10 00:00:00,099 --> 00:00:02,602 The next report is from Our journey toward wholeness transformation 11 00:00:02,602 --> 00:00:05,340 Committee created by delegates 1995. Please welcome the 12 00:00:05,340 --> 00:00:12,603 Committee and the co-chairs, Reverend Wendy von Courter 13 00:00:16,590 --> 00:00:18,590 and Theresa Soto. 14 00:00:25,604 --> 00:00:27,604 >> 15 00:00:39,337 --> 00:00:42,343 >> We're pleased to be joined by fellow members 16 00:00:45,598 --> 00:00:52,839 . Also, with us is 20 years ago, delegates at our 17 00:00:55,842 --> 00:00:58,848 1997 General Assembly had a belief that it wasn't enough 18 00:00:58,849 --> 00:01:01,351 that our faith called us to achieve a Beloved Community 19 00:01:01,352 --> 00:01:04,836 where all people were cherished and valued. The delegates 20 00:01:04,837 --> 00:01:08,594 believed that we as an association need to monitor and 21 00:01:08,595 --> 00:01:10,595 assess our progress on the journey. This body's vote that 22 00:01:15,086 --> 00:01:16,588 year called this committee into existence for that purpose. 23 00:01:16,589 --> 00:01:22,352 But, on this anniversary, and given our current context, it's 24 00:01:22,353 --> 00:01:24,353 important to note that the delegates did much more. 25 00:01:26,840 --> 00:01:30,094 The language of the resolution urged all Unitarian 26 00:01:30,095 --> 00:01:34,602 Universalists to "examine carefully their own conscious 27 00:01:34,603 --> 00:01:38,608 and unconscious racism as participants in a racist 28 00:01:38,609 --> 00:01:41,843 society, and the effect that racism has on all our lives, 29 00:01:41,844 --> 00:01:43,844 regardless of color." 30 00:01:45,598 --> 00:01:49,107 It asked our UUA, our congregations and other 31 00:01:49,108 --> 00:01:52,090 community organizations to develop an ongoing process for 32 00:01:52,091 --> 00:01:55,596 the comprehensive institutionalization of 33 00:01:55,597 --> 00:01:57,601 anti-racism and multi-culturalism, understanding 34 00:01:59,854 --> 00:02:03,589 that whether or not a group becomes multi-racial, there is 35 00:02:03,590 --> 00:02:08,097 always the opportunity to become antiracist. It urged the 36 00:02:08,098 --> 00:02:10,098 creation of racial justice 37 00:02:14,840 --> 00:02:18,849 committees. The vote urged all Unitarian Universalist leaders, 38 00:02:18,850 --> 00:02:23,606 including ministers, religious educators, leaders of associate 39 00:02:23,607 --> 00:02:25,607 and 40 00:02:28,341 --> 00:02:31,095 affiliate organizations, governing. 41 00:02:34,099 --> 00:02:36,102 Boards, Unitarian Universalist Association staff, theological 42 00:02:36,103 --> 00:02:37,353 schools, and future General Assemblies to engage in ongoing 43 00:02:37,353 --> 00:02:39,353 anti-racism training, to examine basic assumptions, structures, 44 00:02:45,600 --> 00:02:47,103 and functions, and, in response to what is learned, to develop 45 00:02:47,103 --> 00:02:49,103 action plans. It called for the creation of 46 00:02:53,343 --> 00:02:58,102 relationships of sustained engagement with all people of 47 00:02:58,103 --> 00:02:59,605 color with a goal of opening up authentic dialogue about race 48 00:02:59,606 --> 00:03:00,610 and racism and how to appropriately honor and affirm 49 00:03:00,611 --> 00:03:03,089 the cultural traditions of all people of color. And it urged 50 00:03:03,090 --> 00:03:05,090 our UUA to 51 00:03:07,344 --> 00:03:09,345 establish relationships with other international and 52 00:03:09,346 --> 00:03:11,346 interfaith organizations that are working to dismantle racism. 53 00:03:12,603 --> 00:03:13,353 >> Twenty years later, your JTWTC appears before you with 54 00:03:13,353 --> 00:03:19,595 the following reflections: We bear witness to the undeniable 55 00:03:19,596 --> 00:03:21,849 fact that progress has been made on the journey. Two decades 56 00:03:21,850 --> 00:03:28,091 have not passed without significant contributions. 57 00:03:28,093 --> 00:03:30,095 >> But today it is far more important that we bear witness 58 00:03:35,603 --> 00:03:37,603 to the facts of our failure to move far enough, fast enough, 59 00:03:40,094 --> 00:03:41,346 and true enough to that resolution. Or truly, to the 60 00:03:41,346 --> 00:03:43,346 call of our faith. 61 00:03:44,600 --> 00:03:46,853 Two years ago we showed a video about the gap between the 62 00:03:46,853 --> 00:03:49,106 UUA experience many, many of us 63 00:03:54,100 --> 00:03:56,101 experience and the experience of our siblings with 64 00:03:56,101 --> 00:03:59,608 historically marginalized identities. The video used 65 00:03:59,608 --> 00:04:00,860 composite characters. Line drawings of people we created 66 00:04:00,861 --> 00:04:02,861 from the stories we had collected. 67 00:04:05,600 --> 00:04:08,103 >> This year, we do not need drawings or composite figures. 68 00:04:08,105 --> 00:04:12,110 We have the voices and experiences of real, 69 00:04:12,111 --> 00:04:14,111 identifiable UUs. Thank you 70 00:04:16,096 --> 00:04:18,351 Aisha Hauser. Thank you Christina Rivera. Thank you 71 00:04:18,601 --> 00:04:25,364 Kenny Wiley.[Applause] 72 00:04:34,605 --> 00:04:37,609 We bear witness today and we raise the voices of these 73 00:04:37,610 --> 00:04:39,610 people, and others, who have paid high prices for challenging 74 00:04:39,845 --> 00:04:41,845 the white supremacy culture in our systems. We note the concern 75 00:04:43,604 --> 00:04:45,107 many have raised on social media and in person of personal 76 00:04:45,108 --> 00:04:47,108 costs for doing so. Of hate mail from 77 00:04:52,849 --> 00:04:57,353 fellow UUs. Of lost relationships. Of deeper 78 00:04:57,354 --> 00:04:59,354 oppression as a cost of 79 00:05:01,360 --> 00:05:03,848 challenging oppression. Costs paid by these courageous 80 00:05:03,849 --> 00:05:06,352 individuals and their families as well. We observe that just as 81 00:05:08,607 --> 00:05:10,607 ideals were not enough for the 82 00:05:11,862 --> 00:05:14,364 1997 GA body, appreciation is not enough today. To acknowledge 83 00:05:16,852 --> 00:05:18,852 voices from the margins does not equal dismantling white 84 00:05:28,351 --> 00:05:32,608 supremacist culture. [Applause] 85 00:05:32,609 --> 00:05:34,862 Nor does it serve the goal of centering those voices from the 86 00:05:34,863 --> 00:05:38,116 margins and providing pathways to power in our association. To 87 00:05:38,117 --> 00:05:40,117 be sorry, has never been enough. 88 00:05:42,604 --> 00:05:44,359 >> Amen. >> We also bear witness to the 89 00:05:44,360 --> 00:05:47,615 positive movement that came in response to these events. We 90 00:05:47,616 --> 00:05:49,616 hold up the leadership of 91 00:05:52,850 --> 00:05:54,853 Lena Gardner, Christina Rivera, Aisha Hauser, and Kenny Wiley 92 00:05:54,854 --> 00:05:56,854 and over 680 93 00:05:58,108 --> 00:06:00,110 -- over congregations who participated in the UU White 94 00:06:00,111 --> 00:06:02,111 Supremacy Teach-In. 95 00:06:04,350 --> 00:06:04,851 We reaffirm the vital importance of having this 96 00:06:04,852 --> 00:06:06,853 committee continue its work in service to the ideals of the 97 00:06:06,854 --> 00:06:13,114 1997 resolution, the reality of today, and the hope of who we 98 00:06:13,115 --> 00:06:15,115 yet may be. 99 00:06:16,602 --> 00:06:19,357 be.700 your journey toward wholeness transformation 100 00:06:19,358 --> 00:06:22,865 Committee will continue to be present as we move forward into 101 00:06:22,866 --> 00:06:28,850 the next chapter of our journey. Weapon a we'll be examining 102 00:06:28,851 --> 00:06:33,108 how institutional Unitarian Universalist response 103 00:06:33,359 --> 00:06:36,615 s carefully. We will also be providing process observation as 104 00:06:36,616 --> 00:06:43,104 UUA board meetings. We are aware that arm measurements for 105 00:06:43,105 --> 00:06:46,612 successful transformation need to be rooted in the stories of 106 00:06:46,613 --> 00:06:49,116 people of color, Indigenous people, people who are both, and 107 00:06:49,366 --> 00:06:54,608 other historically marginalized people and we will continue to 108 00:06:54,609 --> 00:06:56,609 seek their stories. [Applause] 109 00:07:04,358 --> 00:07:07,613 >> We add that although we are observers on the journey, we are 110 00:07:07,614 --> 00:07:09,617 hopeful in our role. Our hope is not offered as salve to the 111 00:07:09,618 --> 00:07:13,626 very real pain in our system. Rather, as a continual 112 00:07:13,627 --> 00:07:17,359 reflection. We cannot change what is not visible. Whether we 113 00:07:17,360 --> 00:07:20,615 view it with our eyes or hands or hearts. The events of these 114 00:07:20,616 --> 00:07:24,872 recent months offer us an opportunity to connect what some 115 00:07:24,873 --> 00:07:26,873 have viewed as 116 00:07:30,611 --> 00:07:33,865 work, others know to be their lives and all might come to 117 00:07:33,866 --> 00:07:37,120 understand is central to our identities as Unitarian 118 00:07:37,121 --> 00:07:40,107 Universalists. Grounded in our faith that calls us forward to 119 00:07:40,107 --> 00:07:42,611 our better selves, that we might achieve a better tomorrow, may 120 00:07:42,611 --> 00:07:44,616 we treat this opportunity as a sacred gift. 121 00:07:48,371 --> 00:07:50,371 >> And we pray it may be so. 122 00:07:53,611 --> 00:07:54,611 We now invite the body to join us in an affirmation of the 123 00:07:54,613 --> 00:07:56,613 1997 resolution by reading it with us: 124 00:08:02,856 --> 00:08:08,616 >> And it's not -- wow. And it's not a short resolution, but 125 00:08:08,866 --> 00:08:12,621 neither is the journey. Join us, lift your spirit with ours 126 00:08:12,621 --> 00:08:18,861 and join us as we say, WHEREAS the 1996 General Assembly 127 00:08:18,863 --> 00:08:20,863 resolved that all 128 00:08:22,121 --> 00:08:24,121 congregations, districts, 129 00:08:27,357 --> 00:08:28,357 organizations, and professional and lay leaders participate in 130 00:08:28,357 --> 00:08:34,866 a reflection-action process throughout the 1996-97 church 131 00:08:34,866 --> 00:08:36,866 year using the Congregational Reflection and Action Process 132 00:08:41,861 --> 00:08:43,861 Guide and the Anti-Racism 133 00:08:45,616 --> 00:08:48,620 Assessment; and. WHEREAS our Unitarian Universalist 134 00:08:48,621 --> 00:08:52,108 principles call us to affirm and promote "justice, equity, and 135 00:08:52,109 --> 00:08:54,109 compassion in human relations" and "the goal of 136 00:08:56,867 --> 00:08:58,867 world community"; and. 137 00:09:01,126 --> 00:09:03,607 WHEREAS our history as Unitarian Universalists includes 138 00:09:03,608 --> 00:09:05,608 evidence 139 00:09:06,612 --> 00:09:08,865 of both great commitment and individual achievement in the 140 00:09:12,119 --> 00:09:15,856 struggle for racial justice as well as the failure of our 141 00:09:15,857 --> 00:09:17,857 Unitarian Universalist 142 00:09:20,114 --> 00:09:24,119 institutions to respond fully to the call for justice; and. 143 00:09:24,120 --> 00:09:26,374 WHEREAS racism and its effects, including economic injustice, 144 00:09:29,862 --> 00:09:31,862 are embedded in all social 145 00:09:33,366 --> 00:09:36,121 institutions as well as in ourselves and will not be 146 00:09:39,607 --> 00:09:41,607 eradicated without deliberate 147 00:09:43,364 --> 00:09:46,120 engagement in analysis and WHEREAS because of the impact of 148 00:09:47,623 --> 00:09:51,606 racism on all people, and the interconnection among 149 00:09:51,607 --> 00:09:53,607 oppressions, we realize we need to make an institutional 150 00:09:56,117 --> 00:09:58,117 commitment to end racism; and. 151 00:10:02,861 --> 00:10:06,114 WHEREAS the social, economic, and ecological health of our 152 00:10:06,115 --> 00:10:08,621 planet is imperiled by the deepening divisions in our world 153 00:10:11,626 --> 00:10:13,626 caused by inequitable and unjust distribution of power and 154 00:10:15,110 --> 00:10:17,110 resources; and. 155 00:10:28,863 --> 00:10:29,614 WHEREAS we are called yet again by our commitment to faith in 156 00:10:29,615 --> 00:10:30,616 action to pursue this antiracist, multi-cultural 157 00:10:30,617 --> 00:10:31,116 initiative in the spirit of justice, compassion, and 158 00:10:31,117 --> 00:10:33,117 community; 159 00:10:44,869 --> 00:10:47,122 THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 1997 General Assembly urges 160 00:10:47,123 --> 00:10:49,376 Unitarian Universalists to examine carefully their own 161 00:10:49,377 --> 00:10:53,615 conscious and unconscious racism as participants in a racist 162 00:10:53,616 --> 00:10:55,616 society, and the effect that racism has on all our lives, 163 00:11:03,364 --> 00:11:07,366 regardless of color. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 164 00:11:07,367 --> 00:11:10,371 General Assembly urges the Unitarian Universalist 165 00:11:10,372 --> 00:11:13,127 Association, its congregations, and community organizations to 166 00:11:13,128 --> 00:11:16,613 develop an ongoing process for the comprehensive 167 00:11:16,614 --> 00:11:18,614 institutionalization of antiracism and 168 00:11:25,132 --> 00:11:25,882 multi-culturalism, understanding that whether or 169 00:11:25,883 --> 00:11:27,883 not a group becomes multi-racial, there is 170 00:11:31,622 --> 00:11:33,625 always the opportunity to become anti-racist. Early steps 171 00:11:33,626 --> 00:11:35,626 toward 172 00:11:37,883 --> 00:11:40,366 anti-racism might include using curricula such as Journey 173 00:11:40,367 --> 00:11:42,367 Toward 174 00:11:43,874 --> 00:11:45,874 Wholeness for all age groups, 175 00:12:04,867 --> 00:12:05,868 forming racial justice committees, and conducting 176 00:12:05,869 --> 00:12:07,372 anti-racism workshops. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 177 00:12:07,373 --> 00:12:08,374 General Assembly urges all Unitarian Universalist leaders, 178 00:12:08,375 --> 00:12:09,878 including ministers, religious educators, leaders of associate 179 00:12:09,879 --> 00:12:11,382 and affiliate organizations, governing boards, Unitarian 180 00:12:11,383 --> 00:12:12,888 Universalist Association staff, theological schools, and future 181 00:12:12,889 --> 00:12:14,889 General Assemblies to engage in ongoing anti-racism training, to 182 00:12:21,125 --> 00:12:22,376 examine basic assumptions, structures, and functions, and, 183 00:12:22,377 --> 00:12:24,377 in response to what is learned, to develop action plans. 184 00:12:30,371 --> 00:12:32,623 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Unitarian Universalists are 185 00:12:32,624 --> 00:12:34,627 encouraged to enter into relationships of sustained 186 00:12:34,628 --> 00:12:37,633 engagement with all people of color with a goal of opening up 187 00:12:37,634 --> 00:12:40,615 authentic dialogue that may include, but is not limited to, 188 00:12:40,616 --> 00:12:43,120 race and racism. Such dialogue should also include how to 189 00:12:43,121 --> 00:12:44,622 appropriately honor and affirm the cultural traditions of all 190 00:12:44,623 --> 00:12:46,623 people of color. 191 00:13:29,369 --> 00:13:32,123 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the General Assembly requests that 192 00:13:32,124 --> 00:13:34,124 the UUA Board of Trustees 193 00:13:35,128 --> 00:13:35,879 establish a committee to monitor and assess our 194 00:13:35,880 --> 00:13:37,880 transformation as 195 00:13:41,874 --> 00:13:43,878 an anti-racist, multicultural institution, and that the Board 196 00:13:43,879 --> 00:13:45,879 of Trustees shall report annually to the General Assembly 197 00:13:46,384 --> 00:13:47,885 specifically on the programs and resources dedicated to 198 00:13:47,886 --> 00:13:50,137 assisting our congregations in carrying out the objectives of 199 00:13:50,138 --> 00:13:53,125 this resolution. BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that in order to 200 00:13:53,126 --> 00:13:53,876 transform the racist institutions of our world, the 201 00:13:53,877 --> 00:13:54,127 General Assembly urges the Unitarian Universalist 202 00:13:54,128 --> 00:13:54,878 Association and all its parts to establish relationships with 203 00:13:54,879 --> 00:13:55,379 other international and interfaith organizations that 204 00:13:55,380 --> 00:14:03,126 are working to dismantle racism. >> Amen, blessed be, and Ashe. 205 00:14:12,894 --> 00:14:15,379 >> Thank you so much. And to those presenters who had to jump