1 00:00:38,570 --> 00:00:45,200 Barb Greve: I now call to order the Fifty- Seventh General Assembly of 2 00:00:45,200 --> 00:00:55,800 the Unitarian Universalist Association. 3 00:00:55,800 --> 00:01:02,940 Family of faith we are gathered here once again 4 00:01:02,940 --> 00:01:08,440 and we begin our gathering by centering ourselves and opening our hearts to one another 5 00:01:12,440 --> 00:01:17,280 Spirit of life, 6 00:01:22,480 --> 00:01:27,620 we recognize that we gather in a time of tremendous heartbreak 7 00:01:27,620 --> 00:01:33,700 We bring grief, loss, anger, and pain, weighing heavy on our hearts and on our spirits 8 00:01:42,520 --> 00:01:47,700 We are mindful of the ways that the forces of criminalization and militarism 9 00:01:47,960 --> 00:01:56,580 are denigrating and dehumanizing lives all over this country and all over the planet. 10 00:01:59,220 --> 00:02:04,700 And it is not right. And it has not been right. 11 00:02:08,380 --> 00:02:14,400 Even as we gather there were several police shootings here right in Kansas City 12 00:02:14,400 --> 00:02:18,160 right here near the convention center. 13 00:02:18,520 --> 00:02:27,040 Police-related shootings both in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. 14 00:02:33,040 --> 00:02:41,780 We gather to call ourselves back to the deepest sources of our humanity. 15 00:02:44,220 --> 00:02:50,220 to be nurtured this week by the resources of love and fellowship 16 00:02:50,220 --> 00:02:56,320 resources of music and song - the resources of joy 17 00:02:57,920 --> 00:03:01,900 which we need to survive and which remind us why we struggle 18 00:03:05,600 --> 00:03:11,500 for liberation of our own and for those across the world. 19 00:03:12,440 --> 00:03:18,140 for the human spirit to be liberated 20 00:03:18,140 --> 00:03:22,700 broken free of the chains of oppression 21 00:03:23,500 --> 00:03:32,940 Spirit of life, gather us together this week as a family of faith in care and safety 22 00:03:32,940 --> 00:03:42,400 and in joy. May we be renewed and strengthened through this gathering 23 00:03:43,120 --> 00:03:48,700 that we may keep showing up faithfully each day 24 00:03:48,700 --> 00:03:54,040 answering the call to love, answering the call of our values. 25 00:03:54,040 --> 00:03:58,840 It is good to be together. May we be nourished by this community and our faith, 26 00:03:58,840 --> 00:04:08,280 just as we are nourished by this earth and the resources on which we depend for life. 27 00:04:11,020 --> 00:04:14,080 Blessed be and amen. 28 00:04:18,200 --> 00:04:22,000 Elandria: The proposed Rules of Procedure 29 00:04:22,120 --> 00:04:25,620 can be found on pages 70 through 72 of the Final Agenda or Program Book. 30 00:04:25,630 --> 00:04:30,700 These rules will govern our consideration of, and voting upon, the business items that 31 00:04:30,700 --> 00:04:33,870 come before us during our general sessions. 32 00:04:33,870 --> 00:04:37,470 The rules are largely the same as in previous years. 33 00:04:37,470 --> 00:04:41,430 There are a couple of items that I want to direct your attention to. 34 00:04:41,430 --> 00:04:48,389 Please note that Rule 5 provides that no amendments to a business resolution, bylaw change or 35 00:04:48,389 --> 00:04:53,290 rule change will be in order unless submitted 36 00:04:53,290 --> 00:04:57,100 for consideration at the mini- assembly for that item. 37 00:04:57,100 --> 00:05:07,200 Also, please note that Rule 6b indicates that 38 00:05:07,200 --> 00:05:13,690 thirty minutes are allowed for discussion of any proposed bylaw or rule amendment, resolution, 39 00:05:13,690 --> 00:05:18,420 or action on a report that is on or admitted to the Final agenda. 40 00:05:18,420 --> 00:05:23,650 Before debate begins, time will be provided for you to informally discuss the agenda item 41 00:05:23,650 --> 00:05:28,810 with others sitting around you; this informal discussion time will not count towards the 42 00:05:28,810 --> 00:05:29,810 thirty-minute limit. 43 00:05:29,810 --> 00:05:34,650 The thirty minutes of debate time does include time devoted to discussing any amendments 44 00:05:34,650 --> 00:05:36,070 to the proposed amendment. 45 00:05:36,070 --> 00:05:45,780 As a reminder, Rule 7 provides that separate microphones will be designated as pro and 46 00:05:45,780 --> 00:06:01,560 concern for discussion of proposed bylaw amendments, rules, resolutions or actions. 47 00:06:01,560 --> 00:06:06,650 The pro microphone is up front on the left. 48 00:06:06,650 --> 00:06:15,060 The concern microphone is up front on the right. 49 00:06:15,060 --> 00:06:19,920 There is also an amendment microphone which has been placed at the front of the arena, 50 00:06:19,920 --> 00:06:25,520 and a procedural microphone which has been placed immediately in front of me 51 00:06:26,770 --> 00:06:31,460 Please note that points of personal privilege and points of information must be made from 52 00:06:31,460 --> 00:06:38,770 the procedural mike, not from the pro or concern mikes or the amendment mike. 53 00:06:38,770 --> 00:06:40,139 By the way, 54 00:06:40,139 --> 00:06:50,370 only delegates may speak from the microphones, except by express permission of a Co-Moderator. 55 00:06:50,370 --> 00:06:54,740 I strongly urge those of you who are attending General Assembly General Sessions for the 56 00:06:54,740 --> 00:06:58,360 first time to read the Rules of Procedure. 57 00:06:58,360 --> 00:07:02,620 Particularly look at Rule 6 on page 70 of the Rules, so that you understand the time 58 00:07:02,620 --> 00:07:04,240 limits in effect. 59 00:07:04,240 --> 00:07:08,680 No person may speak on any motion for more than two minutes. 60 00:07:08,680 --> 00:07:10,870 We will actually do a review of the rules before every time we vote. 61 00:07:10,870 --> 00:07:29,120 Before proceeding with our business, I want to introduce you to Tom Bean, our legal counsel 62 00:07:29,120 --> 00:07:31,580 and Nina Elmo parliamentarian. 63 00:07:31,580 --> 00:07:34,910 All clear? 64 00:07:34,910 --> 00:07:43,520 Will the Board Secretary make the appropriate motion with respect to the Rules of Procedure? 65 00:07:43,520 --> 00:07:54,169 Christina Rivera: Moved that the Rules of Procedure of this General Assembly as set 66 00:07:54,169 --> 00:08:02,880 forth in full on pages 70 through 72 of the Final Agenda be adopted. 67 00:08:02,880 --> 00:08:12,130 Co-Moderator: Is there a second? 68 00:08:12,130 --> 00:08:30,180 Does anyone want to discuss the rules? 69 00:08:30,180 --> 00:08:34,070 There being no [time for further] discussion of the Rules of Procedure, discussion is now 70 00:08:34,070 --> 00:08:36,729 closed, and a vote is in order. 71 00:08:36,729 --> 00:08:39,130 All those in favor of adopting the Rules of Procedure, 72 00:08:39,130 --> 00:08:42,169 please do so by raising your voting card. 73 00:08:45,070 --> 00:08:47,960 All those opposed. 74 00:08:50,860 --> 00:08:55,540 Let's wait for the off-site delegates to vote on these rules. 75 00:09:12,360 --> 00:09:16,000 Wonderful. The motion carries. We did a thing! 76 00:09:16,000 --> 00:09:24,691 Barb Greve: My name is Barb Greve, and I serve 77 00:09:24,691 --> 00:09:31,760 as a Hospice Chaplain, the Religious Education Assistant at the UU Church of Palo Alto, and 78 00:09:31,760 --> 00:09:36,800 am one of the Co-Moderators of this Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. 79 00:09:36,800 --> 00:09:46,030 Elandria Williams: Hello, my name is Elandria Williams and I am a member of Tennessee Valley 80 00:09:46,030 --> 00:09:51,820 UU Church in Knoxville, TN. 81 00:09:51,820 --> 00:09:56,350 I am also the Training Director of People’s Hub and Cooperative Developer for Cooperation 82 00:09:56,350 --> 00:10:07,630 Jackson and am one of the Co- Moderators of this Unitarian Universalist Association of 83 00:10:07,630 --> 00:10:10,350 Congregations 84 00:10:10,350 --> 00:10:17,140 Barb: As we gather here at this General Assembly, we do so in with awareness of all that is 85 00:10:17,140 --> 00:10:23,550 happening in the world around us and here within our own faith tradition. 86 00:10:23,550 --> 00:10:28,640 Each one of us has different sources of strength and inspiration. 87 00:10:28,640 --> 00:10:35,240 For many of us, one of these sources is our ancestors – those who have come before us, 88 00:10:35,240 --> 00:10:42,430 who have navigated troubled waters, and whose dreams, actions, wisdom, and strength we build 89 00:10:42,430 --> 00:10:44,060 upon. 90 00:10:44,060 --> 00:10:49,830 Each year, some of our contemporaries make the great transition to join the ancestors. 91 00:10:49,830 --> 00:10:52,920 This year is no different. 92 00:10:52,920 --> 00:11:00,450 For the second year in a row we honor one of our moderator predecessors, Denny Davidoff. 93 00:11:00,450 --> 00:11:06,210 Along with Denny, we honor Danielle Glad and Alyce Gowdy-Wright. 94 00:11:06,210 --> 00:11:11,890 All three were friends and mentors to many of us here in the hall. 95 00:11:11,890 --> 00:11:18,270 May this open chair, which will remain as such throughout General Assembly, honor them 96 00:11:18,270 --> 00:11:21,830 and all the other ancestors in our lives. 97 00:11:21,830 --> 00:11:23,870 All were important. 98 00:11:23,870 --> 00:11:29,750 Elandria: It is customary that when the Board meet together physically (as opposed to virtually), 99 00:11:29,750 --> 00:11:32,130 we leave an open chair at the board table. 100 00:11:32,130 --> 00:11:36,399 This chair honors the spirits that have blessed proceedings in the past, and leaves space 101 00:11:36,399 --> 00:11:40,089 for observers to join us when appropriate. 102 00:11:40,089 --> 00:11:43,350 It is an important and sacred custom. 103 00:11:43,350 --> 00:11:45,830 In the spirit of remembering and honoring 104 00:11:45,830 --> 00:11:51,770 our ancestors in some African and African American cultures we pour libations. 105 00:11:51,770 --> 00:11:55,430 Libations are poured to honor their lives, their courage and to remember the lessons 106 00:11:55,430 --> 00:11:57,250 that they taught us. 107 00:11:57,250 --> 00:12:03,870 As we pour libations this evening, we do so to remember and Denny Davidoff, Danielle Glad, 108 00:12:03,870 --> 00:12:08,360 and Alyce Gowdy-Wright, along with those in your life who have had great value. 109 00:12:08,360 --> 00:12:13,411 We will begin by first calling out some names from here and after we call each name we will 110 00:12:13,411 --> 00:12:18,410 pour some water onto this plant (bowl??) and we will all say Ashé. 111 00:12:18,410 --> 00:12:19,410 Can everyone say Ashé with me? 112 00:12:25,029 --> 00:12:51,430 Denny Davidoff - Danielle Glad - Alyce Gowdy-Wright - Marlys Brinkman - Ibrahim Baba Farajaje 113 00:12:51,430 --> 00:13:05,550 Now please say a name and during this process we will all say Ashé until all the water has 114 00:13:05,550 --> 00:13:23,410 been poured. 115 00:13:23,410 --> 00:13:39,550 We also want to recognize those that are still here and those yet to come. 116 00:13:39,550 --> 00:13:43,620 We know that we are joined by elders both of our faith and those we are in community with 117 00:13:45,060 --> 00:13:54,279 If you consider yourself an elder please raise your hand or make some noise. 118 00:13:54,279 --> 00:14:00,480 Let’s all say thank you for what they have and are giving us. 119 00:14:00,480 --> 00:14:16,010 Repeat after me: THANK YOU and we LOVE YOU! 120 00:14:16,010 --> 00:14:23,140 Now for those of us yelders or if you haven’t reached yelder status those of us that are 121 00:14:23,140 --> 00:14:28,470 in in the middle and providing care, balance and support to both the elders and the younger folks. 122 00:14:29,550 --> 00:14:35,070 If you are their raise your hand or make some noise. 123 00:14:35,070 --> 00:14:42,130 Let us all say thank you for what they have and are giving us. 124 00:14:42,130 --> 00:14:49,709 Repeat after me: THANK YOU AND LOVE YOU Now for those who are younger and not just 125 00:14:49,709 --> 00:14:51,480 young at heart. 126 00:14:51,480 --> 00:14:56,750 The youth that are leading the way in so many ways and helping the rest of us take notice. 127 00:14:56,750 --> 00:15:01,080 If you are a youth please either raise or hand or make some noise. 128 00:15:01,080 --> 00:15:05,930 Let us all say thank you for what they have and are giving us. 129 00:15:05,930 --> 00:15:22,110 Repeat after me: THANK YOU AND LOVE YOU Now for those that have yet to come. 130 00:15:22,110 --> 00:15:26,730 Some are almost here about to be born and others we don’t even now about. 131 00:15:26,730 --> 00:15:29,940 Let’s offer a moment of silence sending them love. 132 00:15:29,940 --> 00:15:34,100 Thanks. 133 00:15:34,200 --> 00:15:40,860 Barb Greve: We welcome our 2018 GA Chaplains. 134 00:15:40,860 --> 00:15:47,850 The chaplains are available during GA and will often be in the Chaplain Office in Room 135 00:15:47,850 --> 00:15:51,680 2206. 136 00:15:51,680 --> 00:16:10,310 Rebekah Savage: Greetings Beloved Unitarian Universalists far and wide! 137 00:16:10,310 --> 00:16:16,600 I am Rev. Rebekah Savage, your co-lead for the General Assembly Chaplains. 138 00:16:16,600 --> 00:16:20,420 This is Rev. Alex Holt also your co-lead chaplain. 139 00:16:20,420 --> 00:16:27,620 It is my honor to present to you our team of GA Chaplains: 140 00:16:27,620 --> 00:16:37,480 Rev. Neal Anderson Rev. Katie Romano Griffin Rev. Kate Landis Rev. Qiyamah Rahman and Rev. 141 00:16:37,480 --> 00:16:52,100 Cathy Harrington is serving as our offsite online chaplain. 142 00:16:52,100 --> 00:17:00,010 These generous souls will be available in Room 2206 next to the Right Relations Team 143 00:17:00,010 --> 00:17:02,200 in the Convention Center. 144 00:17:02,200 --> 00:17:08,230 Our GA Chaplains are available for pastoral and spiritual support for the duration of 145 00:17:08,230 --> 00:17:10,329 General Assembly. 146 00:17:10,329 --> 00:17:23,289 You can contact our team by calling 617-948-4244, 24 hours a day. 147 00:17:23,289 --> 00:17:37,429 All GA chaplains will be wearing a Chaplain hat to be recognizable during program 148 00:17:37,429 --> 00:17:38,429 hours. 149 00:17:38,429 --> 00:17:42,700 We are here to support and serve your spiritual needs. 150 00:17:42,700 --> 00:17:51,889 We will also be offering morning spiritual practice in the Meditation Room of the Convention 151 00:17:51,889 --> 00:17:55,519 Center from 7- 7:30am. 152 00:17:55,519 --> 00:18:01,580 So come by and say hi, ask for a blessing or lay your burden down. 153 00:18:01,580 --> 00:18:11,610 We are honored to journey with you while at GA. 154 00:18:16,619 --> 00:18:23,299 Elandria Williams: Please welcome the co- chairs of your 2018 Right Relationship Team, 155 00:18:23,299 --> 00:18:26,750 Hannah Roberts Villnave and Yadenee Hailu. 156 00:18:26,750 --> 00:18:38,049 Hannah Roberts Villnave / Yadenee Hailu: Welcome to this incredible gathering of Unitarian 157 00:18:38,049 --> 00:18:39,049 Universalists. 158 00:18:39,049 --> 00:18:43,710 It’s an honor to be serving as the co-chairs of your Right Relationship Team. 159 00:18:43,710 --> 00:18:50,149 I’m Yadenee Hailu and I’m Hannah Roberts Villnave, and we’re looking forward to spending 160 00:18:50,149 --> 00:18:58,789 this GA together engaged in the sticky, beautiful work of co-creating community that reflects 161 00:18:58,789 --> 00:19:01,169 our highest values. 162 00:19:01,169 --> 00:19:08,730 Joining us on the team this year are: Mary Early-Zald, Shari Halliday-Quan, Julian Sharp, 163 00:19:08,730 --> 00:19:16,019 Stephen Carmody, Jim Lewis, Miguel Rivera Young, Rachael Miles, and Elizabeth Mount. 164 00:19:16,019 --> 00:19:21,231 This year, we are particularly excited to be partnering with the new Safety Team, as 165 00:19:21,231 --> 00:19:26,029 well as continuing to work closely with our GA Chaplains. 166 00:19:26,029 --> 00:19:32,200 Maybe you’re wondering how the Right Relationship Team fits into that constellation of groups! 167 00:19:32,200 --> 00:19:37,650 We’re here to support you in working through issues that develop within the General Assembly 168 00:19:37,650 --> 00:19:39,609 community. 169 00:19:39,609 --> 00:19:47,549 Our support takes many forms, from holding space for your experiences, to acting as thought 170 00:19:47,549 --> 00:19:54,970 partners for participation, to accompanying and facilitating the conversations around 171 00:19:54,970 --> 00:19:56,340 transforming relationships. 172 00:19:56,340 --> 00:20:03,299 If you need us, you can find us in room XXX here at the convention center, by calling 173 00:20:03,299 --> 00:20:12,950 us at the number in the program book and app, or by finding somebody in a stylish orange 174 00:20:12,950 --> 00:20:13,950 vest. 175 00:20:13,950 --> 00:20:20,169 As Unitarian Universalists, we strive to create community that honors the ways the divine 176 00:20:20,169 --> 00:20:23,299 shows up in each of us. 177 00:20:23,299 --> 00:20:28,490 And we are striving to root out white supremacy, the heteropatriarchy, disability erasure, 178 00:20:28,490 --> 00:20:31,539 and the many other 179 00:20:31,539 --> 00:20:41,340 ways our society fails to honor the divine in each and all. 180 00:20:41,340 --> 00:20:52,999 This work will create deep discomfort and uncertainty, particularly for those of us 181 00:20:52,999 --> 00:21:00,390 who move in the world with privileged identities. 182 00:21:00,390 --> 00:21:04,950 Breathe. 183 00:21:04,950 --> 00:21:14,509 We invite you to spend these days together letting go of being flawless or certain. 184 00:21:14,509 --> 00:21:28,879 Join us in finding new ways to be curious, open, courageous and humble with one another. 185 00:21:28,879 --> 00:21:45,840 Introduction: Safety Team Elandria Williams: Please welcome the co- 186 00:21:45,840 --> 00:23:59,249 chairs of your 2018 Safety Team, India Harris and Chris Crass. 187 00:23:59,249 --> 00:25:43,119 India Harris / Chris Crass: GA Accessibility 188 00:25:43,119 --> 00:27:16,149 Elandria Williams: Please 189 00:27:16,149 --> 00:27:35,869 welcome 190 00:27:35,869 --> 00:27:41,799 Patty Cameron, who is here to tell us about Accessibility Services at this General Assembly. 191 00:27:41,799 --> 00:27:48,009 The GA Planning Committee and Patty have done a great job over the years in making GA more 192 00:27:48,009 --> 00:27:53,629 and more accessible to more and more people. 193 00:27:53,629 --> 00:28:04,309 Patty Cameron: My name is Patty Cameron and it’s my great pleasure to coordinate Accessibility 194 00:28:04,309 --> 00:28:07,119 Services for General Assembly. 195 00:28:07,119 --> 00:28:11,330 But accessibility is not my job alone. 196 00:28:11,330 --> 00:28:19,399 It is our collective role to practice radical hospitality – a community that includes 197 00:28:19,399 --> 00:28:26,899 everyone – those who use mobility equipment, listening devices, interpreters, have 198 00:28:26,899 --> 00:28:30,859 chemical sensitivities, assist dogs, or need 199 00:28:30,859 --> 00:28:34,289 special seating to accommodate for vision or hearing. 200 00:28:34,289 --> 00:28:39,389 It’s our collective role to welcome all! 201 00:28:39,389 --> 00:28:44,860 Our services are available to anyone registered here at General Assembly, and our goal is 202 00:28:44,860 --> 00:28:52,200 to provide assistance that allows everyone to participate fully in GA. 203 00:28:52,200 --> 00:28:55,519 Come visit our table in the main lobby. 204 00:28:55,519 --> 00:29:01,759 I invite you to be with one another this week in ways that allow you to practice radical 205 00:29:01,759 --> 00:29:12,799 hospitality, stretch your comfort zone, enrich your spirit, and widen your field as you take 206 00:29:12,799 --> 00:29:19,479 in all those around you whether they walk or ride. 207 00:29:19,479 --> 00:29:25,139 Please reserve the elevators for people with mobility or health needs. 208 00:29:25,139 --> 00:29:32,779 We are all part of this General Assembly – one beloved community – a bright, wonderful 209 00:29:32,779 --> 00:29:37,159 community of people of all abilities. 210 00:29:37,159 --> 00:29:40,169 Be with each other in loving kindness. 211 00:29:40,169 --> 00:30:26,830 Enjoy GA! 212 00:30:26,830 --> 00:30:30,110 Thank you! 213 00:30:30,110 --> 00:31:13,330 Recess Barb Greve: There being no further business 214 00:31:13,330 --> 00:31:18,049 to come before us, and in accordance with the schedule set forth in your program book, 215 00:31:18,049 --> 00:31:23,250 I declare that this general session of the General Assembly shall stand in recess until 216 00:31:23,250 --> 00:31:44,080 9:15 AM on Thursday, June 21, 2018. 301 00:51:30,220 --> 00:51:40,880 Leon Burke: Good evening GA! I am Leon Burke, the music coordinator for this GA. 302 00:51:40,880 --> 00:51:47,300 As a proud born Missourian, welcome to Missouri. 303 00:51:51,980 --> 00:51:54,940 A worship should begin with singing. 304 00:51:55,700 --> 00:52:06,240 So please join my successor, Dr. Emily Jaworski, and the GA band with Marcus Grayhawk as their leader. 305 00:52:06,240 --> 00:52:13,340 And now please rise in body or spirit and join us in this special GA edition of Oh We Give Thanks. 306 00:52:18,480 --> 00:52:30,000 Oh, we give thanks for this precious day, for all gather'd here, and those far away; 307 00:52:30,760 --> 00:52:41,060 For this time we share with love and care, Oh, we give thanks for this precious day. 308 00:52:41,920 --> 00:52:52,320 Oh, we give thanks for this precious week, For all gather'd here, and those far away; 309 00:52:53,480 --> 00:53:05,960 For this week we share with love and care, Oh, we give thanks for this precious day. 310 00:53:05,960 --> 00:53:11,380 Oh, we give thanks for this precious day, 311 00:53:11,560 --> 00:53:21,760 for all gather'd here, and those far away; For this time we share with love and care, 312 00:53:22,740 --> 00:53:28,600 Oh, we give thanks for this precious day. 313 00:53:29,800 --> 00:53:40,640 Oh, we give thanks for this precious week, For all gather'd here, and those far away; 314 00:53:40,640 --> 00:53:55,320 For this time we share with love and care, Oh, we give thanks for this precious week. 315 00:54:13,200 --> 00:54:19,540 Elandria Williams: An enduring symbol of our faith, connecting us to our religious ancestors, 316 00:54:19,540 --> 00:54:22,360 we light this chalice. 317 00:54:22,360 --> 00:54:31,239 The warmth of its flame beckons us to be together, in physical and virtual spaces. 318 00:54:31,239 --> 00:54:39,980 The flickering yet steadfast light asks us to stretch and grow, reaching toward each 319 00:54:39,980 --> 00:54:48,590 other in familiar welcome and reaching out to those seeking to join us. 320 00:54:48,590 --> 00:54:56,670 In the shadow and shimmer of this chalice, may we lace our lives closer together in the 321 00:54:56,670 --> 00:55:02,499 days to come. 322 00:55:02,499 --> 00:55:26,610 Kate Landis: Over jagged granite mountains we traveled, or through undulating fields 323 00:55:26,610 --> 00:55:31,370 of corn turned liquid gold in the sunlight. 324 00:55:31,370 --> 00:55:41,960 In a silver bird we winged above sapphire-faceted Great Lakes or across the tumbling green Appalachians. 325 00:55:41,960 --> 00:55:47,280 Through the umber desert, past red rocks streaked with cream. 326 00:55:47,280 --> 00:55:56,720 Pulled by the wind through the silver prairies and past the metallic gleam of big-city skyscrapers. 327 00:55:56,720 --> 00:56:03,030 Across human-made borders, crimson dividing lines on a map. 328 00:56:03,030 --> 00:56:10,980 Flying above oceans teal with white foam--all this to be together. 329 00:56:10,980 --> 00:56:19,010 To gaze into our neighbors' eyes and there find divinity. 330 00:56:19,010 --> 00:56:23,570 In the weaving together of our differences, holiness. 331 00:56:23,570 --> 00:56:35,770 We bring our pain, passion, and purpose, we bring our whole selves into the tapestry of 332 00:56:35,770 --> 00:56:38,110 community. 333 00:56:38,110 --> 00:57:26,030 Let us worship together. 334 00:57:26,030 --> 01:01:20,980 Sometimes, we find ourselves unraveling. 335 01:01:20,980 --> 01:01:30,720 Other times we find ourselves entangled by fear and hopelessness; 336 01:01:30,720 --> 01:01:37,470 We are challenged when others point to the agonies of their lives. 337 01:01:37,470 --> 01:01:43,769 We might want to turn our eyes and ears and hearts away from their pain 338 01:01:43,769 --> 01:01:51,199 Sometimes we find in the unraveling a part of us we have hidden away -- a part of us 339 01:01:51,199 --> 01:01:55,540 that makes us strong and beautiful. 340 01:01:55,540 --> 01:01:57,610 We rejoice. 341 01:01:57,610 --> 01:02:04,610 We experience a glimpse of the holy as things fall apart. 342 01:02:04,610 --> 01:02:13,100 Maybe we find a part of us we did not know was there, a part we wish not to have exposed, 343 01:02:13,100 --> 01:02:17,379 a part we want no one to know about. 344 01:02:17,379 --> 01:02:20,440 Our delusions become apparent. 345 01:02:20,440 --> 01:02:23,829 In this unraveling, we find pain. 346 01:02:23,829 --> 01:02:26,259 We suffer. 347 01:02:26,259 --> 01:02:32,439 There seems no way out of suffering and pain. 348 01:02:32,439 --> 01:02:39,879 Sometimes we find our beloved community unraveling into love and truth. 349 01:02:39,879 --> 01:02:45,540 We find strands that make us strong and beautiful. 350 01:02:45,540 --> 01:02:48,579 We find the ugly strands too. 351 01:02:48,579 --> 01:02:56,529 We try to ignore them but come to realize that we continue to fray if we delude ourselves 352 01:02:56,529 --> 01:02:59,910 they do not matter. 353 01:02:59,910 --> 01:03:08,740 With open hands, we hold all the broken and beautiful strands and we find they are waiting 354 01:03:08,740 --> 01:03:14,410 to be rewoven with patient hands and hearts. 355 01:03:14,410 --> 01:03:18,620 Ashé and Amen 356 01:03:18,620 --> 01:03:21,430 Good evening! 357 01:03:21,430 --> 01:03:43,800 Please rise in body or spirit and join me in singing in Spanish and English Fuente de Amor/ Spirit of Life. 358 01:05:37,040 --> 01:05:39,480 Katie: Work looms. 359 01:05:39,480 --> 01:05:41,560 Neal: Plain weave. 360 01:05:41,660 --> 01:05:46,180 Katie: The woven context of the tight fabric. 361 01:05:47,020 --> 01:05:49,069 The thread increases. 362 01:05:49,069 --> 01:05:52,240 Neal: Twining the string. 363 01:05:52,240 --> 01:05:54,389 Knitting the yarn. 364 01:05:54,389 --> 01:05:58,629 Meshing the warp and woof. 365 01:05:58,629 --> 01:06:01,310 Katie: Eve and Adam. 366 01:06:01,310 --> 01:06:03,240 Yin and Yang. 367 01:06:03,240 --> 01:06:06,490 Neal: Anima and Animus. 368 01:06:06,490 --> 01:06:09,010 Shakti and Shiva. 369 01:06:09,010 --> 01:06:11,240 Groove and tongue. 370 01:06:11,240 --> 01:06:15,240 Katie: Coming clean to something whole. 371 01:06:15,240 --> 01:06:18,480 Wholly Holy. 372 01:06:18,480 --> 01:06:21,620 Neal: Wholly New. 373 01:06:21,620 --> 01:06:24,050 Katie and Neal: Made of both. 374 01:06:24,050 --> 01:06:31,029 Neal: Twirling crossed strands Into thicker rope. 375 01:06:31,029 --> 01:06:46,949 In the weeks after our theme, All Are Called, was announced, I realized that phrase had 376 01:06:46,949 --> 01:06:47,949 gotten under my skin. 377 01:06:47,949 --> 01:06:48,949 I kept asking myself, what does it mean to be called? 378 01:06:48,949 --> 01:06:49,949 What do our calls look like? 379 01:06:49,949 --> 01:06:50,949 What are we called to do in this moment? 380 01:06:50,949 --> 01:06:51,949 And can our calls grow into harmony? 381 01:06:51,949 --> 01:07:00,899 The theme of our gathering is All are Called, and oh how challenging it is to discern a 382 01:07:00,899 --> 01:07:02,420 calling! 383 01:07:02,420 --> 01:07:12,230 To discern - to hear the small still voice, or the booming call to side with love! 384 01:07:12,230 --> 01:07:19,949 As we enter into these days of general assembly, and this shared commitment to live our values, 385 01:07:19,949 --> 01:07:27,860 I invite you to consider this: What does it mean to be called? 386 01:07:27,860 --> 01:07:33,009 What do our collective and individual calls look like? 387 01:07:33,009 --> 01:07:40,519 What are we Unitarian Universalists gathered physically and virtually in Kansas City called 388 01:07:40,519 --> 01:07:50,730 to do in this moment? 389 01:07:50,730 --> 01:07:58,860 In a spirit of Harmony and with the help of Kiya Heartwood, I put my thoughts into song. 390 01:08:09,600 --> 01:08:19,600 All are called to this moment, All are called in many ways. 391 01:08:19,600 --> 01:08:29,800 Hearts knit strong by compassion, All are called to this day! 392 01:08:29,800 --> 01:08:39,200 Some are called to speak as prophets, Some prepare a holy space, 393 01:08:39,200 --> 01:08:49,100 Others still will know their calling Through the lives that they embrace. 394 01:08:49,100 --> 01:08:58,200 All are called to this moment, All are called in many ways. 395 01:08:58,200 --> 01:09:08,000 Hearts knit strong by compassion, All are called to this day! 396 01:09:08,000 --> 01:09:18,200 Some are called to lives creative, Some to make discoveries, 397 01:09:18,200 --> 01:09:28,200 Some promote a transformation that affirms our dignity 398 01:09:28,200 --> 01:09:37,500 All are called to this moment, All are called in many ways. 399 01:09:37,500 --> 01:09:47,340 Hearts knit strong by compassion, All are called to this day! 400 01:09:47,340 --> 01:09:56,560 Some are called to listen closely, witness stories not their own. 401 01:09:56,560 --> 01:10:07,500 Some are called to lift their voices, showing no one is alone. 402 01:10:07,500 --> 01:10:17,200 All are called to this moment, All are called in many ways. 403 01:10:17,200 --> 01:10:25,180 Hearts knit strong by compassion, All are called to this day! 404 01:10:25,460 --> 01:10:35,660 We are called to venture boldly Answer love’s most earnest plea. 405 01:10:35,660 --> 01:10:44,620 When we weave our lives together Stronger still our call will be. 406 01:10:44,800 --> 01:10:53,660 All are called to this moment, All are called in many ways. 407 01:10:54,260 --> 01:11:03,080 Hearts knit strong by compassion, All are called to this day! 408 01:11:27,780 --> 01:11:32,180 All are called! Can I get an amen. Amen! 409 01:11:33,240 --> 01:11:39,780 Beloveds, breathe into this space. 410 01:11:39,780 --> 01:11:46,040 Arrive fully in this moment in this wholly holy moment together. 411 01:11:46,040 --> 01:11:53,960 We acknowledge the weight of the world, the ways in which covenant has been broken around 412 01:11:53,960 --> 01:12:01,889 us: The fabric of life torn asunder. 413 01:12:01,889 --> 01:12:08,900 We hold in our gentle keeping the suffering of the beloveds in our communities, in our 414 01:12:08,900 --> 01:12:15,640 midst, and the tender spots within us. 415 01:12:15,640 --> 01:12:25,190 With our prayers and hearts expanding, we continue to weave together - in the strength 416 01:12:25,190 --> 01:12:37,679 and power that proclaims that we are called to be a blessing this world. 417 01:12:37,679 --> 01:12:51,500 “Olam Chesed Yibaneh” After September 11th, Rabbi Menachem Creditor 418 01:12:51,500 --> 01:12:57,980 wrote a chant for his daughter who was born in the wake of the tragedy. 419 01:12:57,980 --> 01:13:07,340 Olam Chesed Yibaneh - I will build this world from love. 420 01:13:07,340 --> 01:13:23,690 It is a chant that affirms life and hope … and strengthens our bonds as a beloved community. 421 01:13:23,690 --> 01:13:32,010 I will build this world from love, you will build this world from love, 422 01:13:32,010 --> 01:13:48,679 and if we build this world from love, then God will build this world from love. 423 01:13:48,679 --> 01:13:57,669 I invite you to connect with this love, the heartbeat of our faith now. 424 01:14:04,519 --> 01:14:12,190 Receive now these words of blessing, for you are a precious gift, a beautiful strand in 425 01:14:12,190 --> 01:14:17,700 the tapestry of our faith. 426 01:14:17,700 --> 01:14:37,000 When I say, “Beloveds, let us proclaim our calling”, I invite you to respond: I will 427 01:14:37,000 --> 01:14:41,139 build this world from love. 428 01:14:41,139 --> 01:14:47,860 When we weave together the strands of life, what is created is a fabric born of our entire 429 01:14:47,860 --> 01:14:53,120 selves - our stories, struggles, joys and hopes. 430 01:14:53,120 --> 01:14:55,590 We are stronger together. 431 01:14:55,590 --> 01:15:04,270 Beloveds, let us proclaim our calling: Response: I will build this world from love. 432 01:15:04,270 --> 01:15:09,799 For the spark of the divine that lives within each one of us. 433 01:15:09,799 --> 01:15:18,019 For the strands of compassion that hold us together in this sacred fabric of life. 434 01:15:18,019 --> 01:15:33,870 We commit to continue on in weaving together even when it is hard… knowing that 435 01:15:33,870 --> 01:15:36,600 love asks us to be vulnerable. 436 01:15:36,600 --> 01:15:43,790 We commit to seeking real connections, believing that grace and mercy guide our path. 437 01:15:43,790 --> 01:15:52,470 Beloveds, let us proclaim our calling: Response: I will build this world from love. 438 01:15:52,470 --> 01:16:01,190 For our ancestors, the brave souls who conceived a world that could be one day - the radicals, 439 01:16:01,190 --> 01:16:05,390 peacemakers, agitators and justice bearers. 440 01:16:05,390 --> 01:16:14,740 For those who have gone before us, sacrificing their safety and freedom to proclaim the good 441 01:16:14,740 --> 01:16:23,820 news that radical welcome and inclusion in the beloved community is possible. 442 01:16:23,820 --> 01:16:35,080 Beloveds, let us proclaim our calling: Response: I will build this world from love. 443 01:16:35,080 --> 01:16:46,710 For our beloved kin, near and far, who risk safety in proclaiming their truth and ask 444 01:16:46,710 --> 01:16:52,080 us to receive their stories as a part of our own in love. 445 01:16:52,080 --> 01:16:58,570 We commit to the search for truth and meaning as a part of our sacred journey. 446 01:16:58,570 --> 01:17:07,090 Beloveds, let us proclaim our calling: Response: I will build this world from love. 447 01:17:07,090 --> 01:17:14,370 For our children and youth of today and tomorrow, we weave this fabric together and make space 448 01:17:14,370 --> 01:17:23,669 for their legacy that is not yet known. 449 01:17:23,669 --> 01:17:31,669 We commit to live our callings in ways that leaves the world better for children and our 450 01:17:31,669 --> 01:17:32,850 children’s children. 451 01:17:32,850 --> 01:17:41,049 Beloveds, let us proclaim our calling: Response: I will build this world from love. 452 01:17:41,049 --> 01:17:49,299 Beloveds, We are called to be a blessing in the world, we proclaim that we are co-creators 453 01:17:49,299 --> 01:18:02,480 with the sacred pulse of life to bring forth justice, truth and beauty… 454 01:18:02,480 --> 01:18:10,230 we affirm our powerful intention, asking holy compassion to be our guide. 455 01:18:10,230 --> 01:18:19,029 Beloveds, let us proclaim our calling: Response: I will build this world from love. 456 01:18:19,029 --> 01:18:24,980 Olam Chesed Yibaneh. 457 01:18:24,980 --> 01:18:31,509 I will build this world from love, You will build this world from love, 458 01:18:31,509 --> 01:18:40,289 And if we build this world from love, Then God will build this world from love. 459 01:18:40,289 --> 01:18:51,690 Beloveds, may you know peace in your hearts, as this sacred fabric unfurls before us. 460 01:18:51,690 --> 01:19:01,440 Beloveds, may you find strength in this wholly holy moment of renewal and transformation. 461 01:19:04,240 --> 01:19:12,060 Beloveds, may you be the blessings you are called and created to be in our bruised and hurting world. 462 01:19:14,200 --> 01:19:24,540 For we are that power of love that will bring about a new day. So amen. Ashé. 463 01:19:24,540 --> 01:19:27,280 Blessed Be and May It be So. 464 01:19:34,280 --> 01:19:45,760 I would like to ask now everyone in the hall to rise in body or spirit and sing our concluding hymn, Come and Go with Me to That Land. 465 01:19:52,200 --> 01:19:58,060 Come and go with me to that land, Come and go with me to that land, 466 01:19:58,060 --> 01:20:04,660 Come and go with me to that land where I'm bound (where I'm bound). 467 01:20:04,660 --> 01:20:10,420 Come and go with me to that land, Come and go with me to that land, 468 01:20:10,420 --> 01:20:16,560 Come and go with me to that land where I'm bound. 469 01:20:16,560 --> 01:20:22,000 There'll be freedom in that land, There'll be freedom in that land, 470 01:20:22,000 --> 01:20:28,000 There'll be freedom in that land where I'm bound (where I'm bound). 471 01:20:28,000 --> 01:20:34,000 There'll be freedom in that land, There'll be freedom in that land, 472 01:20:34,000 --> 01:20:40,000 There'll be freedom in that land where I'm bound. 473 01:20:40,000 --> 01:20:46,000 There’ll be justice in that land, There’ll be justice in that land, 474 01:20:46,000 --> 01:20:52,000 There’ll be justice in that land where I’m bound (where I’m bound). 475 01:20:52,000 --> 01:20:58,000 There’ll be justice in that land, there’ll be justice in that land, 476 01:20:58,000 --> 01:21:08,000 There’ll be justice in that land where I’m bound. 477 01:21:08,620 --> 01:21:15,000 Beloveds! Now! Yes! 478 01:21:15,000 --> 01:21:21,480 Beloveds, we are co-creators of the beloved world that we want to see. 479 01:21:21,480 --> 01:21:27,420 The beloved world that we have tasked with by our ancestors to build. 480 01:21:27,420 --> 01:21:32,940 The beloved world that our children need from us. 481 01:21:33,200 --> 01:21:38,900 Will you build this world? Yes! 482 01:21:39,060 --> 01:21:43,380 Will you build this world? Yes! 483 01:21:43,380 --> 01:21:50,140 This week we will be offered so many gifts. The gifts of workshops. The gifts of the Ware lecture. 484 01:21:50,640 --> 01:21:58,720 The gifts of the energy of our youth as they roam freely our hallways. 485 01:21:58,720 --> 01:22:08,640 The gifts that we will learn from the Commission on Institutional Change. We have work to do. 486 01:22:08,640 --> 01:22:15,180 And I know looking our here at all our your beautiful faces, and those in the Internet that I can't see 487 01:22:15,400 --> 01:22:22,100 but I know you're there that we are one family, co-created. 488 01:22:22,900 --> 01:22:29,060 Let us have a fantastic week with all the ways we will rub against each other 489 01:22:29,060 --> 01:22:31,940 and get on each other's nerves 490 01:22:32,180 --> 01:22:32,680 but we will love each other through it 491 01:22:32,680 --> 01:23:26,900 Let us sing! 492 01:23:44,360 --> 01:23:48,000 See you tomorrow!