1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:02,667 (holiday music) 2 00:00:16,458 --> 00:00:17,990 - The poet, Mary Oliver, writes: 3 00:00:17,990 --> 00:00:21,400 if you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, 4 00:00:21,400 --> 00:00:24,440 don't hesitate; lean into it. 5 00:00:24,440 --> 00:00:28,490 Perhaps joy is life's way of fighting back. 6 00:00:28,490 --> 00:00:29,970 Here's the thing about joy. 7 00:00:29,970 --> 00:00:32,280 We don't often take it seriously, 8 00:00:32,280 --> 00:00:35,360 but when we feel joy, we feel safe, 9 00:00:35,360 --> 00:00:37,460 we feel loved, connected. 10 00:00:37,460 --> 00:00:40,230 We feel free, and that's the condition 11 00:00:40,230 --> 00:00:41,850 that we seek for all people. 12 00:00:41,850 --> 00:00:44,000 Joy is resistance. 13 00:00:44,000 --> 00:00:47,440 Joy is life-saving. 14 00:00:47,440 --> 00:00:50,530 I know I find joy at this time of year in gathering together 15 00:00:50,530 --> 00:00:54,430 with friends, community, and family to share in traditions 16 00:00:54,430 --> 00:00:57,130 that connect us through the generations. 17 00:00:57,130 --> 00:01:00,150 There's joy in organizing for our values, 18 00:01:00,150 --> 00:01:02,970 joining with partners to make a real difference 19 00:01:02,970 --> 00:01:04,650 in the lives of others. 20 00:01:04,650 --> 00:01:07,620 And joy arises in those quiet moments 21 00:01:07,620 --> 00:01:10,573 when we connect with nature and with the Spirit. 22 00:01:11,540 --> 00:01:16,540 Joy in this faith teaches us to love abundantly and boldly, 23 00:01:16,800 --> 00:01:20,423 and to remember the saving power of community. 24 00:01:21,820 --> 00:01:25,050 I know joy isn't always easy to find, 25 00:01:25,050 --> 00:01:29,243 especially amid the daily onslaught of injustice and loss. 26 00:01:30,250 --> 00:01:31,660 I want to thank you, all of our 27 00:01:31,660 --> 00:01:34,960 Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities 28 00:01:34,960 --> 00:01:38,830 for the ways that you keep fighting back against despair, 29 00:01:38,830 --> 00:01:41,940 the ways you keep showing up with hope and courage, 30 00:01:41,940 --> 00:01:43,260 and the ways that you nurture 31 00:01:43,260 --> 00:01:46,760 joyful, loving, resilient community. 32 00:01:46,760 --> 00:01:48,200 This matters. 33 00:01:48,200 --> 00:01:52,200 Our communities and our faith are deeply needed. 34 00:01:52,200 --> 00:01:55,210 So thank you to the leaders, the members, the staff, 35 00:01:55,210 --> 00:01:57,080 and everyone who is a part of this 36 00:01:57,080 --> 00:02:00,040 life-giving, life-affirming faith. 37 00:02:00,040 --> 00:02:03,620 No matter how your family and community celebrates, 38 00:02:03,620 --> 00:02:08,620 may you be surrounded by joy and peace this holiday season. 39 00:02:09,010 --> 00:02:11,220 From all of us here at the UUA, 40 00:02:11,220 --> 00:02:14,350 we wish you a joyful, hopeful holiday season 41 00:02:14,350 --> 00:02:17,490 and many, many blessings in the new year. 42 00:02:19,489 --> 00:02:22,656 - [Crowd] Happy holidays from the UUA! 43 00:02:24,004 --> 00:02:26,671 (holiday music)