1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:06,110 2 00:00:06,110 --> 00:00:08,510 Terasa G Cooley: So I am the program and strategy 3 00:00:08,510 --> 00:00:10,930 officer at the UUA, and what that means 4 00:00:10,930 --> 00:00:14,600 is that I'm responsible for overseeing all of our program 5 00:00:14,600 --> 00:00:18,380 offices as well as helping us to begin 6 00:00:18,380 --> 00:00:20,040 some new strategic initiatives. 7 00:00:20,040 --> 00:00:24,540 And I find it to be an incredibly helpful confluence 8 00:00:24,540 --> 00:00:28,880 to be able to work at the things that are ongoing which 9 00:00:28,880 --> 00:00:31,600 are important to you and your congregations, 10 00:00:31,600 --> 00:00:34,570 but also to help those things move forward and look forward 11 00:00:34,570 --> 00:00:36,940 in time, and to see where things are going 12 00:00:36,940 --> 00:00:38,430 to be going into the future. 13 00:00:38,430 --> 00:00:40,480 And so some of you may have read the article 14 00:00:40,480 --> 00:00:42,690 that I put into the world recently 15 00:00:42,690 --> 00:00:45,043 which helps explain some of that. 16 00:00:45,043 --> 00:00:47,479 Tom asked me right before the workshop, 17 00:00:47,479 --> 00:00:49,270 is this going to be your same Congregations 18 00:00:49,270 --> 00:00:50,103 and Beyond workshop? 19 00:00:50,103 --> 00:00:53,160 And actually, it's not. 20 00:00:53,160 --> 00:00:55,522 There are going to be some kind of similar concepts. 21 00:00:55,522 --> 00:00:56,980 But one of the things I appreciated 22 00:00:56,980 --> 00:00:59,670 about doing this in this kind of way 23 00:00:59,670 --> 00:01:02,610 is that initially I was thinking I would do Congregations 24 00:01:02,610 --> 00:01:05,040 and Beyond with kind of a theological gloss. 25 00:01:05,040 --> 00:01:07,010 And then as I went into it, I realized 26 00:01:07,010 --> 00:01:09,710 that I've done that a lot recently, and a lot of you 27 00:01:09,710 --> 00:01:12,130 have seen that, and you've read the article. 28 00:01:12,130 --> 00:01:14,130 And I also became really intrigued 29 00:01:14,130 --> 00:01:17,210 with trying to go deeper into Universalism again. 30 00:01:17,210 --> 00:01:20,610 It was a real pleasure to go back and read these things 31 00:01:20,610 --> 00:01:23,260 that I had not read for a really long time 32 00:01:23,260 --> 00:01:25,460 and to do theological work again. 33 00:01:25,460 --> 00:01:28,260 So I like to think that what I do always 34 00:01:28,260 --> 00:01:31,340 stands in a theological place, but I haven't really 35 00:01:31,340 --> 00:01:33,590 explicitly had to do that work in a while. 36 00:01:33,590 --> 00:01:35,120 So it's been really wonderful for me 37 00:01:35,120 --> 00:01:37,320 to go back and look at these things. 38 00:01:37,320 --> 00:01:40,060 And one of the things that I found 39 00:01:40,060 --> 00:01:44,010 as I was researching again is that the time 40 00:01:44,010 --> 00:01:46,720 of the founding of Universalism-- 41 00:01:46,720 --> 00:01:50,150 and that's a pretty broad expansive time, 42 00:01:50,150 --> 00:01:54,250 around that 50-year period where a lot of that huge upheaval 43 00:01:54,250 --> 00:01:57,100 of Universalism happened in the beginning-- 44 00:01:57,100 --> 00:02:00,670 is remarkably parallel to the culture shifts 45 00:02:00,670 --> 00:02:02,990 that we're going through right now. 46 00:02:02,990 --> 00:02:05,180 And I found that just really, really 47 00:02:05,180 --> 00:02:08,080 interesting, that the kinds of things 48 00:02:08,080 --> 00:02:13,350 that prompted what I think of as revolutionary theological 49 00:02:13,350 --> 00:02:17,870 thought-- which is what Universalism was at the time-- 50 00:02:17,870 --> 00:02:20,840 are also the kinds of culture changes 51 00:02:20,840 --> 00:02:23,050 that we are going through right now, 52 00:02:23,050 --> 00:02:26,180 which I think are prompting us to think about things 53 00:02:26,180 --> 00:02:29,280 in extremely different kinds of ways. 54 00:02:29,280 --> 00:02:32,170 And I think that Universalism offers us 55 00:02:32,170 --> 00:02:38,540 a challenge, a promise to take our message into the world 56 00:02:38,540 --> 00:02:41,870 in an entirely new and different way. 57 00:02:41,870 --> 00:02:44,450 And I hope that we are up to that challenge, 58 00:02:44,450 --> 00:02:46,310 and I hope that some of what you see today 59 00:02:46,310 --> 00:02:48,730 will inspire you to move in those directions. 60 00:02:48,730 --> 00:02:55,440 I know that I felt dismayed when I read a lot of this history, 61 00:02:55,440 --> 00:03:00,180 feeling like we have never begun at all to live up 62 00:03:00,180 --> 00:03:02,880 to the promise of Universalism. 63 00:03:02,880 --> 00:03:04,740 And it's time for us to do that. 64 00:03:04,740 --> 00:03:07,800 And that's a huge legacy that we are carrying, 65 00:03:07,800 --> 00:03:09,990 and I think that we're in good position 66 00:03:09,990 --> 00:03:13,530 right now to start moving into a new expression of Universalism 67 00:03:13,530 --> 00:03:16,290 that could be incredibly helpful and healing 68 00:03:16,290 --> 00:03:18,750 for the world that needs it. 69 00:03:18,750 --> 00:03:20,540 So I'm going to talk just a little bit 70 00:03:20,540 --> 00:03:22,260 about some of these parallels. 71 00:03:22,260 --> 00:03:24,870 And there were a bunch more, but I'm 72 00:03:24,870 --> 00:03:26,780 going to try to focus on a few. 73 00:03:26,780 --> 00:03:32,271 One is the time of the beginning of Universalism 74 00:03:32,271 --> 00:03:34,650 and the time that we are in now are 75 00:03:34,650 --> 00:03:38,520 times of great foment and division. 76 00:03:38,520 --> 00:03:41,170 Obviously, there was revolutionary war, 77 00:03:41,170 --> 00:03:44,140 there were many other conflicts happening before that 78 00:03:44,140 --> 00:03:46,910 both within church and within states. 79 00:03:46,910 --> 00:03:51,835 Times when people really had no idea what the ground was 80 00:03:51,835 --> 00:03:55,160 that they stood upon in the sense 81 00:03:55,160 --> 00:03:58,610 that people were often coming from other countries 82 00:03:58,610 --> 00:04:03,460 and other cultures, and also in times of great conflict, 83 00:04:03,460 --> 00:04:08,610 and not quite sure who their allegiance laid with. 84 00:04:08,610 --> 00:04:11,200 So it was just a time when we could 85 00:04:11,200 --> 00:04:16,420 see that people were forced to choose some things-- 86 00:04:16,420 --> 00:04:20,800 either to participate in the conflictual way, 87 00:04:20,800 --> 00:04:25,020 or to instead put out a different vision. 88 00:04:25,020 --> 00:04:31,010 And I think they we're actually in a similar place right now. 89 00:04:31,010 --> 00:04:33,580 We have just a little bit of division in our culture. 90 00:04:33,580 --> 00:04:34,850 Are you feeling it? 91 00:04:34,850 --> 00:04:36,750 I see a hand. 92 00:04:36,750 --> 00:04:41,250 And it is a time when people feel forced to make a choice, 93 00:04:41,250 --> 00:04:42,650 right? 94 00:04:42,650 --> 00:04:45,500 And it is a time when I think that we 95 00:04:45,500 --> 00:04:49,110 have an obligation, theologically and spiritually, 96 00:04:49,110 --> 00:04:52,790 to not participate in those false choices. 97 00:04:52,790 --> 00:04:57,260 To be able to offer something different besides yes or no, 98 00:04:57,260 --> 00:05:00,490 red or blue-- any of the polarities which 99 00:05:00,490 --> 00:05:03,342 our culture would like to force upon us. 100 00:05:03,342 --> 00:05:05,780 And so I think that what's coming out 101 00:05:05,780 --> 00:05:09,440 right now in our culture is a great opportunity 102 00:05:09,440 --> 00:05:11,950 to move beyond these divisions and to find 103 00:05:11,950 --> 00:05:15,600 a different way of expressing what's most important not 104 00:05:15,600 --> 00:05:18,460 just to us as Unitarian Universalists, 105 00:05:18,460 --> 00:05:21,900 but to the world, to what the world needs now, 106 00:05:21,900 --> 00:05:25,050 to quote a much used song. 107 00:05:25,050 --> 00:05:28,150 So another thing that was happening 108 00:05:28,150 --> 00:05:30,500 at the time of the beginnings of Universalism 109 00:05:30,500 --> 00:05:34,670 was this incredible awareness of the wider world that 110 00:05:34,670 --> 00:05:37,870 started to happen with the confluence of cultures. 111 00:05:37,870 --> 00:05:41,220 That after a period of-- stability 112 00:05:41,220 --> 00:05:43,400 would not be the right word, but a place 113 00:05:43,400 --> 00:05:46,760 where people were immersed in there cultures for centuries 114 00:05:46,760 --> 00:05:49,520 suddenly coming into contact with different cultures 115 00:05:49,520 --> 00:05:51,900 in a very visceral kind of way. 116 00:05:51,900 --> 00:05:53,740 And so I think that it's no accident 117 00:05:53,740 --> 00:05:57,400 that it was on American soil where Universalism really 118 00:05:57,400 --> 00:05:59,710 blossomed for that reason. 119 00:05:59,710 --> 00:06:03,150 That people could step away from their cultures 120 00:06:03,150 --> 00:06:06,700 and encounter another culture in a way that was not just 121 00:06:06,700 --> 00:06:10,420 about let me read about it in a book, not just about-- frankly 122 00:06:10,420 --> 00:06:12,890 at the time, there were those horrible instances 123 00:06:12,890 --> 00:06:15,290 of bring another culture in as a sort of zoo 124 00:06:15,290 --> 00:06:17,300 that people could watch or a carnival 125 00:06:17,300 --> 00:06:19,040 that people could watch. 126 00:06:19,040 --> 00:06:24,020 Instead, people were enabled to be in a closer relationship-- 127 00:06:24,020 --> 00:06:26,720 not always respectfully, but certainly on the more 128 00:06:26,720 --> 00:06:30,260 day to day basis, encountering people who 129 00:06:30,260 --> 00:06:33,329 are very different from them culturally. 130 00:06:33,329 --> 00:06:34,870 And I think that also-- and I'm going 131 00:06:34,870 --> 00:06:37,730 to talk in more detail about this-- also 132 00:06:37,730 --> 00:06:41,080 I think prompted some of our most profound Universalist 133 00:06:41,080 --> 00:06:43,080 concepts. 134 00:06:43,080 --> 00:06:46,630 And are we in that kind of place now? 135 00:06:46,630 --> 00:06:49,740 Are we in that kind of place where we suddenly 136 00:06:49,740 --> 00:06:53,420 understand ourselves as part of a larger whole in a way that 137 00:06:53,420 --> 00:06:57,260 just really wasn't in our consciousness as much 138 00:06:57,260 --> 00:07:00,840 even 10 years ago, even perhaps five years ago? 139 00:07:00,840 --> 00:07:03,620 How many of you have Facebook accounts? 140 00:07:03,620 --> 00:07:05,670 A good number of you. 141 00:07:05,670 --> 00:07:08,110 How many of you have friends-- whatever 142 00:07:08,110 --> 00:07:13,780 that means-- outside of the United States? 143 00:07:13,780 --> 00:07:18,900 And I bet you didn't have penpals before that, right? 144 00:07:18,900 --> 00:07:22,870 There's a way in which we're connected not just 145 00:07:22,870 --> 00:07:26,600 in awareness of things happening in the wider world, 146 00:07:26,600 --> 00:07:28,760 but also connected. 147 00:07:28,760 --> 00:07:31,760 I do have friends that I've made through Facebook 148 00:07:31,760 --> 00:07:32,750 internationally. 149 00:07:32,750 --> 00:07:34,300 Laura Greaves is one of them, who 150 00:07:34,300 --> 00:07:36,250 is sitting right here, where we first 151 00:07:36,250 --> 00:07:39,930 got to know each other literally via Facebook. 152 00:07:39,930 --> 00:07:43,940 So there is an encounter that's happening with other cultures 153 00:07:43,940 --> 00:07:47,690 now that holds incredible promise 154 00:07:47,690 --> 00:07:51,190 for a new blooming of Universalism in a way 155 00:07:51,190 --> 00:07:54,810 that we just simply didn't have access to before. 156 00:07:54,810 --> 00:07:59,700 And I'm going to talk some more about that in a bit. 157 00:07:59,700 --> 00:08:04,830 There are also these huge intellectual paradigm changes 158 00:08:04,830 --> 00:08:06,310 that were happening. 159 00:08:06,310 --> 00:08:08,640 So the whole concept of the Enlightenment, 160 00:08:08,640 --> 00:08:13,610 the whole concept of being able to-- the Unitarian notions 161 00:08:13,610 --> 00:08:17,560 of being able to read the Bible and understand it for yourself, 162 00:08:17,560 --> 00:08:20,680 and be able to make your own intellectual decisions 163 00:08:20,680 --> 00:08:22,830 and your own spiritual decisions, 164 00:08:22,830 --> 00:08:26,550 and to understand that you have the right and the ability 165 00:08:26,550 --> 00:08:32,549 to do that as an individual was a wildly new concept coming out 166 00:08:32,549 --> 00:08:35,159 at the time of the birth of Universalism. 167 00:08:35,159 --> 00:08:38,059 And Universalism took that and ran with it 168 00:08:38,059 --> 00:08:42,460 in profound ways-- not just intellectually 169 00:08:42,460 --> 00:08:45,510 in terms of the intellectual centers of the world, not just 170 00:08:45,510 --> 00:08:49,360 academically, but in everyday kinds of ways. 171 00:08:49,360 --> 00:08:53,720 People felt empowered to really understand 172 00:08:53,720 --> 00:08:57,390 the world around them-- obviously through new media, 173 00:08:57,390 --> 00:09:00,710 in this case books-- to be able to make some 174 00:09:00,710 --> 00:09:03,430 of their own decisions about their lives and their values 175 00:09:03,430 --> 00:09:05,430 and what was most important to them 176 00:09:05,430 --> 00:09:08,640 in a way that was really unprecedented from even 50 177 00:09:08,640 --> 00:09:14,260 years earlier than this period of blossoming of Universalism. 178 00:09:14,260 --> 00:09:20,726 And we are in yet another paradigm shift. 179 00:09:20,726 --> 00:09:21,750 A Total. 180 00:09:21,750 --> 00:09:25,980 Paradigm shift is happening where the very way 181 00:09:25,980 --> 00:09:30,371 our brains work is changing. 182 00:09:30,371 --> 00:09:32,950 The very way in which we understand and take 183 00:09:32,950 --> 00:09:37,880 in information and process meaning in the world 184 00:09:37,880 --> 00:09:41,120 is changing right in front of us. 185 00:09:41,120 --> 00:09:47,190 And that, too, represents an enormous potential for us 186 00:09:47,190 --> 00:09:52,430 to bring a new wave of Universalism into the world. 187 00:09:52,430 --> 00:09:54,480 So these are just a few of the parallels 188 00:09:54,480 --> 00:10:00,795 that I witnessed as I was going back through this history. 189 00:10:00,795 --> 00:10:02,730 But before I go very much further, 190 00:10:02,730 --> 00:10:05,540 I want to talk about what I mean by Universalism. 191 00:10:05,540 --> 00:10:08,090 And my esteemed colleague, Stefan Jonasson 192 00:10:08,090 --> 00:10:10,765 put together this lovely list of four kind 193 00:10:10,765 --> 00:10:13,200 of core principles of Universalism 194 00:10:13,200 --> 00:10:18,330 that I want to offer as what I'm trying to put forth here. 195 00:10:18,330 --> 00:10:23,730 That whatever else God may or may not be, that God is love. 196 00:10:23,730 --> 00:10:27,390 That even if we don't have a belief in a personal God 197 00:10:27,390 --> 00:10:31,390 or even a general kind of God or a not very personal God, 198 00:10:31,390 --> 00:10:33,795 we can still believe in power of love, 199 00:10:33,795 --> 00:10:37,370 and we know that it is bigger than ourselves. 200 00:10:37,370 --> 00:10:41,690 Does that resonate? 201 00:10:41,690 --> 00:10:45,330 And that no one of us-- no individual 202 00:10:45,330 --> 00:10:49,390 and no larger tradition, no line of thought-- 203 00:10:49,390 --> 00:10:55,790 possess the whole truth, has a complete claim for that truth, 204 00:10:55,790 --> 00:10:59,020 but that each grasps a piece of what is true-- 205 00:10:59,020 --> 00:11:02,270 and sometimes several such pieces-- and all of those 206 00:11:02,270 --> 00:11:05,390 can be honored as truth. 207 00:11:05,390 --> 00:11:09,440 It's true. 208 00:11:09,440 --> 00:11:12,260 That all people are sacred. 209 00:11:12,260 --> 00:11:14,380 Whether we call this inner divinity or simply 210 00:11:14,380 --> 00:11:18,290 human dignity, that everyone deserves 211 00:11:18,290 --> 00:11:20,350 to be treated with respect. 212 00:11:20,350 --> 00:11:23,830 And obviously, this goes to our core principle. 213 00:11:23,830 --> 00:11:27,840 All are worthy of honor and dignity. 214 00:11:27,840 --> 00:11:32,120 And that is probably the most challenging principle 215 00:11:32,120 --> 00:11:35,450 we have as Unitarian Universalists. 216 00:11:35,450 --> 00:11:37,616 And I remember Bill Schulz gave a lecture about this 217 00:11:37,616 --> 00:11:42,210 a couple years ago, and said when you go around the world 218 00:11:42,210 --> 00:11:45,310 and look at what's really happening in the world, 219 00:11:45,310 --> 00:11:48,220 can we really say-- can we really say 220 00:11:48,220 --> 00:11:53,940 that people possess inherent worth and dignity? 221 00:11:53,940 --> 00:11:58,570 And I don't want to live in a world where that's not true. 222 00:11:58,570 --> 00:12:00,252 I don't want to live in a world where 223 00:12:00,252 --> 00:12:02,340 we don't make that assumption. 224 00:12:02,340 --> 00:12:08,130 Whether they act on that or not is, 225 00:12:08,130 --> 00:12:10,745 I think, the more important kind of question. 226 00:12:10,745 --> 00:12:15,210 That do they have the potential, do they have aptitude, 227 00:12:15,210 --> 00:12:19,390 do they have the ability is, I think, 228 00:12:19,390 --> 00:12:26,450 a core Universalist principle that we bring forward. 229 00:12:26,450 --> 00:12:29,560 And that the same thing, whatever it might be, 230 00:12:29,560 --> 00:12:31,810 awaits all of us. 231 00:12:31,810 --> 00:12:33,945 And by this, I mean to say-- and I think, Stefan, 232 00:12:33,945 --> 00:12:36,210 maybe I'm putting words into Stefan's mouth--- 233 00:12:36,210 --> 00:12:41,180 but that we are united in our human destiny. 234 00:12:41,180 --> 00:12:45,190 We are united in our destiny, and we have an obligation 235 00:12:45,190 --> 00:12:49,810 to help our entire humanity to inhabit 236 00:12:49,810 --> 00:12:54,350 a world that is worthy for all of us. 237 00:12:54,350 --> 00:12:58,220 Profound implications for this, in that sense. 238 00:12:58,220 --> 00:13:00,680 Does this resonate with you all about a good set 239 00:13:00,680 --> 00:13:01,990 of core principles? 240 00:13:01,990 --> 00:13:04,650 Thank you, Stefan, for-- and they're 241 00:13:04,650 --> 00:13:08,520 relatively brief for Stefan, which is great. 242 00:13:08,520 --> 00:13:12,930 [LAUGHTER] 243 00:13:12,930 --> 00:13:15,810 Terasa G Cooley: So I want to now 244 00:13:15,810 --> 00:13:18,130 drill down into some of the core concepts 245 00:13:18,130 --> 00:13:22,410 that I want to really celebrate as having potential 246 00:13:22,410 --> 00:13:25,820 not only which really brought about the birth of Universalism 247 00:13:25,820 --> 00:13:28,130 in a profound way, but also have the potential 248 00:13:28,130 --> 00:13:32,130 to bring about something in today's world 249 00:13:32,130 --> 00:13:35,900 that I think we can have huge advantage of. 250 00:13:35,900 --> 00:13:39,470 So I know I'm supposed to be doing the John Murray lecture, 251 00:13:39,470 --> 00:13:41,910 but I love George de Benneville He's 252 00:13:41,910 --> 00:13:45,050 my absolute favorite Universalist. 253 00:13:45,050 --> 00:13:46,770 I love John Murray, too, especially 254 00:13:46,770 --> 00:13:48,342 that story about the stone. 255 00:13:48,342 --> 00:13:50,050 Do you remember the story about the stone 256 00:13:50,050 --> 00:13:52,190 where the rock comes flying through the window 257 00:13:52,190 --> 00:13:54,310 of the church, breaks the window, 258 00:13:54,310 --> 00:13:57,000 and comes right next to him in the pulpit. 259 00:13:57,000 --> 00:14:01,650 And he picks up the stone and he says, this argument is weighty, 260 00:14:01,650 --> 00:14:06,450 that it is not convincing. 261 00:14:06,450 --> 00:14:10,890 So I like that story, but I get chills every time I 262 00:14:10,890 --> 00:14:14,100 think about George de Benneville. 263 00:14:14,100 --> 00:14:16,920 And George de Benneville was this incredible itinerant 264 00:14:16,920 --> 00:14:19,930 who heads up different theological strands 265 00:14:19,930 --> 00:14:22,860 of Universalism through his travels through the world, 266 00:14:22,860 --> 00:14:26,630 and in fact was almost beheaded once because 267 00:14:26,630 --> 00:14:29,670 of his Universalist tendencies and the ways 268 00:14:29,670 --> 00:14:31,990 in which he promoted Universalism. 269 00:14:31,990 --> 00:14:34,300 He was also just this incredible mystic, 270 00:14:34,300 --> 00:14:39,070 and really believed in the whole experience 271 00:14:39,070 --> 00:14:42,752 of what it meant to embody universal love. 272 00:14:42,752 --> 00:14:45,110 And so the great story about him being 273 00:14:45,110 --> 00:14:46,920 on a ship as very young man, which 274 00:14:46,920 --> 00:14:49,651 is what converted him-- he was a very young man. 275 00:14:49,651 --> 00:14:50,750 I think he was only 14. 276 00:14:50,750 --> 00:14:52,960 Do I have that right? 277 00:14:52,960 --> 00:14:54,940 When he was working on a ship that 278 00:14:54,940 --> 00:14:58,510 had people from all over the globe working on it, 279 00:14:58,510 --> 00:15:00,640 but particularly it had people that were then 280 00:15:00,640 --> 00:15:04,720 referred to as Moors-- Muslims. 281 00:15:04,720 --> 00:15:09,020 And one of them was greatly injured at one point. 282 00:15:09,020 --> 00:15:17,980 And his Muslims companions were so bereft and so upset 283 00:15:17,980 --> 00:15:21,730 on behalf of their injured brother 284 00:15:21,730 --> 00:15:25,190 that they set up this huge wailing and gnashing of teeth. 285 00:15:25,190 --> 00:15:29,300 And de Benneville's first response was, 286 00:15:29,300 --> 00:15:32,580 can they just cut the racket? 287 00:15:32,580 --> 00:15:34,415 That was his first internal response, 288 00:15:34,415 --> 00:15:38,320 was being irritated at these people that 289 00:15:38,320 --> 00:15:41,120 would be causing so much noise. 290 00:15:41,120 --> 00:15:44,450 And then something pierced his heart. 291 00:15:44,450 --> 00:15:48,010 Something profound pierced his heart 292 00:15:48,010 --> 00:15:53,990 and said, how can I look at this expression of love, 293 00:15:53,990 --> 00:15:58,180 this expression of deep regard and concern 294 00:15:58,180 --> 00:16:01,840 that these people are bringing to their brother 295 00:16:01,840 --> 00:16:06,820 and say they are not worthy of being saved? 296 00:16:06,820 --> 00:16:09,435 How can I do that? 297 00:16:09,435 --> 00:16:11,940 Who could not look at their behavior and say, 298 00:16:11,940 --> 00:16:16,650 this is worthy of salvation. 299 00:16:16,650 --> 00:16:20,570 And he was one of the first to really profoundly proclaim 300 00:16:20,570 --> 00:16:24,920 that this kind of universal love was available to all 301 00:16:24,920 --> 00:16:31,400 and inherent to all, and able to really have access to that. 302 00:16:31,400 --> 00:16:33,611 So I love this quote from him. "The spirit of Love 303 00:16:33,611 --> 00:16:36,580 will be intensified to Godly proportions 304 00:16:36,580 --> 00:16:41,400 when reciprocal love exists between the entire human race 305 00:16:41,400 --> 00:16:44,400 and each of its individual members. 306 00:16:44,400 --> 00:16:47,340 That love must be based on mutual respect 307 00:16:47,340 --> 00:16:53,680 for the differences in color, language, and worship, 308 00:16:53,680 --> 00:16:57,790 even as we appreciate and accept with gratitude the differences 309 00:16:57,790 --> 00:17:01,510 that tend to unite the male and female of all species. 310 00:17:01,510 --> 00:17:07,854 We do not find those differences obstacles to love." 311 00:17:07,854 --> 00:17:09,770 Now I know he wasn't introduced to transgender 312 00:17:09,770 --> 00:17:13,015 and all these things yet. 313 00:17:13,015 --> 00:17:17,210 But think about how radical this concept 314 00:17:17,210 --> 00:17:20,660 is in the late 18th century. 315 00:17:20,660 --> 00:17:24,190 Think about how radical that is, and what 316 00:17:24,190 --> 00:17:28,780 a profound message that is at a time when people are suddenly 317 00:17:28,780 --> 00:17:32,330 encountering other cultures in a completely 318 00:17:32,330 --> 00:17:36,550 different way than they had before. 319 00:17:36,550 --> 00:17:40,010 So not a coincidence that these concepts could really 320 00:17:40,010 --> 00:17:43,550 take flight at a time when people 321 00:17:43,550 --> 00:17:45,760 were encountering one another. 322 00:17:45,760 --> 00:17:50,670 And what an important essential message it was at the time. 323 00:17:50,670 --> 00:17:52,860 Again, cutting through those polarities 324 00:17:52,860 --> 00:17:58,770 that existed and still exist. 325 00:17:58,770 --> 00:18:03,710 Now there are many ways in which what's 326 00:18:03,710 --> 00:18:05,700 happening with us technologically 327 00:18:05,700 --> 00:18:09,690 and through all kinds of different means 328 00:18:09,690 --> 00:18:14,592 are making people of a larger culture, 329 00:18:14,592 --> 00:18:20,790 of the entire world in the human endeavor that is life. 330 00:18:20,790 --> 00:18:23,950 One of them-- this is my absolute favorite-- 331 00:18:23,950 --> 00:18:27,200 is a movie called Life in a Day. 332 00:18:27,200 --> 00:18:29,850 Has anybody seen this movie? 333 00:18:29,850 --> 00:18:35,310 So Ridley Scott, who's a prominent movie director, 334 00:18:35,310 --> 00:18:39,280 put out a call for people to say, on this one day-- 335 00:18:39,280 --> 00:18:43,170 on this one day, I want people all over the world 336 00:18:43,170 --> 00:18:46,930 to take a video of something that's important to you 337 00:18:46,930 --> 00:18:49,540 and send it to me. 338 00:18:49,540 --> 00:18:51,340 Just that one day. 339 00:18:51,340 --> 00:18:55,150 And people sent things from all over the world. 340 00:18:55,150 --> 00:18:59,240 And there millions of submissions. 341 00:18:59,240 --> 00:19:01,920 And he took all of those snippets-- 342 00:19:01,920 --> 00:19:04,130 he asked them several general questions, 343 00:19:04,130 --> 00:19:09,220 like what do you fear, what do you love, things like that. 344 00:19:09,220 --> 00:19:11,630 And he took that, and it took him a year 345 00:19:11,630 --> 00:19:14,870 and a half to edit all of this material, 346 00:19:14,870 --> 00:19:16,620 and put it together into a movie. 347 00:19:16,620 --> 00:19:17,980 This is completely free. 348 00:19:17,980 --> 00:19:19,364 You can look at the whole movie. 349 00:19:19,364 --> 00:19:21,280 I'm going to just show you the trailer for it. 350 00:19:21,280 --> 00:19:23,138 to me, it's an incredible moving example 351 00:19:23,138 --> 00:19:29,910 of what happens when we become aware of this larger context. 352 00:19:29,910 --> 00:19:35,630 Can't you just see George de Benneville loving that? 353 00:19:35,630 --> 00:19:37,570 So what this kind of signifies to me 354 00:19:37,570 --> 00:19:41,060 is that we have this incredible opportunity now 355 00:19:41,060 --> 00:19:47,556 to truly understand other cultures in an in-depth way. 356 00:19:47,556 --> 00:19:51,690 Even if we never physically visit them, 357 00:19:51,690 --> 00:19:55,550 there is an access to understanding that we simply 358 00:19:55,550 --> 00:19:58,320 did not have before. 359 00:19:58,320 --> 00:20:00,400 And one of the ways this really came home to me 360 00:20:00,400 --> 00:20:02,850 recently was when I attended the International 361 00:20:02,850 --> 00:20:06,280 Council of Unitarian and Universalist Communities 362 00:20:06,280 --> 00:20:08,420 that was in New York recently, and there 363 00:20:08,420 --> 00:20:16,870 were 29 countries represented at the conference, many of whom 364 00:20:16,870 --> 00:20:21,540 had just discovered Unitarian Universalism 365 00:20:21,540 --> 00:20:26,060 on the web in the previous year or so. 366 00:20:26,060 --> 00:20:33,870 Now, let me just note that they found us on our website. 367 00:20:33,870 --> 00:20:37,300 On our website, which is not easy to really understand, 368 00:20:37,300 --> 00:20:38,530 right? 369 00:20:38,530 --> 00:20:39,570 Sometimes? 370 00:20:39,570 --> 00:20:47,430 They found us despite that, and were so compelled 371 00:20:47,430 --> 00:20:49,950 by that message. 372 00:20:49,950 --> 00:20:52,520 And I was able to meet people who-- 373 00:20:52,520 --> 00:20:56,690 for instance somebody in Burundi-- who said to me, 374 00:20:56,690 --> 00:21:00,680 this is the solution to the horrible violence that's 375 00:21:00,680 --> 00:21:04,020 happening in my country. 376 00:21:04,020 --> 00:21:06,166 Unitarian Universalism is what I have 377 00:21:06,166 --> 00:21:09,526 been looking for my entire life. 378 00:21:09,526 --> 00:21:13,590 And he believes that will counter the violence that's 379 00:21:13,590 --> 00:21:15,370 happening in his country. 380 00:21:15,370 --> 00:21:17,850 And shouldn't it? 381 00:21:17,850 --> 00:21:22,300 Shouldn't it be an answer to that? 382 00:21:22,300 --> 00:21:23,800 It's not just something that we have 383 00:21:23,800 --> 00:21:26,080 to choose to maybe participate in 384 00:21:26,080 --> 00:21:28,910 on a Sunday morning for a few minutes. 385 00:21:28,910 --> 00:21:32,724 It should be an answer to the world's problems, 386 00:21:32,724 --> 00:21:35,919 and it can be. 387 00:21:35,919 --> 00:21:37,460 But for whatever reason-- and I think 388 00:21:37,460 --> 00:21:39,400 there are lot of good reasons-- we've 389 00:21:39,400 --> 00:21:43,040 kind of gotten more and more isolationist 390 00:21:43,040 --> 00:21:48,110 over the last 30, 40, 50 years in which we really 391 00:21:48,110 --> 00:21:51,680 tend to see Unitarian Universalism only 392 00:21:51,680 --> 00:21:56,290 in this particular national context. 393 00:21:56,290 --> 00:22:00,400 There's a whole world out there that needs are values. 394 00:22:00,400 --> 00:22:01,900 There's a whole world out there that 395 00:22:01,900 --> 00:22:05,390 can influence our values, that has something 396 00:22:05,390 --> 00:22:08,080 really important to teach us. 397 00:22:08,080 --> 00:22:13,280 And we have been not paying so much attention to it. 398 00:22:13,280 --> 00:22:20,950 There's a great imperative for our faith in this, too. 399 00:22:20,950 --> 00:22:25,020 So we have some examples of how we're doing this. 400 00:22:25,020 --> 00:22:29,860 CLF has a wonderful international presence 401 00:22:29,860 --> 00:22:32,710 with both its website and its worship services. 402 00:22:32,710 --> 00:22:35,290 How many of you have ever watched the online CLF worship 403 00:22:35,290 --> 00:22:38,480 services-- Church of the Larger Fellowship Quest for Meaning? 404 00:22:38,480 --> 00:22:41,160 They're really quite moving, because you go on 405 00:22:41,160 --> 00:22:45,360 and people will say-- it starts with chalice lighting, 406 00:22:45,360 --> 00:22:46,730 and it has a chat line. 407 00:22:46,730 --> 00:22:50,490 So there's a projection going on, 408 00:22:50,490 --> 00:22:53,010 and then people are chatting as they're watching this. 409 00:22:53,010 --> 00:22:55,910 And the very first thing is people saying, 410 00:22:55,910 --> 00:22:59,170 I'm lighting the chalice in Nigeria, 411 00:22:59,170 --> 00:23:01,820 I'm lighting the chalice in Switzerland, 412 00:23:01,820 --> 00:23:05,100 I'm lighting the chalice in Kentucky. 413 00:23:05,100 --> 00:23:07,145 And every time I watch it, I nearly cry. 414 00:23:07,145 --> 00:23:10,270 It's just so moving to me, because then all of a sudden, 415 00:23:10,270 --> 00:23:14,360 you have this almost immediate worldwide community 416 00:23:14,360 --> 00:23:16,030 that's been founded. 417 00:23:16,030 --> 00:23:17,580 And I think that's one of the things 418 00:23:17,580 --> 00:23:21,630 that we can move more toward in even more profound ways 419 00:23:21,630 --> 00:23:25,324 than just this. 420 00:23:25,324 --> 00:23:26,740 There are many ways in which we're 421 00:23:26,740 --> 00:23:29,000 moving toward this with the efforts of College 422 00:23:29,000 --> 00:23:32,810 of Social Justice, which is asking people 423 00:23:32,810 --> 00:23:37,270 to encounter the separation in our worlds, 424 00:23:37,270 --> 00:23:39,980 and to have an experience of moving 425 00:23:39,980 --> 00:23:42,950 across boundaries, both within the States 426 00:23:42,950 --> 00:23:47,400 and in the whole world, and then understand spiritually what 427 00:23:47,400 --> 00:23:48,830 that means. 428 00:23:48,830 --> 00:23:51,390 So these are not just service trips. 429 00:23:51,390 --> 00:23:53,380 Service is an important part of it. 430 00:23:53,380 --> 00:23:57,010 It's also asking people to grapple spiritually 431 00:23:57,010 --> 00:23:59,650 with what it means to cross boundaries. 432 00:23:59,650 --> 00:24:02,150 So I commend to you the College of Social Justice 433 00:24:02,150 --> 00:24:05,270 in their efforts in moving these ways. 434 00:24:05,270 --> 00:24:09,770 And it's fascinating to see how many young people are so 435 00:24:09,770 --> 00:24:15,850 drawn to what we're doing with the college. 436 00:24:15,850 --> 00:24:18,180 And there are also so many international efforts 437 00:24:18,180 --> 00:24:19,180 that are just fledgling. 438 00:24:19,180 --> 00:24:24,080 This is a wonderful little group of-- doesn't project very well, 439 00:24:24,080 --> 00:24:25,060 does it? 440 00:24:25,060 --> 00:24:27,640 It's a little group of young Indonesians. 441 00:24:27,640 --> 00:24:29,890 And Indonesian congregation is one 442 00:24:29,890 --> 00:24:32,710 that's just come about in the last few years. 443 00:24:32,710 --> 00:24:36,120 And these are some very young people speaking excitedly 444 00:24:36,120 --> 00:24:37,580 in front of the chalice. 445 00:24:37,580 --> 00:24:39,500 You can't see it terribly well. 446 00:24:39,500 --> 00:24:41,180 And there are so many ways in which 447 00:24:41,180 --> 00:24:45,160 we can be in relationship to these indigenous moments that 448 00:24:45,160 --> 00:24:48,360 are not about us going and planting something there-- 449 00:24:48,360 --> 00:24:52,150 although I would love to see that inspiration as well-- 450 00:24:52,150 --> 00:24:53,985 but honoring what is growing up out 451 00:24:53,985 --> 00:24:56,453 of a natural desire for people to move in some 452 00:24:56,453 --> 00:25:03,930 of these theological directions. 453 00:25:03,930 --> 00:25:06,770 And we also have these international efforts 454 00:25:06,770 --> 00:25:09,190 toward peace, which we have always participated 455 00:25:09,190 --> 00:25:13,070 in throughout our history, both Unitarians and Universalists. 456 00:25:13,070 --> 00:25:14,970 And that's another direction that I 457 00:25:14,970 --> 00:25:18,353 think is a real imperative that we have kind of let fall 458 00:25:18,353 --> 00:25:21,590 a bit by the wayside. 459 00:25:21,590 --> 00:25:25,560 To me, there is so much in this that we have the potential 460 00:25:25,560 --> 00:25:29,010 to now engage in because of new technologies. 461 00:25:29,010 --> 00:25:33,650 There are so many connections we can create instantaneously that 462 00:25:33,650 --> 00:25:42,240 will help us make these kind of connections come to light. 463 00:25:42,240 --> 00:25:44,700 So the other thing I want to talk about 464 00:25:44,700 --> 00:25:47,110 is to get back into this kind of paradigm shift 465 00:25:47,110 --> 00:25:49,290 and what that means, and how that 466 00:25:49,290 --> 00:25:51,515 has influenced both past Universalists 467 00:25:51,515 --> 00:25:54,770 and has the potential for us now. 468 00:25:54,770 --> 00:25:57,420 And I think the best embodiment of this 469 00:25:57,420 --> 00:26:03,330 is, to me, Hosea Ballou, who believed so 470 00:26:03,330 --> 00:26:09,110 adamantly that what was being pointed to in the scripture 471 00:26:09,110 --> 00:26:12,650 and that what people could be pointed to in the scripture 472 00:26:12,650 --> 00:26:16,950 was a fulfillment of life that could be fun. 473 00:26:16,950 --> 00:26:19,800 Oh my god, you should read a lot-- I went back 474 00:26:19,800 --> 00:26:22,070 and read a lot of old Ballou things, 475 00:26:22,070 --> 00:26:24,760 and he talks about fun all the time. 476 00:26:24,760 --> 00:26:27,872 Now that was a pretty radical concept, right? 477 00:26:27,872 --> 00:26:30,850 People didn't go to church to have fun in those days 478 00:26:30,850 --> 00:26:33,265 It was not something that they paid attention to. 479 00:26:33,265 --> 00:26:36,960 And it sounds frivolous, but it's not, 480 00:26:36,960 --> 00:26:38,840 because what he was talking about 481 00:26:38,840 --> 00:26:41,750 was a whole different paradigm of what religion was supposed 482 00:26:41,750 --> 00:26:46,130 to be about, and religion could be about people finding 483 00:26:46,130 --> 00:26:49,560 fulfillment in life in ways that weren't 484 00:26:49,560 --> 00:26:52,710 about saying you have to be perfect. 485 00:26:52,710 --> 00:26:56,475 He had this great argument for almost his entire with Channing 486 00:26:56,475 --> 00:26:58,400 about perfectibility. 487 00:26:58,400 --> 00:26:59,770 It's just fascinating. 488 00:26:59,770 --> 00:27:02,850 And he was like, no, come on, perfectability? 489 00:27:02,850 --> 00:27:03,884 Really? 490 00:27:03,884 --> 00:27:04,800 Do we have to do this? 491 00:27:04,800 --> 00:27:07,150 Instead, can we not just say of course 492 00:27:07,150 --> 00:27:12,480 all of us sin, of course all of us make mistakes, and of course 493 00:27:12,480 --> 00:27:15,340 all of us is worthy of redemption. 494 00:27:15,340 --> 00:27:18,980 Of course, and can we not celebrate that? 495 00:27:18,980 --> 00:27:23,370 Can we not celebrate this? 496 00:27:23,370 --> 00:27:25,680 That's a huge paradigm shift. 497 00:27:25,680 --> 00:27:29,780 And oh my god, wouldn't we want to hear that now? 498 00:27:29,780 --> 00:27:33,480 Wouldn't we love to talk about how people can actually 499 00:27:33,480 --> 00:27:36,246 find some lightness and some spirit. 500 00:27:36,246 --> 00:27:37,620 And oh, by the way, there's a way 501 00:27:37,620 --> 00:27:44,330 in which that's come about recently. 502 00:27:44,330 --> 00:27:46,440 I know you really wanted to dance, didn't you? 503 00:27:46,440 --> 00:27:47,384 You're gonna go there. 504 00:27:47,384 --> 00:27:50,250 Yeah. 505 00:27:50,250 --> 00:27:55,110 This song has gone crazy viral. 506 00:27:55,110 --> 00:27:59,530 Crazy viral because people so desperately 507 00:27:59,530 --> 00:28:01,600 need some lightness in their lives. 508 00:28:01,600 --> 00:28:03,940 They need some ability to celebrate 509 00:28:03,940 --> 00:28:06,490 what it means to be human. 510 00:28:06,490 --> 00:28:09,830 And have we kind of lost some of that 511 00:28:09,830 --> 00:28:12,640 in our later religious manifestations? 512 00:28:12,640 --> 00:28:14,630 We're so serious. 513 00:28:14,630 --> 00:28:18,970 So serious all the time. 514 00:28:18,970 --> 00:28:24,270 And of course, there are really serious problems in the world. 515 00:28:24,270 --> 00:28:28,250 Of course there are, and we have to take them seriously. 516 00:28:28,250 --> 00:28:31,440 But if we're not able to bring our whole self 517 00:28:31,440 --> 00:28:34,040 to those serious problems, if we're not 518 00:28:34,040 --> 00:28:36,130 able to be able to say we believe 519 00:28:36,130 --> 00:28:39,010 in the potential of life, that we don't just 520 00:28:39,010 --> 00:28:44,360 have to see it as all separation and all grief and all disaster. 521 00:28:44,360 --> 00:28:47,690 It's an essential spiritual message. 522 00:28:47,690 --> 00:28:50,810 It doesn't have to be frivolous. 523 00:28:50,810 --> 00:28:52,710 It's really essential. 524 00:28:52,710 --> 00:28:55,270 And if we can't bring that into what we're putting out 525 00:28:55,270 --> 00:28:58,765 into the world, why would anybody follow us? 526 00:28:58,765 --> 00:29:04,782 Why would anybody follow us? 527 00:29:04,782 --> 00:29:07,100 So the other paradigm shift that I 528 00:29:07,100 --> 00:29:08,770 think we're going through right now 529 00:29:08,770 --> 00:29:12,980 is this question of what I was referring to before, about how 530 00:29:12,980 --> 00:29:15,490 our brains are changing. 531 00:29:15,490 --> 00:29:17,720 And there's a million different reasons 532 00:29:17,720 --> 00:29:21,670 why I believe our brains are changing, 533 00:29:21,670 --> 00:29:23,850 and I'm going to show you this video, which is not 534 00:29:23,850 --> 00:29:26,420 necessarily-- I don't believe in it entirely. 535 00:29:26,420 --> 00:29:27,990 I will just say that. 536 00:29:27,990 --> 00:29:30,440 I believe it's making an extreme statement 537 00:29:30,440 --> 00:29:33,180 about the potential for what's happening to our brains 538 00:29:33,180 --> 00:29:34,090 right now. 539 00:29:34,090 --> 00:29:36,430 And I want to counter it a little bit at the end. 540 00:29:36,430 --> 00:29:38,410 But I think it gets to the point where 541 00:29:38,410 --> 00:29:43,120 we talk about what is our spiritual response going 542 00:29:43,120 --> 00:29:51,400 to be to what's happening to our brains. 543 00:29:51,400 --> 00:29:54,110 So the part of this that I totally agree with 544 00:29:54,110 --> 00:29:57,370 is this question about attention and this question 545 00:29:57,370 --> 00:30:00,330 about learning, and how do we consolidate? 546 00:30:00,330 --> 00:30:02,210 How do we make meaning? 547 00:30:02,210 --> 00:30:04,720 How do we really make sense of all 548 00:30:04,720 --> 00:30:06,840 of this that's happening in front of us 549 00:30:06,840 --> 00:30:11,750 in the world at this incredibly rapid pace? 550 00:30:11,750 --> 00:30:15,262 Did you catch that make meaning piece? 551 00:30:15,262 --> 00:30:18,206 Isn't that what we do? 552 00:30:18,206 --> 00:30:21,760 Isn't that what we're about? 553 00:30:21,760 --> 00:30:26,604 Isn't that even more and more essential in today's world, 554 00:30:26,604 --> 00:30:31,990 to help people make meaning of the millions of data points 555 00:30:31,990 --> 00:30:36,621 that are in front of them every second at a time? 556 00:30:36,621 --> 00:30:41,040 And so the imperative for us is to help 557 00:30:41,040 --> 00:30:47,440 people find that space and that time and that ability to focus 558 00:30:47,440 --> 00:30:50,260 and that ability to process with one another. 559 00:30:50,260 --> 00:30:53,855 It's one of the most essential aspects of community life 560 00:30:53,855 --> 00:30:57,140 that we can provide, and that people are craving. 561 00:30:57,140 --> 00:31:00,010 People are craving it because they get so 562 00:31:00,010 --> 00:31:04,010 caught up in so much of this. 563 00:31:04,010 --> 00:31:06,430 Now the other side of that, to me, 564 00:31:06,430 --> 00:31:12,750 is that-- did you notice how this video was done? 565 00:31:12,750 --> 00:31:14,440 It was done in a way that presumes 566 00:31:14,440 --> 00:31:18,850 that your brain has already changed, right? 567 00:31:18,850 --> 00:31:20,640 It didn't have a lot of words. 568 00:31:20,640 --> 00:31:23,225 It didn't have Nicholas Carr talking. 569 00:31:23,225 --> 00:31:27,150 It didn't require you to read the book, right? 570 00:31:27,150 --> 00:31:33,090 It showed you engaging small snippets of ways 571 00:31:33,090 --> 00:31:34,570 to understand the information. 572 00:31:34,570 --> 00:31:38,040 So I believe that even while this says something incredibly 573 00:31:38,040 --> 00:31:41,020 important about what we need to continue 574 00:31:41,020 --> 00:31:44,600 to do as people to learn and to make meaning, 575 00:31:44,600 --> 00:31:47,790 it also says something important about how 576 00:31:47,790 --> 00:31:51,950 we need to communicate into the world. 577 00:31:51,950 --> 00:31:55,310 If we're not giving people an understanding 578 00:31:55,310 --> 00:31:57,950 of our faith in a way that is kind 579 00:31:57,950 --> 00:32:01,640 of similar to that silly set of cartoons, 580 00:32:01,640 --> 00:32:04,300 we're not going to get through. 581 00:32:04,300 --> 00:32:07,670 We're not going to get through, because people have now 582 00:32:07,670 --> 00:32:12,070 learned only to really pay attention to things when 583 00:32:12,070 --> 00:32:14,660 they come at us that way. 584 00:32:14,660 --> 00:32:18,310 So I think it's quite ironic that Nicholas Carr is doing 585 00:32:18,310 --> 00:32:20,800 this whole statement about things, 586 00:32:20,800 --> 00:32:23,910 and yet this is the way in which this message is 587 00:32:23,910 --> 00:32:24,920 getting communicated. 588 00:32:24,920 --> 00:32:27,070 Do you see where I'm going with this? 589 00:32:27,070 --> 00:32:30,150 So there's two obligations for me in this. 590 00:32:30,150 --> 00:32:34,640 One is for us to take a huge step forward 591 00:32:34,640 --> 00:32:36,520 and helping people understand how 592 00:32:36,520 --> 00:32:40,970 religious community in whatever form that takes 593 00:32:40,970 --> 00:32:43,270 is going to help people in this learning, 594 00:32:43,270 --> 00:32:48,440 meaning, incredibly important part of being human. 595 00:32:48,440 --> 00:32:51,160 Incredibly important part of being human. 596 00:32:51,160 --> 00:32:57,216 And we have to change the way we put our message into the world 597 00:32:57,216 --> 00:33:03,750 in a way that really gets through that noise. 598 00:33:03,750 --> 00:33:08,320 So I want to ask us to be evangelists again. 599 00:33:08,320 --> 00:33:11,356 It's time for us to be evangelists. 600 00:33:11,356 --> 00:33:16,050 It's time for us to put this message into a world that 601 00:33:16,050 --> 00:33:21,340 so desperately needs all these things I've been talking about. 602 00:33:21,340 --> 00:33:26,960 It's an answer to the separation that we feel in our culture, 603 00:33:26,960 --> 00:33:32,020 in our politics, in our relationships, 604 00:33:32,020 --> 00:33:35,520 in our way of being in the world. 605 00:33:35,520 --> 00:33:40,420 Without that, who would we be? 606 00:33:40,420 --> 00:33:42,760 Isn't Universalism something central 607 00:33:42,760 --> 00:33:45,302 that is an answer to all of these challenges 608 00:33:45,302 --> 00:33:49,790 that I've put in front of you? 609 00:33:49,790 --> 00:33:54,300 Can I get an amen? 610 00:33:54,300 --> 00:33:56,070 It's not about going out and saying 611 00:33:56,070 --> 00:33:58,640 this is the way you have to do it, 612 00:33:58,640 --> 00:34:00,980 and we have the only right answer. 613 00:34:00,980 --> 00:34:05,720 It's about letting people know that there is this choice. 614 00:34:05,720 --> 00:34:08,780 There is this option. 615 00:34:08,780 --> 00:34:11,600 There is this way of being in the world that does not 616 00:34:11,600 --> 00:34:14,297 require people to check their brains at the door. 617 00:34:14,297 --> 00:34:16,130 There is this way of being in the world that 618 00:34:16,130 --> 00:34:18,880 can help people make meaning of what's in front of them. 619 00:34:18,880 --> 00:34:20,750 There is a way of being in the world that 620 00:34:20,750 --> 00:34:25,010 holds people in that incredibly hard spiritual task of treating 621 00:34:25,010 --> 00:34:30,449 people as though they have inherent worth and dignity. 622 00:34:30,449 --> 00:34:32,670 Isn't that something essentially we 623 00:34:32,670 --> 00:34:36,449 want to give people the option to see and feel 624 00:34:36,449 --> 00:34:40,920 and to experience and to live into? 625 00:34:40,920 --> 00:34:43,340 Amen. 626 00:34:43,340 --> 00:34:47,799 And if we don't, what takes its place? 627 00:34:47,799 --> 00:34:51,020 What takes its place? 628 00:34:51,020 --> 00:34:58,180 Either extremism or a lot of useless information, right? 629 00:34:58,180 --> 00:35:05,210 So I want to go back and honor Mary Chapin-- I mean, 630 00:35:05,210 --> 00:35:05,710 I'm sorry. 631 00:35:05,710 --> 00:35:12,030 Augusta Jane Chapin, who was one of the great, great evangelists 632 00:35:12,030 --> 00:35:16,662 of Universalism who helped start how many congregations? 633 00:35:16,662 --> 00:35:17,370 Somebody help me. 634 00:35:17,370 --> 00:35:19,290 Liz, you probably have that number 635 00:35:19,290 --> 00:35:21,464 somewhere in the recesses of your brain. 636 00:35:21,464 --> 00:35:23,130 How many congregations did she-- I mean, 637 00:35:23,130 --> 00:35:26,400 she was just all over the place, all over the Midwest. 638 00:35:26,400 --> 00:35:30,480 And she actually drove herself into an early grave. 639 00:35:30,480 --> 00:35:35,030 But her zeal for Universalism was phenomenal. 640 00:35:35,030 --> 00:35:38,200 And she was perfectly happy to get out on the road 641 00:35:38,200 --> 00:35:41,875 and go and talk to anybody she could find because she so 642 00:35:41,875 --> 00:35:44,260 believed in the message that Universalism 643 00:35:44,260 --> 00:35:46,040 offered to the world. 644 00:35:46,040 --> 00:35:49,200 And there were thousands of Universalist ministers 645 00:35:49,200 --> 00:35:51,670 that did just that. 646 00:35:51,670 --> 00:35:55,010 They went from town to town to town 647 00:35:55,010 --> 00:35:58,990 because they believed that what they were offering 648 00:35:58,990 --> 00:36:00,900 was so important. 649 00:36:00,900 --> 00:36:03,842 It was so important. 650 00:36:03,842 --> 00:36:08,492 Do we not believe that that's still important? 651 00:36:08,492 --> 00:36:13,092 Do we not still see the importance of that? 652 00:36:13,092 --> 00:36:14,550 Let me wait before I show you this? 653 00:36:14,550 --> 00:36:18,530 Let me just say that because we're not doing this, 654 00:36:18,530 --> 00:36:23,380 because we're not putting that into the world, 655 00:36:23,380 --> 00:36:28,990 other kinds of things are taking the place of that. 656 00:36:28,990 --> 00:36:33,800 People are craving a kind of spiritual centeredness 657 00:36:33,800 --> 00:36:37,290 that they're not finding in traditional religion, 658 00:36:37,290 --> 00:36:42,640 but they're finding something like it someplace else. 659 00:36:42,640 --> 00:36:45,690 And I'll show you where else they're finding something 660 00:36:45,690 --> 00:36:48,442 like it. 661 00:36:48,442 --> 00:36:49,936 [VIDEO PLAYBACK] 662 00:36:49,936 --> 00:36:54,916 [MUSIC PLAYING] 663 00:36:54,916 --> 00:36:56,908 -They're here. 664 00:36:56,908 --> 00:37:02,386 -Grandma and grandpa 665 00:37:02,386 --> 00:37:36,260 -Merry Christmas. 666 00:37:36,260 --> 00:38:19,802 [MUSIC - "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS'] 667 00:38:19,802 --> 00:38:20,824 [END VIDEO PLAYBACK] 668 00:38:20,824 --> 00:38:22,490 Terasa G Cooley: Now I know you couldn't 669 00:38:22,490 --> 00:38:24,180 see that terribly well, but some of you 670 00:38:24,180 --> 00:38:26,240 probably remember this ad from Christmas time. 671 00:38:26,240 --> 00:38:29,350 And the whole concept is that this kid is on his iPhone 672 00:38:29,350 --> 00:38:31,650 all the time, and everybody thinks 673 00:38:31,650 --> 00:38:33,919 he's not doing anything, that he's not interacting 674 00:38:33,919 --> 00:38:35,710 with the family, that he's just sitting off 675 00:38:35,710 --> 00:38:38,679 in the corner obsessed with his video games or whatever. 676 00:38:38,679 --> 00:38:40,220 And it turns out what he's been doing 677 00:38:40,220 --> 00:38:45,410 this whole time is filming this wonderful family experience. 678 00:38:45,410 --> 00:38:52,040 Apple is giving a spiritual message into the world, right? 679 00:38:52,040 --> 00:38:54,800 That's what they're speaking to. 680 00:38:54,800 --> 00:38:57,630 The whole concept of think different, 681 00:38:57,630 --> 00:39:01,100 Apple is putting a lot of the same spiritual concepts 682 00:39:01,100 --> 00:39:03,510 out in the world that we are trying to do, 683 00:39:03,510 --> 00:39:08,742 but they're doing it through asking people to buy products. 684 00:39:08,742 --> 00:39:11,630 Couldn't we offer that spiritual message 685 00:39:11,630 --> 00:39:15,450 into the world in some way that doesn't require somebody 686 00:39:15,450 --> 00:39:20,336 to buy something to experience it? 687 00:39:20,336 --> 00:39:22,320 Here's one of the ways in which we 688 00:39:22,320 --> 00:39:24,950 have been able to do some of this. 689 00:39:24,950 --> 00:39:29,310 One of our-- the Sanctuaries Boston-- I 690 00:39:29,310 --> 00:39:31,670 mean, the Sanctuaries DC put this video together 691 00:39:31,670 --> 00:39:33,740 actually a number of years ago right 692 00:39:33,740 --> 00:39:40,250 after-- remember the "It's halftime in America" 693 00:39:40,250 --> 00:39:42,830 ad that Clint Eastwood did a couple of years ago 694 00:39:42,830 --> 00:39:45,420 during the Superbowl where he said it's halftime in America, 695 00:39:45,420 --> 00:39:50,230 and we have to step up and do our American patriotic best 696 00:39:50,230 --> 00:39:53,408 to hold forth against them-- whatever 697 00:39:53,408 --> 00:39:56,230 we were supposed to hold forth against. 698 00:39:56,230 --> 00:40:00,070 And instead-- well, I'm going to get to that in a minute. 699 00:40:00,070 --> 00:40:04,070 Instead, this group was able to put together 700 00:40:04,070 --> 00:40:08,868 something that spoke to a very different kind of message. 701 00:40:08,868 --> 00:40:09,842 [VIDEO PLAYBACK] 702 00:40:09,842 --> 00:40:23,480 [MUSIC PLAYING] 703 00:40:23,480 --> 00:40:25,730 Male Speaker: So it's halftime in America, 704 00:40:25,730 --> 00:40:28,000 and the chips are down. 705 00:40:28,000 --> 00:40:31,030 Ignorance is dividing neighborhoods. 706 00:40:31,030 --> 00:40:33,630 Fear is waging wars. 707 00:40:33,630 --> 00:40:36,730 People are out of work, and the most vulnerable among us 708 00:40:36,730 --> 00:40:40,270 remain voiceless and forgotten. 709 00:40:40,270 --> 00:40:44,640 We're told we have to pull together and fight back. 710 00:40:44,640 --> 00:40:51,110 We're told that all that matters now is winning. 711 00:40:51,110 --> 00:40:53,900 Here's the problem. 712 00:40:53,900 --> 00:40:56,460 We can no longer afford to see life 713 00:40:56,460 --> 00:40:59,570 in terms of winners and losers. 714 00:40:59,570 --> 00:41:04,240 It's too dangerous, and it's simply untrue. 715 00:41:04,240 --> 00:41:07,220 Deep in our bones, we know that we're all in this 716 00:41:07,220 --> 00:41:12,800 together, that the lot of one is the fate of all. 717 00:41:12,800 --> 00:41:17,260 This isn't about the superiority of our country. 718 00:41:17,260 --> 00:41:21,530 It's about the strength of our souls. 719 00:41:21,530 --> 00:41:24,790 Female Speaker: That's why I'm a Unitarian Universalist. 720 00:41:24,790 --> 00:41:27,310 My faith isn't a halftime faith. 721 00:41:27,310 --> 00:41:29,440 It's a faith for the whole. 722 00:41:29,440 --> 00:41:32,430 It tells the story of a shared human journey 723 00:41:32,430 --> 00:41:36,670 from one sacred source to one sacred destiny. 724 00:41:36,670 --> 00:41:39,140 Each of us is elected. 725 00:41:39,140 --> 00:41:42,310 All of us are loved beyond belief. 726 00:41:42,310 --> 00:41:45,840 And no one is left behind. 727 00:41:45,840 --> 00:41:49,910 It's not an easy story to live, but it's a healing story. 728 00:41:49,910 --> 00:41:55,520 It's a saving story. 729 00:41:55,520 --> 00:41:58,770 In a culture obsessed with domination, 730 00:41:58,770 --> 00:42:00,930 I as a Unitarian Universalist will 731 00:42:00,930 --> 00:42:04,040 continue to share a different gospel-- the story 732 00:42:04,040 --> 00:42:07,340 of cooperation, of people coming together 733 00:42:07,340 --> 00:42:10,780 to find that sacredness within each of us, 734 00:42:10,780 --> 00:42:14,840 and to live the salvation available to all. 735 00:42:14,840 --> 00:42:20,800 It's a leap of faith, and it's one worth taking. 736 00:42:20,800 --> 00:42:25,320 So at halftime, let's prepare for whole time. 737 00:42:25,320 --> 00:42:39,180 [MUSIC PLAYING] 738 00:42:39,180 --> 00:42:41,160 [APPLAUSE] 739 00:42:41,160 --> 00:42:43,140 [END VIDEO PLAYBACK] 740 00:42:43,140 --> 00:42:46,130 Terasa G Cooley: Isn't that great? 741 00:42:46,130 --> 00:42:48,465 Now that's a message that needs to be out in the world, 742 00:42:48,465 --> 00:42:50,360 isn't it? 743 00:42:50,360 --> 00:42:53,260 Isn't it? 744 00:42:53,260 --> 00:42:57,660 And do you see how much of that was Universalism? 745 00:42:57,660 --> 00:43:05,910 It was almost an entirely Universalist message. 746 00:43:05,910 --> 00:43:14,400 So I believe so deeply that we are required 747 00:43:14,400 --> 00:43:17,225 so put our Universalist message out there. 748 00:43:17,225 --> 00:43:22,140 I had to say, that when I was preparing this slide show, 749 00:43:22,140 --> 00:43:25,210 I had trouble with putting some of these videos 750 00:43:25,210 --> 00:43:27,070 into the structure of the slides, 751 00:43:27,070 --> 00:43:29,900 and so I went to an Apple store-- 752 00:43:29,900 --> 00:43:31,930 the solution to all of my problems. 753 00:43:31,930 --> 00:43:34,957 And you may have seen in the article 754 00:43:34,957 --> 00:43:37,040 that I did in The World, I talk about every time I 755 00:43:37,040 --> 00:43:41,740 go into an Apple Store, I meet another Unitarian Universalist. 756 00:43:41,740 --> 00:43:44,660 And so I was showing him these slides, and all 757 00:43:44,660 --> 00:43:47,120 they had were these titles on it. 758 00:43:47,120 --> 00:43:49,930 And I was working with one of the Geniuses. 759 00:43:49,930 --> 00:43:52,876 And I'm thinking, oh, he probably 760 00:43:52,876 --> 00:43:55,610 thinks I'm a religious fanatic, that I've 761 00:43:55,610 --> 00:43:58,030 got all this stuff about evangelism, evangelism, 762 00:43:58,030 --> 00:43:58,670 evangelism. 763 00:43:58,670 --> 00:44:00,710 And he's probably going, oh my god. 764 00:44:00,710 --> 00:44:03,575 I still have that inhibition about, oh, I 765 00:44:03,575 --> 00:44:05,685 don't even want to use that word. 766 00:44:05,685 --> 00:44:08,410 It feels so uncomfortable. 767 00:44:08,410 --> 00:44:10,290 And then by the end of the conversation, 768 00:44:10,290 --> 00:44:13,063 we were talking about-- he said, oh, I've 769 00:44:13,063 --> 00:44:16,230 heard of you guys Unitarian Universalist, and [INAUDIBLE] 770 00:44:16,230 --> 00:44:18,224 and he knew all kinds of things about us. 771 00:44:18,224 --> 00:44:19,640 Yet another Unitarian Universalist 772 00:44:19,640 --> 00:44:23,010 who would never go to a congregation unfortunately. 773 00:44:23,010 --> 00:44:25,350 But at the end, he said, I'm so glad I could help you 774 00:44:25,350 --> 00:44:27,650 because you guys have a really important message 775 00:44:27,650 --> 00:44:29,740 to put out into the world, and I want 776 00:44:29,740 --> 00:44:32,575 to do whatever I can to help. 777 00:44:32,575 --> 00:44:37,240 I burst into tears. 778 00:44:37,240 --> 00:44:41,958 So all of that inhibition that we have about, oh, we 779 00:44:41,958 --> 00:44:46,050 can't do that, is really important 780 00:44:46,050 --> 00:44:52,674 to do in the face of this incredible pain in the world. 781 00:44:52,674 --> 00:44:56,860 This is a young girl in Syria standing 782 00:44:56,860 --> 00:45:06,620 on the rubble of what once was her home. 783 00:45:06,620 --> 00:45:19,761 This is a couple watching a bomb in Iraq a week ago. 784 00:45:19,761 --> 00:45:21,302 And this is a new opportunity that we 785 00:45:21,302 --> 00:45:27,960 have to heal the divides that have been so, so 786 00:45:27,960 --> 00:45:35,830 damaging in our culture. 787 00:45:35,830 --> 00:45:40,720 So I will show you one more way to inspire us 788 00:45:40,720 --> 00:45:43,720 to an evangelical place. 789 00:45:43,720 --> 00:45:45,720 [VIDEO PLAYBACK] 790 00:45:45,720 --> 00:50:15,985 [MUSIC - "LOVE REACHES OUT"] 791 00:50:15,985 --> 00:50:16,895 [END VIDEO PLAYBACK] 792 00:50:16,895 --> 00:50:18,270 Terasa G Cooley: So this was also 793 00:50:18,270 --> 00:50:23,250 produced by the Sanctuaries DC specifically for this General 794 00:50:23,250 --> 00:50:24,800 Assembly. 795 00:50:24,800 --> 00:50:27,180 And this group of people have been brought together 796 00:50:27,180 --> 00:50:29,930 by the entrepreneurial efforts Erik Resly, 797 00:50:29,930 --> 00:50:32,570 the organizing minister there. 798 00:50:32,570 --> 00:50:35,650 And this is a group of people that would never come together 799 00:50:35,650 --> 00:50:37,050 otherwise. 800 00:50:37,050 --> 00:50:40,370 They are not necessarily all Unitarian Universalists. 801 00:50:40,370 --> 00:50:42,450 Some are Muslims, some are Jewish. 802 00:50:42,450 --> 00:50:44,340 Some have no religious affiliation. 803 00:50:44,340 --> 00:50:46,210 They come from all different cultures 804 00:50:46,210 --> 00:50:49,900 and all different races and all different backgrounds. 805 00:50:49,900 --> 00:50:54,470 And they came together to do this video for us, 806 00:50:54,470 --> 00:50:58,400 to inspire us to reach out in the ways that 807 00:50:58,400 --> 00:51:02,840 have made such a difference in their lives. 808 00:51:02,840 --> 00:51:10,150 So I ask us all to take up that call that is our inheritance. 809 00:51:10,150 --> 00:51:18,629 it is our mandate from our Universalist forebears. 810 00:51:18,629 --> 00:51:45,620 [APPLAUSE] 811 00:51:45,620 --> 00:51:47,120 Terasa G Cooley: So we have about 10 812 00:51:47,120 --> 00:51:50,595 more minutes for questions if people have any. 813 00:51:50,595 --> 00:51:53,180 Can you come to the mic please back here 814 00:51:53,180 --> 00:51:56,013 and introduce yourselves? 815 00:51:56,013 --> 00:51:59,660 Audience: Hi, I'm Carolyn [INAUDIBLE], UUA of-- 816 00:51:59,660 --> 00:52:01,951 Terasa G Cooley: Can you go a little closer to the mic. 817 00:52:01,951 --> 00:52:02,639 Sorry. 818 00:52:02,639 --> 00:52:03,180 Audience: OK. 819 00:52:03,180 --> 00:52:05,260 I'm from Fairhaven, Massachusetts. 820 00:52:05,260 --> 00:52:07,340 And it's just a comment. 821 00:52:07,340 --> 00:52:11,040 I'm going to take that video and post it on my Facebook page, 822 00:52:11,040 --> 00:52:13,350 and tell people that I was at GA. 823 00:52:13,350 --> 00:52:16,530 And I think that has a great appeal for everyone, 824 00:52:16,530 --> 00:52:18,704 but particularly young people. 825 00:52:18,704 --> 00:52:19,870 Terasa G Cooley: Absolutely. 826 00:52:19,870 --> 00:52:20,930 Thank you. 827 00:52:20,930 --> 00:52:24,030 Yes, it's available for any of that use. 828 00:52:24,030 --> 00:52:24,900 Yes? 829 00:52:24,900 --> 00:52:27,250 Audience: Hi, I'm David Overton from First Unitarian 830 00:52:27,250 --> 00:52:29,030 Church of Dallas. 831 00:52:29,030 --> 00:52:31,600 And much of what you've covered really resonates with me. 832 00:52:31,600 --> 00:52:35,645 It just seems that we are not able to evolve 833 00:52:35,645 --> 00:52:38,150 as fast as the world is changing, 834 00:52:38,150 --> 00:52:40,430 and the old symbols just aren't working. 835 00:52:40,430 --> 00:52:45,940 And somehow, I feel that the UU has a big part of the answer, 836 00:52:45,940 --> 00:52:48,490 but i don't think we've really connected the dots on that 837 00:52:48,490 --> 00:52:50,740 or found the language to express it. 838 00:52:50,740 --> 00:52:54,430 So my question is, are we working on that? 839 00:52:54,430 --> 00:52:57,084 Are there ways that we could participate in it? 840 00:52:57,084 --> 00:52:58,250 Terasa G Cooley: Absolutely. 841 00:52:58,250 --> 00:53:00,280 There are many ways we are working on that. 842 00:53:00,280 --> 00:53:02,926 And I know that this didn't get fully contextualized when 843 00:53:02,926 --> 00:53:06,440 it came out, but the logo is very much about that. 844 00:53:06,440 --> 00:53:08,100 It's exactly what we're trying to reach 845 00:53:08,100 --> 00:53:10,810 for in what we're trying to do with some 846 00:53:10,810 --> 00:53:12,525 of our new branding, which I know 847 00:53:12,525 --> 00:53:15,170 is an uncomfortable word for a lot of us. 848 00:53:15,170 --> 00:53:19,290 But it's all about how do we put a clear, different, distinct 849 00:53:19,290 --> 00:53:20,840 message into the world? 850 00:53:20,840 --> 00:53:23,410 That's what we feel like our mandate at UUA 851 00:53:23,410 --> 00:53:25,650 is, is how do we do that in words, 852 00:53:25,650 --> 00:53:31,370 in symbols, in images, in all kinds of uses of technology, 853 00:53:31,370 --> 00:53:35,090 as well teaching people how to have these conversations? 854 00:53:35,090 --> 00:53:36,720 And so we're asking congregations 855 00:53:36,720 --> 00:53:37,990 to actually join us in this. 856 00:53:37,990 --> 00:53:41,840 At the table-- at the booth in front of Congregation Life 857 00:53:41,840 --> 00:53:43,920 and in front of Programming Strategy, 858 00:53:43,920 --> 00:53:46,050 you're going to see a postcard that invites you 859 00:53:46,050 --> 00:53:50,169 as a congregation into a new curriculum 860 00:53:50,169 --> 00:53:52,710 that we've just developed that we're looking for beta testers 861 00:53:52,710 --> 00:53:56,940 for to figure out how congregations can learn 862 00:53:56,940 --> 00:53:58,840 from what we've been trying to start doing, 863 00:53:58,840 --> 00:54:00,298 and how we learn from congregations 864 00:54:00,298 --> 00:54:01,940 that are doing the same thing. 865 00:54:01,940 --> 00:54:04,440 So I invite you, if you want to participate in that testing, 866 00:54:04,440 --> 00:54:06,980 to take one of those postcards and get in touch with us. 867 00:54:06,980 --> 00:54:09,292 But it's very much what we're trying to do. 868 00:54:09,292 --> 00:54:11,541 And you're right, we haven't quite connected the dots, 869 00:54:11,541 --> 00:54:13,410 but we're trying to get there. 870 00:54:13,410 --> 00:54:17,736 Thank you. 871 00:54:17,736 --> 00:54:19,630 Audience: Let's see. 872 00:54:19,630 --> 00:54:25,116 There we go. 873 00:54:25,116 --> 00:54:28,410 I the enjoyed the presentation. 874 00:54:28,410 --> 00:54:30,040 I respect it. 875 00:54:30,040 --> 00:54:33,600 I know I'm going to take the message back 876 00:54:33,600 --> 00:54:35,240 to my congregation. 877 00:54:35,240 --> 00:54:39,830 By the way, I'm Joanne Shaffer from Amherst, New York, outside 878 00:54:39,830 --> 00:54:41,705 of Buffalo. 879 00:54:41,705 --> 00:54:46,190 But I just have to say this because I feel it so deeply. 880 00:54:46,190 --> 00:54:50,790 I came to Unitarianism, oh, 40 years ago. 881 00:54:50,790 --> 00:54:54,760 I was a real humanist, and I'm still a humanist. 882 00:54:54,760 --> 00:54:59,650 And I feel like somebody did a u-turn on me. 883 00:54:59,650 --> 00:55:04,210 And I don't hear anything about this anymore. 884 00:55:04,210 --> 00:55:07,859 And I feel left behind. 885 00:55:07,859 --> 00:55:09,900 Terasa G Cooley: Well, thank you for naming that. 886 00:55:09,900 --> 00:55:12,830 I think one of the things that I have found inspiring recently 887 00:55:12,830 --> 00:55:15,790 is the way in which we've been talking about this is actually 888 00:55:15,790 --> 00:55:18,410 reclaiming much of that humanist message, 889 00:55:18,410 --> 00:55:22,662 that the dots could be tied together more. 890 00:55:22,662 --> 00:55:25,745 Audience: Edward Robinson from Virginia Meeting House 891 00:55:25,745 --> 00:55:28,810 in Chatham, Massachusetts, at the elbow of Cape Code. 892 00:55:28,810 --> 00:55:30,280 And thank you. 893 00:55:30,280 --> 00:55:33,220 This is so wonderful to see you who 894 00:55:33,220 --> 00:55:36,610 have been such a mover in the last few years 895 00:55:36,610 --> 00:55:41,770 on this whole rebranding effort to reaffirm that you really 896 00:55:41,770 --> 00:55:46,240 are in touch with the basic essence, to my mind, 897 00:55:46,240 --> 00:55:47,800 of our movement. 898 00:55:47,800 --> 00:55:49,900 And the Universalists thought that they 899 00:55:49,900 --> 00:55:54,060 were going to go under when they merged with the Unitarians. 900 00:55:54,060 --> 00:55:56,940 And to some extent, that really happened. 901 00:55:56,940 --> 00:56:01,150 To find us rediscovering our Universalist side, 902 00:56:01,150 --> 00:56:03,290 I believe it is the salvation. 903 00:56:03,290 --> 00:56:05,630 I don't think that it's particularly theist. 904 00:56:05,630 --> 00:56:08,527 I think if you look at that slide on the four 905 00:56:08,527 --> 00:56:13,660 points of Universalism, there's a love win, 906 00:56:13,660 --> 00:56:17,500 not whether there's a supernatural being called God. 907 00:56:17,500 --> 00:56:20,960 But you believe that love will win. 908 00:56:20,960 --> 00:56:23,740 And this is larger than that denomination. 909 00:56:23,740 --> 00:56:25,790 Rob Bell, the evangelist, just wrote 910 00:56:25,790 --> 00:56:29,620 a book about four years ago called Love Wins. 911 00:56:29,620 --> 00:56:38,870 Do we carry our faith that love will overcome all evil? 912 00:56:38,870 --> 00:56:42,470 I happen to be working on a sabbatical project-- I started 913 00:56:42,470 --> 00:56:45,656 during my sabbatical-- a book on love and evil 914 00:56:45,656 --> 00:56:48,504 to try to grapple with that particularly thorny question. 915 00:56:48,504 --> 00:56:50,170 If anybody has any suggestions and wants 916 00:56:50,170 --> 00:56:52,792 to talk to me about it, I invite you. 917 00:56:52,792 --> 00:56:53,750 Terasa G Cooley: Great. 918 00:56:53,750 --> 00:56:58,270 Thanks, Edward. 919 00:56:58,270 --> 00:57:01,400 Audience: I'm Jimmy McReynolds from Charlottesville, Virginia. 920 00:57:01,400 --> 00:57:04,030 And thank you for this presentation. 921 00:57:04,030 --> 00:57:06,120 It ties something together for me. 922 00:57:06,120 --> 00:57:08,380 I've been exploring something called 923 00:57:08,380 --> 00:57:10,200 evolutionary spirituality. 924 00:57:10,200 --> 00:57:15,050 And [INAUDIBLE] is one of the people that's lifted up 925 00:57:15,050 --> 00:57:19,490 who was a Catholic priest and palenontologist who 926 00:57:19,490 --> 00:57:23,432 talked about we're on-- he believed that we are 927 00:57:23,432 --> 00:57:29,280 on the verge-- on the threshold of evolution of consciousness. 928 00:57:29,280 --> 00:57:33,240 That our first evolution was the universe unfolding, 929 00:57:33,240 --> 00:57:37,390 and biological evolution, and that the third evolution is 930 00:57:37,390 --> 00:57:40,016 an evolution of consciousness and that the foundation 931 00:57:40,016 --> 00:57:41,266 for that is love. 932 00:57:41,266 --> 00:57:43,540 And this ties beautifully into that. 933 00:57:43,540 --> 00:57:45,490 So thank you. 934 00:57:45,490 --> 00:57:49,064 Terasa G Cooley: Thank you. 935 00:57:49,064 --> 00:57:49,730 Audience: Hello. 936 00:57:49,730 --> 00:57:52,010 Holly Tangway, from the Gloucester Church, 937 00:57:52,010 --> 00:57:54,110 the first Universalist Church in the country. 938 00:57:54,110 --> 00:57:55,586 Had to get the plug in. 939 00:57:55,586 --> 00:57:56,570 Terasa G Cooley: Yeah. 940 00:57:56,570 --> 00:58:01,490 [APPLAUSE] 941 00:58:01,490 --> 00:58:04,010 Audience: Very inspiring presentation. 942 00:58:04,010 --> 00:58:09,360 People, including me, look for meaning on the internet, 943 00:58:09,360 --> 00:58:12,940 go to sites where they can get a quick fix. 944 00:58:12,940 --> 00:58:16,490 TED Talks not quite so quick, but still fairly quick. 945 00:58:16,490 --> 00:58:19,880 Upworthy pretty quick. 946 00:58:19,880 --> 00:58:24,320 Some videos from YouTube pretty quick. 947 00:58:24,320 --> 00:58:27,360 Is Unitarian Universalism is the UUA? 948 00:58:27,360 --> 00:58:30,980 But I wish that the Unitarian Universalist Association 949 00:58:30,980 --> 00:58:34,260 had one of those websites, one of those places 950 00:58:34,260 --> 00:58:38,420 where people went to look for something that was inspiring 951 00:58:38,420 --> 00:58:43,575 that then got them to see that inspiring stuff was from us. 952 00:58:43,575 --> 00:58:44,450 Terasa G Cooley: Yes. 953 00:58:44,450 --> 00:58:45,380 Thank you. 954 00:58:45,380 --> 00:58:49,280 Actually, that's a great prelude. 955 00:58:49,280 --> 00:58:52,460 We are in the process of developing an entirely new kind 956 00:58:52,460 --> 00:58:55,470 of website based on a function that's 957 00:58:55,470 --> 00:58:58,220 called Drupal I'm sure you all care deeply about what Drupal 958 00:58:58,220 --> 00:59:02,004 is But what-- Drupal? 959 00:59:02,004 --> 00:59:04,200 It's a content management system that 960 00:59:04,200 --> 00:59:08,580 allows us to create a lot of different microsites, much 961 00:59:08,580 --> 00:59:10,820 of which can be now focused on seekers 962 00:59:10,820 --> 00:59:14,150 and provide much more spiritually oriented material. 963 00:59:14,150 --> 00:59:16,220 What we have right now is this huge fire hose 964 00:59:16,220 --> 00:59:19,420 of words with incredibly helpful things on it, 965 00:59:19,420 --> 00:59:22,860 but no way for people to really navigate among that. 966 00:59:22,860 --> 00:59:24,547 And so we're in the midst of redoing-- 967 00:59:24,547 --> 00:59:26,755 and this is going to come out in the next few weeks-- 968 00:59:26,755 --> 00:59:28,360 we're redoing WorshipWeb. 969 00:59:28,360 --> 00:59:30,990 How many of you use WorshipWeb? 970 00:59:30,990 --> 00:59:33,750 It has a lot of wonderful things called opening words 971 00:59:33,750 --> 00:59:35,720 and prayers and closing words. 972 00:59:35,720 --> 00:59:37,860 And they're incredibly inspiring, 973 00:59:37,860 --> 00:59:40,210 but who's going to find that if you're not 974 00:59:40,210 --> 00:59:42,720 looking for something called opening words? 975 00:59:42,720 --> 00:59:47,170 So we're retagging all of that, making it available to people 976 00:59:47,170 --> 00:59:49,960 if they're interested in finding a reading about, oh, 977 00:59:49,960 --> 00:59:53,970 grief or some life event that they're-- and that's going 978 00:59:53,970 --> 00:59:57,529 to be reorganized and redone in a way that's going to provide 979 00:59:57,529 --> 00:59:58,070 much of that. 980 00:59:58,070 --> 01:00:01,490 So we're moving much of our things 981 01:00:01,490 --> 01:00:04,320 into exactly the direction that you're talking about. 982 01:00:04,320 --> 01:00:06,260 And I just want to show you really quick 983 01:00:06,260 --> 01:00:08,900 the thing that I didn't show you before. 984 01:00:08,900 --> 01:00:11,390 This is something called the School of Life. 985 01:00:11,390 --> 01:00:13,880 This is done in London and in Paris 986 01:00:13,880 --> 01:00:16,990 and in Amsterdam and Melbourne. 987 01:00:16,990 --> 01:00:20,730 And this was founded by Alain de Botton. 988 01:00:20,730 --> 01:00:22,640 How many of you have seen his-- he's 989 01:00:22,640 --> 01:00:26,760 an atheist that has brought spiritual content 990 01:00:26,760 --> 01:00:28,805 to much of what he's trying to do. 991 01:00:28,805 --> 01:00:30,799 And we could call him a Unitarian Universalist 992 01:00:30,799 --> 01:00:31,340 quite easily. 993 01:00:31,340 --> 01:00:33,270 He would not call himself such. 994 01:00:33,270 --> 01:00:36,470 But he offers this incredible site. 995 01:00:36,470 --> 01:00:41,350 And these classes, they're about how to make meaning in life. 996 01:00:41,350 --> 01:00:45,575 And there's a real flaw to this system in some ways, 997 01:00:45,575 --> 01:00:47,470 that that's exactly what you're talking about 998 01:00:47,470 --> 01:00:48,610 that we need to be doing. 999 01:00:48,610 --> 01:00:52,150 We need to be putting our things out there in condensible ways 1000 01:00:52,150 --> 01:00:55,010 that are accessible to people and make sense 1001 01:00:55,010 --> 01:01:00,330 to people that speak beyond the usual-- which 1002 01:01:00,330 --> 01:01:03,150 is why I think humanism has great potential for us, 1003 01:01:03,150 --> 01:01:05,180 again-- to speak beyond what people's 1004 01:01:05,180 --> 01:01:08,310 traditional understandings of religion are. 1005 01:01:08,310 --> 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