1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:07,150 2 00:00:07,150 --> 00:00:10,600 The Moderator: If you heard my moderator's report yesterday 3 00:00:10,600 --> 00:00:13,530 when-- yes- yes- what day is this? 4 00:00:13,530 --> 00:00:14,800 Yesterday. 5 00:00:14,800 --> 00:00:19,750 You know a little about me and what UU evangelism means to me. 6 00:00:19,750 --> 00:00:23,240 For me UU evangelism isn't about changing people's minds 7 00:00:23,240 --> 00:00:25,210 or changing their beliefs. 8 00:00:25,210 --> 00:00:28,550 It's about touching their hearts and inspiring greater love 9 00:00:28,550 --> 00:00:29,654 in the world. 10 00:00:29,654 --> 00:00:31,070 And that's exactly what we've been 11 00:00:31,070 --> 00:00:34,650 building towards this week, engaging with the power of love 12 00:00:34,650 --> 00:00:38,020 and preparing ourselves to actually practice 13 00:00:38,020 --> 00:00:39,930 reaching out in love. 14 00:00:39,930 --> 00:00:42,190 I want to bring up a fellow evangelists now, someone 15 00:00:42,190 --> 00:00:44,530 who embodies the love we're all about and believes 16 00:00:44,530 --> 00:00:45,750 in sharing it. 17 00:00:45,750 --> 00:00:48,900 Please welcome Alex Kapitan, congregational advocacy 18 00:00:48,900 --> 00:00:52,654 and witness program coordinator for the UUA. 19 00:00:52,654 --> 00:00:57,340 Hoo hoo! 20 00:00:57,340 --> 00:00:58,710 Alex Kapitan: Thank you, Tim. 21 00:00:58,710 --> 00:01:02,330 Thank you. 22 00:01:02,330 --> 00:01:05,175 Hi General Assembly. 23 00:01:05,175 --> 00:01:06,796 Are you feeling the love? 24 00:01:06,796 --> 00:01:08,930 Audience: Yeah! 25 00:01:08,930 --> 00:01:10,680 Alex Kapitan: I'm sorry I didn't hear you. 26 00:01:10,680 --> 00:01:12,355 I said are you feeling the love? 27 00:01:12,355 --> 00:01:12,980 Audience: Yeah! 28 00:01:12,980 --> 00:01:15,085 Alex Kapitan: Yeah! 29 00:01:15,085 --> 00:01:16,110 That's more I like it. 30 00:01:16,110 --> 00:01:17,957 Well my name is Alex Kapitan. 31 00:01:17,957 --> 00:01:19,540 I work for your national headquarters. 32 00:01:19,540 --> 00:01:26,450 I'm a lifelong UU and I am here to testify for love. 33 00:01:26,450 --> 00:01:28,690 What do you think about love? 34 00:01:28,690 --> 00:01:30,950 What do you really think? 35 00:01:30,950 --> 00:01:33,320 Because I've seen the eye rolls. 36 00:01:33,320 --> 00:01:35,120 Mhmm. 37 00:01:35,120 --> 00:01:36,620 I've heard the grumbling. 38 00:01:36,620 --> 00:01:39,030 What are we talking about, something soft and squishy 39 00:01:39,030 --> 00:01:41,610 like love for when there's injustice 40 00:01:41,610 --> 00:01:45,000 that needs to be battled right now? 41 00:01:45,000 --> 00:01:49,390 But let me tell you something, when I speak of love, 42 00:01:49,390 --> 00:01:53,130 I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. 43 00:01:53,130 --> 00:01:57,480 I am speaking of that force which the great religions have 44 00:01:57,480 --> 00:02:02,350 seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. 45 00:02:02,350 --> 00:02:06,800 I'm talking about love, which is purely spontaneous, 46 00:02:06,800 --> 00:02:10,460 unmotivated, groundless, and creative. 47 00:02:10,460 --> 00:02:18,480 I'm talking about understanding goodwill for all humankind. 48 00:02:18,480 --> 00:02:22,580 Those are Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.'s words. 49 00:02:22,580 --> 00:02:27,500 He was 26 years old when he was tapped 50 00:02:27,500 --> 00:02:32,090 to be the leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. 51 00:02:32,090 --> 00:02:33,780 How many people do you think told him 52 00:02:33,780 --> 00:02:38,200 he was naive to believe in love? 53 00:02:38,200 --> 00:02:43,940 He wasn't naive and neither am I. Practicing love, 54 00:02:43,940 --> 00:02:48,580 not affectionate love but unconditional love, 55 00:02:48,580 --> 00:02:53,350 toward people who perpetuate injustice is hard. 56 00:02:53,350 --> 00:02:55,450 It is hard. 57 00:02:55,450 --> 00:02:59,920 But working toward a world where all people, all people, even 58 00:02:59,920 --> 00:03:03,950 the people I struggle with are able to thrive and live 59 00:03:03,950 --> 00:03:07,940 in harmony, it's worth it. 60 00:03:07,940 --> 00:03:15,900 That's beloved community. 61 00:03:15,900 --> 00:03:24,210 Beloved community, beloved community, is not an enclave. 62 00:03:24,210 --> 00:03:30,180 In beloved community there is no us and no them. 63 00:03:30,180 --> 00:03:34,210 If as King preached we projected the ethic of love 64 00:03:34,210 --> 00:03:35,740 to the center of our lives, there 65 00:03:35,740 --> 00:03:42,120 could be no injustice, no war, no inhumane treatment. 66 00:03:42,120 --> 00:03:46,590 There is no greater justice cause. 67 00:03:46,590 --> 00:03:53,390 There is no greater spiritual imperative than love. 68 00:03:53,390 --> 00:03:57,364 So do you believe in the power of love? 69 00:03:57,364 --> 00:03:59,470 Audience: Yes! 70 00:03:59,470 --> 00:04:00,470 Alex Kapitan: Excuse me. 71 00:04:00,470 --> 00:04:03,776 I said do you believe in the power of love? 72 00:04:03,776 --> 00:04:05,255 Audience: Yes! 73 00:04:05,255 --> 00:04:06,740 Alex Kapitan: All right. 74 00:04:06,740 --> 00:04:10,670 If you believe, or if you want to believe, 75 00:04:10,670 --> 00:04:14,420 then join me in being an evangelist for love. 76 00:04:14,420 --> 00:04:17,720 Join me in spreading the good news 77 00:04:17,720 --> 00:04:22,500 that because of love a better world is possible. 78 00:04:22,500 --> 00:04:23,956 Will you join me? 79 00:04:23,956 --> 00:04:25,410 Audience: Yes! 80 00:04:25,410 --> 00:04:26,860 Alex Kapitan: Excellent! 81 00:04:26,860 --> 00:04:30,380 Because tonight we get the ultimate opportunity. 82 00:04:30,380 --> 00:04:32,230 At our public witness event tonight 83 00:04:32,230 --> 00:04:35,110 we are going to witness for love. 84 00:04:35,110 --> 00:04:36,730 Every year at General Assembly we 85 00:04:36,730 --> 00:04:39,430 stand on the side of love and witness for justice. 86 00:04:39,430 --> 00:04:43,030 This year we're going to witness for the greatest justice 87 00:04:43,030 --> 00:04:44,700 cause of all. 88 00:04:44,700 --> 00:04:47,500 We are going to prepare our hearts right here 89 00:04:47,500 --> 00:04:50,030 at our Make Way for Love worship service 90 00:04:50,030 --> 00:04:52,230 and then we're going to process to the river front 91 00:04:52,230 --> 00:04:54,900 and join the Providence community for a local community 92 00:04:54,900 --> 00:04:58,250 arts festival called Water Fire. 93 00:04:58,250 --> 00:05:01,600 We are going to have a chance to light fires on the river, 94 00:05:01,600 --> 00:05:05,720 join in this community event and infused it with love. 95 00:05:05,720 --> 00:05:07,720 There's going to be all kinds of love happening. 96 00:05:07,720 --> 00:05:11,990 There's going to be community singing, art, reflection, 97 00:05:11,990 --> 00:05:14,410 meditation, prayer, a love tent. 98 00:05:14,410 --> 00:05:16,340 Yeah. 99 00:05:16,340 --> 00:05:17,020 Uhuh. 100 00:05:17,020 --> 00:05:19,311 You're going to have to come and find out what that is. 101 00:05:19,311 --> 00:05:25,215 A stage featuring Emma's Revolution, Universal Love, 102 00:05:25,215 --> 00:05:26,610 and more. 103 00:05:26,610 --> 00:05:28,500 Activities promoting love. 104 00:05:28,500 --> 00:05:29,820 Flowers. 105 00:05:29,820 --> 00:05:30,770 Water. 106 00:05:30,770 --> 00:05:31,650 Fire. 107 00:05:31,650 --> 00:05:35,620 All in the name and the goal of inspiring more 108 00:05:35,620 --> 00:05:37,590 love in the world. 109 00:05:37,590 --> 00:05:41,400 We are the sponsor and hosts of this festival tonight 110 00:05:41,400 --> 00:05:42,870 in partnership with the nonprofit 111 00:05:42,870 --> 00:05:44,840 that runs it because we want everyone 112 00:05:44,840 --> 00:05:46,960 there to feel the power of love. 113 00:05:46,960 --> 00:05:49,720 We want to meet each other, engage with each other, 114 00:05:49,720 --> 00:05:53,690 invite each other to act on love and justice and spirit. 115 00:05:53,690 --> 00:05:58,130 Just for tonight, what if there was no us or them? 116 00:05:58,130 --> 00:06:01,320 What would it feel like to practice that and take it home 117 00:06:01,320 --> 00:06:02,790 with you? 118 00:06:02,790 --> 00:06:06,380 This event gives us a chance to really practice 119 00:06:06,380 --> 00:06:08,140 love reaching out. 120 00:06:08,140 --> 00:06:11,750 I want you to consider how you can embody unconditional love 121 00:06:11,750 --> 00:06:13,040 through your actions. 122 00:06:13,040 --> 00:06:18,080 Don't just think about love, act on it. 123 00:06:18,080 --> 00:06:20,820 How can each of us be an evangelist for love? 124 00:06:20,820 --> 00:06:22,020 Each in our own way? 125 00:06:22,020 --> 00:06:23,940 What will you do to cross borders? 126 00:06:23,940 --> 00:06:26,920 Be bold and practice something new tonight. 127 00:06:26,920 --> 00:06:28,640 What will you say when someone asks 128 00:06:28,640 --> 00:06:31,400 you, what is this love stuff all about? 129 00:06:31,400 --> 00:06:35,170 Or what's Unitarian Universalism? 130 00:06:35,170 --> 00:06:38,750 Tonight we will celebrate the fifth anniversary of Standing 131 00:06:38,750 --> 00:06:42,180 on the Side of Love and we will proclaim to tens of thousands 132 00:06:42,180 --> 00:06:45,640 of people that love can create a better world. 133 00:06:45,640 --> 00:06:47,019 Are you with me? 134 00:06:47,019 --> 00:06:47,643 Audience: Yeah! 135 00:06:47,643 --> 00:06:48,643 Alex Kapitan: All right. 136 00:06:48,643 --> 00:06:50,230 Then I'll see you tonight. 137 00:06:50,230 --> 00:06:52,870 Wear your yellow love shirts if you have them. 138 00:06:52,870 --> 00:06:55,580 Come to worship right here at 7:30 139 00:06:55,580 --> 00:06:58,710 and be ready to process down to the river afterward. 140 00:06:58,710 --> 00:07:02,150 And together let's light up the sky with love. 141 00:07:02,150 --> 00:07:07,220 Thank you. 142 00:07:07,220 --> 00:07:09,960 The Moderator: Thank you, Alex. 143 00:07:09,960 --> 00:07:13,422