1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:03,417 (gentle uplifting music) 2 00:00:04,630 --> 00:00:07,470 - Greetings, Third Unitarian Church. 3 00:00:07,470 --> 00:00:09,250 I'm Susan Frederick-Gray, 4 00:00:09,250 --> 00:00:12,800 president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 5 00:00:12,800 --> 00:00:15,980 and on behalf of everyone here at the UUA 6 00:00:15,980 --> 00:00:18,910 and our wider association of congregations, 7 00:00:18,910 --> 00:00:23,910 congratulations to you on this 150th anniversary. 8 00:00:24,300 --> 00:00:27,250 I'm sorry I can't be there to celebrate in person, 9 00:00:27,250 --> 00:00:30,270 but I'm delighted to join you by video. 10 00:00:30,270 --> 00:00:33,540 One thing that has become so clear to me this year 11 00:00:33,540 --> 00:00:37,200 is how much our congregations matter. 12 00:00:37,200 --> 00:00:40,690 Their health and vitality are absolutely needed. 13 00:00:40,690 --> 00:00:44,200 Our congregations are where people experience 14 00:00:44,200 --> 00:00:47,630 our life-saving, life-affirming faith, 15 00:00:47,630 --> 00:00:49,260 and right now in these times, 16 00:00:49,260 --> 00:00:54,130 our congregations are places of both resiliency and courage. 17 00:00:54,130 --> 00:00:56,930 Thank you for the way that you live your mission 18 00:00:56,930 --> 00:00:59,910 and seek to embody justice, equity, 19 00:00:59,910 --> 00:01:02,203 and compassion in your community. 20 00:01:03,290 --> 00:01:05,350 Thank you for the ways that you minister 21 00:01:05,350 --> 00:01:09,160 in your congregation and beyond on Chicago's West Side. 22 00:01:09,160 --> 00:01:11,030 So on behalf of our larger 23 00:01:11,030 --> 00:01:13,420 Unitarian Universalist Association 24 00:01:13,420 --> 00:01:16,330 and our over 1,000 congregations 25 00:01:16,330 --> 00:01:18,380 in covenant with one another, 26 00:01:18,380 --> 00:01:22,830 we celebrate with you on your 150th anniversary. 27 00:01:22,830 --> 00:01:27,480 May this be a time to reflect on your past, 28 00:01:27,480 --> 00:01:31,370 to rededicate yourself to your mission, 29 00:01:31,370 --> 00:01:34,350 and to dedicate yourself to your deepest values 30 00:01:34,350 --> 00:01:38,330 of enriching the spirit and being motivated for action. 31 00:01:38,330 --> 00:01:41,407 Congratulations and many blessings to you.