulse of someone standing 674 01:08:13,270 --> 01:08:15,460 right next to you. 675 01:08:15,460 --> 01:08:19,800 And if you keep doing that, if you keep doing what you did 676 01:08:19,800 --> 01:08:24,720 last night, if you keep being who you were being last night, 677 01:08:24,720 --> 01:08:29,510 then each time a Unitarian Universalist shows up, those 678 01:08:29,510 --> 01:08:35,595 present will exhale and say together, "Ah, the UUs have 679 01:08:35,595 --> 01:08:39,306 arrived." 680 01:08:39,306 --> 01:08:49,554 [APPLAUSE] 681 01:08:49,554 --> 01:08:52,000 LESLIE TAKAHASHI MORRIS: We have heard 682 01:08:52,000 --> 01:08:54,979 a lot of good words. 683 01:08:54,979 --> 01:08:58,350 And one good word which has fallen to me to discuss for 684 01:08:58,350 --> 01:09:02,750 the third time at this gathering is humility. 685 01:09:02,750 --> 01:09:06,560 I've tried not to take this as some personal, prophetic 686 01:09:06,560 --> 01:09:11,170 message from the universe. 687 01:09:11,170 --> 01:09:16,050 Humility is not something often discussed in enlightened 688 01:09:16,050 --> 01:09:20,740 groups such as ours, and it is probably not by accident that 689 01:09:20,740 --> 01:09:24,779 this word is not actually found in the subject index of 690 01:09:24,779 --> 01:09:28,680 our hymnal. 691 01:09:28,680 --> 01:09:32,819 You check, it's true. 692 01:09:32,819 --> 01:09:40,330 Now ironically, what I had planned to say has been 693 01:09:40,330 --> 01:09:43,910 overtaken by events, overtaken, in fact, by two 694 01:09:43,910 --> 01:09:49,170 experiences of humility. 695 01:09:49,170 --> 01:09:52,229 I had the experience last night of being part of a small 696 01:09:52,229 --> 01:09:56,250 delegation led by Peter Morales and Susan 697 01:09:56,250 --> 01:10:02,400 Frederick-Gray that went into the jail. 698 01:10:02,400 --> 01:10:06,320 And so the first experience of humility was that sense of 699 01:10:06,320 --> 01:10:11,080 overwhelm which I experienced upon entering and witnessing 700 01:10:11,080 --> 01:10:14,200 through Tent City last night. 701 01:10:14,200 --> 01:10:18,430 Humility was the only possible response in the face of the 702 01:10:18,430 --> 01:10:23,540 dehumanizing treatment we witnessed there. 703 01:10:23,540 --> 01:10:27,380 And I saw it through the eyes of my father's family, who was 704 01:10:27,380 --> 01:10:34,530 placed in an internment camp in Poston, Arizona, and also 705 01:10:34,530 --> 01:10:40,310 then in the name of a nebulous national security. 706 01:10:40,310 --> 01:10:43,800 And I saw it through the eyes of my children with a pain in 707 01:10:43,800 --> 01:10:50,560 my heart that we have not yet somehow learned to see 708 01:10:50,560 --> 01:10:55,070 humanity in one another. 709 01:10:55,070 --> 01:11:01,070 And I gazed in the eyes of as many people as I could, people 710 01:11:01,070 --> 01:11:05,620 housed in those barren, soul-crushing, concrete yards 711 01:11:05,620 --> 01:11:11,980 with scarred, metal bunk beds under decades-old faded canvas 712 01:11:11,980 --> 01:11:17,700 flaps, people who were so eager, so eager, to be heard 713 01:11:17,700 --> 01:11:21,880 that they risked punishment, sure punishment, to tell us 714 01:11:21,880 --> 01:11:25,090 how they were denied water, about the rats, about the 715 01:11:25,090 --> 01:11:30,210 anxiety, and the depression that could be so overwhelming. 716 01:11:30,210 --> 01:11:35,620 The word "humility" is related to humans, of the 717 01:11:35,620 --> 01:11:38,280 Earth, of the soil. 718 01:11:38,280 --> 01:11:42,020 The Earth is a connecting and life-giving force. 719 01:11:42,020 --> 01:11:46,040 And in the face of such divisive and destructive 720 01:11:46,040 --> 01:11:51,130 forces, my only choice was to seek solace in the ground 721 01:11:51,130 --> 01:11:55,010 beneath me. 722 01:11:55,010 --> 01:11:59,510 So my second experience of humility occurred only minutes 723 01:11:59,510 --> 01:12:05,600 after we emerge from that place when I, too, as Peter 724 01:12:05,600 --> 01:12:10,540 mentioned, had the privilege of viewing the vigil from the 725 01:12:10,540 --> 01:12:15,650 stage and looking out and seeing all those lights, that 726 01:12:15,650 --> 01:12:21,000 sea of lights, a mass of mattering caused by thousands 727 01:12:21,000 --> 01:12:23,550 of individuals' small decisions 728 01:12:23,550 --> 01:12:26,750 to come and be present. 729 01:12:26,750 --> 01:12:32,400 And those candle flames were a testimony to the humility that 730 01:12:32,400 --> 01:12:37,980 knows that every one of our acts matters. 731 01:12:37,980 --> 01:12:42,460 And I saw those lights through the eyes of one of the men who 732 01:12:42,460 --> 01:12:47,230 I talked to just an hour earlier who had said to me, 733 01:12:47,230 --> 01:12:53,470 "No one knows and no one cares that we are in here." 734 01:12:53,470 --> 01:12:56,550 I watched those lights as I drank water knowing that the 735 01:12:56,550 --> 01:13:00,190 human beings in that sick staging area for an ambitious 736 01:13:00,190 --> 01:13:04,420 politician only yards from us were very possibly being 737 01:13:04,420 --> 01:13:10,370 denied that very essential element of life. 738 01:13:10,370 --> 01:13:16,100 Our religious tradition invites us to humility, to 739 01:13:16,100 --> 01:13:19,270 remember that we, too, are of the Earth of the most basic 740 01:13:19,270 --> 01:13:23,500 matter, of the unity which binds us each to each. 741 01:13:23,500 --> 01:13:27,580 And how can we not understand humility when we are the ones 742 01:13:27,580 --> 01:13:35,280 moving towards a recognition of the humanity of all people? 743 01:13:35,280 --> 01:13:39,820 It is said before, but it bears repeating. 744 01:13:39,820 --> 01:13:43,100 The journey that we have been on does not end with this 745 01:13:43,100 --> 01:13:45,030 General Assembly. 746 01:13:45,030 --> 01:13:49,890 Here is where it begins, this long journey towards making 747 01:13:49,890 --> 01:13:52,280 the invisible visible. 748 01:13:52,280 --> 01:13:54,260 Si, se puede. 749 01:13:54,260 --> 01:13:55,840 It is possible. 750 01:13:55,840 --> 01:13:57,910 It can be done. 751 01:13:57,910 --> 01:14:06,335 May we with humility pledge to be part of making it so. 752 01:14:06,335 --> 01:14:16,604 [APPLAUSE] 753 01:14:16,604 --> 01:14:18,580 MELISSA MONFORTI: There's some good energy. 754 01:14:18,580 --> 01:14:20,560 We have to use that good energy. 755 01:14:20,560 --> 01:14:23,510 I invite you to take a big breath right now. 756 01:14:23,510 --> 01:14:25,500 Breathe in all that great energy right now. 757 01:14:25,500 --> 01:14:27,530 We're going to do some singing. 758 01:14:27,530 --> 01:14:33,200 This song calls on us to remember that we are not in 759 01:14:33,200 --> 01:14:36,680 this journey alone. 760 01:14:36,680 --> 01:14:39,160 We always have each other. 761 01:14:39,160 --> 01:14:44,810 We have to remember to go hand in hand to do this work. 762 01:14:44,810 --> 01:14:49,240 We have to keep showing up, stay interdependent. 763 01:14:49,240 --> 01:14:55,340 So I ask you to join me, join us, in singing the 764 01:14:55,340 --> 01:15:03,800 chorus of the song. 765 01:15:03,800 --> 01:19:35,185 [MUSIC - "HAND IN HAND"] 766 01:19:35,185 --> 01:19:41,020 [APPLAUSE] 767 01:19:41,020 --> 01:19:42,660 MARK HICKS: Let's say amen! 768 01:19:42,660 --> 01:19:43,588 AUDIENCE: Amen! 769 01:19:43,588 --> 01:19:46,070 MARK HICKS: Amen. 770 01:19:46,070 --> 01:19:50,380 My name is Mark Hicks, and I am the Angus McLean professor 771 01:19:50,380 --> 01:19:52,530 of religious education at Meadville 772 01:19:52,530 --> 01:19:57,400 Lombard Theological School. 773 01:19:57,400 --> 01:20:00,640 And also the director of The Fahs Collaborative for 774 01:20:00,640 --> 01:20:05,004 exploring and deepening faith. 775 01:20:05,004 --> 01:20:10,370 I am a religious educator because I have confidence in 776 01:20:10,370 --> 01:20:15,810 what is possible in human creativity when it comes into 777 01:20:15,810 --> 01:20:18,140 place in our lives. 778 01:20:18,140 --> 01:20:21,640 I'm a religious educator because I believe in the 779 01:20:21,640 --> 01:20:26,180 transformation that happens when we confront both our 780 01:20:26,180 --> 01:20:31,140 inner and outer selves in order to make the world a 781 01:20:31,140 --> 01:20:33,480 better place. 782 01:20:33,480 --> 01:20:40,150 I am here because, as people of faith, we choose to believe 783 01:20:40,150 --> 01:20:46,550 that our humanity is always, always in the process of 784 01:20:46,550 --> 01:20:49,080 becoming to understand something that we just don't 785 01:20:49,080 --> 01:20:51,244 understand. 786 01:20:51,244 --> 01:20:55,530 You know, I've been deeply inspired by so many of the 787 01:20:55,530 --> 01:21:00,540 stories of growth I have witnessed over these days, 788 01:21:00,540 --> 01:21:07,040 stories that have allowed us to put our faith into action. 789 01:21:07,040 --> 01:21:10,680 These experiences have reminded me that every 790 01:21:10,680 --> 01:21:17,160 encounter is sacred, that every person has value, that, 791 01:21:17,160 --> 01:21:23,080 as Martin Luther King, Junior, said, it is possible to move 792 01:21:23,080 --> 01:21:31,616 from a thing-oriented society to a people-oriented society. 793 01:21:31,616 --> 01:21:34,927 [APPLAUSE] 794 01:21:34,927 --> 01:21:40,390 JOHN HICKS: Indeed, these days have reminded us that we have 795 01:21:40,390 --> 01:21:47,680 not finished learning who we are nor who we can be. 796 01:21:47,680 --> 01:21:52,860 So today, as we transition from this learning community 797 01:21:52,860 --> 01:21:59,220 nested in the hot sand and rock of Arizona and return to 798 01:21:59,220 --> 01:22:03,990 our communities around the world, remember-- 799 01:22:03,990 --> 01:22:05,540 remember-- 800 01:22:05,540 --> 01:22:11,530 the kind of beloved encounters we have shared here. 801 01:22:11,530 --> 01:22:16,450 Remember that we tried not to be passive consumers of our 802 01:22:16,450 --> 01:22:21,750 personal projects, that we tried to connect to those 803 01:22:21,750 --> 01:22:25,560 outside of our circle of care. 804 01:22:25,560 --> 01:22:29,100 Remember how we have confronted our fears and 805 01:22:29,100 --> 01:22:34,310 anxieties in order to grow our souls. 806 01:22:34,310 --> 01:22:38,090 Remember that we tried to unshackle ourselves from 807 01:22:38,090 --> 01:22:45,230 stories of woe and regret and recreate new and fabulous 808 01:22:45,230 --> 01:22:49,160 directions for our souls to walk. 809 01:22:49,160 --> 01:22:53,920 Remember the joy we felt as we reach out across all sorts of 810 01:22:53,920 --> 01:23:00,490 divides in order to create something new and sacred. 811 01:23:00,490 --> 01:23:05,070 You know, Take Nhat Hanh said to be an 812 01:23:05,070 --> 01:23:09,710 educator is to be a healer. 813 01:23:09,710 --> 01:23:13,980 I believe that each of you are religious educators engaged in 814 01:23:13,980 --> 01:23:20,280 learning how to live a life that is fully human. 815 01:23:20,280 --> 01:23:25,570 So my friends, my friends, keep reminding yourself that 816 01:23:25,570 --> 01:23:30,860 you are not fully baked yet. 817 01:23:30,860 --> 01:23:35,430 My hope, my dream, is that you keep setting up opportunities 818 01:23:35,430 --> 01:23:40,580 for teaching and learning in every aspect of of your life, 819 01:23:40,580 --> 01:23:46,640 moments that create, educate, rejuvenate, invigorate, 820 01:23:46,640 --> 01:23:51,300 animate, stimulate, communicate, investigate, 821 01:23:51,300 --> 01:23:56,280 effectuate, translate, punctuate, meditate, 822 01:23:56,280 --> 01:24:00,190 inoculate, mediate, regenerate, coordinate, 823 01:24:00,190 --> 01:24:05,000 captivate, activate, agitate, mandate, facilitate, advocate, 824 01:24:05,000 --> 01:24:08,770 collaborate, vindicate, corroborate, evaluate, 825 01:24:08,770 --> 01:24:14,450 collaborate, accommodate, and always, always, always to 826 01:24:14,450 --> 01:24:19,140 commemorate what it is that brings us back into this 827 01:24:19,140 --> 01:24:22,340 beautiful, loving community that we are. 828 01:24:22,340 --> 01:24:29,950 So let's go forth wide awake, fully engaged knowing that we 829 01:24:29,950 --> 01:24:32,820 are the ones we've been waiting for. 830 01:24:32,820 --> 01:24:33,510 Amen? 831 01:24:33,510 --> 01:24:34,485 AUDIENCE: Amen. 832 01:24:34,485 --> 01:24:36,425 JOHN HICKS: Amen. 833 01:24:36,425 --> 01:24:43,215 [APPLAUSE] 834 01:24:43,215 --> 01:24:46,010 KEITH ARNOLD: It's almost time for us to sing the "Jubilate 835 01:24:46,010 --> 01:24:49,320 Deo" we sang earlier this evening. 836 01:24:49,320 --> 01:24:53,910 We'll be weaving "Jubilate Deo" into a powerful message 837 01:24:53,910 --> 01:24:57,240 that invites us to use our lives not for 838 01:24:57,240 --> 01:24:59,470 harming but for healing. 839 01:24:59,470 --> 01:25:02,520 We have deepened the reach of our hearts. 840 01:25:02,520 --> 01:25:05,540 We have joined hand in hand. 841 01:25:05,540 --> 01:25:09,910 And now, composer Nick Page has set words of our own, the 842 01:25:09,910 --> 01:25:15,290 Reverend Dr. Rebecca Parker, exhorting us to choose to 843 01:25:15,290 --> 01:25:16,990 bless the world. 844 01:25:16,990 --> 01:25:20,240 Please take in this message in music. 845 01:25:20,240 --> 01:25:23,950 And at just the right time, I'll invite you to join with 846 01:25:23,950 --> 01:25:33,715 us in "Jubilate Deo." 847 01:25:33,715 --> 01:31:08,546 [MUSIC - "CHOOSE TO BLESS THE WORLD"] 848 01:31:08,546 --> 01:31:18,466 [APPLAUSE] 849 01:31:18,466 --> 01:31:19,500 PATRICIA JIMENEZ: Good evening. 850 01:31:19,500 --> 01:31:21,735 AUDIENCE: Good evening. 851 01:31:21,735 --> 01:31:24,520 PATRICIA JIMENEZ: I want to ask you to take a moment to 852 01:31:24,520 --> 01:31:31,120 reflect on what brought you here to General Assembly 2012. 853 01:31:31,120 --> 01:31:35,170 Some of you came wanting an opportunity to learn as much 854 01:31:35,170 --> 01:31:40,770 as you could about the issues of immigration. 855 01:31:40,770 --> 01:31:44,940 Some of you came yearning for opportunities to connect with 856 01:31:44,940 --> 01:31:49,160 people in their own communities and opportunities 857 01:31:49,160 --> 01:31:51,740 to work with people as passionate about 858 01:31:51,740 --> 01:31:55,660 justice as you are. 859 01:31:55,660 --> 01:32:01,480 Some of you came wanting something, but not sure what 860 01:32:01,480 --> 01:32:05,330 that something was. 861 01:32:05,330 --> 01:32:09,050 Perhaps for some of you, the answer is all of 862 01:32:09,050 --> 01:32:13,670 the above and more. 863 01:32:13,670 --> 01:32:19,430 Now, General Assembly 2012, Justice GA 864 01:32:19,430 --> 01:32:22,990 is coming to a close. 865 01:32:22,990 --> 01:32:26,400 Perhaps some of you have been disappointed that what you 866 01:32:26,400 --> 01:32:29,660 wanted did not happen. 867 01:32:29,660 --> 01:32:34,170 Or perhaps some expectations were met 868 01:32:34,170 --> 01:32:38,050 and others fell short. 869 01:32:38,050 --> 01:32:41,830 Some of you may be leaving with the idea that no matter 870 01:32:41,830 --> 01:32:50,410 how much things change, the more they stay the same. 871 01:32:50,410 --> 01:32:56,070 And some of you may not be sure at all how you feel about 872 01:32:56,070 --> 01:33:01,410 your experiences these last few days here. 873 01:33:01,410 --> 01:33:06,380 Now, no matter where you are on this spectrum, these 874 01:33:06,380 --> 01:33:11,850 experiences will become part of the whole that make up your 875 01:33:11,850 --> 01:33:15,350 way of being in the world. 876 01:33:15,350 --> 01:33:20,600 You will not leave them behind. 877 01:33:20,600 --> 01:33:26,850 But over time, they may change. 878 01:33:26,850 --> 01:33:30,390 Recently, I came across a particular description of hope 879 01:33:30,390 --> 01:33:35,330 that made me stop and think. 880 01:33:35,330 --> 01:33:38,910 This writer described it this way. 881 01:33:38,910 --> 01:33:43,840 Hope opens us up and removes the blinders of fear and 882 01:33:43,840 --> 01:33:50,180 despair and allows us to see the big picture, allowing us 883 01:33:50,180 --> 01:33:58,430 to become creative and have belief in a better future. 884 01:33:58,430 --> 01:34:01,990 I was reminded of a morning several years ago when I was 885 01:34:01,990 --> 01:34:07,530 drinking my morning coffee and reflecting on why I was a 886 01:34:07,530 --> 01:34:11,730 Unitarian Universalist. 887 01:34:11,730 --> 01:34:20,560 I found myself telling myself my faith community will never, 888 01:34:20,560 --> 01:34:23,010 ever, ever, ever-- 889 01:34:23,010 --> 01:34:27,700 and the evers continued into infinity-- 890 01:34:27,700 --> 01:34:35,730 be as diverse as the world that I live in. 891 01:34:35,730 --> 01:34:38,570 But rather than falling into despair-- 892 01:34:38,570 --> 01:34:40,800 and it surprised me that I didn't 893 01:34:40,800 --> 01:34:43,560 immediately fall into a funk-- 894 01:34:43,560 --> 01:34:50,900 I thought, OK, what do I need to do to make my environment 895 01:34:50,900 --> 01:34:56,990 into a space that can encompass as much of the world 896 01:34:56,990 --> 01:35:01,560 as I can embrace? 897 01:35:01,560 --> 01:35:04,840 I felt great comfort from that question because I understood 898 01:35:04,840 --> 01:35:07,630 that I could do something. 899 01:35:07,630 --> 01:35:13,460 And that something was only limited by my imagination and 900 01:35:13,460 --> 01:35:19,700 creativity and my own ability to have courage 901 01:35:19,700 --> 01:35:23,390 in the face of fear. 902 01:35:23,390 --> 01:35:29,480 This week, I kept noticing moments of despair followed by 903 01:35:29,480 --> 01:35:37,190 courage, moments of courage and hope. 904 01:35:37,190 --> 01:35:43,880 I noticed individuals owning up to their vulnerabilities, 905 01:35:43,880 --> 01:35:49,660 individuals wondering how to be in solidarity and be true 906 01:35:49,660 --> 01:35:54,580 to their values and authentic selves. 907 01:35:54,580 --> 01:35:59,350 I noticed the youth, who understand the imperative to 908 01:35:59,350 --> 01:36:07,930 justice-making and the need to feel joy in the laboring. 909 01:36:07,930 --> 01:36:13,690 I heard about the kids in Kids Justice Camp who, by the end 910 01:36:13,690 --> 01:36:21,232 of one day, had figured out how to feed 8,000 people. 911 01:36:21,232 --> 01:36:29,120 [APPLAUSE] 912 01:36:29,120 --> 01:36:31,930 PATRICIA JIMENEZ: I caught snippets of conversations 913 01:36:31,930 --> 01:36:35,340 between people and among people struggling with 914 01:36:35,340 --> 01:36:38,630 questions, concepts, ideas, and the 915 01:36:38,630 --> 01:36:42,410 paradoxes of human life. 916 01:36:42,410 --> 01:36:49,890 I heard individuals frustrated and perhaps feeling unnoticed 917 01:36:49,890 --> 01:36:54,030 because their skills and gifts were not 918 01:36:54,030 --> 01:36:59,910 recognized by the process. 919 01:36:59,910 --> 01:37:07,550 I heard about the woman who asked an armed man last night, 920 01:37:07,550 --> 01:37:18,720 "Do you always bring guns to church?" We've come to the end 921 01:37:18,720 --> 01:37:22,310 of General Assembly 2012. 922 01:37:22,310 --> 01:37:27,010 And when you leave, I want to challenge you to reflect on 923 01:37:27,010 --> 01:37:32,950 your experiences here and find a way to integrate into your 924 01:37:32,950 --> 01:37:38,740 value system a definition of hope that allows you to move 925 01:37:38,740 --> 01:37:44,530 forward with courage and creativity. 926 01:37:44,530 --> 01:37:51,360 Now, I know because I've done it myself that you may feel 927 01:37:51,360 --> 01:37:55,670 yourself falling into questioning, and questioning 928 01:37:55,670 --> 01:38:01,920 everything including yourselves. 929 01:38:01,920 --> 01:38:05,920 And so I'm going to ask you in a 930 01:38:05,920 --> 01:38:10,660 minute to practice something. 931 01:38:10,660 --> 01:38:16,490 Poet Marilynn Anderson wrote, "Sometimes, when it gets to be 932 01:38:16,490 --> 01:38:22,500 too much, I get in the car and I roll up the window. 933 01:38:22,500 --> 01:38:26,420 And somewhere between backing out of the driveway and 934 01:38:26,420 --> 01:38:31,377 turning the first corner, I let out a yell that would 935 01:38:31,377 --> 01:38:35,850 topple Manhattan. 936 01:38:35,850 --> 01:38:42,650 How do you pray?" 937 01:38:42,650 --> 01:38:47,290 How do you pray? 938 01:38:47,290 --> 01:38:52,390 So we're going to practice. 939 01:38:52,390 --> 01:38:54,160 Now, I will give you the words. 940 01:38:54,160 --> 01:38:57,440 But I also realize that when you go home and are in other 941 01:38:57,440 --> 01:39:03,610 communities, you may find other words. 942 01:39:03,610 --> 01:39:11,920 We're going to practice a yell that expresses this deep, 943 01:39:11,920 --> 01:39:16,930 inner sadness that sometimes wells up. 944 01:39:16,930 --> 01:39:21,915 And we don't know where to put it. 945 01:39:21,915 --> 01:39:28,980 And the word for that is going to be Ah! 946 01:39:28,980 --> 01:39:33,280 So Ah! 947 01:39:33,280 --> 01:39:34,440 All right, come on. 948 01:39:34,440 --> 01:39:36,840 A little feeling here. 949 01:39:36,840 --> 01:39:39,275 Ah! 950 01:39:39,275 --> 01:39:43,450 Yes! 951 01:39:43,450 --> 01:39:49,460 We're going to practice a word for perhaps some of the anger 952 01:39:49,460 --> 01:39:52,130 that might come up. 953 01:39:52,130 --> 01:39:59,380 The word we'll use is "no" because that can also energize 954 01:39:59,380 --> 01:40:07,810 us and empower us to set limits, to move. 955 01:40:07,810 --> 01:40:11,580 So we're going to go, no! 956 01:40:11,580 --> 01:40:13,020 No! 957 01:40:13,020 --> 01:40:16,380 Yes. 958 01:40:16,380 --> 01:40:21,190 Wow. 959 01:40:21,190 --> 01:40:28,290 The last word is going to be an expression of the great joy 960 01:40:28,290 --> 01:40:32,430 that sometimes makes you want to dance, and yell, and 961 01:40:32,430 --> 01:40:38,930 scream, and I don't know what else. 962 01:40:38,930 --> 01:40:47,950 And we're going to say "yes." It is the yes to life. 963 01:40:47,950 --> 01:40:52,290 So, yes! 964 01:40:52,290 --> 01:40:56,220 Again, yes! 965 01:40:56,220 --> 01:40:59,061 Thank you. 966 01:40:59,061 --> 01:41:07,180 [APPLAUSE] 967 01:41:07,180 --> 01:41:10,040 PATRICIA JIMENEZ: And so we practiced. 968 01:41:10,040 --> 01:41:15,320 But I also want you to add to your process a dose of 969 01:41:15,320 --> 01:41:20,340 kindness, a reminder that change and transformation may 970 01:41:20,340 --> 01:41:24,480 be messy and often uncomfortable and can 971 01:41:24,480 --> 01:41:29,890 sometimes feel slower than you want it to be. 972 01:41:29,890 --> 01:41:36,770 Instead, remove the blinders of fear and despair and allow 973 01:41:36,770 --> 01:41:41,700 the impulses of imagination, and creativity, and the 974 01:41:41,700 --> 01:41:49,150 synergy of community to take over and inform the work of 975 01:41:49,150 --> 01:41:51,615 justice making. 976 01:41:51,615 --> 01:41:53,266 Amen. 977 01:41:53,266 --> 01:42:10,950 AUDIENCE: Amen. 978 01:42:10,950 --> 01:43:46,130 [MUSIC - "FROM THIS HOUSE] 979 01:43:46,130 --> 01:43:49,082 PAUL LANGSTON-DALEY: In his book Frederick the Field 980 01:43:49,082 --> 01:43:55,610 Mouse, author Leo Lionni tells the story of mice gathering 981 01:43:55,610 --> 01:43:58,100 stores for the winter. 982 01:43:58,100 --> 01:44:04,720 He writes, "And once, Frederick seemed half asleep. 983 01:44:04,720 --> 01:44:09,770 'Are you dreaming, Frederick?' they asked reproachfully. 984 01:44:09,770 --> 01:44:13,430 "But Frederick said, 'Oh, no. 985 01:44:13,430 --> 01:44:19,790 I'm gathering words for the winter days are long and many. 986 01:44:19,790 --> 01:44:26,400 And we will run out of things to say.'" 987 01:44:26,400 --> 01:44:30,310 As Unitarian Universalists, we may never run out 988 01:44:30,310 --> 01:44:36,970 of things to say. 989 01:44:36,970 --> 01:44:41,540 But we know that the call to support human rights is a 990 01:44:41,540 --> 01:44:44,310 difficult path. 991 01:44:44,310 --> 01:44:48,800 We offer these words to you to think of them in the coming 992 01:44:48,800 --> 01:44:55,710 days, months, and over the next year in the time when the 993 01:44:55,710 --> 01:45:00,320 days feel long and many, when you are 994 01:45:00,320 --> 01:45:04,540 feeling helpless or hopeless. 995 01:45:04,540 --> 01:45:11,460 Allow these words to overtake you like the rising tide of 996 01:45:11,460 --> 01:45:18,280 the ocean, like the blossoming flowers in spring, like the 997 01:45:18,280 --> 01:45:27,420 still small voice that calls us to participate in creation. 998 01:45:27,420 --> 01:45:35,010 May these words sustain you, energize you, move you to 999 01:45:35,010 --> 01:45:42,080 action, and provide solace in the days to come. 1000 01:45:42,080 --> 01:45:46,890 May you recall the work that we have done here and know 1001 01:45:46,890 --> 01:45:58,811 that it was good. 1002 01:45:58,811 --> 01:46:02,130 ELIZABETH HITCHCOCK: Our gathering has ended, and we 1003 01:46:02,130 --> 01:46:05,540 now extinguish our chalice. 1004 01:46:05,540 --> 01:46:09,260 May the flame of justice continue to burn within each 1005 01:46:09,260 --> 01:46:25,090 of us, lighting our paths for the year to come. 1006 01:46:25,090 --> 01:47:35,601 [MUSIC - "FROM THIS HOUSE"] 1007 01:47:35,601 --> 01:51:31,647