1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:11,297 2 00:00:11,297 --> 00:00:12,630 Rev Jason Shelton: Good morning. 3 00:00:12,630 --> 00:00:14,874 Congregation: Good morning. 4 00:00:14,874 --> 00:00:17,040 Rev Jason Shelton: Anybody here from the West Coast? 5 00:00:17,040 --> 00:00:17,890 [SEVERAL AUDIENCE MEMBERS CHEER] 6 00:00:17,890 --> 00:00:20,098 Rev Jason Shelton: Oh, look at the West Coast people. 7 00:00:20,098 --> 00:00:21,980 It is 5 o'clock in the morning for you. 8 00:00:21,980 --> 00:00:25,169 All right, for the West coast people. 9 00:00:25,169 --> 00:00:26,650 Yes. 10 00:00:26,650 --> 00:00:29,500 Please rise in body or in spirit and join 11 00:00:29,500 --> 00:00:32,310 in our in-gathering song for this morning's worship, 12 00:00:32,310 --> 00:00:35,200 "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." 13 00:00:35,200 --> 00:00:44,605 [MUSIC PLAYING "COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING"] 14 00:00:44,605 --> 00:02:43,240 [SINGING] 15 00:02:43,240 --> 00:02:43,740 Amen. 16 00:02:43,740 --> 00:02:52,999 Please be seated. 17 00:02:52,999 --> 00:02:54,540 Dr. Rev. Mark Belletini: Yes, indeed. 18 00:02:54,540 --> 00:02:58,060 Come, thou font of every blessing. 19 00:02:58,060 --> 00:03:03,600 Tune our hearts to sing thy grace. 20 00:03:03,600 --> 00:03:06,940 We are here now, oh love. 21 00:03:06,940 --> 00:03:11,560 So now come strong, reliable current 22 00:03:11,560 --> 00:03:16,810 of the life of love among us and between us and beyond us. 23 00:03:16,810 --> 00:03:19,760 Come flow through this time as a great river cuts 24 00:03:19,760 --> 00:03:23,080 through a solid terrain with liveliness 25 00:03:23,080 --> 00:03:27,310 and flash and sparkle and power. 26 00:03:27,310 --> 00:03:30,130 Come and flow. 27 00:03:30,130 --> 00:03:32,050 Fiercely flow. 28 00:03:32,050 --> 00:03:36,460 Wash away the tick tock time of clock and calendar, 29 00:03:36,460 --> 00:03:45,100 and restore to us right now, right now, right now. 30 00:03:45,100 --> 00:03:51,740 The sacred time kept flowing by our heart beats 31 00:03:51,740 --> 00:03:58,140 and by the breath of our bodies and by our hush. 32 00:03:58,140 --> 00:04:04,650 By our vulnerability and the attention of our yes 33 00:04:04,650 --> 00:04:06,200 to this bright moment. 34 00:04:06,200 --> 00:04:20,000 Come and let us celebrate together. 35 00:04:20,000 --> 00:04:25,980 Dr. Mark A. Hicks: Love is the chalice that holds the oil. 36 00:04:25,980 --> 00:04:30,580 Love is the oil that feeds the wick. 37 00:04:30,580 --> 00:04:35,390 Love is the wick that burns with abandon. 38 00:04:35,390 --> 00:04:40,990 Love is the flame which dances an ancient pattern. 39 00:04:40,990 --> 00:04:55,382 We light the chalice of love. 40 00:04:55,382 --> 00:04:56,590 Rev. Meg Riley: Good morning. 41 00:04:56,590 --> 00:04:57,820 Congregation: Good morning. 42 00:04:57,820 --> 00:05:01,310 Good morning, morning people. 43 00:05:01,310 --> 00:05:07,100 I'm excited to be here with you early birds this morning. 44 00:05:07,100 --> 00:05:10,030 Love reaches out. 45 00:05:10,030 --> 00:05:14,650 That's what we're here together to affirm this week. 46 00:05:14,650 --> 00:05:22,020 And no one can really argue with that idea, even here, I think. 47 00:05:22,020 --> 00:05:24,000 Love reaches out. 48 00:05:24,000 --> 00:05:25,840 Could you reach out now to the people 49 00:05:25,840 --> 00:05:28,350 who are watching this at home and shout out good morning 50 00:05:28,350 --> 00:05:28,850 to them? 51 00:05:28,850 --> 00:05:29,540 One, two, three. 52 00:05:29,540 --> 00:05:30,081 Good morning! 53 00:05:30,081 --> 00:05:32,035 Congregation: Good morning! 54 00:05:32,035 --> 00:05:33,410 Rev. Meg Riley: To all of you who 55 00:05:33,410 --> 00:05:35,850 feel like you're alone in your homes, you are not. 56 00:05:35,850 --> 00:05:41,830 We are all there with you, wanting coffee after this. 57 00:05:41,830 --> 00:05:44,830 Love gives, love offers itself. 58 00:05:44,830 --> 00:05:47,320 Loves says, here take more when you 59 00:05:47,320 --> 00:05:51,480 try to mooch a little bit from the side secretly. 60 00:05:51,480 --> 00:05:56,926 Love generates more love the way spam email generates more spam 61 00:05:56,926 --> 00:05:57,426 emails. 62 00:05:57,426 --> 00:05:59,010 [LAUGHTER] 63 00:05:59,010 --> 00:06:01,540 The way eating one pistachio leads 64 00:06:01,540 --> 00:06:04,392 to eating another pistachio. 65 00:06:04,392 --> 00:06:08,970 Love always says more, more, more. 66 00:06:08,970 --> 00:06:13,150 That's why we aspire to stand on the side of love. 67 00:06:13,150 --> 00:06:16,526 We want to be the love people. 68 00:06:16,526 --> 00:06:17,470 [CONGREGATION CHEERS] 69 00:06:17,470 --> 00:06:21,250 Huh? 70 00:06:21,250 --> 00:06:23,930 Abstractly, at least. 71 00:06:23,930 --> 00:06:27,310 Because we've all-- well, I'll speak for myself. 72 00:06:27,310 --> 00:06:32,450 I've broken my vows a thousand times. 73 00:06:32,450 --> 00:06:36,170 Over and over, I've let fear lead 74 00:06:36,170 --> 00:06:38,760 to control, lead to clutching. 75 00:06:38,760 --> 00:06:41,850 A grip so fierce that love couldn't break in 76 00:06:41,850 --> 00:06:43,740 with a crowbar. 77 00:06:43,740 --> 00:06:47,200 I've been afraid of how I'll look, who'll I'll hurt, 78 00:06:47,200 --> 00:06:50,430 what mistakes I will make, and who will simply 79 00:06:50,430 --> 00:06:55,750 roll their eyes, shake their head, and walk away. 80 00:06:55,750 --> 00:07:01,200 Love reaches out, but too often in the privacy of our fear 81 00:07:01,200 --> 00:07:04,840 we dodge and escape its reach. 82 00:07:04,840 --> 00:07:07,180 But what if we didn't? 83 00:07:07,180 --> 00:07:11,950 What difference would it make if we let love catch us. 84 00:07:11,950 --> 00:07:16,780 What would we do if we dared to believe in Love's power 85 00:07:16,780 --> 00:07:20,730 to heal and to transform and to save? 86 00:07:20,730 --> 00:07:25,740 What if we believed that Unitarian Universalism could 87 00:07:25,740 --> 00:07:28,880 save us? 88 00:07:28,880 --> 00:07:34,990 I will say something out loud that I'm often too shy to say. 89 00:07:34,990 --> 00:07:39,528 Unitarian Universalism saved me. 90 00:07:39,528 --> 00:07:42,850 [APPLAUSE] 91 00:07:42,850 --> 00:07:48,040 It did, and it does, and it continues to save me every day. 92 00:07:48,040 --> 00:07:52,460 This morning, already, the fact that you are here is saving me. 93 00:07:52,460 --> 00:07:55,170 Emma's purple hair is saving me. 94 00:07:55,170 --> 00:07:57,980 The choir is saving me. 95 00:07:57,980 --> 00:08:02,150 All of you devotedly coming back again and again, 96 00:08:02,150 --> 00:08:06,530 after you were probably up late last night, you're saving me. 97 00:08:06,530 --> 00:08:10,190 We spend so much time focused on what's wrong, 98 00:08:10,190 --> 00:08:12,220 on our inadequacies. 99 00:08:12,220 --> 00:08:15,860 We are so hard on ourselves and each other. 100 00:08:15,860 --> 00:08:20,830 What if we dared to believe that as radically imperfect as we 101 00:08:20,830 --> 00:08:24,940 are, in practicing this faith, despite the fact 102 00:08:24,940 --> 00:08:27,890 that every one of us lets ourselves 103 00:08:27,890 --> 00:08:33,220 and each other's down, still Unitarian Universalist faith 104 00:08:33,220 --> 00:08:38,610 endures, holds, offers new life, restores. 105 00:08:38,610 --> 00:08:41,900 Helps us still despite everything. 106 00:08:41,900 --> 00:08:43,590 Despite ourselves. 107 00:08:43,590 --> 00:08:48,690 To know in ourselves that we are not alone. 108 00:08:48,690 --> 00:08:53,620 Despite our radical imperfection, we are loved 109 00:08:53,620 --> 00:08:55,960 and we can love. 110 00:08:55,960 --> 00:08:59,650 Unitarian Universalism transmitted through thousands 111 00:08:59,650 --> 00:09:03,600 of hands and faces, words and songs, 112 00:09:03,600 --> 00:09:09,010 saves me from persistent beliefs of inferiority 113 00:09:09,010 --> 00:09:12,980 that are deep inside me that I wrestle with daily. 114 00:09:12,980 --> 00:09:14,710 Because I am female. 115 00:09:14,710 --> 00:09:16,330 Because I am lesbian. 116 00:09:16,330 --> 00:09:19,830 Because I am big, and loud, and messy. 117 00:09:19,830 --> 00:09:24,510 Despite these poisonous beliefs of inferiority, 118 00:09:24,510 --> 00:09:28,400 love is deeper still. 119 00:09:28,400 --> 00:09:32,430 Unitarian Universalism transmitted through thousands 120 00:09:32,430 --> 00:09:35,770 of hands and faces, and words and songs, 121 00:09:35,770 --> 00:09:40,540 saves me from persistent beliefs of superiority 122 00:09:40,540 --> 00:09:44,010 that are deep inside me that I wrestle with daily. 123 00:09:44,010 --> 00:09:45,880 Because I have enough money. 124 00:09:45,880 --> 00:09:47,300 Because I am white. 125 00:09:47,300 --> 00:09:49,380 Because I am American. 126 00:09:49,380 --> 00:09:54,230 Despite these poisonous believes of superiority, 127 00:09:54,230 --> 00:09:58,000 love is deeper still. 128 00:09:58,000 --> 00:10:00,320 What would it mean to look at our world 129 00:10:00,320 --> 00:10:01,960 through the eyes of love? 130 00:10:01,960 --> 00:10:06,110 What if we could bear to keep looking, keep loving, 131 00:10:06,110 --> 00:10:08,750 even when it broke our hearts to do so? 132 00:10:08,750 --> 00:10:14,020 What if we knew we trusted that love endured? 133 00:10:14,020 --> 00:10:17,450 This week, I invite you to try an experiment 134 00:10:17,450 --> 00:10:20,590 and hold the intention of looking at yourself 135 00:10:20,590 --> 00:10:23,320 and each other through the eyes of love, 136 00:10:23,320 --> 00:10:26,210 and see what we might create. 137 00:10:26,210 --> 00:10:31,670 Why not use this week as a laboratory to practice love? 138 00:10:31,670 --> 00:10:35,860 To practice loving and to practice being loved. 139 00:10:35,860 --> 00:10:40,870 There are people here who love well, who can teach us things. 140 00:10:40,870 --> 00:10:43,170 I study them carefully. 141 00:10:43,170 --> 00:10:45,660 We will hear from some of them this morning, 142 00:10:45,660 --> 00:10:48,620 but they are everywhere, all around us. 143 00:10:48,620 --> 00:10:51,650 Parents and caregivers and partners who use 144 00:10:51,650 --> 00:10:54,510 love to remain patient and gentle 145 00:10:54,510 --> 00:10:58,230 when it would be easy to snap into harshness. 146 00:10:58,230 --> 00:11:02,720 Artists who use love to give voice to our heart's longings. 147 00:11:02,720 --> 00:11:07,790 Healers who use love to listen, to care with humility. 148 00:11:07,790 --> 00:11:12,230 Activists who use love to work for the common good. 149 00:11:12,230 --> 00:11:14,790 Marginalized people who use loved 150 00:11:14,790 --> 00:11:18,950 to summon strength when others-- to see their own worth 151 00:11:18,950 --> 00:11:22,160 and dignity when others would deny it. 152 00:11:22,160 --> 00:11:25,360 People like Jorell Young, who can't be here 153 00:11:25,360 --> 00:11:28,480 in person because he is incarcerated. 154 00:11:28,480 --> 00:11:30,920 But who asked us to bring his picture 155 00:11:30,920 --> 00:11:34,830 and put it in the front row, which it is. 156 00:11:34,830 --> 00:11:39,330 [APPLAUSE] 157 00:11:39,330 --> 00:11:41,830 Jorell said, if anyone asks, who's that? 158 00:11:41,830 --> 00:11:43,410 Or, why is that picture here? 159 00:11:43,410 --> 00:11:47,160 Just tell them, well he's a UU, a church member, 160 00:11:47,160 --> 00:11:51,080 and very determined to be here today. 161 00:11:51,080 --> 00:11:56,000 Jorell, who told Reverend Patty France, CLF's prison chaplain, 162 00:11:56,000 --> 00:11:58,720 thanks for saving my life, a life you 163 00:11:58,720 --> 00:12:01,730 saved and didn't even know about it. 164 00:12:01,730 --> 00:12:05,680 Jorell, who through his determination to be here, 165 00:12:05,680 --> 00:12:10,220 reaches out from behind bars to save us, 166 00:12:10,220 --> 00:12:13,780 to remind us of those we forget. 167 00:12:13,780 --> 00:12:16,360 So many. 168 00:12:16,360 --> 00:12:20,190 This week, in worship, in workshops, in community, 169 00:12:20,190 --> 00:12:23,610 may we savor every variety of love. 170 00:12:23,610 --> 00:12:27,620 May loving kindness be our currency above all others 171 00:12:27,620 --> 00:12:28,450 this week. 172 00:12:28,450 --> 00:12:31,510 The holiest of holy grails we seek. 173 00:12:31,510 --> 00:12:38,370 The story we go home to tell about how this faith saves us. 174 00:12:38,370 --> 00:12:41,640 Let us share these days together in such a way 175 00:12:41,640 --> 00:12:45,990 that we can go home and say, I now 176 00:12:45,990 --> 00:12:50,320 know that bold love it is possible, 177 00:12:50,320 --> 00:12:57,644 and that has changed everything. 178 00:12:57,644 --> 00:13:09,970 [APPLAUSE] 179 00:13:09,970 --> 00:13:15,990 Dr. Rev. Mark Belletini: "Living the Parable," by Neal Bowers. 180 00:13:15,990 --> 00:13:20,940 Wanting to be helpful, we all see ourselves 181 00:13:20,940 --> 00:13:27,860 as the Samaritan rather than the priest or the assistant. 182 00:13:27,860 --> 00:13:32,330 And never as the bruised man in the ditch, 183 00:13:32,330 --> 00:13:37,200 stripped and penniless, taken to a room smelling 184 00:13:37,200 --> 00:13:43,670 of figs and tallow where he turns painfully in bed, 185 00:13:43,670 --> 00:13:49,940 tonguing his chipped tooth, touching his swollen eye. 186 00:13:49,940 --> 00:13:52,130 After all, how could anyone imagine 187 00:13:52,130 --> 00:13:56,910 himself mugged somewhere between Jerusalem and Jericho, 188 00:13:56,910 --> 00:14:00,910 when he could ride in like some minor deity, 189 00:14:00,910 --> 00:14:04,310 on a donkey packed with oil and wine. 190 00:14:04,310 --> 00:14:11,310 His fat purse tucked away, credit unlimited. 191 00:14:11,310 --> 00:14:16,060 Better to be the one without cracked ribs, safe on the hard 192 00:14:16,060 --> 00:14:20,060 packed road, pausing long enough to help 193 00:14:20,060 --> 00:14:24,390 some creature with no luck. 194 00:14:24,390 --> 00:14:27,100 A dog. 195 00:14:27,100 --> 00:14:29,810 A sheep. 196 00:14:29,810 --> 00:14:32,330 A beaten man. 197 00:14:32,330 --> 00:14:42,640 Not one of us. 198 00:14:42,640 --> 00:14:49,880 Taquiena Boston: "Living the Parable," by Neil Bowers. 199 00:14:49,880 --> 00:14:53,460 Wanting to be helpful, we all see ourselves 200 00:14:53,460 --> 00:14:59,970 as the Samaritan rather than the priest or his assistant. 201 00:14:59,970 --> 00:15:03,490 And never as the bruised man in the ditch, 202 00:15:03,490 --> 00:15:07,280 stripped and penniless, taken to a room smelling 203 00:15:07,280 --> 00:15:12,660 of figs and tallow where he turns painfully in bed, 204 00:15:12,660 --> 00:15:20,050 tonguing his chipped tooth, touching this swollen eye. 205 00:15:20,050 --> 00:15:24,270 After all, how could anyone imagine 206 00:15:24,270 --> 00:15:28,720 himself mugged somewhere between Jerusalem and Jericho 207 00:15:28,720 --> 00:15:34,060 when he could ride in like some minor deity on a donkey packed 208 00:15:34,060 --> 00:15:36,010 with oil and wine. 209 00:15:36,010 --> 00:15:43,300 His fat purse tucked away, credit unlimited. 210 00:15:43,300 --> 00:15:46,740 Better to be the one without cracked ribs, 211 00:15:46,740 --> 00:15:51,170 safe on the hard, packed road, pausing long enough 212 00:15:51,170 --> 00:15:54,800 to help some creature with no luck. 213 00:15:54,800 --> 00:15:56,350 A dog. 214 00:15:56,350 --> 00:15:58,160 A sheep. 215 00:15:58,160 --> 00:16:00,806 A beaten man. 216 00:16:00,806 --> 00:16:11,204 But not one of us. 217 00:16:11,204 --> 00:16:12,620 Dr. Rev. Mark Belletini: Our lives 218 00:16:12,620 --> 00:16:18,430 flow down the course of time like currents in a river. 219 00:16:18,430 --> 00:16:21,990 The ones who walk to the other side of the road 220 00:16:21,990 --> 00:16:24,860 are part of that river. 221 00:16:24,860 --> 00:16:31,550 The one who stops to help is part of that river. 222 00:16:31,550 --> 00:16:34,960 The one who lies broken and wounded 223 00:16:34,960 --> 00:16:40,310 is as much a part of that river as the other two. 224 00:16:40,310 --> 00:16:46,000 There is healing in the water's only when all the currents meet 225 00:16:46,000 --> 00:16:54,380 each other and meet themselves as they flow forward together. 226 00:16:54,380 --> 00:16:57,690 All are wounded. 227 00:16:57,690 --> 00:17:01,080 All desire to help. 228 00:17:01,080 --> 00:17:05,140 All have to face their fears. 229 00:17:05,140 --> 00:17:10,990 There is healing in the waters when they flow together. 230 00:17:10,990 --> 00:17:28,030 There is love in the waters. 231 00:17:28,030 --> 00:17:36,370 [MUSIC PLAYING "HEALING WATERS"] 232 00:17:36,370 --> 00:20:15,138 [SINGING] 233 00:20:15,138 --> 00:20:27,010 [APPLAUSE] 234 00:20:27,010 --> 00:20:34,990 Taquiena Boston: In the company of our ancestors, hush. 235 00:20:34,990 --> 00:20:37,130 Hush. 236 00:20:37,130 --> 00:20:43,960 (SINGING) Somebody's calling my name. 237 00:20:43,960 --> 00:20:47,580 This is a spiritual I've sung countless times 238 00:20:47,580 --> 00:20:50,170 in the sanctuary of All Souls Church 239 00:20:50,170 --> 00:20:55,650 Unitarian, the community I call my home congregation. 240 00:20:55,650 --> 00:20:59,910 But at the September 29 Sunday morning worship, 241 00:20:59,910 --> 00:21:03,440 it was as if I was hearing that African American song 242 00:21:03,440 --> 00:21:06,570 for the very first time. 243 00:21:06,570 --> 00:21:11,140 Six days later, 17 travelers and I 244 00:21:11,140 --> 00:21:16,820 crossed the Atlantic Ocean for Ghana, West Africa as Sankofa 245 00:21:16,820 --> 00:21:22,090 pilgrims on a spiritual journey back home. 246 00:21:22,090 --> 00:21:26,930 Sankofa is an Asante word that means looking backward 247 00:21:26,930 --> 00:21:29,800 to move forward. 248 00:21:29,800 --> 00:21:32,590 Back home? 249 00:21:32,590 --> 00:21:38,440 How do you go back to a place where you've never been? 250 00:21:38,440 --> 00:21:42,280 True, I know that at least one of my ancestries 251 00:21:42,280 --> 00:21:45,340 originated on the continent of Africa, 252 00:21:45,340 --> 00:21:48,620 but that was centuries ago. 253 00:21:48,620 --> 00:21:54,740 What was Africa to me now? 254 00:21:54,740 --> 00:21:58,100 Writer James Baldwin said, history 255 00:21:58,100 --> 00:22:01,900 is not a procession of illustrious people. 256 00:22:01,900 --> 00:22:05,950 It's about what happens to people. 257 00:22:05,950 --> 00:22:11,550 Millions of anonymous people is what history is about. 258 00:22:11,550 --> 00:22:15,920 The history of the transatlantic slave trade, the [INAUDIBLE] 259 00:22:15,920 --> 00:22:21,100 compelled me to say yes to this journey. 260 00:22:21,100 --> 00:22:23,531 Hush. 261 00:22:23,531 --> 00:22:25,680 Hush. 262 00:22:25,680 --> 00:22:29,120 There is a verse not familiar to me in that spiritual. 263 00:22:29,120 --> 00:22:37,200 It goes, I am so glad I'm on my journey home. 264 00:22:37,200 --> 00:22:40,440 The Sankofa pilgrimage turned out 265 00:22:40,440 --> 00:22:43,360 to be a home going of sorts. 266 00:22:43,360 --> 00:22:47,540 Not just for me, who carries the name African American 267 00:22:47,540 --> 00:22:53,040 as a place keeper for the invisible past, unknown places, 268 00:22:53,040 --> 00:22:58,210 and nameless people who never again saw the place or people 269 00:22:58,210 --> 00:23:04,400 they called home in their lifetimes. 270 00:23:04,400 --> 00:23:07,880 We Sanfoka pilgrims, we lived the experiences 271 00:23:07,880 --> 00:23:12,300 of captive children, women, and men at the slave river, 272 00:23:12,300 --> 00:23:16,040 the walls of remembrance, the doors of no return 273 00:23:16,040 --> 00:23:20,530 at Cape Coast and Elmina slave castles. 274 00:23:20,530 --> 00:23:24,020 A Fante priest poured libation for the ancestors 275 00:23:24,020 --> 00:23:27,140 whose names we called out. 276 00:23:27,140 --> 00:23:32,580 We literally stood on the tears, blood, and sweat 277 00:23:32,580 --> 00:23:37,520 of millions of those people that the transatlantic slave 278 00:23:37,520 --> 00:23:42,730 trade had happened to. 279 00:23:42,730 --> 00:23:45,950 We were hushed as we took in the enormity 280 00:23:45,950 --> 00:23:53,440 of that African history, which is also our American history. 281 00:23:53,440 --> 00:23:54,450 Hush. 282 00:23:54,450 --> 00:23:58,510 Hush. 283 00:23:58,510 --> 00:24:03,710 Ancestors called me to the Sankofa pilgrimage, 284 00:24:03,710 --> 00:24:09,620 held in the blessings and prayers of my congregation. 285 00:24:09,620 --> 00:24:26,205 My African ancestors, through me, found their way home. 286 00:24:26,205 --> 00:24:36,270 [MUSIC PLAYING] 287 00:24:36,270 --> 00:28:24,110 [CHORAL MUSIC] 288 00:28:24,110 --> 00:28:30,630 Regie Gibson: When they speak of our time they will say, 289 00:28:30,630 --> 00:28:35,580 they will say it was a time when truth abandoned our words. 290 00:28:35,580 --> 00:28:40,060 When running swords passed for a false messiah's mouth. 291 00:28:40,060 --> 00:28:44,580 When television super shrinks conducted group psychosis. 292 00:28:44,580 --> 00:28:49,400 When drugged up teenagers lived in a haze of oblivion. 293 00:28:49,400 --> 00:28:52,380 They will say this was when we hamster wheeled 294 00:28:52,380 --> 00:28:55,240 inside the jagged jaws of death. 295 00:28:55,240 --> 00:28:59,090 Death, that stood above us licking it's murderous lips. 296 00:28:59,090 --> 00:29:02,030 When blues and jazz meant nothing 297 00:29:02,030 --> 00:29:04,310 to the asterisk of adolescence faces 298 00:29:04,310 --> 00:29:08,460 lost in the footnote of pop culture hysteria. 299 00:29:08,460 --> 00:29:12,330 They will say this was the hour of the falling towers. 300 00:29:12,330 --> 00:29:15,000 When halos of metal rained screams 301 00:29:15,000 --> 00:29:18,150 on our cities and smoke blackened the skies 302 00:29:18,150 --> 00:29:21,270 until the sun was a jaundiced memory. 303 00:29:21,270 --> 00:29:24,370 They will say it was a time when English spoken 304 00:29:24,370 --> 00:29:27,370 with the wrong accent with an uncertain gate, 305 00:29:27,370 --> 00:29:32,920 and both red and blue states forgot that God is color blind. 306 00:29:32,920 --> 00:29:35,150 They will say this was a time that we 307 00:29:35,150 --> 00:29:39,900 drank of Hollywood's hemlock as intellectual cowards in power 308 00:29:39,900 --> 00:29:42,860 and bowed to the powers and promises of gold. 309 00:29:42,860 --> 00:29:47,630 They will say that a horrible darkness whispered our names. 310 00:29:47,630 --> 00:29:51,160 Whispered our names until we closed our eyes 311 00:29:51,160 --> 00:29:52,960 and trembled with fear. 312 00:29:52,960 --> 00:29:58,980 Trembled until we became that darkness we feared. 313 00:29:58,980 --> 00:30:01,910 They will say that this was a time of war 314 00:30:01,910 --> 00:30:05,110 in the name of terror, in the name of freedom, 315 00:30:05,110 --> 00:30:06,740 for the sake of peace. 316 00:30:06,740 --> 00:30:11,990 So there would be no more war in the name of. 317 00:30:11,990 --> 00:30:17,360 They will say this was a time of shrunken bellies, and refugees, 318 00:30:17,360 --> 00:30:20,260 and of blood being plagued by the ache of disease. 319 00:30:20,260 --> 00:30:25,430 And of islands floating away on rafts of human bodies. 320 00:30:25,430 --> 00:30:28,530 They will say that this was a time of the bullet 321 00:30:28,530 --> 00:30:32,310 bite, the misogynist lyric and the anti-truth 322 00:30:32,310 --> 00:30:40,290 when we danced to the beat of our children's cracking skulls. 323 00:30:40,290 --> 00:30:43,710 But let them also say that this was 324 00:30:43,710 --> 00:30:48,320 a time we fought against a self-inflicted genocide. 325 00:30:48,320 --> 00:30:51,250 That something truly human in us stood up 326 00:30:51,250 --> 00:30:53,980 to resist the Orwellian Jack boot. 327 00:30:53,980 --> 00:30:57,160 That finally in the rumblings throat of Ray Charles 328 00:30:57,160 --> 00:31:00,010 we heard what America could become. 329 00:31:00,010 --> 00:31:02,190 That in the bite of Mark Twain's wit, 330 00:31:02,190 --> 00:31:04,290 we finally got the punchline. 331 00:31:04,290 --> 00:31:06,200 Finally realized it was us. 332 00:31:06,200 --> 00:31:10,310 Finally realized that manifest destiny could no longer patch 333 00:31:10,310 --> 00:31:13,550 the human sized hole in our histories, 334 00:31:13,550 --> 00:31:16,710 Let them say that this was when we said yes 335 00:31:16,710 --> 00:31:20,910 to each other again, yes again and again and again 336 00:31:20,910 --> 00:31:22,390 and again and again. 337 00:31:22,390 --> 00:31:24,770 And the pages of Pablo Neruda's versus 338 00:31:24,770 --> 00:31:27,860 resounded with peace for the coming twilights. 339 00:31:27,860 --> 00:31:31,050 Peace for the bridge, peace for the wine. 340 00:31:31,050 --> 00:31:34,550 Peace for the letters that seek us and rise in our blood, 341 00:31:34,550 --> 00:31:37,680 entwining the old song with land and loves. 342 00:31:37,680 --> 00:31:40,880 Peace for the city in the morning when bread rises. 343 00:31:40,880 --> 00:31:43,400 Peace for the ashes of our fallen. 344 00:31:43,400 --> 00:31:45,520 Peace for all the living. 345 00:31:45,520 --> 00:31:47,520 Peace for every water. 346 00:31:47,520 --> 00:31:50,400 Peace for every land. 347 00:31:50,400 --> 00:31:54,270 Let them say that this was when the woman stepped forward 348 00:31:54,270 --> 00:31:59,100 declaring, I am that I am and we men began to break ourselves 349 00:31:59,100 --> 00:32:00,990 of the need to break women. 350 00:32:00,990 --> 00:32:01,945 Let them say-- 351 00:32:01,945 --> 00:32:04,630 [APPLAUSE] 352 00:32:04,630 --> 00:32:08,910 Regie Gibson: Let them say that this--this was when we 353 00:32:08,910 --> 00:32:11,500 struggled against fists and fallacy. 354 00:32:11,500 --> 00:32:14,320 This was a time of lawyers abandoning courtrooms 355 00:32:14,320 --> 00:32:16,430 to plant wheat in Kenyon fields. 356 00:32:16,430 --> 00:32:18,520 That this was when we found truth. 357 00:32:18,520 --> 00:32:20,300 That truth found our tongues, and we 358 00:32:20,300 --> 00:32:24,500 were unafraid at this time to open our mouths and speak it. 359 00:32:24,500 --> 00:32:27,890 Let them say that we were a people of faith 360 00:32:27,890 --> 00:32:30,460 in a time when faith was in crisis. 361 00:32:30,460 --> 00:32:32,820 That we were a people of love when 362 00:32:32,820 --> 00:32:35,190 it made no sense to love at all. 363 00:32:35,190 --> 00:32:38,720 We were a people of hope when it made no sense to hope at all. 364 00:32:38,720 --> 00:32:40,750 That we still believed that love could 365 00:32:40,750 --> 00:32:43,450 be as simple as the images our ancestors 366 00:32:43,450 --> 00:32:45,640 painted in caves and on rocks. 367 00:32:45,640 --> 00:32:49,470 Images that birthed our first human songs like water, 368 00:32:49,470 --> 00:32:54,300 and rain, and river, and flower, and sun, and moon, and star. 369 00:32:54,300 --> 00:32:58,360 Because even as the earth shook beneath our shoes we knew 370 00:32:58,360 --> 00:33:02,160 there were things about us that would never change. 371 00:33:02,160 --> 00:33:04,492 [APPLAUSE} 372 00:33:04,492 --> 00:33:06,660 Regie Gibson: Let them-- Let them 373 00:33:06,660 --> 00:33:11,590 say that this was the time we desperately reached 374 00:33:11,590 --> 00:33:15,440 through the malignant maelstrom of electronic chaos, 375 00:33:15,440 --> 00:33:18,050 reached through the mad invocations 376 00:33:18,050 --> 00:33:21,080 of the soulless who profit from this poisonous 377 00:33:21,080 --> 00:33:23,370 pathology of our time. 378 00:33:23,370 --> 00:33:25,460 And we found others there. 379 00:33:25,460 --> 00:33:27,660 With our own eyes. 380 00:33:27,660 --> 00:33:29,280 Our own faces. 381 00:33:29,280 --> 00:33:35,666 Our own hands reaching back. 382 00:33:35,666 --> 00:33:57,578 [APPLAUSE] 383 00:33:57,578 --> 00:39:43,010 [CHORAL MUSIC] 384 00:39:43,010 --> 00:39:45,520 Speaker 2: In 2009 my church choir 385 00:39:45,520 --> 00:39:47,700 recorded the song There's a River 386 00:39:47,700 --> 00:39:51,610 Flowing In my Soul by Rose Sanders, 387 00:39:51,610 --> 00:39:56,040 now known as Faya Rose Toure Rose is 388 00:39:56,040 --> 00:39:58,600 a prominent civil rights activist 389 00:39:58,600 --> 00:40:01,460 and attorney in Selma, Alabama. 390 00:40:01,460 --> 00:40:03,650 When I connected with Rose in 2010 391 00:40:03,650 --> 00:40:06,300 about securing permission for the recording 392 00:40:06,300 --> 00:40:08,760 she invited our choir to come to Selma 393 00:40:08,760 --> 00:40:12,940 to sing for the 45th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights 394 00:40:12,940 --> 00:40:14,000 march. 395 00:40:14,000 --> 00:40:17,390 She was the lead organizer. 396 00:40:17,390 --> 00:40:20,350 Our friends from Corinthian Baptist Church, 397 00:40:20,350 --> 00:40:23,410 a predominantly African American congregation in Nashville 398 00:40:23,410 --> 00:40:24,860 with whom we have been celebrating 399 00:40:24,860 --> 00:40:28,990 MLK Sunday for the past 20 years enthusiastically 400 00:40:28,990 --> 00:40:34,900 accepted our invitation for a joint choir bus trip to Selma. 401 00:40:34,900 --> 00:40:37,090 We set out early on a March Saturday 402 00:40:37,090 --> 00:40:40,210 morning, making our first stop at the Civil Rights 403 00:40:40,210 --> 00:40:43,190 Museum in Birmingham. 404 00:40:43,190 --> 00:40:46,440 It was in that museum that the cracks in the walls between us 405 00:40:46,440 --> 00:40:48,980 began to open. 406 00:40:48,980 --> 00:40:52,500 When confronted with the iconic white and colored water 407 00:40:52,500 --> 00:40:56,090 fountains the stories of lived experience 408 00:40:56,090 --> 00:41:01,660 of racism and segregation began to flow like a river. 409 00:41:01,660 --> 00:41:04,610 No longer were these stories I had simply read or seen 410 00:41:04,610 --> 00:41:09,790 movies about, they were and are the stories of people I know, 411 00:41:09,790 --> 00:41:12,800 people I have come to love. 412 00:41:12,800 --> 00:41:15,130 A woman from Corinthian Church told the story 413 00:41:15,130 --> 00:41:17,820 of how she, as a young pregnant woman, 414 00:41:17,820 --> 00:41:22,350 was forced to give up her seat on a bus to a white woman. 415 00:41:22,350 --> 00:41:26,270 She told of her pain, her embarrassment, her shame 416 00:41:26,270 --> 00:41:31,870 and her anger at God that such a thing could have happened. 417 00:41:31,870 --> 00:41:35,150 But in spite of her pain she reached out in love, 418 00:41:35,150 --> 00:41:39,270 finding the courage to affirm her own somebodyness, 419 00:41:39,270 --> 00:41:43,030 sharing her story. 420 00:41:43,030 --> 00:41:44,455 On Sunday morning of that weekend 421 00:41:44,455 --> 00:41:47,220 we boarded the buses for the journey from Montgomery 422 00:41:47,220 --> 00:41:49,310 to Selma. 423 00:41:49,310 --> 00:41:53,530 Along the way we told stories of the March 45 years earlier. 424 00:41:53,530 --> 00:41:57,460 We remembered Viola Liuzzo and James Reed. 425 00:41:57,460 --> 00:42:00,720 We honored the life of Jimmy Lee Jackson whose death 426 00:42:00,720 --> 00:42:03,620 was the catalyst for the march. 427 00:42:03,620 --> 00:42:07,000 We sang and we prayed and we remembered. 428 00:42:07,000 --> 00:42:10,270 But in the midst of it all we didn't notice the detour sign 429 00:42:10,270 --> 00:42:12,290 that would have directed us to the church where 430 00:42:12,290 --> 00:42:16,300 we were supposed to gather. 431 00:42:16,300 --> 00:42:19,390 Our bus eventually made its way to the foot of the Edmund 432 00:42:19,390 --> 00:42:23,990 Pettus Bridge only to find it blockaded by police 433 00:42:23,990 --> 00:42:27,180 in the very same spot where National Guardsmen had beaten 434 00:42:27,180 --> 00:42:32,240 back that first group of protesters 45 years earlier. 435 00:42:32,240 --> 00:42:36,400 The bus got very quiet as the officers 436 00:42:36,400 --> 00:42:39,820 approached and asked our intentions. 437 00:42:39,820 --> 00:42:42,040 We told them where we were headed. 438 00:42:42,040 --> 00:42:43,924 After a brief conference the officers 439 00:42:43,924 --> 00:42:45,590 informed us that they would be giving us 440 00:42:45,590 --> 00:42:47,480 an escort to the church. 441 00:42:47,480 --> 00:42:50,900 And two officers one white and one black 442 00:42:50,900 --> 00:42:53,960 fired up the lights and the sirens on their motorcycles 443 00:42:53,960 --> 00:42:57,010 and took us across that river into Selma 444 00:42:57,010 --> 00:43:00,440 like we really were somebody. 445 00:43:00,440 --> 00:43:03,330 In relief and glee at the way times have changed, 446 00:43:03,330 --> 00:43:08,720 our bus broke out into laughter and song. 447 00:43:08,720 --> 00:43:11,210 Something happened that day as we marched and sang 448 00:43:11,210 --> 00:43:14,170 with over 30,000 souls who also claimed 449 00:43:14,170 --> 00:43:17,050 there somebodyness that afternoon. 450 00:43:17,050 --> 00:43:19,410 Love reached out and helped us write 451 00:43:19,410 --> 00:43:24,160 a new chapter in a story that has no end. 452 00:43:24,160 --> 00:43:26,660 Now, the relationship between our two churches 453 00:43:26,660 --> 00:43:29,300 is not always easy. 454 00:43:29,300 --> 00:43:31,720 But those of us who were there for those momentous days 455 00:43:31,720 --> 00:43:35,850 know that we were changed simply by showing up. 456 00:43:35,850 --> 00:43:37,480 We were changed by the vulnerability 457 00:43:37,480 --> 00:43:43,170 we shared with one another, by the power of music and memory. 458 00:43:43,170 --> 00:43:46,760 We were changed by our love for one another. 459 00:43:46,760 --> 00:43:48,770 We were changed by that river that 460 00:43:48,770 --> 00:43:56,100 flowed into, among, and through us. 461 00:43:56,100 --> 00:44:30,600 [SINGING THERE'S A RIVER FLOWING IN MY SOUL] 462 00:44:30,600 --> 00:44:31,600 Speaker 2: In my heart-- 463 00:44:31,600 --> 00:45:07,816 [SINGING] 464 00:45:07,816 --> 00:45:10,440 Speaker 2: Flowing in my mind-- 465 00:45:10,440 --> 00:46:34,340 [SINGING] 466 00:46:34,340 --> 00:46:37,840 Speaker 3: I am also a lay member of All Souls Church 467 00:46:37,840 --> 00:46:40,300 Unitarian in Washington, DC. 468 00:46:40,300 --> 00:46:43,090 And was part of the group that journeyed 469 00:46:43,090 --> 00:46:46,950 to Ghana just eight months ago. 470 00:46:46,950 --> 00:46:52,770 Like TaQueena, the ancestors whispered my name also 471 00:46:52,770 --> 00:46:58,260 and called me to take that trip to West Africa. 472 00:46:58,260 --> 00:47:00,750 It was during the darkness of the 12 hour plane ride 473 00:47:00,750 --> 00:47:03,860 over the Atlantic when it really sank in 474 00:47:03,860 --> 00:47:07,540 that I was connecting my distinctly African 475 00:47:07,540 --> 00:47:11,240 American identity with the cultural experience 476 00:47:11,240 --> 00:47:14,340 of my African ancestors. 477 00:47:14,340 --> 00:47:16,980 You see, as part of my preparation I took a DNA 478 00:47:16,980 --> 00:47:21,200 test to locate the ancestors who carried my family 479 00:47:21,200 --> 00:47:24,580 blood on the African continent. 480 00:47:24,580 --> 00:47:29,210 During that long plane ride it was if they were saying to me, 481 00:47:29,210 --> 00:47:32,530 hush child quiet your mind. 482 00:47:32,530 --> 00:47:36,085 It's time for you to understand that your story is 483 00:47:36,085 --> 00:47:38,720 in the context of our experience. 484 00:47:38,720 --> 00:47:43,940 It's time to dig deeper into the source of your optimism, 485 00:47:43,940 --> 00:47:47,780 your tenacity, courage, and creativity. 486 00:47:47,780 --> 00:47:53,480 Our well of wisdom, it never runs dry. 487 00:47:53,480 --> 00:47:56,130 They were saying to me it's time that you figured out 488 00:47:56,130 --> 00:47:58,630 how our experience as Africans can 489 00:47:58,630 --> 00:48:03,480 be of use to you in your current life. 490 00:48:03,480 --> 00:48:05,380 There were many powerful realizations 491 00:48:05,380 --> 00:48:07,500 that shaped our trip. 492 00:48:07,500 --> 00:48:09,540 But what made each of them more special 493 00:48:09,540 --> 00:48:13,720 was the fact that we chose to study and reflect 494 00:48:13,720 --> 00:48:19,490 as African American Unitarian Universalists who chose 495 00:48:19,490 --> 00:48:25,420 and continue to choose this community, this faith, as a way 496 00:48:25,420 --> 00:48:29,180 to understand ourselves, our relationships, 497 00:48:29,180 --> 00:48:32,280 and the world in which we live. 498 00:48:32,280 --> 00:48:35,030 It so often happens when you spend six months getting 499 00:48:35,030 --> 00:48:38,730 to a small group of people, we connected 500 00:48:38,730 --> 00:48:42,300 on many beautiful and different levels. 501 00:48:42,300 --> 00:48:45,510 We learned how to listen to each other's struggles 502 00:48:45,510 --> 00:48:50,390 and how to hold them as if they were precious gems. 503 00:48:50,390 --> 00:48:54,800 And we learned that we needed rituals. 504 00:48:54,800 --> 00:48:57,790 This became most obvious on last three days of our trip, 505 00:48:57,790 --> 00:49:01,800 when we traced the footsteps of Africans 506 00:49:01,800 --> 00:49:04,470 making their way to the ships that took them 507 00:49:04,470 --> 00:49:07,130 across the Middle Passage. 508 00:49:07,130 --> 00:49:09,240 As my sister to Taqueena just noted, 509 00:49:09,240 --> 00:49:13,480 we found ourselves standing literally 510 00:49:13,480 --> 00:49:17,230 on the blood, sweat, and tears of our ancestors. 511 00:49:17,230 --> 00:49:20,340 And in each of those dreadful places 512 00:49:20,340 --> 00:49:26,260 we found ourselves in need of a ritual to sustain us. 513 00:49:26,260 --> 00:49:29,410 Some of you probably know the work of the famed cognitive 514 00:49:29,410 --> 00:49:31,990 neuroscientist, Donald Merlin. 515 00:49:31,990 --> 00:49:35,880 He reminds us that our dance and song 516 00:49:35,880 --> 00:49:41,260 are thought to be the first forms of symbolic expression. 517 00:49:41,260 --> 00:49:44,930 So it's no wonder that in that place, when our task was 518 00:49:44,930 --> 00:49:50,180 to bear witness to the struggle of our ancestors, 519 00:49:50,180 --> 00:49:53,430 we found great need to hold each other. 520 00:49:53,430 --> 00:49:55,770 And we needed to sing. 521 00:49:55,770 --> 00:49:57,570 It was as if our thoughts and emotions 522 00:49:57,570 --> 00:50:02,150 were placed in a blender and turned to stir. 523 00:50:02,150 --> 00:50:05,060 Our emotions, yeah, they were knowable, 524 00:50:05,060 --> 00:50:07,720 but they were also confusing. 525 00:50:07,720 --> 00:50:11,790 We were proud that our people could survive such cruelty 526 00:50:11,790 --> 00:50:14,590 and horrified, just horrified, that they 527 00:50:14,590 --> 00:50:17,670 were made to experience it. 528 00:50:17,670 --> 00:50:21,600 We felt bewildered, angry, resentful, and more times 529 00:50:21,600 --> 00:50:24,860 than we wanted to admit, we were just furious 530 00:50:24,860 --> 00:50:29,260 that this form of emotionally numbing systematic logic 531 00:50:29,260 --> 00:50:34,500 was wildly thought as practices of good and morally principled 532 00:50:34,500 --> 00:50:36,730 people. 533 00:50:36,730 --> 00:50:39,930 It was in those moments that the theology of Unitarian 534 00:50:39,930 --> 00:50:43,290 Universalism expressed itself most clearly. 535 00:50:43,290 --> 00:50:46,080 And it manifested itself in the form 536 00:50:46,080 --> 00:50:50,270 of our hymn, Spirit of Life. 537 00:50:50,270 --> 00:50:56,510 The words, roots hold me close, wings set me free, 538 00:50:56,510 --> 00:50:59,060 took on a whole new meaning. 539 00:50:59,060 --> 00:51:04,890 For our feet were touching human carnage, while at the same time 540 00:51:04,890 --> 00:51:09,790 the optimism and our wings lifted our spirits. 541 00:51:09,790 --> 00:51:13,250 We knew that if we allowed our anger and deep disappointment 542 00:51:13,250 --> 00:51:16,300 to turn inward, it would result in pushing us 543 00:51:16,300 --> 00:51:19,860 into a downward spiral that would be very, very 544 00:51:19,860 --> 00:51:22,160 difficult to reverse. 545 00:51:22,160 --> 00:51:25,250 Those words, those sentiments, helped 546 00:51:25,250 --> 00:51:30,230 us to bear witness to the tenacity of our ancestors. 547 00:51:30,230 --> 00:51:33,520 We sang because we needed a ritual 548 00:51:33,520 --> 00:51:38,530 to support us in this tender place of hopelessness. 549 00:51:38,530 --> 00:51:40,270 We sang because it was the only way 550 00:51:40,270 --> 00:51:45,160 to sit with our feelings of inadequacy, anger, shame, 551 00:51:45,160 --> 00:51:47,470 and yes, pride. 552 00:51:47,470 --> 00:51:50,290 We sang in order to bear witness to those 553 00:51:50,290 --> 00:51:54,970 who bore the long days and the long nights of suffering 554 00:51:54,970 --> 00:51:57,120 in that space. 555 00:51:57,120 --> 00:52:02,940 We sang because sometimes when your head and your heart 556 00:52:02,940 --> 00:52:06,100 feel like strangers to each other, 557 00:52:06,100 --> 00:52:09,800 the only thing left is to pull you forward 558 00:52:09,800 --> 00:52:15,660 inside the words of Spirit of Life. 559 00:52:15,660 --> 00:52:21,180 (SINGING) Roots hold me close, wings set me free. 560 00:52:21,180 --> 00:52:25,370 Spirit of life, come to me. 561 00:52:25,370 --> 00:52:50,065 Come to me. 562 00:52:50,065 --> 00:58:44,960 [SINGING WHEN I SEE THE WATER] 563 00:58:44,960 --> 00:59:11,880 Speaker 2: Let's meet together in silence for a bit. 564 00:59:11,880 --> 00:59:16,390 And so the stories come down through time. 565 00:59:16,390 --> 00:59:21,270 They splash on the shore of the present moment. 566 00:59:21,270 --> 00:59:25,700 Stories from every tradition in every culture and every circle 567 00:59:25,700 --> 00:59:29,000 of people. 568 00:59:29,000 --> 00:59:33,640 Stories that are the powers of the waters 569 00:59:33,640 --> 00:59:37,420 to cleanse away all the clings to us. 570 00:59:37,420 --> 00:59:42,940 To sign our tears and outcry, especially when 571 00:59:42,940 --> 00:59:46,550 the shadow of death falls not just on our own streets, 572 00:59:46,550 --> 00:59:51,390 but on other nations of the world. 573 00:59:51,390 --> 00:59:59,120 Like Thailand and Ukraine, and especially now Iraq. 574 00:59:59,120 --> 01:00:04,210 To quench a thirst that parches the spirit, to heal and soothe 575 01:00:04,210 --> 01:00:10,360 with mineral and heat to bring green to dry places. 576 01:00:10,360 --> 01:00:13,890 To surge with power, reminding us 577 01:00:13,890 --> 01:00:18,230 of the limits of our control. 578 01:00:18,230 --> 01:00:23,840 So now, oh love, flow like the waters. 579 01:00:23,840 --> 01:00:28,680 The waters from which and through which we were born. 580 01:00:28,680 --> 01:00:30,980 Cleanse our words and thoughts so 581 01:00:30,980 --> 01:00:37,970 that an attentive mindfulness washes away the habitual. 582 01:00:37,970 --> 01:00:40,550 Refresh us when we are thirsty. 583 01:00:40,550 --> 01:00:47,790 Go deep, for nothing that stays on the surface does much good. 584 01:00:47,790 --> 01:00:54,940 Soothe our bones, for we, too, need health and restoration. 585 01:00:54,940 --> 01:00:57,760 Green our dry places that we may remember 586 01:00:57,760 --> 01:01:04,780 that it is no sin to hunger for nourishment that is a real. 587 01:01:04,780 --> 01:01:07,110 Flood us with questions about our limits 588 01:01:07,110 --> 01:01:12,700 and about our next step, that we may dare to ask them. 589 01:01:12,700 --> 01:01:18,250 Let your waves wash away the false names granted us 590 01:01:18,250 --> 01:01:26,620 by a fearful society, that we may hush, hush. 591 01:01:26,620 --> 01:01:34,750 And in that quiet receive our true and deepest names. 592 01:01:34,750 --> 01:01:37,610 And poor us now, like clear water, 593 01:01:37,610 --> 01:01:43,690 into the bowl of common life, that we may flow together 594 01:01:43,690 --> 01:01:49,565 for each other and with each other. 595 01:01:49,565 --> 01:02:11,750 Amen. 596 01:02:11,750 --> 01:02:25,820 [SINGING HOLY WATERS] 597 01:02:25,820 --> 01:02:43,990 Speaker 3: Sing that with us. 598 01:02:43,990 --> 01:02:47,710 Speaker 2: I pour this water as an anticipation 599 01:02:47,710 --> 01:02:50,910 of the tears that need to flow, not 600 01:02:50,910 --> 01:02:55,960 just from the guy in the ditch, but from the cleric 601 01:02:55,960 --> 01:02:59,680 and the assistant and the Samaritan, as well. 602 01:02:59,680 --> 01:03:02,310 To wash the path before us. 603 01:03:02,310 --> 01:03:06,966 Holy Waters, make us new. 604 01:03:06,966 --> 01:03:38,610 [SINGING HOLY WATERS] 605 01:03:38,610 --> 01:03:43,560 Speaker 4: I pour water brought from the slave river, 606 01:03:43,560 --> 01:03:47,350 in remembrance of those ancestors who died, 607 01:03:47,350 --> 01:03:51,820 and those who survived the Middle Passage. 608 01:03:51,820 --> 01:03:55,890 May their sacrifice inspire all of us 609 01:03:55,890 --> 01:04:09,370 to bold love and justice for all. 610 01:04:09,370 --> 01:04:41,937 [SINGING HOLY WATERS] 611 01:04:41,937 --> 01:04:43,770 Speaker 1: We learned how to listen and hear 612 01:04:43,770 --> 01:04:48,010 each other's struggles, and how to hold them 613 01:04:48,010 --> 01:04:51,020 as if they were precious jewels. 614 01:04:51,020 --> 01:04:54,580 And we learned that we needed rituals. 615 01:04:54,580 --> 01:04:58,270 There is healing in the water. 616 01:04:58,270 --> 01:05:08,340 Holy Water from Ghana, make us free. 617 01:05:08,340 --> 01:05:39,450 [SINGING HOLY WATERS] 618 01:05:39,450 --> 01:05:42,180 Speaker 5: Here in Providence, Rhode Island, 619 01:05:42,180 --> 01:05:46,830 the epicenter of the slave trade here in the United States 620 01:05:46,830 --> 01:05:50,090 for many years, I pour this water 621 01:05:50,090 --> 01:05:53,220 in remembrance of those ancestors 622 01:05:53,220 --> 01:05:58,570 who profited from the slave trade and the slave economy. 623 01:05:58,570 --> 01:06:04,150 May our love now, in our cry and our work for justice, 624 01:06:04,150 --> 01:06:11,150 transform that sorrowful legacy into humanity and wholeness. 625 01:06:11,150 --> 01:06:21,870 Holy Waters, make us one. 626 01:06:21,870 --> 01:07:41,560 [SINGING HOLY WATERS] 627 01:07:41,560 --> 01:07:46,080 Speaker 5: And now we move into the business of the day, 628 01:07:46,080 --> 01:07:47,800 into our busyness. 629 01:07:47,800 --> 01:07:51,330 Days full of important conversations 630 01:07:51,330 --> 01:07:55,100 and reflections, tasks and schedules. 631 01:07:55,100 --> 01:07:59,330 Days full of chance after chance to practice 632 01:07:59,330 --> 01:08:04,530 love, to practice giving and receiving love. 633 01:08:04,530 --> 01:08:09,550 Today may we noticed when love reaches out, 634 01:08:09,550 --> 01:08:12,910 and allow it to transform us. 635 01:08:12,910 --> 01:08:16,279 Today may we notice when the eyes of a stranger 636 01:08:16,279 --> 01:08:19,359 become those of a friend. 637 01:08:19,359 --> 01:08:21,609 May we choose to be silent when we 638 01:08:21,609 --> 01:08:25,220 might have spoken in an all-knowing voice, 639 01:08:25,220 --> 01:08:29,330 and see what we might learn. 640 01:08:29,330 --> 01:08:33,760 May human suffering cause our hearts to break open, 641 01:08:33,760 --> 01:08:37,050 and not to steel themselves closed. 642 01:08:37,050 --> 01:08:42,100 May we allow ourselves to be saved and saving, redeemer 643 01:08:42,100 --> 01:08:45,120 and redeemed, lover and beloved. 644 01:08:45,120 --> 01:08:48,580 May the waters of love which have washed down 645 01:08:48,580 --> 01:08:52,240 upon us from places of mystery and depth 646 01:08:52,240 --> 01:08:55,450 we can't begin to name, bless us. 647 01:08:55,450 --> 01:08:59,160 And as we are blessed, may we offer that blessing, 648 01:08:59,160 --> 01:09:03,649 allowing the flow to continue unimpeded. 649 01:09:03,649 --> 01:09:07,880 Even as we extinguish the flame of this chalice, may 650 01:09:07,880 --> 01:09:13,640 the flame of love burn bright in ourselves, in our words, 651 01:09:13,640 --> 01:09:14,670 in our prayers. 652 01:09:14,670 --> 01:09:18,410 May love be our chalice. 653 01:09:18,410 --> 01:09:22,250 Amen and blessed be. 654 01:09:22,250 --> 01:09:23,625 Speaker 3: Friends, we invite you 655 01:09:23,625 --> 01:09:26,290 to rise in body or in spirit, and join in our closing hymn, 656 01:09:26,290 --> 01:09:41,340 Blue Boat Home. 657 01:09:41,340 --> 01:09:45,410 [SINGING BLUE BOAT HOME] 658 01:09:45,410 --> 01:13:24,054