1 00:00:01,700 --> 00:00:09,140 good morning everybody 2 00:00:05,060 --> 00:00:09,140 good munching everybody 3 00:00:09,559 --> 00:00:22,439 all righty are we ready even if you 4 00:00:13,860 --> 00:00:25,859 think you are can you be I now call to 5 00:00:22,439 --> 00:00:28,500 order the third general session of the 6 00:00:25,859 --> 00:00:40,550 57th General Assembly of the Unitarian 7 00:00:28,500 --> 00:00:42,379 Universalist Association when was this 8 00:00:40,550 --> 00:00:44,360 I'm here as your secretary of the 9 00:00:42,379 --> 00:00:48,680 association with a few announcements for 10 00:00:44,360 --> 00:00:50,449 you so today is like you know the second 11 00:00:48,680 --> 00:00:51,829 full day of General Assembly two and a 12 00:00:50,449 --> 00:00:55,970 half days if you've been here since 13 00:00:51,829 --> 00:00:59,150 Wednesday we're starting to kind of feel 14 00:00:55,970 --> 00:01:01,280 like we're losing some of maybe our 15 00:00:59,150 --> 00:01:02,839 courtesies to each other right we're 16 00:01:01,280 --> 00:01:06,080 starting to really feel like we're at 17 00:01:02,839 --> 00:01:08,270 home and moving the furniture and doing 18 00:01:06,080 --> 00:01:10,040 things like that but we need to remember 19 00:01:08,270 --> 00:01:12,550 that we're in community so these are a 20 00:01:10,040 --> 00:01:16,340 couple of announcements related to that 21 00:01:12,550 --> 00:01:19,280 the white accessibility chairs in the 22 00:01:16,340 --> 00:01:22,520 general session all are covered for a 23 00:01:19,280 --> 00:01:25,640 reason please do not remove those covers 24 00:01:22,520 --> 00:01:27,170 in order to sit there again we're not 25 00:01:25,640 --> 00:01:29,990 moving around the furniture at home 26 00:01:27,170 --> 00:01:32,179 right we're keeping an eye on how we 27 00:01:29,990 --> 00:01:35,420 want to welcome people into this space 28 00:01:32,179 --> 00:01:41,750 and have them be here in ways that they 29 00:01:35,420 --> 00:01:43,880 need to be here second to that because 30 00:01:41,750 --> 00:01:45,619 if we do start moving the furniture just 31 00:01:43,880 --> 00:01:46,759 like at home somebody's gonna come and 32 00:01:45,619 --> 00:01:50,539 tell you hey please don't move the 33 00:01:46,759 --> 00:01:53,569 furniture we have folks with vests on 34 00:01:50,539 --> 00:01:56,239 that are uh sure's and tellers and it 35 00:01:53,569 --> 00:01:58,220 would be appreciated if when they tell 36 00:01:56,239 --> 00:02:00,950 you something or ask you to do something 37 00:01:58,220 --> 00:02:03,229 that you give them the grace to kind of 38 00:02:00,950 --> 00:02:06,530 follow their directions I promise you 39 00:02:03,229 --> 00:02:08,119 they are saying it for a reason okay if 40 00:02:06,530 --> 00:02:10,870 there's something that you're being 41 00:02:08,119 --> 00:02:13,370 asked to do that you just are like oh 42 00:02:10,870 --> 00:02:15,140 remember we have chaplains we have right 43 00:02:13,370 --> 00:02:16,970 relationship team we've got board 44 00:02:15,140 --> 00:02:19,370 members with hats we've got all sorts of 45 00:02:16,970 --> 00:02:20,690 folks that you can ask to talk to but 46 00:02:19,370 --> 00:02:24,110 you know just try and follow those 47 00:02:20,690 --> 00:02:27,739 directions first and the third 48 00:02:24,110 --> 00:02:30,110 announcement I'm really thrilled so the 49 00:02:27,739 --> 00:02:35,000 youth caucus would love you to know that 50 00:02:30,110 --> 00:02:37,730 all are called elders and youth all this 51 00:02:35,000 --> 00:02:40,640 year the youth community worship asks 52 00:02:37,730 --> 00:02:43,819 all of us of every age to be part of 53 00:02:40,640 --> 00:02:47,480 their worship and we're gonna do this by 54 00:02:43,819 --> 00:02:50,660 writing your call down on a quilting 55 00:02:47,480 --> 00:02:53,880 square if you'd like to do this please 56 00:02:50,660 --> 00:02:58,020 go to room 2505 57 00:02:53,880 --> 00:03:01,740 and find a quilting corner that's 2505 58 00:02:58,020 --> 00:03:04,640 to receive and let's all be part of the 59 00:03:01,740 --> 00:03:04,640 youth caucus worship 60 00:03:13,370 --> 00:03:21,319 ah good morning friends oh my name is 61 00:03:19,040 --> 00:03:23,330 Sarah Dean Jones I serve as one of your 62 00:03:21,319 --> 00:03:26,170 board of trustees members and I'm so 63 00:03:23,330 --> 00:03:30,680 pleased to be here with you this morning 64 00:03:26,170 --> 00:03:33,709 so I thank you yeah I'll take it so I'm 65 00:03:30,680 --> 00:03:35,750 thinking friends that some of you know 66 00:03:33,709 --> 00:03:37,760 or don't know that I wrote this hymn 67 00:03:35,750 --> 00:03:39,409 meditation on breathing and I want to 68 00:03:37,760 --> 00:03:43,120 sing it because it's mine and I have 69 00:03:39,409 --> 00:03:43,120 pulpit privilege at this moment in time 70 00:03:44,620 --> 00:03:50,930 and I can think of no better time or 71 00:03:47,329 --> 00:03:52,879 place to sing it than right now right so 72 00:03:50,930 --> 00:04:00,440 I'm gonna invite you to rise and body 73 00:03:52,879 --> 00:04:12,840 your spirit and you may sing whatever 74 00:04:00,440 --> 00:04:17,599 part resonates with you breathe breathe 75 00:04:12,840 --> 00:04:17,599 evolve Bree 76 00:04:18,670 --> 00:04:23,640 breathe 77 00:04:20,959 --> 00:04:26,450 even when I breathing 78 00:04:23,640 --> 00:04:31,360 [Music] 79 00:04:26,450 --> 00:04:33,610 I breathe in peace when I breathe 80 00:04:31,360 --> 00:04:41,020 [Laughter] 81 00:04:33,610 --> 00:04:41,020 I'll breathe out when I breathing 82 00:04:41,159 --> 00:04:48,080 and breathe in peace when I breathe 83 00:04:48,760 --> 00:05:00,940 I breathe when I breathe in when I 84 00:04:54,790 --> 00:05:05,650 breathe in I breathe in DS when I 85 00:05:00,940 --> 00:05:09,600 breathe out when I breathe don't breathe 86 00:05:05,650 --> 00:05:12,869 oh good you sing to me when I breathe 87 00:05:09,600 --> 00:05:12,869 [Music] 88 00:05:20,820 --> 00:05:27,170 you're beautiful let's all drown 89 00:05:22,620 --> 00:05:27,170 together let's all breathe and breathe 90 00:05:28,190 --> 00:05:39,470 breathe 91 00:05:30,600 --> 00:05:39,470 loud breathe breathe 92 00:05:41,680 --> 00:05:47,539 let's not forget that I invite you to 93 00:05:45,350 --> 00:05:49,870 have no baby I don't invite you to have 94 00:05:47,539 --> 00:05:49,870 a seat 95 00:05:50,560 --> 00:05:57,080 so I sing where I come from we come from 96 00:05:53,570 --> 00:06:00,080 very similar places we do we do and we 97 00:05:57,080 --> 00:06:01,669 sing a lot and so there's some songs 98 00:06:00,080 --> 00:06:04,639 sometimes when I go through things that 99 00:06:01,669 --> 00:06:07,009 I need to sing and so I will sing a line 100 00:06:04,639 --> 00:06:12,560 and you sing after me alrighty call a 101 00:06:07,009 --> 00:06:20,270 response we are the children of the ones 102 00:06:12,560 --> 00:06:24,919 who did not die we are the children we 103 00:06:20,270 --> 00:06:29,750 are the children of the people who could 104 00:06:24,919 --> 00:06:34,729 fly we are the children of the people 105 00:06:29,750 --> 00:06:39,620 who could fly we are the children of the 106 00:06:34,729 --> 00:06:43,099 ones who persevered we are the children 107 00:06:39,620 --> 00:06:46,400 of the ones who persevered we are 108 00:06:43,099 --> 00:06:50,419 fearless we are strong and were ready to 109 00:06:46,400 --> 00:06:54,560 carry on we are fearless we are strong 110 00:06:50,419 --> 00:06:58,400 and we're ready to carry on the time we 111 00:06:54,560 --> 00:07:03,199 are the children of the ones who did not 112 00:06:58,400 --> 00:07:08,000 die we are the children of the ones who 113 00:07:03,199 --> 00:07:12,289 did not die we are the children of the 114 00:07:08,000 --> 00:07:17,300 people who could fly we are the children 115 00:07:12,289 --> 00:07:21,440 of the people who could fly we are the 116 00:07:17,300 --> 00:07:25,490 children of the ones who persevere we 117 00:07:21,440 --> 00:07:29,150 are the children the ones who persevered 118 00:07:25,490 --> 00:07:33,110 we are fearless we are strong and were 119 00:07:29,150 --> 00:07:35,400 ready to carry on we are fearless we are 120 00:07:33,110 --> 00:07:37,889 strong and we're ready 121 00:07:35,400 --> 00:07:40,919 not feeling in your whole body fearless 122 00:07:37,889 --> 00:07:43,770 we are strong and we're ready to carry 123 00:07:40,919 --> 00:07:46,260 on one more time we are fearless for 124 00:07:43,770 --> 00:07:47,100 you're strong and we're ready to carry 125 00:07:46,260 --> 00:07:50,479 on 126 00:07:47,100 --> 00:07:50,479 thank you carry on 127 00:07:58,690 --> 00:08:04,370 beautiful can we hear from the right 128 00:08:02,870 --> 00:08:05,810 can't we hear from the right 129 00:08:04,370 --> 00:08:07,820 relationship team my friends will you 130 00:08:05,810 --> 00:08:13,710 give it up please 131 00:08:07,820 --> 00:08:18,160 [Applause] 132 00:08:13,710 --> 00:08:20,440 so many teens good morning I'm a Hannah 133 00:08:18,160 --> 00:08:22,090 Roberts vilnius and i'm yatta neha lu 134 00:08:20,440 --> 00:08:27,520 and we are your right relationship team 135 00:08:22,090 --> 00:08:29,770 co-chairs so sometimes during this time 136 00:08:27,520 --> 00:08:31,900 the team offers reports about particular 137 00:08:29,770 --> 00:08:35,140 incidents that we have resolved or need 138 00:08:31,900 --> 00:08:37,419 your help resolving but this morning I 139 00:08:35,140 --> 00:08:42,120 want to offer a report that is somewhere 140 00:08:37,419 --> 00:08:44,740 between an observation and an admonition 141 00:08:42,120 --> 00:08:46,510 last night we heard the choir at the 142 00:08:44,740 --> 00:08:48,370 service of the living tradition at 143 00:08:46,510 --> 00:08:51,430 seeing the song from the Poor People's 144 00:08:48,370 --> 00:08:56,340 Campaign somebody's been hurting my 145 00:08:51,430 --> 00:08:59,440 brother and it's my experience that 146 00:08:56,340 --> 00:09:02,950 Unitarian Universalists are pretty good 147 00:08:59,440 --> 00:09:07,110 at showing up to that call when somebody 148 00:09:02,950 --> 00:09:11,910 tells us that somebody else is hurting 149 00:09:07,110 --> 00:09:17,770 but we struggle to show up in the tender 150 00:09:11,910 --> 00:09:21,460 tender place that is revealed when one 151 00:09:17,770 --> 00:09:26,950 of our siblings says to us somebody has 152 00:09:21,460 --> 00:09:30,850 been hurting me or more tender and 153 00:09:26,950 --> 00:09:38,230 vulnerable still you have been hurting 154 00:09:30,850 --> 00:09:42,790 me in that coming days we are going to 155 00:09:38,230 --> 00:09:45,790 debate and vote on bylaws and statements 156 00:09:42,790 --> 00:09:48,540 and resolutions that are coming before 157 00:09:45,790 --> 00:09:54,430 us because our siblings have said 158 00:09:48,540 --> 00:10:00,750 somebody has been hurting me you have 159 00:09:54,430 --> 00:10:04,990 been hurting me friends let us proceed 160 00:10:00,750 --> 00:10:10,350 tenderly we have been hurting one 161 00:10:04,990 --> 00:10:10,350 another and it has gone on far too long 162 00:10:13,269 --> 00:10:28,399 and from our safety team in the end 163 00:10:16,910 --> 00:10:29,959 Chris good morning before we arrived I 164 00:10:28,399 --> 00:10:33,949 prayed for us 165 00:10:29,959 --> 00:10:36,800 I found myself lingering on the verse of 166 00:10:33,949 --> 00:10:38,720 the 27th Psalm that can be heard on the 167 00:10:36,800 --> 00:10:42,439 subway among strangers and in 168 00:10:38,720 --> 00:10:44,720 conversations with grandmothers the Lord 169 00:10:42,439 --> 00:10:47,839 is my light and my salvation whom shall 170 00:10:44,720 --> 00:10:52,399 I fear the Lord is the strength of my 171 00:10:47,839 --> 00:10:57,350 life of whom shall I be afraid a bold 172 00:10:52,399 --> 00:10:59,509 and perhaps aspirational assertion we 173 00:10:57,350 --> 00:11:01,209 are not asking you to be fearless or 174 00:10:59,509 --> 00:11:03,889 unafraid 175 00:11:01,209 --> 00:11:06,019 we are not asking our safety team 176 00:11:03,889 --> 00:11:09,230 volunteers to be fearless and unafraid 177 00:11:06,019 --> 00:11:12,679 but we are asking everyone to be 178 00:11:09,230 --> 00:11:14,809 visionary constructing an environment 179 00:11:12,679 --> 00:11:19,269 that is reflective of our paradise on 180 00:11:14,809 --> 00:11:22,879 earth our home until we are reunited 181 00:11:19,269 --> 00:11:26,720 with that which is beyond all human 182 00:11:22,879 --> 00:11:28,819 understanding a world in which safety is 183 00:11:26,720 --> 00:11:31,790 transformative and collectively 184 00:11:28,819 --> 00:11:34,579 determined as opposed to punitive and 185 00:11:31,790 --> 00:11:37,899 determined by broken systems that 186 00:11:34,579 --> 00:11:41,629 pathologize many while protecting few 187 00:11:37,899 --> 00:11:46,990 I'm not here to argue and debate your 188 00:11:41,629 --> 00:11:49,850 experiences but to listen and in turn I 189 00:11:46,990 --> 00:11:54,339 ask you offer your neighbor a listening 190 00:11:49,850 --> 00:11:54,339 pair of ears and a compassionate heart 191 00:11:55,899 --> 00:12:01,120 good morning 192 00:11:58,620 --> 00:12:03,790 so a few of the things that the safety 193 00:12:01,120 --> 00:12:06,790 team has been engaged with a few nights 194 00:12:03,790 --> 00:12:08,889 ago we learned that youth and the youth 195 00:12:06,790 --> 00:12:12,910 caucus were being harassed by security 196 00:12:08,889 --> 00:12:15,459 guards here at the convention center we 197 00:12:12,910 --> 00:12:17,470 spoke with the chain with people with 198 00:12:15,459 --> 00:12:19,329 the GA planning to be able to talk with 199 00:12:17,470 --> 00:12:20,980 the security guards about the youth and 200 00:12:19,329 --> 00:12:22,600 the youth being here at the Convention 201 00:12:20,980 --> 00:12:25,149 Center at night and this was a place of 202 00:12:22,600 --> 00:12:28,420 socializing and to not harass the young 203 00:12:25,149 --> 00:12:30,519 people we're doing the best we can to 204 00:12:28,420 --> 00:12:33,579 try to prevent that from happening and 205 00:12:30,519 --> 00:12:35,050 we continue to ask that if you hear of 206 00:12:33,579 --> 00:12:37,360 if you're if you're part of the youth 207 00:12:35,050 --> 00:12:39,249 caucus or the young adult caucus and you 208 00:12:37,360 --> 00:12:41,740 experience harassment too please let us 209 00:12:39,249 --> 00:12:43,360 know or anyone else who experiences 210 00:12:41,740 --> 00:12:46,569 harassment from either security or 211 00:12:43,360 --> 00:12:49,180 police we also sadly heard that a black 212 00:12:46,569 --> 00:12:51,040 unitarian universalist two nights ago 213 00:12:49,180 --> 00:12:53,230 was on their way during evening 214 00:12:51,040 --> 00:12:56,290 programming to come into the convention 215 00:12:53,230 --> 00:12:58,269 center many white you use were outside 216 00:12:56,290 --> 00:12:59,949 the convention center as well walking 217 00:12:58,269 --> 00:13:01,660 around I'm sure some of them had name 218 00:12:59,949 --> 00:13:04,059 badges on I'm sure some of them did not 219 00:13:01,660 --> 00:13:05,350 this black unitarian universalist was on 220 00:13:04,059 --> 00:13:06,670 their way into the convention center 221 00:13:05,350 --> 00:13:10,529 they were stopped by a police officer 222 00:13:06,670 --> 00:13:10,529 who asked why are you in this area 223 00:13:11,009 --> 00:13:16,839 the UU responded I'm here part of the 224 00:13:14,470 --> 00:13:19,449 General Assembly the officer responded 225 00:13:16,839 --> 00:13:22,300 well where is your name badge again 226 00:13:19,449 --> 00:13:26,290 assuming that this is not true that this 227 00:13:22,300 --> 00:13:28,509 is not legitimate the Unitarian 228 00:13:26,290 --> 00:13:30,910 Universalists continued to explain why 229 00:13:28,509 --> 00:13:33,040 they were here needing to prove their 230 00:13:30,910 --> 00:13:35,050 ability to be present in public space 231 00:13:33,040 --> 00:13:36,550 that they needed to prove that they 232 00:13:35,050 --> 00:13:38,529 could be connected to this General 233 00:13:36,550 --> 00:13:40,899 Assembly and so they were eventually 234 00:13:38,529 --> 00:13:44,079 able to come into the convention center 235 00:13:40,899 --> 00:13:47,319 but another thing of note is that no 236 00:13:44,079 --> 00:13:50,559 other you you know other white no white 237 00:13:47,319 --> 00:13:53,740 you you or other you you came over to 238 00:13:50,559 --> 00:13:59,170 see what was going on and so if we see 239 00:13:53,740 --> 00:14:01,389 police interacting often harassing 240 00:13:59,170 --> 00:14:04,209 people around the convention center it's 241 00:14:01,389 --> 00:14:08,259 useful to just go over and ask you know 242 00:14:04,209 --> 00:14:09,840 officer what's going on here to at least 243 00:14:08,259 --> 00:14:11,880 go and try to engage 244 00:14:09,840 --> 00:14:14,240 and so this is a reminder of why we are 245 00:14:11,880 --> 00:14:16,560 part of the black lives matter movement 246 00:14:14,240 --> 00:14:21,240 yesterday the Westboro Baptist Church 247 00:14:16,560 --> 00:14:24,660 showed up six of them over 72 a hundred 248 00:14:21,240 --> 00:14:27,810 of us were out there singing protesting 249 00:14:24,660 --> 00:14:30,630 it was powerful it was beautiful it was 250 00:14:27,810 --> 00:14:32,910 on fire we also had many of you 251 00:14:30,630 --> 00:14:34,680 continuing to go to the GA programming 252 00:14:32,910 --> 00:14:38,510 so that they did not take the energy 253 00:14:34,680 --> 00:14:41,220 away from us building our movement 254 00:14:38,510 --> 00:14:44,790 Kansas Poor People's Campaign leaders 255 00:14:41,220 --> 00:14:47,490 Reverend Rose Schwab and Anna Maldonado 256 00:14:44,790 --> 00:14:50,070 led the rally with the singing and with 257 00:14:47,490 --> 00:14:50,730 the agitation 'el inspiration of why we 258 00:14:50,070 --> 00:14:53,790 are here 259 00:14:50,730 --> 00:14:55,110 two local activists not a part of 260 00:14:53,790 --> 00:14:57,630 General Assembly but a part of our 261 00:14:55,110 --> 00:14:59,339 justice community two local activists 262 00:14:57,630 --> 00:15:01,890 pulled up in front of Westboro Baptist 263 00:14:59,339 --> 00:15:03,720 stop their car the one driving came out 264 00:15:01,890 --> 00:15:05,520 confronted the Westboro Baptists got 265 00:15:03,720 --> 00:15:07,589 right in their face explaining why their 266 00:15:05,520 --> 00:15:09,330 hate was not wanted in her city the 267 00:15:07,589 --> 00:15:11,160 police very quickly and very 268 00:15:09,330 --> 00:15:13,589 aggressively arrested that local 269 00:15:11,160 --> 00:15:15,960 activist and attempted to arrest the 270 00:15:13,589 --> 00:15:17,400 other activists India and others from 271 00:15:15,960 --> 00:15:19,380 the safety team were able to help 272 00:15:17,400 --> 00:15:20,820 deescalate with the police not arresting 273 00:15:19,380 --> 00:15:23,040 the second person trying to get the 274 00:15:20,820 --> 00:15:24,330 police to chill out they were very 275 00:15:23,040 --> 00:15:26,280 aggressive they were very 276 00:15:24,330 --> 00:15:28,230 confrontational trying to get the police 277 00:15:26,280 --> 00:15:30,450 to chill out and not escalate the 278 00:15:28,230 --> 00:15:31,920 situation as the boomerang effect that 279 00:15:30,450 --> 00:15:33,990 India has been talking about was so 280 00:15:31,920 --> 00:15:37,440 evident of the way the police quickly 281 00:15:33,990 --> 00:15:39,630 escalated everyone in the area that 282 00:15:37,440 --> 00:15:42,150 local activist the uu world was 283 00:15:39,630 --> 00:15:44,250 following up confirmed that she has in 284 00:15:42,150 --> 00:15:46,440 fact been released to misdemeanor 285 00:15:44,250 --> 00:15:48,750 charges disturbing the peace and 286 00:15:46,440 --> 00:15:51,540 impeding the flow of traffic but she was 287 00:15:48,750 --> 00:15:53,910 released from jail Reverend Krista tabes 288 00:15:51,540 --> 00:15:55,290 had the idea of a ministers delegation 289 00:15:53,910 --> 00:15:57,750 to try to negotiate with the police to 290 00:15:55,290 --> 00:16:00,390 try to get her released many ministers 291 00:15:57,750 --> 00:16:01,830 with Reverend Rose at the lead tried to 292 00:16:00,390 --> 00:16:04,410 get the police to just release this 293 00:16:01,830 --> 00:16:06,990 local activist that was unsuccessful but 294 00:16:04,410 --> 00:16:11,160 we work eventually she was released from 295 00:16:06,990 --> 00:16:14,010 jail but to close a young person with a 296 00:16:11,160 --> 00:16:16,920 trans flag I think summarized what 297 00:16:14,010 --> 00:16:18,540 happened with Westboro Baptist they 298 00:16:16,920 --> 00:16:20,040 looked over at Westboro Baptists and 299 00:16:18,540 --> 00:16:23,070 said I almost feel sorry for them 300 00:16:20,040 --> 00:16:23,699 they're trying so hard to hate us and we 301 00:16:23,070 --> 00:16:25,919 are so 302 00:16:23,699 --> 00:16:38,369 fabulous and so powerful they can't do 303 00:16:25,919 --> 00:16:40,739 anything to us as is required for every 304 00:16:38,369 --> 00:16:43,559 General Assembly in large gatherings of 305 00:16:40,739 --> 00:16:45,119 this size we have a convention center we 306 00:16:43,559 --> 00:16:48,959 have Convention Center security and 307 00:16:45,119 --> 00:16:50,519 police officers on-site to clarify we 308 00:16:48,959 --> 00:16:53,339 are making a request of the General 309 00:16:50,519 --> 00:16:56,549 Assembly to shift our reliance and 310 00:16:53,339 --> 00:16:58,889 responsibility onto community to turn 311 00:16:56,549 --> 00:17:00,689 towards each other when we are feeling 312 00:16:58,889 --> 00:17:03,179 unsafe and provides support from one 313 00:17:00,689 --> 00:17:05,639 another we are asking you to let the 314 00:17:03,179 --> 00:17:09,809 safety team know when these instances 315 00:17:05,639 --> 00:17:12,439 occur we cannot ignore power and 316 00:17:09,809 --> 00:17:15,720 powerful systems within our society 317 00:17:12,439 --> 00:17:19,289 however we can begin to shift power 318 00:17:15,720 --> 00:17:21,630 towards everyday people we can continue 319 00:17:19,289 --> 00:17:24,630 building capacity to sustain our 320 00:17:21,630 --> 00:17:27,089 movements and each one of us choose the 321 00:17:24,630 --> 00:17:30,210 life generative practices that makes the 322 00:17:27,089 --> 00:17:33,419 miracle of waking up every day possible 323 00:17:30,210 --> 00:17:35,580 in the words of freedom fighter Assata 324 00:17:33,419 --> 00:17:39,360 Shakur that are offered during many 325 00:17:35,580 --> 00:17:42,059 demonstrations rallies and protests we 326 00:17:39,360 --> 00:17:45,000 must love and protect each other we have 327 00:17:42,059 --> 00:17:47,970 nothing to lose but our chains we must 328 00:17:45,000 --> 00:17:51,680 love and protect each other we have 329 00:17:47,970 --> 00:18:00,920 nothing to lose but our chains 330 00:17:51,680 --> 00:18:00,920 [Applause] 331 00:18:05,260 --> 00:18:11,060 thank you Greg so the sound we heard was 332 00:18:07,730 --> 00:18:15,170 the AMBER Alert I did not get it I'm of 333 00:18:11,060 --> 00:18:16,610 you did so maybe at some point you can 334 00:18:15,170 --> 00:18:18,890 tell us what it is then we can all be on 335 00:18:16,610 --> 00:18:21,170 the lookout so it is now time for their 336 00:18:18,890 --> 00:18:22,670 presidency for it please everyone give 337 00:18:21,170 --> 00:18:24,800 it up for the president of the you a 338 00:18:22,670 --> 00:18:29,170 seasoned Frederick great and executive 339 00:18:24,800 --> 00:18:29,170 vice president will woo Carrie MacDonald 340 00:18:30,640 --> 00:18:33,890 it's been a pleasure for all of us to 341 00:18:32,930 --> 00:18:42,830 work with him this year 342 00:18:33,890 --> 00:18:44,030 oh it is good to be here today and it is 343 00:18:42,830 --> 00:18:51,290 good to be together 344 00:18:44,030 --> 00:18:52,820 I want to shout out a congregation and 345 00:18:51,290 --> 00:18:56,090 some people in the audience that are 346 00:18:52,820 --> 00:18:59,640 important to me my mom and dad are here 347 00:18:56,090 --> 00:19:07,289 they raised me you know on lifelong uu 348 00:18:59,640 --> 00:19:07,289 [Applause] 349 00:19:12,800 --> 00:19:18,990 later I'll introduce you to Al and Ria's 350 00:19:15,540 --> 00:19:21,510 parents because they're here too and I 351 00:19:18,990 --> 00:19:24,150 understand that Elliott Chapel I'm a 352 00:19:21,510 --> 00:19:25,860 Missouri and Missouri native grew up on 353 00:19:24,150 --> 00:19:27,780 the other side of the state in st. Louis 354 00:19:25,860 --> 00:19:31,320 at Elliott Chapel and that there's like 355 00:19:27,780 --> 00:19:35,940 57 people from Elliott chapel so thank 356 00:19:31,320 --> 00:19:48,210 you all for supporting the UUA and being 357 00:19:35,940 --> 00:19:51,480 here what a time this is a time when we 358 00:19:48,210 --> 00:19:56,010 are all being called into a deeper 359 00:19:51,480 --> 00:19:58,170 practice of our theology living into the 360 00:19:56,010 --> 00:20:01,790 call at the heart of Unitarian 361 00:19:58,170 --> 00:20:04,590 Universalism for Beloved Community a 362 00:20:01,790 --> 00:20:07,580 community that practices a radically 363 00:20:04,590 --> 00:20:09,950 inclusive and deeply compassionate 364 00:20:07,580 --> 00:20:13,760 anti-racist anti-oppressive 365 00:20:09,950 --> 00:20:17,130 multicultural multi-generational faith 366 00:20:13,760 --> 00:20:20,460 within and acts powerfully in 367 00:20:17,130 --> 00:20:29,340 partnership and solidarity for justice 368 00:20:20,460 --> 00:20:33,060 and liberation for all this call to our 369 00:20:29,340 --> 00:20:39,710 faith comes to us in the midst of a time 370 00:20:33,060 --> 00:20:39,710 marked by toment and tremendous pain 371 00:20:40,160 --> 00:20:47,220 last year in the months leading up to 372 00:20:44,220 --> 00:20:51,570 General Assembly our association went 373 00:20:47,220 --> 00:20:53,970 through a major disruption uua president 374 00:20:51,570 --> 00:20:57,900 Peter Morales and several other senior 375 00:20:53,970 --> 00:21:02,970 leaders resigned and we grieved for the 376 00:20:57,900 --> 00:21:06,060 death of our moderator Jim Key our our 377 00:21:02,970 --> 00:21:08,460 interim co-presidents the Reverend 378 00:21:06,060 --> 00:21:10,770 Sophia Benton core the Reverend bill 379 00:21:08,460 --> 00:21:14,400 Cink furred and dr. Leon Spencer 380 00:21:10,770 --> 00:21:17,960 provided unbelievable pastoral presence 381 00:21:14,400 --> 00:21:17,960 stable leadership 382 00:21:23,060 --> 00:21:29,550 stabilizing leadership and a call for 383 00:21:25,500 --> 00:21:32,580 deeper transformative action a call to 384 00:21:29,550 --> 00:21:35,160 renewal and change for the UUA 385 00:21:32,580 --> 00:21:40,430 and for all of our congregations and 386 00:21:35,160 --> 00:21:41,640 communities GA 2017 was a time of 387 00:21:40,430 --> 00:21:45,840 truth-telling 388 00:21:41,640 --> 00:21:47,820 about the past and the present we 389 00:21:45,840 --> 00:21:50,310 wrestled with and named the heartbreak 390 00:21:47,820 --> 00:21:53,780 the mistrust the broken promises and 391 00:21:50,310 --> 00:21:56,700 unfulfilled dreams of our faith and we 392 00:21:53,780 --> 00:21:59,550 were also confronted with an 393 00:21:56,700 --> 00:22:02,340 increasingly dangerous and dehumanizing 394 00:21:59,550 --> 00:22:07,800 political situation in our country and 395 00:22:02,340 --> 00:22:12,050 our world last year was not the 396 00:22:07,800 --> 00:22:15,270 beginning of these challenges and 397 00:22:12,050 --> 00:22:17,450 wrestling with them has been painful and 398 00:22:15,270 --> 00:22:25,740 difficult but it has also been 399 00:22:17,450 --> 00:22:30,410 profoundly faithful in a culture such as 400 00:22:25,740 --> 00:22:33,300 ours that loves debate but runs from 401 00:22:30,410 --> 00:22:37,740 conflict that can transform us and runs 402 00:22:33,300 --> 00:22:39,870 from discomfort being faced with our own 403 00:22:37,740 --> 00:22:44,400 distance from the Beloved Community that 404 00:22:39,870 --> 00:22:49,980 we espouse is an invitation to real and 405 00:22:44,400 --> 00:22:54,050 transformative change and yes we have 406 00:22:49,980 --> 00:22:58,670 many examples of both succeeding and 407 00:22:54,050 --> 00:22:58,670 falling short of this work 408 00:22:59,970 --> 00:23:09,830 my friends there is pain in change and 409 00:23:04,559 --> 00:23:14,269 growth there is pain and childbirth 410 00:23:09,830 --> 00:23:17,490 there is pain in the resetting of a bone 411 00:23:14,269 --> 00:23:21,889 there is pain that comes and building 412 00:23:17,490 --> 00:23:25,679 new muscles but the most painful wounds 413 00:23:21,889 --> 00:23:29,700 are those that go unattended and unnamed 414 00:23:25,679 --> 00:23:32,639 and so we are called to do the attending 415 00:23:29,700 --> 00:23:40,320 that these times necessitate because the 416 00:23:32,639 --> 00:23:44,879 stakes are too high if we don't right 417 00:23:40,320 --> 00:23:46,889 now right now the liberating 418 00:23:44,879 --> 00:23:49,190 achievements that generations have won 419 00:23:46,889 --> 00:23:51,750 are being rolled back the extrajudicial 420 00:23:49,190 --> 00:23:54,419 killing of black lives by police 421 00:23:51,750 --> 00:23:56,490 continues the assault on the rights of 422 00:23:54,419 --> 00:23:59,070 gay lesbian bisexual people on 423 00:23:56,490 --> 00:24:01,470 transgender and queer people on folks 424 00:23:59,070 --> 00:24:03,570 living with disabilities the repeated 425 00:24:01,470 --> 00:24:05,759 attempts to ban Muslims the growing 426 00:24:03,570 --> 00:24:08,100 anti-semitism the rolling back of 427 00:24:05,759 --> 00:24:10,259 reproductive and healthcare access the 428 00:24:08,100 --> 00:24:14,159 separation and jailing of children at 429 00:24:10,259 --> 00:24:16,519 the border up front our values and all 430 00:24:14,159 --> 00:24:18,779 of this is fueled by a rising 431 00:24:16,519 --> 00:24:21,990 nationalist movement that is proud to 432 00:24:18,779 --> 00:24:25,740 claim the symbols and ideology of Nazis 433 00:24:21,990 --> 00:24:28,440 and the Confederacy I witnessed this all 434 00:24:25,740 --> 00:24:31,980 too clearly in Charlottesville Virginia 435 00:24:28,440 --> 00:24:35,730 last August a story that I will tell 436 00:24:31,980 --> 00:24:37,620 more about on Sunday morning we are 437 00:24:35,730 --> 00:24:40,230 living in a time in this country when 438 00:24:37,620 --> 00:24:43,740 mass shootings are becoming normal and 439 00:24:40,230 --> 00:24:46,049 our global climate is in chaos last 440 00:24:43,740 --> 00:24:50,190 summer was a devastating season of 441 00:24:46,049 --> 00:24:53,610 storms and fires it moved us to 442 00:24:50,190 --> 00:24:57,269 establish a general disaster relief 443 00:24:53,610 --> 00:25:00,179 funding fund knowing that this will 444 00:24:57,269 --> 00:25:03,200 continue and I am grateful to all of you 445 00:25:00,179 --> 00:25:06,210 who donated to that fund and helped us 446 00:25:03,200 --> 00:25:08,490 collectively as a covenant advice show 447 00:25:06,210 --> 00:25:12,350 up and support one another in these 448 00:25:08,490 --> 00:25:12,350 times of crisis and trauma 449 00:25:13,920 --> 00:25:21,289 [Applause] 450 00:25:30,250 --> 00:25:38,880 as this external heartbreak continues 451 00:25:34,650 --> 00:25:41,050 our internal heartbreak also continues 452 00:25:38,880 --> 00:25:43,690 Unitarian Universalists have been 453 00:25:41,050 --> 00:25:46,960 examining the ways that a culture of 454 00:25:43,690 --> 00:25:49,330 white supremacy continues to inhibit the 455 00:25:46,960 --> 00:25:53,640 fullness and the practice of our 456 00:25:49,330 --> 00:25:57,430 theology and each of our liberation and 457 00:25:53,640 --> 00:26:04,450 the ability of people of color to thrive 458 00:25:57,430 --> 00:26:06,820 in this faith this year we have seen how 459 00:26:04,450 --> 00:26:09,640 the burden of this institutional change 460 00:26:06,820 --> 00:26:13,570 work does not fall equally on all 461 00:26:09,640 --> 00:26:15,430 shoulders this year we've seen a record 462 00:26:13,570 --> 00:26:17,710 number of religious professionals of 463 00:26:15,430 --> 00:26:20,890 color faced challenges and conflicts in 464 00:26:17,710 --> 00:26:23,260 their ministries each context is 465 00:26:20,890 --> 00:26:27,790 different but the overall number is 466 00:26:23,260 --> 00:26:30,520 troubling and heartbreaking it is also 467 00:26:27,790 --> 00:26:32,890 important to acknowledge the number of 468 00:26:30,520 --> 00:26:35,200 religious professionals of color in our 469 00:26:32,890 --> 00:26:37,810 movement and how that has been growing 470 00:26:35,200 --> 00:26:40,540 and there are wonderful stories of 471 00:26:37,810 --> 00:26:42,880 success this year's attendance at 472 00:26:40,540 --> 00:26:44,830 finding our way home the uu A's annual 473 00:26:42,880 --> 00:26:47,350 gathering of religious professionals of 474 00:26:44,830 --> 00:26:50,290 color for collegial and professional 475 00:26:47,350 --> 00:26:53,550 support and education was the largest in 476 00:26:50,290 --> 00:26:53,550 its history 477 00:26:58,770 --> 00:27:05,980 to Unitarian Universalists of color and 478 00:27:03,330 --> 00:27:08,650 Unitarian Universalists with identities 479 00:27:05,980 --> 00:27:11,680 that have been marginalized dismissed or 480 00:27:08,650 --> 00:27:14,170 ignored in this faith I want to say 481 00:27:11,680 --> 00:27:17,700 first and foremost that I am sorry for 482 00:27:14,170 --> 00:27:21,390 the hurt that continues to be done 483 00:27:17,700 --> 00:27:24,240 the microaggressions and practices that 484 00:27:21,390 --> 00:27:29,530 diminish and discount your leadership 485 00:27:24,240 --> 00:27:33,220 your presence your dignity your humanity 486 00:27:29,530 --> 00:27:36,670 are real and the work of changing this 487 00:27:33,220 --> 00:27:39,880 reality is for every single one of our 488 00:27:36,670 --> 00:27:42,190 leaders and congregations to take up and 489 00:27:39,880 --> 00:27:47,710 as white leaders and members in this 490 00:27:42,190 --> 00:27:53,070 faith we have to shoulder and lift this 491 00:27:47,710 --> 00:27:57,520 work it is not okay for it to rest 492 00:27:53,070 --> 00:28:00,450 unequally and unfairly on leaders of 493 00:27:57,520 --> 00:28:00,450 color in our movement 494 00:28:07,350 --> 00:28:13,240 to Unitarian Universalists of color to 495 00:28:11,380 --> 00:28:15,720 Unitarian Universalists who hold 496 00:28:13,240 --> 00:28:19,000 identities that have been marginalized 497 00:28:15,720 --> 00:28:30,929 diminished and dismissed in this faith 498 00:28:19,000 --> 00:28:35,440 this is your faith you know it's deep 499 00:28:30,929 --> 00:28:38,410 liberating theology and you see who and 500 00:28:35,440 --> 00:28:44,440 what Unitarian Universalism can be if we 501 00:28:38,410 --> 00:28:46,179 live into the fullness of our calling to 502 00:28:44,440 --> 00:28:50,410 each of you I'm committed to being a 503 00:28:46,179 --> 00:28:54,340 partner and an ally so that you see 504 00:28:50,410 --> 00:28:57,460 yourself recognized at the center of 505 00:28:54,340 --> 00:29:02,190 this faith and it is felt with a clarity 506 00:28:57,460 --> 00:29:02,190 that no one can ever question 507 00:29:03,640 --> 00:29:10,299 [Applause] 508 00:29:11,330 --> 00:29:23,039 what does it take to really live into 509 00:29:16,559 --> 00:29:26,010 bold and transformative change first of 510 00:29:23,039 --> 00:29:28,470 all it requires a clarity of direction 511 00:29:26,010 --> 00:29:31,710 and a commitment to the values that must 512 00:29:28,470 --> 00:29:35,309 always guide the work and it also 513 00:29:31,710 --> 00:29:37,830 requires diverse leadership and the 514 00:29:35,309 --> 00:29:40,320 centering of the margins and a 515 00:29:37,830 --> 00:29:43,890 commitment and knowledge about the work 516 00:29:40,320 --> 00:29:47,549 of change requires skill building and 517 00:29:43,890 --> 00:29:49,890 muscle building for this work at the UUA 518 00:29:47,549 --> 00:29:51,690 we are committed to institutional change 519 00:29:49,890 --> 00:29:55,470 work that we are calling the work of 520 00:29:51,690 --> 00:29:57,750 inclusion equity and change and we are 521 00:29:55,470 --> 00:30:00,480 approaching this work on three levels at 522 00:29:57,750 --> 00:30:03,419 the associational level at the UUA at 523 00:30:00,480 --> 00:30:06,590 the institutional level across the 524 00:30:03,419 --> 00:30:10,159 broader uu landscape and at the 525 00:30:06,590 --> 00:30:13,500 congregational level so first 526 00:30:10,159 --> 00:30:15,120 organizationally and internally here's 527 00:30:13,500 --> 00:30:18,240 some of the first moves that we're 528 00:30:15,120 --> 00:30:21,929 making to change the uu A's internal 529 00:30:18,240 --> 00:30:24,120 workplace culture and spirit this fall 530 00:30:21,929 --> 00:30:26,700 we completed a thorough review of hiring 531 00:30:24,120 --> 00:30:28,860 practices to implement the diversity 532 00:30:26,700 --> 00:30:32,039 hiring goals set by the interim co 533 00:30:28,860 --> 00:30:34,409 president's last spring these changes 534 00:30:32,039 --> 00:30:36,690 this is one of my favorite parts my 535 00:30:34,409 --> 00:30:40,740 friends these changes include putting 536 00:30:36,690 --> 00:30:44,460 our theological values in our personnel 537 00:30:40,740 --> 00:30:47,490 manual in our job postings so people 538 00:30:44,460 --> 00:30:50,179 know who we are in the vision we seek to 539 00:30:47,490 --> 00:30:50,179 live in to 540 00:30:53,200 --> 00:30:58,640 it also means changing requirements for 541 00:30:56,720 --> 00:31:01,190 job openings to allow for a broader 542 00:30:58,640 --> 00:31:03,380 range of experience to be considered and 543 00:31:01,190 --> 00:31:06,650 creating diverse hiring teams and 544 00:31:03,380 --> 00:31:09,350 training hiring managers we've also 545 00:31:06,650 --> 00:31:11,180 embraced collaborative leadership models 546 00:31:09,350 --> 00:31:12,770 including the co-directors for the 547 00:31:11,180 --> 00:31:14,870 ministry and faith Development 548 00:31:12,770 --> 00:31:21,380 Department Sarah Lambert and Jessica 549 00:31:14,870 --> 00:31:23,540 York and co directors of the sub in the 550 00:31:21,380 --> 00:31:29,150 Southern Regional lead position Connie 551 00:31:23,540 --> 00:31:31,910 good bread and Natalie Briscoe we've put 552 00:31:29,150 --> 00:31:35,150 diversity of leadership as a foremost 553 00:31:31,910 --> 00:31:37,520 priority including professional 554 00:31:35,150 --> 00:31:40,280 diversity promoting religious educators 555 00:31:37,520 --> 00:31:47,390 and lay leaders into top-level positions 556 00:31:40,280 --> 00:31:49,910 at the Association I invited to Queen a 557 00:31:47,390 --> 00:31:51,950 Boston to serve a special advisor to the 558 00:31:49,910 --> 00:31:54,740 president for inclusion equity and 559 00:31:51,950 --> 00:31:57,290 change recognizing that in order to live 560 00:31:54,740 --> 00:31:59,720 into a multicultural religious community 561 00:31:57,290 --> 00:32:02,030 the commitment Lynne needs to live not 562 00:31:59,720 --> 00:32:06,280 as a Department of the UUA but at its 563 00:32:02,030 --> 00:32:10,640 center and drive all the work that we do 564 00:32:06,280 --> 00:32:13,340 and I want to say that one of the 565 00:32:10,640 --> 00:32:15,980 lessons that has emerged in this work is 566 00:32:13,340 --> 00:32:19,730 a reminder that we can do big things at 567 00:32:15,980 --> 00:32:22,130 the UUA the justice Ga created in 568 00:32:19,730 --> 00:32:27,080 response to the boycott in Arizona is 569 00:32:22,130 --> 00:32:30,950 one example the move from 25 beacon to 570 00:32:27,080 --> 00:32:33,710 24 farnsworth is another this was a 571 00:32:30,950 --> 00:32:36,680 major change and it was guided by the 572 00:32:33,710 --> 00:32:38,390 values of collaboration accessibility 573 00:32:36,680 --> 00:32:41,300 innovation and environmental 574 00:32:38,390 --> 00:32:44,780 sustainability our values guided the 575 00:32:41,300 --> 00:32:48,560 move and I am grateful to the leadership 576 00:32:44,780 --> 00:32:52,160 of President Peter Morales for guiding 577 00:32:48,560 --> 00:32:55,100 and seeing the innovation and the 578 00:32:52,160 --> 00:32:57,320 leadership that was needed to move us 579 00:32:55,100 --> 00:32:59,770 and help open up new ways of being in 580 00:32:57,320 --> 00:32:59,770 our faith 581 00:33:03,230 --> 00:33:08,630 and here's one more piece so just like 582 00:33:06,290 --> 00:33:10,820 our work of dismantling a culture of 583 00:33:08,630 --> 00:33:13,640 white supremacy within our faith the 584 00:33:10,820 --> 00:33:17,780 question was not whether we were gonna 585 00:33:13,640 --> 00:33:20,410 move but how right that's the same right 586 00:33:17,780 --> 00:33:28,760 now it's not whether we are gonna move 587 00:33:20,410 --> 00:33:31,160 but how at the larger institutional 588 00:33:28,760 --> 00:33:32,870 level reaching beyond the staff and the 589 00:33:31,160 --> 00:33:35,360 organization of the UUA we are 590 00:33:32,870 --> 00:33:37,970 supporting broader institutional change 591 00:33:35,360 --> 00:33:39,740 first and foremost is the support for 592 00:33:37,970 --> 00:33:42,860 the vital work of the Commission on 593 00:33:39,740 --> 00:33:44,870 institutional change which is examining 594 00:33:42,860 --> 00:33:47,330 the breadth and the depth the culture of 595 00:33:44,870 --> 00:33:50,570 the culture and practices of Unitarian 596 00:33:47,330 --> 00:33:53,750 Universalism and our congregations and 597 00:33:50,570 --> 00:33:56,720 how we continue to see a real difference 598 00:33:53,750 --> 00:33:59,299 in outcomes for members leaders and 599 00:33:56,720 --> 00:34:02,750 religious professionals based solely on 600 00:33:59,299 --> 00:34:04,760 identity and that is not right the 601 00:34:02,750 --> 00:34:07,010 supportive relationship between senior 602 00:34:04,760 --> 00:34:10,190 staff and the Commission is essential to 603 00:34:07,010 --> 00:34:13,159 guiding the work of change of the UUA to 604 00:34:10,190 --> 00:34:17,270 the members of the Commission Leslie 605 00:34:13,159 --> 00:34:20,419 Takahashi chair duro Farrar Natalie 606 00:34:17,270 --> 00:34:23,629 Fenimore Mary Byron and Elias Ortega 607 00:34:20,419 --> 00:34:25,909 aponte and Caitlin Breedlove I say thank 608 00:34:23,629 --> 00:34:27,970 you thank you for your leadership and 609 00:34:25,909 --> 00:34:27,970 support 610 00:34:32,129 --> 00:34:43,480 and to the congregation's that you serve 611 00:34:39,309 --> 00:34:45,879 and in which you lead I say thank you to 612 00:34:43,480 --> 00:34:48,399 those congregations and leaders for 613 00:34:45,879 --> 00:34:50,859 supporting you in this work because we 614 00:34:48,399 --> 00:34:53,559 recognize the way that whenever our 615 00:34:50,859 --> 00:34:56,889 leaders support the larger Association 616 00:34:53,559 --> 00:34:59,440 there is sometimes a sacrifice by the 617 00:34:56,889 --> 00:35:01,569 congregations in that so thank you for 618 00:34:59,440 --> 00:35:05,700 your support of the broader mission and 619 00:35:01,569 --> 00:35:05,700 the institutional change at the uu a 620 00:35:09,059 --> 00:35:15,160 number two is the funding of the boards 621 00:35:12,510 --> 00:35:17,650 5.3 million dollar commitment to black 622 00:35:15,160 --> 00:35:20,170 lives of Unitarian Universalism this is 623 00:35:17,650 --> 00:35:22,359 another bold investment in institutional 624 00:35:20,170 --> 00:35:26,109 change and has been a key priority this 625 00:35:22,359 --> 00:35:28,750 year Blue is one of the most innovative 626 00:35:26,109 --> 00:35:29,740 and exciting ministries in Unitarian 627 00:35:28,750 --> 00:35:32,589 Universalism 628 00:35:29,740 --> 00:35:35,230 committed to providing spiritual care 629 00:35:32,589 --> 00:35:37,780 for black you use supporting and 630 00:35:35,230 --> 00:35:42,220 amplifying the leadership of black you 631 00:35:37,780 --> 00:35:45,010 use and providing spiritual uu spiritual 632 00:35:42,220 --> 00:35:47,460 sustenance to grass roots justice 633 00:35:45,010 --> 00:35:50,619 movements nurturing within and beyond 634 00:35:47,460 --> 00:35:52,270 you'll hear more about blue and have 635 00:35:50,619 --> 00:35:54,849 throughout this assembly but I want to 636 00:35:52,270 --> 00:35:59,549 share that we have raised in gifts and 637 00:35:54,849 --> 00:36:04,470 pledges already 3.1 million dollars 638 00:35:59,549 --> 00:36:04,470 towards this fund for blue 639 00:36:13,390 --> 00:36:17,840 so if you haven't done a promise in the 640 00:36:15,770 --> 00:36:19,760 practice collection at your congregation 641 00:36:17,840 --> 00:36:21,650 I invite you to go back home and get it 642 00:36:19,760 --> 00:36:24,080 on the calendar and it will be matched 643 00:36:21,650 --> 00:36:26,360 your gifts will be matched let's get 644 00:36:24,080 --> 00:36:28,940 there to five million dollars let's get 645 00:36:26,360 --> 00:36:31,160 there next year right let's find a blue 646 00:36:28,940 --> 00:36:33,920 and get that money there and help them 647 00:36:31,160 --> 00:36:36,430 do this innovative ministry support the 648 00:36:33,920 --> 00:36:41,420 innovative ministry that they're leading 649 00:36:36,430 --> 00:36:43,400 and over the next few years we need to 650 00:36:41,420 --> 00:36:45,830 be building and investing right 651 00:36:43,400 --> 00:36:49,130 alongside the commitment to blue the 652 00:36:45,830 --> 00:36:51,500 resources for the UUA and congregational 653 00:36:49,130 --> 00:36:55,430 change work as well as support for the 654 00:36:51,500 --> 00:36:58,600 ministries of Drama and trust and equal 655 00:36:55,430 --> 00:37:01,160 access to make sure that we are funding 656 00:36:58,600 --> 00:37:08,270 institutional change at the broadest 657 00:37:01,160 --> 00:37:13,850 level it's time to dream big and invest 658 00:37:08,270 --> 00:37:18,470 in this faith and its promise all right 659 00:37:13,850 --> 00:37:24,320 congregations the most important part 660 00:37:18,470 --> 00:37:28,010 yes this year has been one of a lot of 661 00:37:24,320 --> 00:37:30,050 transition at the UUA and we are diving 662 00:37:28,010 --> 00:37:33,050 deep into examining and shifting our 663 00:37:30,050 --> 00:37:36,290 culture but the truth is if this change 664 00:37:33,050 --> 00:37:39,680 doesn't happen in our congregations our 665 00:37:36,290 --> 00:37:43,450 faith will not be transformed because it 666 00:37:39,680 --> 00:37:46,250 is in our congregations that people find 667 00:37:43,450 --> 00:37:48,410 Unitarian Universalism and are 668 00:37:46,250 --> 00:37:52,790 ministered by it 669 00:37:48,410 --> 00:37:56,390 or are not right so that's where the 670 00:37:52,790 --> 00:37:58,160 change has to grow so here's how we're 671 00:37:56,390 --> 00:38:00,320 beginning to bring this work into 672 00:37:58,160 --> 00:38:01,910 congregations this year but you know 673 00:38:00,320 --> 00:38:04,220 what it's not just the work of the UUA 674 00:38:01,910 --> 00:38:08,720 we want to be partners in it but it 675 00:38:04,220 --> 00:38:11,390 really belongs to all of you but here's 676 00:38:08,720 --> 00:38:13,640 how we're beginning we've created a 677 00:38:11,390 --> 00:38:15,830 cross staff team including the faith 678 00:38:13,640 --> 00:38:18,350 development office and the outreach and 679 00:38:15,830 --> 00:38:20,870 public witness to curate helpful 680 00:38:18,350 --> 00:38:23,540 resources and skill building for 681 00:38:20,870 --> 00:38:25,560 congregations on dismantling a culture 682 00:38:23,540 --> 00:38:28,200 of white supremacy Iraq 683 00:38:25,560 --> 00:38:30,510 commend this page to you videos articles 684 00:38:28,200 --> 00:38:33,780 all kinds of things to help deepen your 685 00:38:30,510 --> 00:38:37,170 understanding and skill building in your 686 00:38:33,780 --> 00:38:39,570 congregation the office of church staff 687 00:38:37,170 --> 00:38:42,990 finances has put together a resource on 688 00:38:39,570 --> 00:38:45,540 staffing for diversity in congregations 689 00:38:42,990 --> 00:38:47,550 and we're also strengthening our 690 00:38:45,540 --> 00:38:50,610 commitment to the annual finding our way 691 00:38:47,550 --> 00:38:52,980 home retreat support for a trust 692 00:38:50,610 --> 00:38:55,470 gathering of transgender religious 693 00:38:52,980 --> 00:38:58,650 professionals for thrive leadership 694 00:38:55,470 --> 00:39:00,960 school for young adults of color in all 695 00:38:58,650 --> 00:39:05,490 these ways we are trying to build this 696 00:39:00,960 --> 00:39:08,250 work we're also doing an audit of the uu 697 00:39:05,490 --> 00:39:10,800 as many scholarships grants and 698 00:39:08,250 --> 00:39:13,770 assistance funds for congregations and 699 00:39:10,800 --> 00:39:17,310 leaders making sure that they have a 700 00:39:13,770 --> 00:39:21,260 lens of equity inclusion and change at 701 00:39:17,310 --> 00:39:21,260 the center of those grants 702 00:39:24,200 --> 00:39:29,730 next year we have put fun so this coming 703 00:39:27,390 --> 00:39:32,820 fiscal year we have put funds to invest 704 00:39:29,730 --> 00:39:35,940 in training on cultural competency race 705 00:39:32,820 --> 00:39:38,580 gender identity and power dynamics for 706 00:39:35,940 --> 00:39:40,290 you you a staff in particular you you a 707 00:39:38,580 --> 00:39:43,350 staff who work directly with 708 00:39:40,290 --> 00:39:45,900 congregations so that we are skilled 709 00:39:43,350 --> 00:39:48,690 partners the skilled partners that you 710 00:39:45,900 --> 00:39:51,240 need to nurture the change efforts in 711 00:39:48,690 --> 00:39:53,820 your own congregations and we're looking 712 00:39:51,240 --> 00:39:56,040 to invest more in ministerial startups 713 00:39:53,820 --> 00:39:57,660 particularly for congregations who are 714 00:39:56,040 --> 00:40:00,210 calling or hiring religious 715 00:39:57,660 --> 00:40:03,120 professionals of color now these are 716 00:40:00,210 --> 00:40:05,460 just the next steps in the long haul 717 00:40:03,120 --> 00:40:09,320 work of nurturing cultural and 718 00:40:05,460 --> 00:40:13,410 institutional change but the work is not 719 00:40:09,320 --> 00:40:15,360 just internal one of the things I 720 00:40:13,410 --> 00:40:17,730 learned serving in the ministry in 721 00:40:15,360 --> 00:40:20,970 Phoenix was that the cultural change 722 00:40:17,730 --> 00:40:24,030 work in our congregation was about 723 00:40:20,970 --> 00:40:27,240 educating and building skills internally 724 00:40:24,030 --> 00:40:29,130 but also partnering directly beyond our 725 00:40:27,240 --> 00:40:31,050 own congregation with communities 726 00:40:29,130 --> 00:40:33,450 directly impacted by oppression that 727 00:40:31,050 --> 00:40:36,360 work of following showing up in the 728 00:40:33,450 --> 00:40:38,970 streets understanding the realities of 729 00:40:36,360 --> 00:40:41,340 the racial and systemic oppression in 730 00:40:38,970 --> 00:40:44,670 our country was critical to actually 731 00:40:41,340 --> 00:40:47,130 changing culture within one of the most 732 00:40:44,670 --> 00:40:49,260 important ways that the UUA serves the 733 00:40:47,130 --> 00:40:52,290 mission of Unitarian Universalism is by 734 00:40:49,260 --> 00:40:54,690 amplifying a national voice moral voice 735 00:40:52,290 --> 00:40:57,330 for our values in the world this year 736 00:40:54,690 --> 00:40:59,010 we've invested in a strategic review of 737 00:40:57,330 --> 00:41:01,890 our public witness work and made the 738 00:40:59,010 --> 00:41:03,840 intentional decision to Center our 739 00:41:01,890 --> 00:41:06,000 justice work in solidarity with 740 00:41:03,840 --> 00:41:08,640 grassroots organizing that is led by 741 00:41:06,000 --> 00:41:11,100 people of color indigenous people and 742 00:41:08,640 --> 00:41:14,640 folks directly impacted by impression 743 00:41:11,100 --> 00:41:16,410 and injustice interfaith work continues 744 00:41:14,640 --> 00:41:20,370 but we are really prioritizing 745 00:41:16,410 --> 00:41:22,020 grassroots organizing in collaboration I 746 00:41:20,370 --> 00:41:25,170 want to share a few highlights as well 747 00:41:22,020 --> 00:41:27,570 in collaboration with equal access we 748 00:41:25,170 --> 00:41:29,880 responded to the call to change the 749 00:41:27,570 --> 00:41:31,180 ablest language of standing on the side 750 00:41:29,880 --> 00:41:34,240 of love and have 751 00:41:31,180 --> 00:41:37,260 dude our justice initiative to be side 752 00:41:34,240 --> 00:41:37,260 with love 753 00:41:41,230 --> 00:41:46,060 you can get your new t-shirts and 754 00:41:43,300 --> 00:41:49,119 Stoll's at the online I bet there's some 755 00:41:46,060 --> 00:41:51,460 in the exhibit hall as well the UUA in 756 00:41:49,119 --> 00:41:53,140 the Unitarian Universalists the UUA and 757 00:41:51,460 --> 00:41:55,240 you use across the country have been 758 00:41:53,140 --> 00:41:57,580 showing up and organizing with the Poor 759 00:41:55,240 --> 00:42:00,010 People's Campaign in unbelievable 760 00:41:57,580 --> 00:42:06,040 numbers a national call for a moral 761 00:42:00,010 --> 00:42:08,740 revival a campaign with a broad moral 762 00:42:06,040 --> 00:42:10,470 agenda that addresses poverty access to 763 00:42:08,740 --> 00:42:13,930 health care and quality education 764 00:42:10,470 --> 00:42:15,460 sovereignty rights sub sovereignty 765 00:42:13,930 --> 00:42:19,630 rights for indigenous communities 766 00:42:15,460 --> 00:42:20,830 climate justice lb GT Qi rights women's 767 00:42:19,630 --> 00:42:22,869 rights in the fight against 768 00:42:20,830 --> 00:42:25,000 criminalization deportations and 769 00:42:22,869 --> 00:42:28,030 expanding militarism bringing all of 770 00:42:25,000 --> 00:42:31,359 these issues together to create a moral 771 00:42:28,030 --> 00:42:34,750 revival last month I was arrested along 772 00:42:31,359 --> 00:42:37,450 with 19 other you use as well as other 773 00:42:34,750 --> 00:42:40,810 religious leaders on the first day of 40 774 00:42:37,450 --> 00:42:43,180 days of action with more than 100 you 775 00:42:40,810 --> 00:42:45,400 use across the country taking direct 776 00:42:43,180 --> 00:42:47,859 action with that campaign since that 777 00:42:45,400 --> 00:42:50,369 first Monday it's incredible and it 778 00:42:47,859 --> 00:42:53,140 needs to just keep building this work 779 00:42:50,369 --> 00:42:56,500 the examples of our justice work this 780 00:42:53,140 --> 00:42:59,050 year go on but one final one we see this 781 00:42:56,500 --> 00:43:00,880 centering in our justice work centering 782 00:42:59,050 --> 00:43:02,680 with grassroots organizing in the 783 00:43:00,880 --> 00:43:04,990 growing response of Unitarian 784 00:43:02,680 --> 00:43:07,330 Universalists to the work of expanding 785 00:43:04,990 --> 00:43:09,850 sanctuary through the love resist 786 00:43:07,330 --> 00:43:13,300 campaign combatting criminalization of 787 00:43:09,850 --> 00:43:17,080 immigrants and communities of color so 788 00:43:13,300 --> 00:43:19,980 love resists is our just this campaign 789 00:43:17,080 --> 00:43:23,020 that is specifically focused on fighting 790 00:43:19,980 --> 00:43:24,970 criminalization and through love resists 791 00:43:23,020 --> 00:43:27,070 we are working to end the money bail 792 00:43:24,970 --> 00:43:29,020 system which is the highlight of the 793 00:43:27,070 --> 00:43:32,070 public witness this year led by black 794 00:43:29,020 --> 00:43:32,070 lives of uu 795 00:43:35,270 --> 00:43:41,040 we also offer education resources 796 00:43:38,340 --> 00:43:43,860 coaching and spiritual sustenance for 797 00:43:41,040 --> 00:43:45,810 those engaged in sanctuary policies 798 00:43:43,860 --> 00:43:49,050 community support networks and 799 00:43:45,810 --> 00:43:51,780 accompaniment programs currently across 800 00:43:49,050 --> 00:43:55,610 the country over 80 congregations are a 801 00:43:51,780 --> 00:43:58,620 part of the uu sanctuary movement nine 802 00:43:55,610 --> 00:44:01,950 congregations this number changed as of 803 00:43:58,620 --> 00:44:04,080 this GA nine congregations are currently 804 00:44:01,950 --> 00:44:06,240 providing physical sanctuary to 805 00:44:04,080 --> 00:44:09,360 individuals or families and more are 806 00:44:06,240 --> 00:44:11,300 ready if asked and more are accompanying 807 00:44:09,360 --> 00:44:13,650 immigrants through the immigration 808 00:44:11,300 --> 00:44:20,910 criminalization system through the court 809 00:44:13,650 --> 00:44:24,360 system and this spring through the side 810 00:44:20,910 --> 00:44:26,520 with love campaign when the US president 811 00:44:24,360 --> 00:44:30,180 threatened a caravan of refugees coming 812 00:44:26,520 --> 00:44:34,140 to the US border many you use open their 813 00:44:30,180 --> 00:44:36,750 homes to sponsor refugees and to show 814 00:44:34,140 --> 00:44:41,660 that as hate tries to close our borders 815 00:44:36,750 --> 00:44:41,660 we will open our hearts and our homes 816 00:44:41,810 --> 00:44:54,110 [Applause] 817 00:44:48,940 --> 00:44:56,270 this means that right now as we see 818 00:44:54,110 --> 00:44:58,520 children separated from their parents at 819 00:44:56,270 --> 00:45:01,040 the border that we must be clear that 820 00:44:58,520 --> 00:45:04,070 the criminalization of immigrants 821 00:45:01,040 --> 00:45:07,190 migrants and refugees is the source and 822 00:45:04,070 --> 00:45:09,320 the system of the injustice to be 823 00:45:07,190 --> 00:45:11,780 cleared the decisions over the last few 824 00:45:09,320 --> 00:45:17,240 days by the president's administration 825 00:45:11,780 --> 00:45:19,100 is not a when it is not a win instead it 826 00:45:17,240 --> 00:45:23,380 is clear that their intention is to 827 00:45:19,100 --> 00:45:26,570 erect tent cities to detain families 828 00:45:23,380 --> 00:45:30,460 indefinitely without access to legal 829 00:45:26,570 --> 00:45:35,710 counsel without basic rights 830 00:45:30,460 --> 00:45:35,710 criminalization is what we must fight 831 00:45:36,810 --> 00:45:46,320 [Applause] 832 00:45:46,480 --> 00:45:53,090 and we must recognize that the US has 833 00:45:49,640 --> 00:45:57,920 been separating families and taking 834 00:45:53,090 --> 00:46:03,290 children from their parents for a long 835 00:45:57,920 --> 00:46:05,930 time black families have been separated 836 00:46:03,290 --> 00:46:08,150 and art continue to be separated by the 837 00:46:05,930 --> 00:46:10,910 police state and criminalization in this 838 00:46:08,150 --> 00:46:14,320 country indigenous families separated 839 00:46:10,910 --> 00:46:17,420 aegeon family separated and housed in 840 00:46:14,320 --> 00:46:21,860 camps this has been happening throughout 841 00:46:17,420 --> 00:46:25,880 our history this is not new but it is 842 00:46:21,860 --> 00:46:27,760 also urgent and we have to be careful 843 00:46:25,880 --> 00:46:31,250 when we talk about what the growing 844 00:46:27,760 --> 00:46:34,220 authoritarianism in our country I hear 845 00:46:31,250 --> 00:46:37,460 people use the language of Nazis and 846 00:46:34,220 --> 00:46:39,830 fascism and some of those terms are 847 00:46:37,460 --> 00:46:42,620 accurate but what I want to be clear on 848 00:46:39,830 --> 00:46:45,260 is that what's happening in this country 849 00:46:42,620 --> 00:46:45,920 is deeply rooted in the history of this 850 00:46:45,260 --> 00:46:50,060 country 851 00:46:45,920 --> 00:46:57,410 it's a realtor a growing embolden of the 852 00:46:50,060 --> 00:47:02,690 Confederacy and the genocide and the 853 00:46:57,410 --> 00:47:09,670 enslavement of black people okay so it's 854 00:47:02,690 --> 00:47:13,940 not foreign but it's urgent right now 855 00:47:09,670 --> 00:47:16,930 and it's moving quickly as we all 856 00:47:13,940 --> 00:47:19,580 experience so there are two 857 00:47:16,930 --> 00:47:21,230 mobilizations that are being organized 858 00:47:19,580 --> 00:47:23,330 right now and we've been working with 859 00:47:21,230 --> 00:47:25,250 partners on these efforts and i want to 860 00:47:23,330 --> 00:47:28,430 share them in the UUA and the u USC 861 00:47:25,250 --> 00:47:29,390 through love resists is amplifying these 862 00:47:28,430 --> 00:47:31,700 call outs 863 00:47:29,390 --> 00:47:35,330 so if you have your calendar in your 864 00:47:31,700 --> 00:47:38,320 pocket and your phone you take it out 865 00:47:35,330 --> 00:47:45,290 and one should write these dates down 866 00:47:38,320 --> 00:47:49,090 july 2nd in san diego we have been asked 867 00:47:45,290 --> 00:47:51,410 to show up in mass numbers with longtime 868 00:47:49,090 --> 00:47:53,910 immigrant rights partners including 869 00:47:51,410 --> 00:47:57,720 Puente Arizona who we worked with on 870 00:47:53,910 --> 00:48:01,079 this GA longtime partners to show up on 871 00:47:57,720 --> 00:48:02,849 July 2nd in San Diego to call for the 872 00:48:01,079 --> 00:48:08,750 end of this criminalization of 873 00:48:02,849 --> 00:48:13,049 immigrants and migrants and June 30th 874 00:48:08,750 --> 00:48:14,849 June 30th in DC a national day of action 875 00:48:13,049 --> 00:48:17,130 so there's going to be a mass 876 00:48:14,849 --> 00:48:19,559 mobilization in DC but there will also 877 00:48:17,130 --> 00:48:22,260 be events happening across the country 878 00:48:19,559 --> 00:48:27,180 on June 30th through families belong 879 00:48:22,260 --> 00:48:29,150 together again calling for a change to 880 00:48:27,180 --> 00:48:33,349 these this zero-tolerance 881 00:48:29,150 --> 00:48:33,349 criminalization of migrants and refugees 882 00:48:34,130 --> 00:48:51,299 July 2nd San Diego June 30th DC the 883 00:48:45,119 --> 00:48:57,569 foundation of our justice work is the 884 00:48:51,299 --> 00:49:00,390 deep call to keep our hearts open open 885 00:48:57,569 --> 00:49:03,690 in the midst of policies and politics 886 00:49:00,390 --> 00:49:06,299 that tell our hearts to be afraid and to 887 00:49:03,690 --> 00:49:10,470 cut off from one another to keep our 888 00:49:06,299 --> 00:49:13,559 hearts open in the context of a daily 889 00:49:10,470 --> 00:49:17,309 onslaught of trauma anxiety and 890 00:49:13,559 --> 00:49:19,920 heartbreak to keep our hearts open to 891 00:49:17,309 --> 00:49:22,170 one another from love resists to side 892 00:49:19,920 --> 00:49:25,980 with love we are showing up again and 893 00:49:22,170 --> 00:49:30,299 again for humanity and for our own 894 00:49:25,980 --> 00:49:37,079 humanity with the spirit of bold and 895 00:49:30,299 --> 00:49:39,510 courageous love all of this internal and 896 00:49:37,079 --> 00:49:43,650 external work and the work to come in 897 00:49:39,510 --> 00:49:48,020 the years ahead is the work of a 898 00:49:43,650 --> 00:49:51,390 tremendously faithful group of people a 899 00:49:48,020 --> 00:49:54,450 tremendously group tremendously faithful 900 00:49:51,390 --> 00:49:58,260 group of people that includes you all in 901 00:49:54,450 --> 00:50:04,200 your congregations showing up faithfully 902 00:49:58,260 --> 00:50:06,210 for your values it also includes an 903 00:50:04,200 --> 00:50:07,360 incredible team of people that I get to 904 00:50:06,210 --> 00:50:13,770 work with at the 905 00:50:07,360 --> 00:50:16,420 you a the amazing staff of your uua I 906 00:50:13,770 --> 00:50:18,220 want to take a moment to introduce the 907 00:50:16,420 --> 00:50:21,160 person that I have the great privilege 908 00:50:18,220 --> 00:50:24,970 to work most closely with at the UUA 909 00:50:21,160 --> 00:50:27,030 the newly appointed executive vice 910 00:50:24,970 --> 00:50:32,370 president of the Unitarian Universalist 911 00:50:27,030 --> 00:50:32,370 Association mr. Kerry McDonald 912 00:50:51,940 --> 00:50:57,710 Cary's experience and background in 913 00:50:54,710 --> 00:51:00,740 public policy education government and 914 00:50:57,710 --> 00:51:03,760 economics bring so much to the UUA 915 00:51:00,740 --> 00:51:06,980 his skills in strategic thinking 916 00:51:03,760 --> 00:51:09,559 organizational detail management and his 917 00:51:06,980 --> 00:51:12,049 obvious love for Unitarian Universalists 918 00:51:09,559 --> 00:51:15,619 unitarian universalism and his 919 00:51:12,049 --> 00:51:19,400 commitment to the way our faith is being 920 00:51:15,619 --> 00:51:22,160 called into transformative work make him 921 00:51:19,400 --> 00:51:25,250 an excellent EVP and i am so fortunate 922 00:51:22,160 --> 00:51:28,359 we are also fortunate to have kerry 923 00:51:25,250 --> 00:51:28,359 mcdonald as EVP 924 00:51:31,450 --> 00:51:38,230 thank you it is such an honor to be 925 00:51:35,799 --> 00:51:40,960 working at the UUA at this moment 926 00:51:38,230 --> 00:51:46,740 especially side-by-side with the you you 927 00:51:40,960 --> 00:51:46,740 as first elected woman president Susan 928 00:51:50,880 --> 00:51:56,710 everyday I am grateful to have such a 929 00:51:53,799 --> 00:51:59,559 talented committed and courageous group 930 00:51:56,710 --> 00:52:01,720 of colleagues if you see them in the 931 00:51:59,559 --> 00:52:03,730 hall with that staff ribbon on their 932 00:52:01,720 --> 00:52:08,140 nametag feel free to stop them and say 933 00:52:03,730 --> 00:52:10,240 thank you and I'd like to ask the uua 934 00:52:08,140 --> 00:52:12,700 staff who are here in the hall to rise 935 00:52:10,240 --> 00:52:14,619 in body or spirit so that you can show 936 00:52:12,700 --> 00:52:17,290 your appreciation for their service to 937 00:52:14,619 --> 00:52:19,770 our thing thank you all colleagues we 938 00:52:17,290 --> 00:52:19,770 love you 939 00:52:34,050 --> 00:52:41,860 and on behalf of Kerry and myself we are 940 00:52:39,370 --> 00:52:46,210 grateful for the leadership of the UUA 941 00:52:41,860 --> 00:52:48,460 Board of Trustees and especially the co 942 00:52:46,210 --> 00:52:50,920 moderators who we work very closely with 943 00:52:48,460 --> 00:52:53,920 barb grieve and al Andrea Williams what 944 00:52:50,920 --> 00:53:01,660 a pleasure it is to serve with both of 945 00:52:53,920 --> 00:53:04,840 you and we are grateful for the work 946 00:53:01,660 --> 00:53:07,870 that we are doing as a whole to invite 947 00:53:04,840 --> 00:53:09,910 Unitarian Universalists into a larger 948 00:53:07,870 --> 00:53:13,000 conversation about our mission and 949 00:53:09,910 --> 00:53:15,310 purpose and calling and how we can be 950 00:53:13,000 --> 00:53:18,550 organized not only for impact 951 00:53:15,310 --> 00:53:21,220 but to live more fully into our values 952 00:53:18,550 --> 00:53:23,920 it is a pleasure to work with each and 953 00:53:21,220 --> 00:53:28,530 every one of you thank you for your 954 00:53:23,920 --> 00:53:28,530 service and leadership to the UUA 955 00:53:32,460 --> 00:53:38,560 as uua president my priorities for this 956 00:53:36,850 --> 00:53:40,540 first year have been to strengthen the 957 00:53:38,560 --> 00:53:43,240 relationships across our faith and to 958 00:53:40,540 --> 00:53:46,600 put mission at the heart of all we do 959 00:53:43,240 --> 00:53:49,180 I've been blessed blessed to show up in 960 00:53:46,600 --> 00:53:51,130 witness and worship with you use and uu 961 00:53:49,180 --> 00:53:53,500 congregations all across this country 962 00:53:51,130 --> 00:53:55,420 it's one of the things I love the most 963 00:53:53,500 --> 00:53:57,820 about my job is being in your 964 00:53:55,420 --> 00:53:59,830 congregations and seeing you all across 965 00:53:57,820 --> 00:54:04,060 the country and guess what I'm finding 966 00:53:59,830 --> 00:54:06,910 as I travel good news comes when we live 967 00:54:04,060 --> 00:54:09,220 in to our mission in the last in the 968 00:54:06,910 --> 00:54:12,760 past year congregational giving to the 969 00:54:09,220 --> 00:54:18,420 UUA has increased an adult membership 970 00:54:12,760 --> 00:54:18,420 has grown for the first time in years 971 00:54:24,410 --> 00:54:30,259 we are not social clubs right we're 972 00:54:27,650 --> 00:54:34,279 deeply rooted faith community answering 973 00:54:30,259 --> 00:54:36,799 the call to love this is the power of 974 00:54:34,279 --> 00:54:38,839 mission and being mission focused and 975 00:54:36,799 --> 00:54:41,960 how it unleashes vitality in our 976 00:54:38,839 --> 00:54:44,059 communities the messages of decline in 977 00:54:41,960 --> 00:54:45,680 religion are a testament to the ways 978 00:54:44,059 --> 00:54:49,220 that religious communities have 979 00:54:45,680 --> 00:54:52,009 succumbed to cultural and consumerist 980 00:54:49,220 --> 00:54:54,740 values and lost sight of a greater 981 00:54:52,009 --> 00:54:57,109 mission to heal the world to side with 982 00:54:54,740 --> 00:55:00,190 the poor the imprisoned the oppressed 983 00:54:57,109 --> 00:55:02,630 and offer all people a way of living 984 00:55:00,190 --> 00:55:04,670 liberated from systems that seek to 985 00:55:02,630 --> 00:55:06,859 define and confine us and our 986 00:55:04,670 --> 00:55:08,869 relationships and I want to be clear 987 00:55:06,859 --> 00:55:11,000 that as a white person I am in this work 988 00:55:08,869 --> 00:55:13,220 for my own liberation from those systems 989 00:55:11,000 --> 00:55:16,940 right we are all in this for our 990 00:55:13,220 --> 00:55:21,680 liberation our collective liberation so 991 00:55:16,940 --> 00:55:23,869 that we can all be free the key to 992 00:55:21,680 --> 00:55:27,230 growth and health for our congregations 993 00:55:23,869 --> 00:55:29,869 is a recommitment not to be conformed to 994 00:55:27,230 --> 00:55:32,809 the dehumanization that infects our 995 00:55:29,869 --> 00:55:35,990 society but to transform it in ourselves 996 00:55:32,809 --> 00:55:38,720 and organize to liberate our society 997 00:55:35,990 --> 00:55:42,559 from its destructive exploitation of the 998 00:55:38,720 --> 00:55:44,809 life of life and the planet in this 999 00:55:42,559 --> 00:55:47,420 moment we are being called to imagine 1000 00:55:44,809 --> 00:55:50,240 and experiment new ways of living our 1001 00:55:47,420 --> 00:55:54,200 faith as Sophia Betancourt said last 1002 00:55:50,240 --> 00:55:55,940 night to give those dreams wings we can 1003 00:55:54,200 --> 00:55:58,849 be a faith where those who have been 1004 00:55:55,940 --> 00:56:02,960 marginalized see themselves centered we 1005 00:55:58,849 --> 00:56:07,460 have to be a faith where those who have 1006 00:56:02,960 --> 00:56:10,509 been marginalized thrive we have to be a 1007 00:56:07,460 --> 00:56:14,720 faith that encouraged is the fullness 1008 00:56:10,509 --> 00:56:17,660 unfolding of every person and indeed our 1009 00:56:14,720 --> 00:56:21,019 values our theology call us to this 1010 00:56:17,660 --> 00:56:23,269 future we are called to manifest our 1011 00:56:21,019 --> 00:56:25,849 Unitarian Universalism has deep 1012 00:56:23,269 --> 00:56:29,960 spiritual compassion and meaningful 1013 00:56:25,849 --> 00:56:33,289 resistance in these times it must we 1014 00:56:29,960 --> 00:56:35,630 must develop a practice of protecting 1015 00:56:33,289 --> 00:56:36,690 each other you're hearing that again and 1016 00:56:35,630 --> 00:56:39,599 again from this safe 1017 00:56:36,690 --> 00:56:44,099 d committee got a safety team protecting 1018 00:56:39,599 --> 00:56:46,920 each other and become a source of the 1019 00:56:44,099 --> 00:56:52,069 practice of the world that we know is 1020 00:56:46,920 --> 00:56:52,069 possible and that is longing to be born 1021 00:56:52,460 --> 00:57:02,640 this is a time to invest in your faith 1022 00:56:58,349 --> 00:57:05,460 and your values like never before this 1023 00:57:02,640 --> 00:57:07,829 is a time to keep our hearts our spirits 1024 00:57:05,460 --> 00:57:10,050 our commitment our generosity open while 1025 00:57:07,829 --> 00:57:13,050 the forces of fear and scarcity and 1026 00:57:10,050 --> 00:57:15,000 dehumanization swirl around us this is a 1027 00:57:13,050 --> 00:57:17,160 time to invest in your faith your 1028 00:57:15,000 --> 00:57:18,300 congregations your communities like 1029 00:57:17,160 --> 00:57:20,520 never before 1030 00:57:18,300 --> 00:57:24,210 this is a time for each of us to answer 1031 00:57:20,520 --> 00:57:29,210 how are we going to answer the call and 1032 00:57:24,210 --> 00:57:32,900 the challenge of this moment how are you 1033 00:57:29,210 --> 00:57:36,270 how are you going to answer this call 1034 00:57:32,900 --> 00:57:41,990 the way ahead my friends my faithful 1035 00:57:36,270 --> 00:57:41,990 faithful companions will not be smooth 1036 00:57:43,040 --> 00:57:49,380 the challenge is ahead internally and 1037 00:57:46,079 --> 00:57:52,589 externally are serious their life and 1038 00:57:49,380 --> 00:57:59,460 death and pain is always a part of 1039 00:57:52,589 --> 00:58:03,329 growth we will make mistakes and fall 1040 00:57:59,460 --> 00:58:05,810 short forgiveness and grace will be 1041 00:58:03,329 --> 00:58:05,810 needed 1042 00:58:09,140 --> 00:58:16,339 I know for me some of answering the call 1043 00:58:13,309 --> 00:58:19,720 will be on the streets on the streets 1044 00:58:16,339 --> 00:58:22,190 and neighborhoods in Florida and Ohio 1045 00:58:19,720 --> 00:58:24,619 canvassing for ballot initiatives that 1046 00:58:22,190 --> 00:58:26,329 expand voting rights that give voting 1047 00:58:24,619 --> 00:58:32,390 rights back to people who have been 1048 00:58:26,329 --> 00:58:34,309 criminalized expanding democracy for you 1049 00:58:32,390 --> 00:58:36,410 I hope you might show up in Florida and 1050 00:58:34,309 --> 00:58:38,420 Ohio on some of these ballot initiatives 1051 00:58:36,410 --> 00:58:40,789 that are critical for expanding voting 1052 00:58:38,420 --> 00:58:42,740 rights and democracy it may also be for 1053 00:58:40,789 --> 00:58:47,359 showing it for candidates that you are 1054 00:58:42,740 --> 00:58:49,730 so excited for I hope for some of you it 1055 00:58:47,359 --> 00:58:51,980 will be in direct action resisting 1056 00:58:49,730 --> 00:58:58,609 criminalization and militarism like on 1057 00:58:51,980 --> 00:59:02,230 July 2nd and on June 30th it may also be 1058 00:58:58,609 --> 00:59:06,670 in creating rituals of resilience and 1059 00:59:02,230 --> 00:59:11,049 sustenance that we all need to survive 1060 00:59:06,670 --> 00:59:14,000 creating music that inspires us to joy 1061 00:59:11,049 --> 00:59:17,990 tending the spiritual community that is 1062 00:59:14,000 --> 00:59:24,349 a sanctuary of both rest and resistance 1063 00:59:17,990 --> 00:59:28,730 and resilience wherever you are wherever 1064 00:59:24,349 --> 00:59:32,150 you are whatever your passion your gift 1065 00:59:28,730 --> 00:59:38,720 the feeling of calling in your home in 1066 00:59:32,150 --> 00:59:41,420 your own heart say yes to that call we 1067 00:59:38,720 --> 00:59:43,250 all need to show up not all in the same 1068 00:59:41,420 --> 00:59:45,559 ways but in ways that we haven't shown 1069 00:59:43,250 --> 00:59:50,150 up before with more risk with more 1070 00:59:45,559 --> 00:59:56,720 courage with more care for one another 1071 00:59:50,150 --> 00:59:59,000 and I want to thank each and every one 1072 00:59:56,720 --> 01:00:02,119 of you for how you are already doing 1073 00:59:59,000 --> 01:00:04,779 this because I know that you're already 1074 01:00:02,119 --> 01:00:04,779 doing this 1075 01:00:15,060 --> 01:00:24,150 and my heart breaks with your hearts and 1076 01:00:20,840 --> 01:00:27,000 this time and my heart is emboldened by 1077 01:00:24,150 --> 01:00:34,830 your hearts in your leadership in your 1078 01:00:27,000 --> 01:00:38,850 faith and how I see you showing up these 1079 01:00:34,830 --> 01:00:46,650 times are challenging but we have been 1080 01:00:38,850 --> 01:00:54,030 readying for them I think about how when 1081 01:00:46,650 --> 01:00:58,370 we can't know what's ahead when we live 1082 01:00:54,030 --> 01:01:01,710 in times of deep uncertainty and 1083 01:00:58,370 --> 01:01:05,580 promises of wins and a brighter day 1084 01:01:01,710 --> 01:01:10,380 right around the corner are hard to 1085 01:01:05,580 --> 01:01:12,180 imagine and cannot be promised for me 1086 01:01:10,380 --> 01:01:16,170 the question is well what am I gonna do 1087 01:01:12,180 --> 01:01:17,940 I can't control the outcomes but I can 1088 01:01:16,170 --> 01:01:19,740 control how I live and where I show up 1089 01:01:17,940 --> 01:01:21,720 and where I give my money and where I 1090 01:01:19,740 --> 01:01:23,460 invest my heart and my time and that is 1091 01:01:21,720 --> 01:01:26,510 my choice in my power and it's your 1092 01:01:23,460 --> 01:01:26,510 choice in your power 1093 01:01:32,570 --> 01:01:38,250 focusing on the outcomes may bring us 1094 01:01:34,920 --> 01:01:40,530 despair focusing on what we can do right 1095 01:01:38,250 --> 01:01:42,270 now and the call from our neighbor and 1096 01:01:40,530 --> 01:01:47,250 caring for one another that's what gives 1097 01:01:42,270 --> 01:01:48,690 us hope hope is being able to respond 1098 01:01:47,250 --> 01:01:51,180 out of our values 1099 01:01:48,690 --> 01:01:52,950 despite the systems that we live in and 1100 01:01:51,180 --> 01:01:56,540 work for them in small ways in big ways 1101 01:01:52,950 --> 01:02:01,070 every day so I thank you 1102 01:01:56,540 --> 01:02:04,230 Unitarian Universalists across this land 1103 01:02:01,070 --> 01:02:07,260 thank you for your commitment your risks 1104 01:02:04,230 --> 01:02:09,570 and your generosity to your faith to 1105 01:02:07,260 --> 01:02:13,530 your local congregation into the UUA 1106 01:02:09,570 --> 01:02:18,320 and to how you live your values every 1107 01:02:13,530 --> 01:02:22,800 day as your president it is my 1108 01:02:18,320 --> 01:02:27,770 unbelievable honor and great pleasure to 1109 01:02:22,800 --> 01:02:27,770 serve with you in this time thank you 1110 01:03:03,099 --> 01:03:10,819 whoo if that doesn't get you going I 1111 01:03:06,230 --> 01:03:13,240 don't know it will oh how many have you 1112 01:03:10,819 --> 01:03:16,160 ever bought a book from beacon press 1113 01:03:13,240 --> 01:03:18,829 wonderful beacon press has long been the 1114 01:03:16,160 --> 01:03:21,049 you use voice to the wider world and I'm 1115 01:03:18,829 --> 01:03:23,900 happy to see that the press continues to 1116 01:03:21,049 --> 01:03:25,549 do good work and to flourish and here to 1117 01:03:23,900 --> 01:03:28,910 tell you about it this morning is 1118 01:03:25,549 --> 01:03:37,130 beacons presses director Helen at why do 1119 01:03:28,910 --> 01:03:40,400 you and come up and talk to us well 1120 01:03:37,130 --> 01:03:44,029 thank you and talk about a hard act to 1121 01:03:40,400 --> 01:03:47,750 follow that was the most inspiring the 1122 01:03:44,029 --> 01:03:49,460 most electric speech I'm so proud to be 1123 01:03:47,750 --> 01:03:51,529 the director of beacon press working 1124 01:03:49,460 --> 01:03:56,329 with this dynamic and wonderful 1125 01:03:51,529 --> 01:03:58,819 administration so it's a real privilege 1126 01:03:56,329 --> 01:04:01,880 as always to report to you on the work 1127 01:03:58,819 --> 01:04:04,700 of beacon press and like the entire 1128 01:04:01,880 --> 01:04:07,700 Association we have also been very 1129 01:04:04,700 --> 01:04:11,089 focused on confronting the systemic 1130 01:04:07,700 --> 01:04:14,599 issue of white supremacy and working to 1131 01:04:11,089 --> 01:04:18,440 dismantle it first I want to affirm that 1132 01:04:14,599 --> 01:04:21,890 books do matter we're reaching a lot of 1133 01:04:18,440 --> 01:04:24,799 people these are just two examples from 1134 01:04:21,890 --> 01:04:27,430 our comprehensive social impact report 1135 01:04:24,799 --> 01:04:31,339 which you can read on our website 1136 01:04:27,430 --> 01:04:39,160 jumping a little ahead here but oh I'm 1137 01:04:31,339 --> 01:04:39,160 so sorry okay better yeah I'm so sorry 1138 01:04:39,400 --> 01:04:46,400 sometimes our books work in ways we 1139 01:04:43,130 --> 01:04:49,579 couldn't foresee like these two 1140 01:04:46,400 --> 01:04:53,059 congressional interventions on gun 1141 01:04:49,579 --> 01:04:54,760 violence and prison reform both issues 1142 01:04:53,059 --> 01:05:00,109 of course which disproportionately 1143 01:04:54,760 --> 01:05:03,770 impact communities of color beacon first 1144 01:05:00,109 --> 01:05:06,630 published this book 25 years ago two 1145 01:05:03,770 --> 01:05:10,060 years before I came to work as the 1146 01:05:06,630 --> 01:05:12,670 after all that time we've managed to 1147 01:05:10,060 --> 01:05:14,980 pull back all the rights that were 1148 01:05:12,670 --> 01:05:19,330 licensed so we now have the hardcover 1149 01:05:14,980 --> 01:05:23,980 paperback ebook and the audiobook all 1150 01:05:19,330 --> 01:05:27,400 with new material this book may be older 1151 01:05:23,980 --> 01:05:29,680 than some of you listening to me but I 1152 01:05:27,400 --> 01:05:32,859 promise it will speak to you as 1153 01:05:29,680 --> 01:05:36,300 powerfully as it did to readers of all 1154 01:05:32,859 --> 01:05:39,550 races and generations 25 years ago and 1155 01:05:36,300 --> 01:05:42,670 Cornel West continues to be on the front 1156 01:05:39,550 --> 01:05:45,340 lines in the fight for racial justice we 1157 01:05:42,670 --> 01:05:49,780 just saw his photo with our president on 1158 01:05:45,340 --> 01:05:52,570 the screen just a few minutes ago today 1159 01:05:49,780 --> 01:05:55,450 we are seeking out new activists with 1160 01:05:52,570 --> 01:05:58,840 new ideas and perspectives who have a 1161 01:05:55,450 --> 01:06:01,359 lot to teach us about what true racial 1162 01:05:58,840 --> 01:06:04,119 equity looks like and how we might 1163 01:06:01,359 --> 01:06:06,880 achieve those goals in fact it was 1164 01:06:04,119 --> 01:06:09,180 Cornel West who called out to us the 1165 01:06:06,880 --> 01:06:12,820 work of Charlene Carruthers 1166 01:06:09,180 --> 01:06:16,300 we're learning more about what it takes 1167 01:06:12,820 --> 01:06:20,230 to build community to honor people and 1168 01:06:16,300 --> 01:06:24,040 to find common ground in Krystle 1169 01:06:20,230 --> 01:06:28,680 Fleming's memorable title we need to 1170 01:06:24,040 --> 01:06:28,680 learn how to be less stupid about race 1171 01:06:29,190 --> 01:06:35,590 we're examining closely what steps we 1172 01:06:32,350 --> 01:06:38,560 need to take all of us to have more 1173 01:06:35,590 --> 01:06:42,220 inclusive and equitable society in our 1174 01:06:38,560 --> 01:06:46,150 churches in our workplaces and even in 1175 01:06:42,220 --> 01:06:49,960 our friendship circles many of you have 1176 01:06:46,150 --> 01:06:53,820 seen we can go on to Robyn D'Angelo in 1177 01:06:49,960 --> 01:06:58,510 action and know the power of her ideas 1178 01:06:53,820 --> 01:07:01,290 for the first time and for us she put 1179 01:06:58,510 --> 01:07:04,450 those ideas into an accessible 1180 01:07:01,290 --> 01:07:07,390 inexpensive book we couldn't bring her 1181 01:07:04,450 --> 01:07:10,810 to Kansas City but we do have the book 1182 01:07:07,390 --> 01:07:13,510 at the inspirit bookshop in the exhibit 1183 01:07:10,810 --> 01:07:16,210 hall and we will try very hard to bring 1184 01:07:13,510 --> 01:07:18,730 Robyn back for workshops at the next GA 1185 01:07:16,210 --> 01:07:21,160 it's a really terrific 1186 01:07:18,730 --> 01:07:22,930 we're very very proud of it and we 1187 01:07:21,160 --> 01:07:26,260 couldn't have done it without a big 1188 01:07:22,930 --> 01:07:29,230 assist from you you a staff one of 1189 01:07:26,260 --> 01:07:32,170 beacons most celebrated strengths is in 1190 01:07:29,230 --> 01:07:35,589 pulling in putting a historic plans on 1191 01:07:32,170 --> 01:07:39,040 current issues and reframing the master 1192 01:07:35,589 --> 01:07:42,010 narrative these books look closely at 1193 01:07:39,040 --> 01:07:45,099 the legacy of civil rights movements and 1194 01:07:42,010 --> 01:07:48,790 at what we can learn from the outrages 1195 01:07:45,099 --> 01:07:51,160 of our past the terrible and justices we 1196 01:07:48,790 --> 01:07:54,490 visited on african-americans as in 1197 01:07:51,160 --> 01:07:59,740 medical experimentation on slaves in the 1198 01:07:54,490 --> 01:08:03,280 1840s or the army hanging at Leavenworth 1199 01:07:59,740 --> 01:08:06,970 all eight of the black soldiers on death 1200 01:08:03,280 --> 01:08:13,750 row while all nine of the white soldiers 1201 01:08:06,970 --> 01:08:16,420 were freed and this in the 1960s our 1202 01:08:13,750 --> 01:08:18,940 author's work to surface that history to 1203 01:08:16,420 --> 01:08:22,600 lift up those stories so we can learn 1204 01:08:18,940 --> 01:08:27,580 from them and so we can learn how 1205 01:08:22,600 --> 01:08:30,640 history teaches us to resist in the 1206 01:08:27,580 --> 01:08:35,680 political arena and even on our playing 1207 01:08:30,640 --> 01:08:38,350 fields many of you know our revision 1208 01:08:35,680 --> 01:08:44,080 American history series on the next 1209 01:08:38,350 --> 01:08:46,299 slide many of you know our revision 1210 01:08:44,080 --> 01:08:47,279 American history series through writes 1211 01:08:46,299 --> 01:08:50,410 there it is 1212 01:08:47,279 --> 01:08:53,589 Roxanne Dunbar teases revolutionary book 1213 01:08:50,410 --> 01:08:57,400 and indigenous peoples history of the 1214 01:08:53,589 --> 01:09:03,340 u.s. that book has now sold over 100,000 1215 01:08:57,400 --> 01:09:06,810 copies that's something to applaud 1216 01:09:03,340 --> 01:09:09,120 [Applause] 1217 01:09:06,810 --> 01:09:11,670 these are the latest books in that 1218 01:09:09,120 --> 01:09:14,130 series the polar tease was just 1219 01:09:11,670 --> 01:09:16,350 published and the Dinah Barry Kelly 1220 01:09:14,130 --> 01:09:21,680 gross is coming out later this year 1221 01:09:16,350 --> 01:09:25,200 again appending the master narrative and 1222 01:09:21,680 --> 01:09:27,480 while we focus on these urgent issues of 1223 01:09:25,200 --> 01:09:30,420 racial equity we're also publishing 1224 01:09:27,480 --> 01:09:33,330 books that address the full range of 1225 01:09:30,420 --> 01:09:36,930 social justice issues that we're all 1226 01:09:33,330 --> 01:09:38,700 concerned about part of the struggle for 1227 01:09:36,930 --> 01:09:42,600 racial equity is the fight for economic 1228 01:09:38,700 --> 01:09:45,930 justice workers rights good jobs and 1229 01:09:42,600 --> 01:09:49,170 good pay and of course it all starts 1230 01:09:45,930 --> 01:09:51,690 with our public schools and making sure 1231 01:09:49,170 --> 01:09:55,260 all children are afforded a quality 1232 01:09:51,690 --> 01:09:58,680 education not the Betsy DeVos vision of 1233 01:09:55,260 --> 01:10:02,160 privatized religiously affiliated and 1234 01:09:58,680 --> 01:10:05,220 even cyber charter school that have 1235 01:10:02,160 --> 01:10:09,510 white supremacy built into their very 1236 01:10:05,220 --> 01:10:13,760 fabric all the issues you see displayed 1237 01:10:09,510 --> 01:10:18,150 here are part of building a just society 1238 01:10:13,760 --> 01:10:22,200 so I give you these words from the 1239 01:10:18,150 --> 01:10:25,560 Reverend Barbara we need you to stand up 1240 01:10:22,200 --> 01:10:30,600 again to speak up again to come together 1241 01:10:25,560 --> 01:10:35,460 again until justice is realized love is 1242 01:10:30,600 --> 01:10:38,280 actualized hate is demoralized war is 1243 01:10:35,460 --> 01:10:41,840 neutralized racism classism and 1244 01:10:38,280 --> 01:10:47,700 religious bigotry is marginalized and 1245 01:10:41,840 --> 01:10:50,880 the Beloved Community is actualized we 1246 01:10:47,700 --> 01:10:53,370 have two powerful authors about to speak 1247 01:10:50,880 --> 01:10:57,840 at workshops I hope you can join us at 1248 01:10:53,370 --> 01:10:59,880 one of them and I want to say that we 1249 01:10:57,840 --> 01:11:02,880 couldn't do this work without your 1250 01:10:59,880 --> 01:11:06,680 support and the support of the UUA and 1251 01:11:02,880 --> 01:11:10,170 the Veatch program at shelter Rock and 1252 01:11:06,680 --> 01:11:12,780 for the past two decades we've been 1253 01:11:10,170 --> 01:11:16,100 lucky enough to have Tom Halleck helping 1254 01:11:12,780 --> 01:11:16,100 us guide our work daily 1255 01:11:17,140 --> 01:11:20,740 Tom stand up 1256 01:11:29,929 --> 01:11:36,690 in July he leaves us but not entirely he 1257 01:11:33,929 --> 01:11:39,420 will be on our Board of Advisors we 1258 01:11:36,690 --> 01:11:41,909 can't thank you enough and thank you all 1259 01:11:39,420 --> 01:11:44,150 for listening and for supporting our 1260 01:11:41,909 --> 01:11:44,150 work 1261 01:11:50,190 --> 01:11:55,090 we welcome you you leaders from around 1262 01:11:52,810 --> 01:11:57,660 the world to General Assembly each year 1263 01:11:55,090 --> 01:12:00,610 and extend our gratitude towards them 1264 01:11:57,660 --> 01:12:03,370 many have traveled a long distance to 1265 01:12:00,610 --> 01:12:05,380 share their experience their wisdom and 1266 01:12:03,370 --> 01:12:08,500 their faithful solidarity during 1267 01:12:05,380 --> 01:12:09,250 challenging times to introduce them to 1268 01:12:08,500 --> 01:12:12,040 you 1269 01:12:09,250 --> 01:12:16,260 please welcome Reverend Eric cherry the 1270 01:12:12,040 --> 01:12:24,109 director of the UUA international office 1271 01:12:16,260 --> 01:12:24,109 [Applause] 1272 01:12:25,560 --> 01:12:31,180 thank you very much 1273 01:12:27,760 --> 01:12:34,720 and while we say that these leaders are 1274 01:12:31,180 --> 01:12:37,720 guests we do so as a reminder to 1275 01:12:34,720 --> 01:12:41,050 American Unitarian Universalists that 1276 01:12:37,720 --> 01:12:45,070 hospitality is our privilege and 1277 01:12:41,050 --> 01:12:50,260 responsibility when people journey here 1278 01:12:45,070 --> 01:12:55,060 in fact our guests are leaders of our 1279 01:12:50,260 --> 01:12:57,730 global faith your leaders and as we 1280 01:12:55,060 --> 01:13:01,780 welcome them please note the commitment 1281 01:12:57,730 --> 01:13:04,960 that they bring to our faiths every day 1282 01:13:01,780 --> 01:13:08,680 and we hope you will be inspired to 1283 01:13:04,960 --> 01:13:12,790 explore how your local uu community can 1284 01:13:08,680 --> 01:13:19,060 find itself in the global uu story and 1285 01:13:12,790 --> 01:13:21,880 engage supportively dr. Rika Lamar is a 1286 01:13:19,060 --> 01:13:24,490 physician and social activist focusing 1287 01:13:21,880 --> 01:13:27,670 her energies on issues relating to drug 1288 01:13:24,490 --> 01:13:32,440 abuse hiv/aids and the health and 1289 01:13:27,670 --> 01:13:35,020 welfare of women and children she is the 1290 01:13:32,440 --> 01:13:38,710 co-founder and chief functionary of the 1291 01:13:35,020 --> 01:13:41,320 man before an organization working in 1292 01:13:38,710 --> 01:13:43,390 the field of drug abuse she is also a 1293 01:13:41,320 --> 01:13:46,120 leader of the Unitarian Union of 1294 01:13:43,390 --> 01:13:49,180 Northeast India's women's wing sing 1295 01:13:46,120 --> 01:13:52,390 confide dr. Rika is focusing on a 1296 01:13:49,180 --> 01:13:55,720 project to adapt and teach the our whole 1297 01:13:52,390 --> 01:13:58,260 lives curriculum in northeast India as 1298 01:13:55,720 --> 01:13:58,260 we speak 1299 01:14:01,820 --> 01:14:07,349 professor rupiah Lamarr is a church 1300 01:14:04,650 --> 01:14:09,810 elder of the Unitarian Church of dua in 1301 01:14:07,349 --> 01:14:13,409 northeast India which is the pioneer 1302 01:14:09,810 --> 01:14:16,800 church established in 1887 by founder 1303 01:14:13,409 --> 01:14:19,380 rajim kisser Singh he was born to a 1304 01:14:16,800 --> 01:14:23,330 second generation Unitarian mother and 1305 01:14:19,380 --> 01:14:25,849 an indigenous religion neem tree mother 1306 01:14:23,330 --> 01:14:27,989 practicing practicing father 1307 01:14:25,849 --> 01:14:30,929 professionally he has taught political 1308 01:14:27,989 --> 01:14:34,739 science and government colleges for 30 1309 01:14:30,929 --> 01:14:37,409 years recently retiring Roop rupiah is 1310 01:14:34,739 --> 01:14:39,659 the vice chairperson of the church and 1311 01:14:37,409 --> 01:14:42,750 the chairman of its hymnal committee and 1312 01:14:39,659 --> 01:14:45,210 he is one of the five Unitarian and 1313 01:14:42,750 --> 01:14:47,219 Unitarian Universalist theologians from 1314 01:14:45,210 --> 01:14:49,920 around the world who are leading a 1315 01:14:47,219 --> 01:14:51,690 year-long theological dialogue inspired 1316 01:14:49,920 --> 01:14:55,820 by the four hundred and fiftieth 1317 01:14:51,690 --> 01:14:55,820 anniversary of the Edict of Torah 1318 01:14:58,849 --> 01:15:04,440 doc-doctor Dipti das is a retired 1319 01:15:01,860 --> 01:15:07,590 principal of the government College into 1320 01:15:04,440 --> 01:15:10,530 I she has done her MA and PhD in 1321 01:15:07,590 --> 01:15:14,070 philosophy and her doctrinal doctoral 1322 01:15:10,530 --> 01:15:16,949 thesis is Gandhi's doctrine of truth and 1323 01:15:14,070 --> 01:15:19,590 non-violence a critical study this has 1324 01:15:16,949 --> 01:15:21,420 been published recently as a book she 1325 01:15:19,590 --> 01:15:24,300 has an interest in the philosophy of 1326 01:15:21,420 --> 01:15:27,230 religion and she belongs to a faith a 1327 01:15:24,300 --> 01:15:29,639 school of faith of Hinduism in Assam 1328 01:15:27,230 --> 01:15:32,550 through her marriage she came into 1329 01:15:29,639 --> 01:15:34,469 contact with the Unitarian faith and she 1330 01:15:32,550 --> 01:15:37,349 is an active participant in church 1331 01:15:34,469 --> 01:15:39,989 activities and has also participated in 1332 01:15:37,349 --> 01:15:42,810 Unitarian Universalists conferences and 1333 01:15:39,989 --> 01:15:43,889 pilgrimages abroad she lives with her 1334 01:15:42,810 --> 01:15:47,570 husband rupiah 1335 01:15:43,889 --> 01:15:47,570 and daughter tank or 1336 01:15:50,679 --> 01:15:55,969 Reverend Norbert Joel Trott's is the 1337 01:15:53,869 --> 01:15:58,699 Minister of the Central Unitarian Church 1338 01:15:55,969 --> 01:16:01,039 in Kailash VAR Transylvania he is a 1339 01:15:58,699 --> 01:16:03,559 graduate of the Hungarian Unitarian 1340 01:16:01,039 --> 01:16:05,689 churches John Sigismund College and the 1341 01:16:03,559 --> 01:16:09,050 Protestant theological Institute in 1342 01:16:05,689 --> 01:16:11,030 Kailash far before being called to serve 1343 01:16:09,050 --> 01:16:13,189 the church in coal ash far he worked for 1344 01:16:11,030 --> 01:16:17,209 the Hungarian Unitarian Youth 1345 01:16:13,189 --> 01:16:17,949 Association OTA he is married to Mario 1346 01:16:17,209 --> 01:16:21,919 rots 1347 01:16:17,949 --> 01:16:24,379 norbi as he prefers to be called is also 1348 01:16:21,919 --> 01:16:26,599 one of the five uu theologians from 1349 01:16:24,379 --> 01:16:29,059 around the world who are leading the 1350 01:16:26,599 --> 01:16:31,969 year-long theological dialogue inspired 1351 01:16:29,059 --> 01:16:40,360 by the 450th anniversary of the Edict of 1352 01:16:31,969 --> 01:16:43,699 torta Reverend Lydia Emma said beador 1353 01:16:40,360 --> 01:16:46,820 was born and raised in cluj-napoca coal 1354 01:16:43,699 --> 01:16:48,769 ash far Romania she finished her high 1355 01:16:46,820 --> 01:16:51,619 school years at the Jana Sigmund 1356 01:16:48,769 --> 01:16:53,510 Unitarian high school and after that she 1357 01:16:51,619 --> 01:16:55,969 studied at the Protestant theological 1358 01:16:53,510 --> 01:16:58,789 Institute and became a Unitarian 1359 01:16:55,969 --> 01:17:01,579 minister at the end of her studies she 1360 01:16:58,789 --> 01:17:03,379 returned to the Jana Sigmund Unitarian 1361 01:17:01,579 --> 01:17:06,249 high school and started work as a 1362 01:17:03,379 --> 01:17:09,199 religious teacher and school chaplain 1363 01:17:06,249 --> 01:17:12,709 for the last eight years most of her 1364 01:17:09,199 --> 01:17:16,369 work has been related to children youth 1365 01:17:12,709 --> 01:17:18,289 and a variety of educational issues she 1366 01:17:16,369 --> 01:17:22,459 believes in the importance of education 1367 01:17:18,289 --> 01:17:25,399 and loves working with students this 1368 01:17:22,459 --> 01:17:30,070 year ameesha has been the star King 1369 01:17:25,399 --> 01:17:30,070 school for the ministry Bosch scholar 1370 01:17:36,250 --> 01:17:42,760 Paul Nyanza gay is a member of the Allen 1371 01:17:39,760 --> 01:17:45,910 Avenue uu congregation in Portland Maine 1372 01:17:42,760 --> 01:17:49,000 but he is originally from Bujumbura 1373 01:17:45,910 --> 01:17:51,790 Burundi and served as a leader of the 1374 01:17:49,000 --> 01:17:55,630 Unitarian Church there before coming to 1375 01:17:51,790 --> 01:17:57,280 the United States in Bujumbura he worked 1376 01:17:55,630 --> 01:17:59,850 as a high school teacher and 1377 01:17:57,280 --> 01:18:02,980 administrator and supervised 1378 01:17:59,850 --> 01:18:06,310 community-based grants on behalf of the 1379 01:18:02,980 --> 01:18:09,000 Unitarian Church there he continues to 1380 01:18:06,310 --> 01:18:11,740 be involved with Burundian Unitarians 1381 01:18:09,000 --> 01:18:15,670 especially those who are refugees in 1382 01:18:11,740 --> 01:18:18,340 rwanda due to dangers in Burundi and we 1383 01:18:15,670 --> 01:18:21,370 introduce him to you today at his 1384 01:18:18,340 --> 01:18:24,640 request that we all remain in faithful 1385 01:18:21,370 --> 01:18:26,770 solidarity with Burundian Unitarians in 1386 01:18:24,640 --> 01:18:30,180 whatever country they may find 1387 01:18:26,770 --> 01:18:30,180 themselves living today 1388 01:18:36,269 --> 01:18:41,820 Reverend David Clements is excited to be 1389 01:18:39,389 --> 01:18:44,249 serving as the interim minister to the 1390 01:18:41,820 --> 01:18:47,639 Cape Town South Africa Unitarian 1391 01:18:44,249 --> 01:18:50,070 congregation Cape Town is a beautiful 1392 01:18:47,639 --> 01:18:52,559 place to be serving and the Unitarian 1393 01:18:50,070 --> 01:18:58,800 Church is celebrating all this year 1394 01:18:52,559 --> 01:19:00,960 their 150th anniversary ministry is a 1395 01:18:58,800 --> 01:19:02,880 second career for Dave he was an 1396 01:19:00,960 --> 01:19:05,190 organizational and fundraising 1397 01:19:02,880 --> 01:19:08,030 consultant and he is finding those 1398 01:19:05,190 --> 01:19:11,789 skills very useful in his ministry their 1399 01:19:08,030 --> 01:19:14,280 home base for Dave is Cleveland Ohio 1400 01:19:11,789 --> 01:19:17,610 where his partner Gerry resides 1401 01:19:14,280 --> 01:19:19,889 Dave's a meet Bill Lombard alum and in 1402 01:19:17,610 --> 01:19:22,800 his spare time enjoys painting and quiet 1403 01:19:19,889 --> 01:19:26,610 walks along the beach if you have never 1404 01:19:22,800 --> 01:19:28,980 been to South Africa come dave says and 1405 01:19:26,610 --> 01:19:31,079 discover the Unitarian Church in the 1406 01:19:28,980 --> 01:19:33,739 people you will have a life-changing 1407 01:19:31,079 --> 01:19:33,739 experience 1408 01:19:39,110 --> 01:19:47,510 I would invite all of you to visit the 1409 01:19:43,670 --> 01:19:49,429 global uu story online and find doorways 1410 01:19:47,510 --> 01:19:52,639 into it for yourself and your 1411 01:19:49,429 --> 01:19:55,280 congregations including ways to join the 1412 01:19:52,639 --> 01:19:57,619 uu celebration of the four hundred and 1413 01:19:55,280 --> 01:20:00,280 fiftieth anniversary of the Edict of 1414 01:19:57,619 --> 01:20:03,139 torta this year and the upcoming 1415 01:20:00,280 --> 01:20:05,090 reimagining interfaith cooperation event 1416 01:20:03,139 --> 01:20:08,239 that will take place in Washington DC 1417 01:20:05,090 --> 01:20:12,170 from July 29th through August first 1418 01:20:08,239 --> 01:20:15,440 welcome into the global uu story and 1419 01:20:12,170 --> 01:20:17,780 please welcome global uu leaders from 1420 01:20:15,440 --> 01:20:19,460 around the world at General Assembly 1421 01:20:17,780 --> 01:20:28,729 this year thank you 1422 01:20:19,460 --> 01:20:31,260 [Applause] 1423 01:20:28,729 --> 01:20:34,559 thank you so much I now want to 1424 01:20:31,260 --> 01:20:45,239 introduce Christina Riviera for a 1425 01:20:34,559 --> 01:20:52,349 Distinguished Service Award she's 1426 01:20:45,239 --> 01:20:55,139 getting the love if Unitarian 1427 01:20:52,349 --> 01:20:58,939 Universalism out of faith had a chaplain 1428 01:20:55,139 --> 01:21:02,219 it is Danielle Assunta DiBona 1429 01:20:58,939 --> 01:21:04,169 your service to universe to Unitarian 1430 01:21:02,219 --> 01:21:07,320 Universalism spans more than 30 years 1431 01:21:04,169 --> 01:21:09,539 and during that time you have touched 1432 01:21:07,320 --> 01:21:13,039 thousands of Unitarian Universalist 1433 01:21:09,539 --> 01:21:15,359 lives in ways that are seen and unseen 1434 01:21:13,039 --> 01:21:17,639 if anyone in this hall has been the 1435 01:21:15,359 --> 01:21:19,649 beneficiary of Daniels ministry please 1436 01:21:17,639 --> 01:21:21,540 wave your hand stand or make yourself 1437 01:21:19,649 --> 01:21:24,699 known 1438 01:21:21,540 --> 01:21:24,699 [Music] 1439 01:21:25,280 --> 01:21:30,149 typically this presentation of honors 1440 01:21:28,499 --> 01:21:32,039 begins with the recitation of the 1441 01:21:30,149 --> 01:21:34,889 honorees educational degrees and 1442 01:21:32,039 --> 01:21:36,780 qualifications the ways in which our 1443 01:21:34,889 --> 01:21:39,419 dominant culture recognizes those 1444 01:21:36,780 --> 01:21:41,939 accomplishments forms a basis of the 1445 01:21:39,419 --> 01:21:45,089 value we place on a person and their 1446 01:21:41,939 --> 01:21:47,609 place within society Unitarian 1447 01:21:45,089 --> 01:21:48,989 Universalism exists within our dominant 1448 01:21:47,609 --> 01:21:51,809 culture and our reverence of those 1449 01:21:48,989 --> 01:21:53,849 accomplishments is no different but for 1450 01:21:51,809 --> 01:21:56,339 people of color these accomplishments 1451 01:21:53,849 --> 01:22:01,139 are not simply indicators of class 1452 01:21:56,339 --> 01:22:03,300 status your successes first at Smith 1453 01:22:01,139 --> 01:22:05,629 College for your bachelor's and then 1454 01:22:03,300 --> 01:22:11,849 your saleem college for your masters 1455 01:22:05,629 --> 01:22:14,369 were and are an act of resistance you 1456 01:22:11,849 --> 01:22:17,429 dare to imagine institutions that would 1457 01:22:14,369 --> 01:22:21,300 have no choice but to recognize your 1458 01:22:17,429 --> 01:22:23,820 tenacity and brilliance you dared to 1459 01:22:21,300 --> 01:22:26,099 bring your whole self to institutions 1460 01:22:23,820 --> 01:22:30,059 built upon the exploitation and 1461 01:22:26,099 --> 01:22:32,399 oppression of our ancestors you dare to 1462 01:22:30,059 --> 01:22:37,829 insist that your place at the table be 1463 01:22:32,399 --> 01:22:40,019 recognized and valued and it is that 1464 01:22:37,829 --> 01:22:43,079 daring spirit that your Unitarian 1465 01:22:40,019 --> 01:22:45,149 Universalist ministry embodies in the 1466 01:22:43,079 --> 01:22:47,669 here earliest years before what we now 1467 01:22:45,149 --> 01:22:50,039 know as diverse revolutionary 1468 01:22:47,669 --> 01:22:51,629 multicultural Unitarian Universalist 1469 01:22:50,039 --> 01:22:54,959 minister must high cultural ministries 1470 01:22:51,629 --> 01:22:57,119 you were instrumental in recognizing 1471 01:22:54,959 --> 01:22:59,369 that if we were going to confront racism 1472 01:22:57,119 --> 01:23:05,189 within Unitarian Universalism we needed 1473 01:22:59,369 --> 01:23:06,989 a shared language to even discuss it you 1474 01:23:05,189 --> 01:23:09,659 were instrumental in creating the work 1475 01:23:06,989 --> 01:23:11,699 around defining what anti racism anti 1476 01:23:09,659 --> 01:23:15,149 oppression and multicultural looks like 1477 01:23:11,699 --> 01:23:16,859 in unitarian universalism because at the 1478 01:23:15,149 --> 01:23:19,949 time it wasn't something that you use 1479 01:23:16,859 --> 01:23:24,089 really understood and menon bristled at 1480 01:23:19,949 --> 01:23:26,879 even naming in their faith if this looks 1481 01:23:24,089 --> 01:23:29,579 easy because many now so you usefully 1482 01:23:26,879 --> 01:23:31,889 utilize the language of anti racism anti 1483 01:23:29,579 --> 01:23:34,829 oppression multiculturalism we need only 1484 01:23:31,889 --> 01:23:40,010 look at our current difficulty embracing 1485 01:23:34,829 --> 01:23:43,349 the words around white supremacy culture 1486 01:23:40,010 --> 01:23:45,539 you are a steady and sometimes fiery 1487 01:23:43,349 --> 01:23:48,269 presence in drawing you use into 1488 01:23:45,539 --> 01:23:50,760 conversations or out a RAMC and white 1489 01:23:48,269 --> 01:23:54,300 supremacy and then holding them in that 1490 01:23:50,760 --> 01:23:59,879 space as they experience hurt shame 1491 01:23:54,300 --> 01:24:04,050 anger reflection laughter and resolution 1492 01:23:59,879 --> 01:24:06,239 to begin again several you use of color 1493 01:24:04,050 --> 01:24:09,510 were consulted in writing of this 1494 01:24:06,239 --> 01:24:12,389 commendation Clive Grubbs who shares a 1495 01:24:09,510 --> 01:24:14,489 similar native identity to yours shared 1496 01:24:12,389 --> 01:24:16,530 a meaning of the name of your peoples 1497 01:24:14,489 --> 01:24:20,489 the and I'm not gonna say this right 1498 01:24:16,530 --> 01:24:22,699 help me Wampanoag see that's how you do 1499 01:24:20,489 --> 01:24:26,159 it if you don't know you ask 1500 01:24:22,699 --> 01:24:28,649 he said the Creator gives assignments to 1501 01:24:26,159 --> 01:24:31,139 the people and an assignment of theirs 1502 01:24:28,649 --> 01:24:33,749 is to be greeters of the dawn of the 1503 01:24:31,139 --> 01:24:36,209 morning light this is fitting for a 1504 01:24:33,749 --> 01:24:39,179 people who live on the shores of what is 1505 01:24:36,209 --> 01:24:41,909 now known as Massachusetts and it is the 1506 01:24:39,179 --> 01:24:44,339 bringing of this light to Unitarian 1507 01:24:41,909 --> 01:24:48,119 Universalism challenges in which you 1508 01:24:44,339 --> 01:24:49,210 have shown one time was at the 2001 1509 01:24:48,119 --> 01:24:52,540 General Assembly 1510 01:24:49,210 --> 01:24:54,790 in Cleveland Ohio folks gather here may 1511 01:24:52,540 --> 01:24:57,760 remember that Cleveland has this little 1512 01:24:54,790 --> 01:25:00,610 problem with his baseball team it's 1513 01:24:57,760 --> 01:25:03,070 racist name well you were not about to 1514 01:25:00,610 --> 01:25:05,980 let our faithful gathering take place in 1515 01:25:03,070 --> 01:25:08,770 a city so clear with still clear an 1516 01:25:05,980 --> 01:25:10,150 attack upon our native communities you 1517 01:25:08,770 --> 01:25:12,190 helped coordinate the public witness 1518 01:25:10,150 --> 01:25:15,040 event that included our siblings of 1519 01:25:12,190 --> 01:25:18,130 faith at the United Church of Christ and 1520 01:25:15,040 --> 01:25:20,469 placed hundreds of you use in protests 1521 01:25:18,130 --> 01:25:23,020 directly outside a Cleveland blase 1522 01:25:20,469 --> 01:25:26,140 ballgame you led them through a 1523 01:25:23,020 --> 01:25:28,510 torrential downpour yeah some of you 1524 01:25:26,140 --> 01:25:30,700 remember it in order to give witness of 1525 01:25:28,510 --> 01:25:34,030 our gathered commitment to justice and 1526 01:25:30,700 --> 01:25:37,870 now public witness events are part of GA 1527 01:25:34,030 --> 01:25:40,510 schedules with dedicated resources 1528 01:25:37,870 --> 01:25:45,300 giving to living out our faith in the 1529 01:25:40,510 --> 01:25:49,420 world in your current retired 1530 01:25:45,300 --> 01:25:51,460 professional life you are a palliative 1531 01:25:49,420 --> 01:25:53,710 care chaplain at hospitals in our 1532 01:25:51,460 --> 01:25:55,870 community you also serve in ministry 1533 01:25:53,710 --> 01:26:00,160 physicians at congregations throughout 1534 01:25:55,870 --> 01:26:02,760 New England and as a stint on their anti 1535 01:26:00,160 --> 01:26:05,710 racism program Association for the UUA 1536 01:26:02,760 --> 01:26:08,400 you currently serve as the board of 1537 01:26:05,710 --> 01:26:10,450 trustee that on the board of trustees as 1538 01:26:08,400 --> 01:26:14,860 for the Church of the larger fellowship 1539 01:26:10,450 --> 01:26:16,600 and are a past president of drum the 1540 01:26:14,860 --> 01:26:19,390 nominating of the Kumi that the 1541 01:26:16,600 --> 01:26:22,090 Committee of the UUA was blessed by your 1542 01:26:19,390 --> 01:26:23,440 constant vigilance about diversifying 1543 01:26:22,090 --> 01:26:26,140 the membership of our committees 1544 01:26:23,440 --> 01:26:28,800 including your deliberate and expansive 1545 01:26:26,140 --> 01:26:32,469 alesh allies ship for our LGBTQ 1546 01:26:28,800 --> 01:26:34,690 community and congregations have been 1547 01:26:32,469 --> 01:26:37,540 blessed with you as a facilitator for 1548 01:26:34,690 --> 01:26:39,430 beyond categorical thinking workshops to 1549 01:26:37,540 --> 01:26:42,760 help them move beyond the narrow views 1550 01:26:39,430 --> 01:26:45,700 of what ministry looks like you have 1551 01:26:42,760 --> 01:26:47,469 mentored dozens and dozens of religious 1552 01:26:45,700 --> 01:26:50,230 professionals in their ministerial 1553 01:26:47,469 --> 01:26:51,880 formation and no recitation of your 1554 01:26:50,230 --> 01:26:54,460 accomplishments would be complete 1555 01:26:51,880 --> 01:26:57,880 without the fabulous triumphs of your 1556 01:26:54,460 --> 01:26:59,740 Puma dogs at national dog show events 1557 01:26:57,880 --> 01:27:04,750 follow Danielle 1558 01:26:59,740 --> 01:27:07,830 Facebook but it as a chaplain that your 1559 01:27:04,750 --> 01:27:10,900 ministry has so beautifully flourished 1560 01:27:07,830 --> 01:27:13,360 time and time again you have offered 1561 01:27:10,900 --> 01:27:16,210 yourself to Unitarian Universalism as 1562 01:27:13,360 --> 01:27:19,870 the minister to come to in times of 1563 01:27:16,210 --> 01:27:23,470 trouble when grief is present and 1564 01:27:19,870 --> 01:27:26,950 threatening to overwhelm when anger is 1565 01:27:23,470 --> 01:27:31,240 so palatable you can see it shimmering 1566 01:27:26,950 --> 01:27:35,770 in the air and when joy and laughter are 1567 01:27:31,240 --> 01:27:36,520 to be found these are the times we find 1568 01:27:35,770 --> 01:27:40,630 you 1569 01:27:36,520 --> 01:27:43,150 Danyelle at the center you've been a 1570 01:27:40,630 --> 01:27:45,520 chaplain for General Assembly for drum 1571 01:27:43,150 --> 01:27:48,070 for finding our way home and now you 1572 01:27:45,520 --> 01:27:51,880 serve as a chaplain to our own uua board 1573 01:27:48,070 --> 01:27:54,340 of trustees many people wonder why 1574 01:27:51,880 --> 01:27:57,310 Unitarian Universalists of color need 1575 01:27:54,340 --> 01:27:59,850 our own chaplain so let's share what 1576 01:27:57,310 --> 01:28:06,790 your chaplain ministry has been 1577 01:27:59,850 --> 01:28:08,770 literally life-saving for so many POC it 1578 01:28:06,790 --> 01:28:14,050 is because you know the struggle of 1579 01:28:08,770 --> 01:28:15,970 people color in your essence you too 1580 01:28:14,050 --> 01:28:20,470 have been brought to the brink of 1581 01:28:15,970 --> 01:28:23,470 despair in Unitarian Universalism where 1582 01:28:20,470 --> 01:28:26,470 any reasonable person would consider 1583 01:28:23,470 --> 01:28:28,660 throwing in the towel we're the thought 1584 01:28:26,470 --> 01:28:31,600 of waking up to face one more day of 1585 01:28:28,660 --> 01:28:34,870 micro and macro aggressions is just too 1586 01:28:31,600 --> 01:28:37,480 much where the abuse and injury is just 1587 01:28:34,870 --> 01:28:40,030 too much to bear on behalf of an in 1588 01:28:37,480 --> 01:28:43,600 service to our faith it is your capacity 1589 01:28:40,030 --> 01:28:47,170 to viscerally know these depths of 1590 01:28:43,600 --> 01:28:51,100 despair and yet help the person you are 1591 01:28:47,170 --> 01:28:55,030 ministering to transform that despair 1592 01:28:51,100 --> 01:28:58,390 into resilience and to a core of 1593 01:28:55,030 --> 01:29:02,440 strength that brings our ancestors to 1594 01:28:58,390 --> 01:29:07,930 the center and then witnesses our 1595 01:29:02,440 --> 01:29:10,620 collective joy at faith reborn that is 1596 01:29:07,930 --> 01:29:13,240 why we honor you here today 1597 01:29:10,620 --> 01:29:15,760 this type of service isn't often 1598 01:29:13,240 --> 01:29:20,350 recognized the one-on-one quiet and 1599 01:29:15,760 --> 01:29:24,220 sometimes not so quiet service from the 1600 01:29:20,350 --> 01:29:26,320 edges so I'll ask again after having 1601 01:29:24,220 --> 01:29:29,200 said all of these things that you have 1602 01:29:26,320 --> 01:29:31,420 contributed I'll ask the faithful here 1603 01:29:29,200 --> 01:29:33,610 gathered there today now that you have 1604 01:29:31,420 --> 01:29:34,750 heard all the ways in which you have 1605 01:29:33,610 --> 01:29:37,990 served our faith 1606 01:29:34,750 --> 01:29:41,790 who here has been touched by the 1607 01:29:37,990 --> 01:29:48,940 Ministry of Reverend Daniel DiBona 1608 01:29:41,790 --> 01:29:52,180 that's right today we celebrate and 1609 01:29:48,940 --> 01:29:56,890 consecrate your ministry recipient of 1610 01:29:52,180 --> 01:29:59,730 our highest honor the Distinguished 1611 01:29:56,890 --> 01:29:59,730 Service Ord 1612 01:29:59,750 --> 01:30:37,640 [Applause] 1613 01:30:40,110 --> 01:30:45,630 as Danielle's getting the love I'll 1614 01:30:42,719 --> 01:30:51,389 mention that Danielle's guests here 1615 01:30:45,630 --> 01:30:53,790 today is rebbit dias 2009 drum Mel 1616 01:30:51,389 --> 01:30:56,690 Hoover Award winner we are so honored to 1617 01:30:53,790 --> 01:30:56,690 have you here with us 1618 01:30:56,890 --> 01:31:06,150 [Applause] 1619 01:31:10,070 --> 01:31:20,570 well first I want to say Robert where 1620 01:31:12,540 --> 01:31:20,570 are you okay thank you my hot sister 1621 01:31:26,370 --> 01:31:35,300 never thought I'd be here my father an 1622 01:31:30,660 --> 01:31:39,720 Italian immigrant was Daniel tapana 1623 01:31:35,300 --> 01:31:45,540 Donato in Italy but changed at Ellis 1624 01:31:39,720 --> 01:31:50,460 Island my mother a Wampanoag Indian was 1625 01:31:45,540 --> 01:31:54,030 Helen Catherine beats tabarnak as you 1626 01:31:50,460 --> 01:31:59,310 honor me today you also honor them 1627 01:31:54,030 --> 01:32:06,210 I am deeply deeply grateful and humbled 1628 01:31:59,310 --> 01:32:09,390 to receive this award I know many of 1629 01:32:06,210 --> 01:32:12,360 those whose names are on the 1630 01:32:09,390 --> 01:32:14,420 distinguished service list and I know 1631 01:32:12,360 --> 01:32:18,840 that there are many people in this room 1632 01:32:14,420 --> 01:32:27,330 who are just as or more deserving than I 1633 01:32:18,840 --> 01:32:29,790 am and so I am grateful as I reflected 1634 01:32:27,330 --> 01:32:35,090 on the Distinguished Service Award 1635 01:32:29,790 --> 01:32:41,640 it occurred to me that it is about 1636 01:32:35,090 --> 01:32:45,420 service service something we can all do 1637 01:32:41,640 --> 01:32:55,080 and sometimes there's absolutely nothing 1638 01:32:45,420 --> 01:32:58,410 distinguished about that ask around your 1639 01:32:55,080 --> 01:33:02,280 service is no different than my service 1640 01:32:58,410 --> 01:33:05,100 and it's the way that we serve each 1641 01:33:02,280 --> 01:33:08,940 other and the way that we share this 1642 01:33:05,100 --> 01:33:13,440 saving faith this is truly a saving 1643 01:33:08,940 --> 01:33:20,720 faith I can't see what I wrote because 1644 01:33:13,440 --> 01:33:25,560 of the tears now let me tell you a story 1645 01:33:20,720 --> 01:33:29,340 many years ago as a bi-racial American 1646 01:33:25,560 --> 01:33:31,830 Indian I quickly became aware of the 1647 01:33:29,340 --> 01:33:36,830 racism that permeates Unitarian 1648 01:33:31,830 --> 01:33:38,730 Universalism I became one of those angry 1649 01:33:36,830 --> 01:33:42,180 loud women 1650 01:33:38,730 --> 01:33:54,150 of color that you have all come to know 1651 01:33:42,180 --> 01:33:58,550 and fear my loud voice and the voice of 1652 01:33:54,150 --> 01:34:06,650 so many uu people of color was ignored 1653 01:33:58,550 --> 01:34:09,770 what silenced was put aside but I we 1654 01:34:06,650 --> 01:34:14,010 could not be silenced 1655 01:34:09,770 --> 01:34:19,430 soon I along with so many others were 1656 01:34:14,010 --> 01:34:25,080 put aside we were banished 1657 01:34:19,430 --> 01:34:27,120 we were shunned please hear that this 1658 01:34:25,080 --> 01:34:30,989 was not happening in my community of 1659 01:34:27,120 --> 01:34:37,950 color who held me and loved me all these 1660 01:34:30,989 --> 01:34:45,120 long years and I loved you while I see 1661 01:34:37,950 --> 01:34:51,450 you sitting here my family I love you 1662 01:34:45,120 --> 01:34:56,489 too we will put aside we were noisy we 1663 01:34:51,450 --> 01:34:59,820 were loud we were so angry and her 1664 01:34:56,489 --> 01:35:04,680 leaders and our church leaders did not 1665 01:34:59,820 --> 01:35:11,489 want to hear that and so we were put 1666 01:35:04,680 --> 01:35:17,040 aside and then a miracle many of us were 1667 01:35:11,489 --> 01:35:19,320 somehow rehabilitated and I was among 1668 01:35:17,040 --> 01:35:23,100 those who was rehabilitated welcomed 1669 01:35:19,320 --> 01:35:26,520 back into the circle of love and care of 1670 01:35:23,100 --> 01:35:30,900 Unitarian Universalism and I never left 1671 01:35:26,520 --> 01:35:37,050 I was just set aside maybe it was 1672 01:35:30,900 --> 01:35:42,750 because I was older tired and my voice 1673 01:35:37,050 --> 01:35:44,920 was weaker and maybe my resolve was also 1674 01:35:42,750 --> 01:35:47,619 weaker but make no mistake 1675 01:35:44,920 --> 01:35:55,270 even my weak resolve is stronger than 1676 01:35:47,619 --> 01:36:01,260 many of yours results and so you have 1677 01:35:55,270 --> 01:36:01,260 the opportunity to grow a strong resolve 1678 01:36:04,619 --> 01:36:09,429 as you know I stuck it out and being 1679 01:36:08,349 --> 01:36:12,760 rehabilitated 1680 01:36:09,429 --> 01:36:16,920 I worked my hardest to rehabilitate this 1681 01:36:12,760 --> 01:36:21,309 faith that I love a long hard 1682 01:36:16,920 --> 01:36:24,219 heartbreaking task today we are at 1683 01:36:21,309 --> 01:36:27,520 another crossroads we are encountering 1684 01:36:24,219 --> 01:36:32,260 another group of angry loud young 1685 01:36:27,520 --> 01:36:35,770 Unitarian Universalists of color young 1686 01:36:32,260 --> 01:36:41,530 as I was so many years ago and maybe 1687 01:36:35,770 --> 01:36:47,170 louder they should be angry we should be 1688 01:36:41,530 --> 01:36:51,760 angry they should be loud we should 1689 01:36:47,170 --> 01:36:54,420 continue to be loud because my beloved's 1690 01:36:51,760 --> 01:36:57,280 although we have come a very long way 1691 01:36:54,420 --> 01:37:02,800 the road is long and hard and it is 1692 01:36:57,280 --> 01:37:05,920 uphill in both directions when I was 1693 01:37:02,800 --> 01:37:08,860 angry and loud my community was being 1694 01:37:05,920 --> 01:37:12,099 decimated by the racism within Unitarian 1695 01:37:08,860 --> 01:37:15,400 Universalism and if I named all who were 1696 01:37:12,099 --> 01:37:17,619 lost pushed out or left of their own 1697 01:37:15,400 --> 01:37:25,360 accord I would use all of my four 1698 01:37:17,619 --> 01:37:28,449 minutes listing them I beg you do not do 1699 01:37:25,360 --> 01:37:30,730 not make that mistake again you will not 1700 01:37:28,449 --> 01:37:34,000 have another chance and this is your 1701 01:37:30,730 --> 01:37:36,040 second chance to make an incredible 1702 01:37:34,000 --> 01:37:39,429 difference not a little difference but 1703 01:37:36,040 --> 01:37:42,550 to transform our faith listen to those 1704 01:37:39,429 --> 01:37:44,770 young angry loud people of color listen 1705 01:37:42,550 --> 01:37:47,320 in here with your hearts wide open 1706 01:37:44,770 --> 01:37:53,730 because you are given another chance and 1707 01:37:47,320 --> 01:37:53,730 you may never never get it again 1708 01:38:01,390 --> 01:38:07,640 listen and more importantly follow open 1709 01:38:05,989 --> 01:38:14,239 your eyes in your height and close your 1710 01:38:07,640 --> 01:38:16,700 mouths and follow so that we can be part 1711 01:38:14,239 --> 01:38:23,090 of and build together the Beloved 1712 01:38:16,700 --> 01:38:26,330 Community I am again deeply deeply 1713 01:38:23,090 --> 01:38:30,550 grateful and moved for this on honor I 1714 01:38:26,330 --> 01:38:33,410 will for the remaining years humbly 1715 01:38:30,550 --> 01:38:35,170 continue to serve you thank you very 1716 01:38:33,410 --> 01:39:08,319 very much 1717 01:38:35,170 --> 01:39:08,319 [Applause] 1718 01:39:16,150 --> 01:39:27,630 I just have to say Roberta yes thank you 1719 01:39:20,170 --> 01:39:30,969 for everything alrighty 1720 01:39:27,630 --> 01:39:32,290 can we please welcome Jessica York faith 1721 01:39:30,969 --> 01:39:33,489 Development Director and interim 1722 01:39:32,290 --> 01:39:35,500 director of ministries and faith 1723 01:39:33,489 --> 01:39:38,050 development for the presentation of the 1724 01:39:35,500 --> 01:39:55,590 Angus H McLean Award for Excellence in 1725 01:39:38,050 --> 01:39:55,590 religious education good morning 1726 01:39:56,510 --> 01:40:04,260 have you ever heard it said that ours is 1727 01:39:59,280 --> 01:40:07,440 a questioning faith you know often when 1728 01:40:04,260 --> 01:40:10,469 I'm giving my elevator speech that 1729 01:40:07,440 --> 01:40:11,790 answer to Unitarian Universalism I've 1730 01:40:10,469 --> 01:40:15,690 never heard of that religion what do you 1731 01:40:11,790 --> 01:40:18,540 believe I might say that if you asked 1732 01:40:15,690 --> 01:40:21,120 him you use what they believe about God 1733 01:40:18,540 --> 01:40:23,750 or what happens after you die you'll 1734 01:40:21,120 --> 01:40:26,219 probably get 10 different answers and 1735 01:40:23,750 --> 01:40:29,160 one of the reasons for that is because 1736 01:40:26,219 --> 01:40:33,510 as Unitarian Universalists we ask 1737 01:40:29,160 --> 01:40:36,060 different questions dealing with life's 1738 01:40:33,510 --> 01:40:39,000 big questions is the basis of our faith 1739 01:40:36,060 --> 01:40:42,090 development programs we feel this not 1740 01:40:39,000 --> 01:40:44,400 just our privilege but it's also our 1741 01:40:42,090 --> 01:40:47,370 responsibility to ask the question and 1742 01:40:44,400 --> 01:40:51,960 to wrestle with the answers individually 1743 01:40:47,370 --> 01:40:54,510 and communally now sometimes you might 1744 01:40:51,960 --> 01:40:56,850 hear some folks say the important thing 1745 01:40:54,510 --> 01:41:00,960 is not so much the answer but to ask the 1746 01:40:56,850 --> 01:41:04,940 question yes and yet sometimes the 1747 01:41:00,960 --> 01:41:07,739 answers are really vitally important i 1748 01:41:04,940 --> 01:41:10,040 man our whole lives facilitator and 1749 01:41:07,739 --> 01:41:10,040 trainer 1750 01:41:10,650 --> 01:41:15,960 [Applause] 1751 01:41:12,690 --> 01:41:17,790 and in that program we use a question 1752 01:41:15,960 --> 01:41:21,600 box how many people here have ever seen 1753 01:41:17,790 --> 01:41:24,210 or used or created a question box yes so 1754 01:41:21,600 --> 01:41:26,160 the question box is great 1755 01:41:24,210 --> 01:41:28,530 and we tell participants that they can 1756 01:41:26,160 --> 01:41:30,810 use the question box to ask any question 1757 01:41:28,530 --> 01:41:34,200 and at the next gathering it will be 1758 01:41:30,810 --> 01:41:36,540 answered the first time the congregation 1759 01:41:34,200 --> 01:41:39,000 I was serving offered the junior high 1760 01:41:36,540 --> 01:41:40,830 level of our whole lives the 1761 01:41:39,000 --> 01:41:43,380 facilitators brought me the first 1762 01:41:40,830 --> 01:41:49,260 question from the question box and it 1763 01:41:43,380 --> 01:41:51,890 was how do fish have sex and they said 1764 01:41:49,260 --> 01:41:56,910 to me we don't have to answer this do we 1765 01:41:51,890 --> 01:42:01,260 and I said yes you do and maybe you want 1766 01:41:56,910 --> 01:42:02,640 to start doing some research some 1767 01:42:01,260 --> 01:42:05,490 questions that come through the question 1768 01:42:02,640 --> 01:42:07,680 box may seem silly but one of the values 1769 01:42:05,490 --> 01:42:10,350 we lift up is that we respect the search 1770 01:42:07,680 --> 01:42:13,430 for knowledge because knowledge can 1771 01:42:10,350 --> 01:42:16,080 sometimes lead to power 1772 01:42:13,430 --> 01:42:18,510 another reason we answer every question 1773 01:42:16,080 --> 01:42:20,850 that comes through the question box is 1774 01:42:18,510 --> 01:42:24,240 because we believe that no question is 1775 01:42:20,850 --> 01:42:29,550 too dangerous to be asked and no truth 1776 01:42:24,240 --> 01:42:32,820 too hard to be told the religious 1777 01:42:29,550 --> 01:42:37,940 educator being recognized here today is 1778 01:42:32,820 --> 01:42:37,940 nothing if not an asker of questions 1779 01:42:38,230 --> 01:42:42,309 [Applause] 1780 01:42:38,830 --> 01:42:45,829 [Music] 1781 01:42:42,309 --> 01:42:49,070 last spring they asked a question whose 1782 01:42:45,829 --> 01:42:51,969 answer forced a heart truth that our 1783 01:42:49,070 --> 01:42:54,559 faith was not living up to his ideals 1784 01:42:51,969 --> 01:42:56,659 that religious professionals of color 1785 01:42:54,559 --> 01:42:58,760 were not only not playing on a level 1786 01:42:56,659 --> 01:43:02,630 playing field but that many were not 1787 01:42:58,760 --> 01:43:05,749 even admitted to the ballpark that a 1788 01:43:02,630 --> 01:43:07,369 culture of white supremacy inherited 1789 01:43:05,749 --> 01:43:09,889 from the white dominant culture was 1790 01:43:07,369 --> 01:43:14,449 ingrained deep in Unitarian Universalism 1791 01:43:09,889 --> 01:43:16,010 norms of behavior and thought now since 1792 01:43:14,449 --> 01:43:19,280 that time this question has sprouted 1793 01:43:16,010 --> 01:43:22,519 many other questions it's also open 1794 01:43:19,280 --> 01:43:24,499 space for some possible answers how many 1795 01:43:22,519 --> 01:43:28,880 of you participated in a white supremacy 1796 01:43:24,499 --> 01:43:30,800 teaching in the last year a nice 1797 01:43:28,880 --> 01:43:33,559 majority there thank you 1798 01:43:30,800 --> 01:43:36,699 the first one was created by three 1799 01:43:33,559 --> 01:43:40,039 religious educators Cristina Rivera 1800 01:43:36,699 --> 01:43:43,030 Kenny Wylie and this morning's honoree 1801 01:43:40,039 --> 01:43:43,030 aja Hauser 1802 01:43:48,830 --> 01:43:55,350 now HR could have just stopped with 1803 01:43:51,780 --> 01:43:57,840 answering the question asking the 1804 01:43:55,350 --> 01:44:01,140 question instead of coming up with some 1805 01:43:57,840 --> 01:44:03,570 answers but instead Asia rolled up their 1806 01:44:01,140 --> 01:44:07,290 sleeves and plunged their hands and deep 1807 01:44:03,570 --> 01:44:10,350 and along with Christina and Kenny did 1808 01:44:07,290 --> 01:44:15,060 the work that religious educators always 1809 01:44:10,350 --> 01:44:18,050 do the work of sensing the margins of 1810 01:44:15,060 --> 01:44:23,010 living our faith in this uneven 1811 01:44:18,050 --> 01:44:27,990 distorted and unjust world and they pull 1812 01:44:23,010 --> 01:44:31,220 those margins out further yet or from 1813 01:44:27,990 --> 01:44:34,250 the inside they push those edges 1814 01:44:31,220 --> 01:44:38,250 stretching them not to a breaking point 1815 01:44:34,250 --> 01:44:42,360 because our faith is strong but to a 1816 01:44:38,250 --> 01:44:44,430 place of greater wholeness religious 1817 01:44:42,360 --> 01:44:47,670 educators do this work from a deep and 1818 01:44:44,430 --> 01:44:52,950 powerful love a love for what we could 1819 01:44:47,670 --> 01:44:54,900 be together bringing people together to 1820 01:44:52,950 --> 01:44:57,660 create something more than what exists 1821 01:44:54,900 --> 01:45:01,530 right now is ministry that Asia has been 1822 01:44:57,660 --> 01:45:03,840 doing for a long time after working as a 1823 01:45:01,530 --> 01:45:06,000 social worker they found their calling 1824 01:45:03,840 --> 01:45:08,790 and service as director of religious 1825 01:45:06,000 --> 01:45:10,890 education at First Unitarian averseness 1826 01:45:08,790 --> 01:45:13,890 Church of xsys County launched New 1827 01:45:10,890 --> 01:45:16,890 Jersey and fourth Universalist society 1828 01:45:13,890 --> 01:45:19,170 in New York New York and as director of 1829 01:45:16,890 --> 01:45:22,830 lifelong learning at ensure Unitarian 1830 01:45:19,170 --> 01:45:24,780 Church Bellevue Washington Asia was a 1831 01:45:22,830 --> 01:45:26,600 colleague of mine in the life span faith 1832 01:45:24,780 --> 01:45:29,160 development office for three years 1833 01:45:26,600 --> 01:45:31,730 writing and developing curricula and 1834 01:45:29,160 --> 01:45:33,780 programs to bring people together in 1835 01:45:31,730 --> 01:45:37,320 congregational religious education 1836 01:45:33,780 --> 01:45:39,900 programs they have chaired the Loretta 1837 01:45:37,320 --> 01:45:41,520 integrity team a committee of the 1838 01:45:39,900 --> 01:45:44,550 liberal religious educators association 1839 01:45:41,520 --> 01:45:47,120 that worked to try to keep Loretta true 1840 01:45:44,550 --> 01:45:50,690 to his anti-oppressive anti-racist 1841 01:45:47,120 --> 01:45:50,690 multicultural principles 1842 01:45:56,890 --> 01:46:02,530 as a religious professional and as a 1843 01:45:59,860 --> 01:46:04,420 volunteer Asia has demonstrated and 1844 01:46:02,530 --> 01:46:06,880 promoted different models of shared 1845 01:46:04,420 --> 01:46:09,490 leadership and service to uu 1846 01:46:06,880 --> 01:46:12,220 institutions ranging from the UUA 1847 01:46:09,490 --> 01:46:14,800 nominating committee to their religious 1848 01:46:12,220 --> 01:46:16,960 education credentialing committee and by 1849 01:46:14,800 --> 01:46:19,690 co-authoring along with Reverend Natalie 1850 01:46:16,960 --> 01:46:22,450 Fenimore a chapter in the book centering 1851 01:46:19,690 --> 01:46:26,770 navigating race authenticity and power 1852 01:46:22,450 --> 01:46:29,530 and ministry Asia created a bystander 1853 01:46:26,770 --> 01:46:33,160 training to empower people to intercede 1854 01:46:29,530 --> 01:46:35,140 in bullying situations as Asia received 1855 01:46:33,160 --> 01:46:37,810 more and more requests for the training 1856 01:46:35,140 --> 01:46:40,930 instead of marketing it for sale to you 1857 01:46:37,810 --> 01:46:42,250 use they created a webinar showing 1858 01:46:40,930 --> 01:46:44,410 others how they could hold their own 1859 01:46:42,250 --> 01:46:46,360 bystander training and it's still being 1860 01:46:44,410 --> 01:46:50,430 used today 1861 01:46:46,360 --> 01:46:50,430 [Applause] 1862 01:46:51,230 --> 01:46:56,580 speaking engagements and requests for 1863 01:46:54,180 --> 01:47:00,180 trainings from secular organizations are 1864 01:46:56,580 --> 01:47:02,310 increasing and yet Asia always finds 1865 01:47:00,180 --> 01:47:05,090 time to collaborate with others for 1866 01:47:02,310 --> 01:47:07,140 stretching the margins of our faith as 1867 01:47:05,090 --> 01:47:08,700 witnessed by their work over the past 1868 01:47:07,140 --> 01:47:11,070 several months with the faith 1869 01:47:08,700 --> 01:47:13,260 Development Office and a team creating 1870 01:47:11,070 --> 01:47:16,110 the white supremacy accountability 1871 01:47:13,260 --> 01:47:17,970 assessment tool for religious education 1872 01:47:16,110 --> 01:47:20,780 programs a program that we're rolling 1873 01:47:17,970 --> 01:47:20,780 out at this ga 1874 01:47:26,500 --> 01:47:34,630 now here is another hard truth asking 1875 01:47:32,500 --> 01:47:39,280 the hard questions can make you a target 1876 01:47:34,630 --> 01:47:42,730 for other people's fear Asia has been 1877 01:47:39,280 --> 01:47:47,010 attacked on social media has lost 1878 01:47:42,730 --> 01:47:53,230 friends has been labeled as hysterical 1879 01:47:47,010 --> 01:47:57,670 and a troublemaker no one ever said our 1880 01:47:53,230 --> 01:48:03,310 ministry would be easy but one of the 1881 01:47:57,670 --> 01:48:05,500 qualifications for this award is someone 1882 01:48:03,310 --> 01:48:09,270 who has brought dignity to the 1883 01:48:05,500 --> 01:48:09,270 profession of religious education 1884 01:48:11,580 --> 01:48:17,239 [Applause] 1885 01:48:20,380 --> 01:48:26,130 I believe that Asia has not only brought 1886 01:48:23,200 --> 01:48:36,010 dignity I believe she has redefined 1887 01:48:26,130 --> 01:48:38,610 dignity Asia leads unitarian 1888 01:48:36,010 --> 01:48:41,770 universalism to labour towards creating 1889 01:48:38,610 --> 01:48:45,310 that heaven on earth that we all dream 1890 01:48:41,770 --> 01:48:47,350 of Asia makes me so proud to be a 1891 01:48:45,310 --> 01:48:54,640 Unitarian Universalists religious 1892 01:48:47,350 --> 01:48:57,520 educator my people I give you the 1893 01:48:54,640 --> 01:48:59,830 recipient of the 47th annual Angus H 1894 01:48:57,520 --> 01:49:01,990 MacLean award Asia 1895 01:48:59,830 --> 01:49:15,140 Kedar Hauser 1896 01:49:01,990 --> 01:49:18,299 [Applause] 1897 01:49:15,140 --> 01:49:18,299 [Music] 1898 01:49:28,290 --> 01:49:33,650 [Applause] 1899 01:49:29,590 --> 01:49:35,750 thank you so much Jessica thank you to 1900 01:49:33,650 --> 01:49:42,620 so many people that I love that are here 1901 01:49:35,750 --> 01:49:44,360 today thank you I love you too I first 1902 01:49:42,620 --> 01:49:46,760 want to quote my friend Reverend Natalie 1903 01:49:44,360 --> 01:49:48,710 Fenimore who said I am in love with the 1904 01:49:46,760 --> 01:49:54,980 Unitarian Universalism that does not 1905 01:49:48,710 --> 01:49:59,239 exist yet and then I'm gonna quote my 1906 01:49:54,980 --> 01:50:01,880 friend and colleague Kenny Wylie he 1907 01:49:59,239 --> 01:50:05,180 wrote and they blog the post that went 1908 01:50:01,880 --> 01:50:09,140 viral there are so many things to fight 1909 01:50:05,180 --> 01:50:11,719 and fight for in the world we mostly do 1910 01:50:09,140 --> 01:50:16,550 a great job on climate justice and 1911 01:50:11,719 --> 01:50:17,989 immigration our LGBTQ work has saved and 1912 01:50:16,550 --> 01:50:21,610 changed lives 1913 01:50:17,989 --> 01:50:25,130 black lives too are worth fighting for 1914 01:50:21,610 --> 01:50:30,410 when the next Ferguson happens and sadly 1915 01:50:25,130 --> 01:50:33,890 it will we can and must do more we have 1916 01:50:30,410 --> 01:50:38,210 to show up be willing to follow others 1917 01:50:33,890 --> 01:50:40,520 and be willing to change ourselves the 1918 01:50:38,210 --> 01:50:46,150 next call to action for racial justice 1919 01:50:40,520 --> 01:50:49,850 has arrived my people will we answer 1920 01:50:46,150 --> 01:50:54,199 this was written years before the white 1921 01:50:49,850 --> 01:50:56,810 supremacy teachin the uu white supremacy 1922 01:50:54,199 --> 01:50:59,600 teaching movement was unprecedented in 1923 01:50:56,810 --> 01:51:02,810 its scope and it was just the beginning 1924 01:50:59,600 --> 01:51:05,890 of a crucial conversation this 1925 01:51:02,810 --> 01:51:10,219 conversation has angered some and 1926 01:51:05,890 --> 01:51:15,500 empowered others it is for the first 1927 01:51:10,219 --> 01:51:18,680 time an honest conversation what is at 1928 01:51:15,500 --> 01:51:23,120 stake is the heart and soul of Unitarian 1929 01:51:18,680 --> 01:51:27,550 Universalism we are a people of faith a 1930 01:51:23,120 --> 01:51:31,580 faith that demands of us reflection 1931 01:51:27,550 --> 01:51:35,420 determination and yes a commitment to 1932 01:51:31,580 --> 01:51:37,489 justice centering the voices of the 1933 01:51:35,420 --> 01:51:39,060 marginalized will be part of becoming 1934 01:51:37,489 --> 01:51:43,770 whole as of 1935 01:51:39,060 --> 01:51:46,650 and as a people I am grateful for this 1936 01:51:43,770 --> 01:51:49,110 award I thank the Unitarian Universalist 1937 01:51:46,650 --> 01:51:52,620 Association and I share this honor with 1938 01:51:49,110 --> 01:51:55,380 kenny wiley and Cristina Rivera black 1939 01:51:52,620 --> 01:51:58,320 lives of Unitarian Universalism and all 1940 01:51:55,380 --> 01:52:01,830 the religious educators who collaborated 1941 01:51:58,320 --> 01:52:04,020 together to help move this faith we love 1942 01:52:01,830 --> 01:52:14,390 forward thank you 1943 01:52:04,020 --> 01:52:17,479 [Applause] 1944 01:52:14,390 --> 01:52:17,479 [Music] 1945 01:52:27,410 --> 01:52:35,610 Wow are you feeling the love people this 1946 01:52:30,270 --> 01:52:37,560 is fantastic huh makes my heart happy so 1947 01:52:35,610 --> 01:52:42,270 quick announcement that's coming to you 1948 01:52:37,560 --> 01:52:44,460 from this safety team we heard a little 1949 01:52:42,270 --> 01:52:48,090 bit this morning about what is happening 1950 01:52:44,460 --> 01:52:51,360 around identifying ourselves as GA 1951 01:52:48,090 --> 01:52:54,300 attendees safety team would very much 1952 01:52:51,360 --> 01:52:59,370 like folks to be wearing their badges 1953 01:52:54,300 --> 01:53:01,860 both in the gents s halls exhibit hall 1954 01:52:59,370 --> 01:53:05,250 basically anytime you are in the 1955 01:53:01,860 --> 01:53:07,860 convention center premises and as you 1956 01:53:05,250 --> 01:53:10,440 are just getting into the convention 1957 01:53:07,860 --> 01:53:11,850 center premises that's a little bit 1958 01:53:10,440 --> 01:53:13,500 different from years past where you 1959 01:53:11,850 --> 01:53:15,810 really needed to kind of show your badge 1960 01:53:13,500 --> 01:53:17,250 when you came into gen sash and show 1961 01:53:15,810 --> 01:53:19,680 your badge when you went into the 1962 01:53:17,250 --> 01:53:21,450 exhibit hall and you could just kind of 1963 01:53:19,680 --> 01:53:23,550 wing it for the rest of the time that's 1964 01:53:21,450 --> 01:53:26,760 not the case the circumstances that 1965 01:53:23,550 --> 01:53:30,810 we're in today so please help out by 1966 01:53:26,760 --> 01:53:34,860 doing that I will note that whatever 1967 01:53:30,810 --> 01:53:38,910 badge we wear whatever clothes we wear 1968 01:53:34,860 --> 01:53:43,940 whatever identification we wear does not 1969 01:53:38,910 --> 01:53:48,510 put people of color out of danger right 1970 01:53:43,940 --> 01:53:51,570 so this is not to say that somehow by 1971 01:53:48,510 --> 01:53:58,800 doing those things we will be out of 1972 01:53:51,570 --> 01:54:04,170 danger right so it is not on us to keep 1973 01:53:58,800 --> 01:54:06,320 ourselves safe we need your help doing 1974 01:54:04,170 --> 01:54:06,320 that 1975 01:54:09,080 --> 01:54:13,350 there being no further business to come 1976 01:54:11,490 --> 01:54:15,510 before us and in accordance with the 1977 01:54:13,350 --> 01:54:17,760 schedule kind of set forth in your 1978 01:54:15,510 --> 01:54:19,710 program book I declare this general 1979 01:54:17,760 --> 01:54:22,320 session of the g8 to stand in recess 1980 01:54:19,710 --> 01:54:23,670 until 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon and the 1981 01:54:22,320 --> 01:54:25,350 things we did not do we'll do at the 1982 01:54:23,670 --> 01:54:26,920 very beginning of the next session thank 1983 01:54:25,350 --> 01:54:31,209 you 1984 01:54:26,920 --> 01:54:31,209 [Applause] 1985 01:55:29,420 --> 01:55:33,439 you 1986 01:55:30,070 --> 01:55:33,439 [Music] 1987 01:55:36,210 --> 01:55:39,300 [Music] 1988 01:55:51,240 --> 01:55:54,550 [Music] 1989 01:55:59,930 --> 01:56:08,820 [Music]