1 00:00:01,717 --> 00:00:04,017 REPORT. FOLLOWING LAST YEAR'S MODEL, WE HAVE A PANEL OF BOARD 2 00:00:11,138 --> 00:00:13,138 MEMBERS TO WHOM I (AS MC) WILL 3 00:00:16,010 --> 00:00:20,076 ASK QUESTIONS. SO SORRY. BUT IS TO START, JUST TO BE TOTALLY 4 00:00:20,077 --> 00:00:23,400 TRANSPARENT, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU ALL, BUT I'M A LITTLE BIT 5 00:00:23,401 --> 00:00:25,451 NERVOUS ABOUT THIS. SO YOU ARE GOING TO BE A GREAT AUDIENCE FOR 6 00:00:25,860 --> 00:00:28,041 US. YES? [APPLAUSE] 7 00:00:30,082 --> 00:00:33,127 THANK YOU. TO START, WOULD EACH PANELIST PLEASE SHARE YOUR 8 00:00:33,128 --> 00:00:35,128 NAME, 9 00:00:36,178 --> 00:00:39,253 CONGREGATION, ROLE (PROFESSIONALLY AND/OR ON THE 10 00:00:39,254 --> 00:00:41,254 BOARD) AND ANSWER THE QUESTION: 11 00:00:43,545 --> 00:00:46,842 WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING A BOARD MEMBER AND WHY DID YOU SAY YES 12 00:00:46,843 --> 00:00:48,843 TO SERVING? 13 00:00:51,005 --> 00:00:55,055 I'LL START: I'M BARB GREVE, MEMBER OF FIRST PARISH IN 14 00:00:55,056 --> 00:00:57,835 FRAMINGHAM MA. IN MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE I AM A HOSPICE 15 00:00:59,614 --> 00:01:02,816 CHAPLAIN AND THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ASSISTANT TO THE 16 00:01:02,817 --> 00:01:04,817 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF 17 00:01:06,021 --> 00:01:10,090 PALO ALTO, CA. ON THE BOARD I AM ONE OF THE 2 CO-MODERATORS, 18 00:01:10,091 --> 00:01:14,647 ALONG WITH ELANDRIA WILLIAMS. I SAID YES TO SERVING BECAUSE I 19 00:01:14,648 --> 00:01:16,648 BELIEVE GOVERNANCE IS IMPORTANT AND I ENJOY BOARD WORK. 20 00:01:24,657 --> 00:01:28,405 >> I SERVE AS THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AT THE CEDAR 21 00:01:28,794 --> 00:01:31,176 LANE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IN BETHESDA, MARYLAND, 22 00:01:31,177 --> 00:01:34,872 AND I'M A MEMBER OF THE COF. MY ROLE ON THE BOARD IS I'M THE 23 00:01:34,873 --> 00:01:38,952 FINANCIAL SECRETARY, AS YOU MAY HAVE JUST HEARD, AND WHAT IS IT 24 00:01:38,953 --> 00:01:43,192 LIKE BEING A BOARD MEMBER AND WHY DID I SAY AND AT TIMES IT 25 00:01:43,193 --> 00:01:46,760 CAN FEEL LIKE A HEAVY LOAD. I LOVE THIS FAITH. I WANT US TO 26 00:01:46,761 --> 00:01:51,124 HELP LIVE OUT OUR VALUES AND PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH. BUT 27 00:01:51,125 --> 00:01:54,192 THERE ARE TIMES IT CAN FEEL LIKE YOU'RE HAVING TO CARRY A HEAVY 28 00:01:54,193 --> 00:01:57,061 LOAD. AND UP WITH THING THAT REMINDS ME OF THAT IS THE BANNER 29 00:01:57,444 --> 00:02:00,364 PARADE. I LOVE THE BANNER PARADE EVERY YEAR AND SEEING ALL 30 00:02:00,365 --> 00:02:03,424 THE CONGREGATIONS MARCH IN REMINDS ME OF THIS IS WHY AND 31 00:02:03,425 --> 00:02:08,728 WHO I'M DOING THIS WORK FOR. I SAID YES TO BEING ON THE BOARD 32 00:02:08,729 --> 00:02:14,486 SO I COULD HELP GIVE RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS A VOICE ON THE BOARD. 33 00:02:15,801 --> 00:02:18,061 JUST FINISHING MY FIRST THREE YEAR TERM. I SAID YES TO 34 00:02:18,062 --> 00:02:22,280 SERVING AGAIN BECAUSE THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAD A LOT TO 35 00:02:22,281 --> 00:02:25,193 DEAL WITH AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE FUTURE BOARDS DON'T HAVE TO 36 00:02:25,577 --> 00:02:27,499 STRUGGLE WITH SOME OF THE SAME ISSUES WE HAD. 37 00:02:27,500 --> 00:02:33,668 >> I'M DENISE REPORT EEMS, FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST 38 00:02:33,669 --> 00:02:36,208 CONCERN OF RICH MONDAY, VIRGINIA . PROFESSIONALLY I WORKED IN 39 00:02:36,209 --> 00:02:41,532 THE MARKETING DECISION OF BANK OF AMERICA WITH WHOM I'VE BEEN 40 00:02:41,533 --> 00:02:44,356 EMPLOYED FOR 39 YEARS. I DON'T TOUCH THE MONEY. IF YOU HAVE AN 41 00:02:45,369 --> 00:02:49,959 ACCOUNT PROBLEM, I'LL GET YOU TO THE RIGHT PERSON. 42 00:02:53,325 --> 00:02:59,188 I JOINED THE BOARD BECAUSE THREE INCREDIBLY POWERFUL MENTORS 43 00:03:04,035 --> 00:03:08,948 WHO INSISTED I HAD SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE. IT WASN'T UNTIL I 44 00:03:08,949 --> 00:03:13,272 DID WHAT THEY TOLD ME THAT I REALIZED THAT MAYBE I COULD MAKE 45 00:03:13,650 --> 00:03:19,352 A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD THROUGH THIS FAITH AND I 46 00:03:19,353 --> 00:03:22,289 CONTINUE ON THE BOARD DESPITE DIFFICULTIES. IT IS HARD. 47 00:03:22,685 --> 00:03:27,261 THERE IS A LOT OF WORK AND THERE ARE MANY OPINIONS TO TAKE INTO 48 00:03:27,262 --> 00:03:31,708 CONSIDERATION. BUT I CONTINUE THE WORK BECAUSE I KNOW THERE 49 00:03:31,709 --> 00:03:37,972 ARE THOSE WHO WILL COME AFTER ME WHO NEED THE ROUND WORK LAID. 50 00:03:37,973 --> 00:03:43,320 IT WAS LAID FOR ME BY THESE THREE VERY POWERFUL MENTORS AND 51 00:03:43,321 --> 00:03:47,676 I HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO CON THOSE TYPES OF RELATIONSHIPS 52 00:03:47,677 --> 00:03:51,772 WITH OTHER PEOPLE. >> I'M BAILEY SADDLEMEYER, A 53 00:03:51,773 --> 00:03:56,670 MEMBER OF THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF PROVIDENCE. I'M 18 54 00:03:56,671 --> 00:04:00,773 YEARS OLD AND SERVE AS YOUTH 55 00:04:04,801 --> 00:04:10,570 OBSERVER TO THE BOARD AND IN MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE I AM A PAGE AT 56 00:04:10,571 --> 00:04:16,545 MY LOCAL LIBRARY. NOT QUITE AS IMPRESSIVE AS THE JOB. OH, WELL 57 00:04:16,945 --> 00:04:22,196 . THE REASON THAT I ORIGINALLY APPLIED TO BE ON THE BOARD IS 58 00:04:22,197 --> 00:04:27,300 BECAUSE I WAS DOING WORK WITHIN MY OWN CONGREGATION AND BY THE 59 00:04:27,301 --> 00:04:32,845 RECOMMENDATION OF MY DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION I APPLIED 60 00:04:32,846 --> 00:04:37,952 AND I HAVEN'T REGRETTED IT. BEING ABLE TO GIVE A VOICE FOR 61 00:04:37,953 --> 00:04:43,592 YOUTH ON THE BOARD IS SO REWARDING. AND IT'S SO 62 00:04:43,593 --> 00:04:48,941 IMPORTANT AND I'VE JUST BEEN THRILLED TO SERVE 63 00:04:55,924 --> 00:05:02,312 >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. I SERVE AS SENIOR MINISTER OF OUR 64 00:05:02,313 --> 00:05:05,364 CONGREGATION IN LINCOLN, MASSACHUSETTS, TRANSITIONING TO 65 00:05:05,365 --> 00:05:12,176 ANN ARBOR MICHIGAN IN A MONTH OR SO. I HAVE A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD 66 00:05:12,177 --> 00:05:18,592 AND FOUR-YEAR-OLD. I AM A SCIENCE FICTION PAN. I LOVE THE 67 00:05:18,593 --> 00:05:20,626 STAR TREK STUFF. 68 00:05:27,264 --> 00:05:31,644 AFTER MANY YEARS OF LEADERSHIP I'VE BEEN AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. 69 00:05:40,021 --> 00:05:42,313 UP TO SUPPORT WHOEVER IT WAS. 70 00:05:47,457 --> 00:05:52,033 SHAPING THE LEAVING AND WHATEVER THAT NEW ERA WAS GOING TO BE. 71 00:05:52,390 --> 00:05:55,415 >> YOU MENTIONED BEING A FATHER WHO GOT ME THINKING ABOUT THE 72 00:05:55,416 --> 00:05:58,424 THINGS WE GIVE UP WHEN WE CHOOSE TO BE OF SERVICE AT THIS LEVEL. 73 00:05:58,425 --> 00:06:03,005 I'M WONDERING IF YOU AND/OR OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PANEL MIGHT 74 00:06:03,821 --> 00:06:07,164 SPEAK TO WHAT HAVE YOU GIVEN UP IF ANYTHING IN ORDER TO BE IN 75 00:06:07,165 --> 00:06:12,737 FULL SERVICE TO THE BOARD. >> YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD 76 00:06:13,093 --> 00:06:17,172 . THE NUMBER ONE THING FOR ME PERSONALLY. SOME DEGREE OF 77 00:06:17,173 --> 00:06:20,972 FAMILY TIME. I WAS DEPARTING TO COME OUT YOU FOR GA. MY 78 00:06:20,973 --> 00:06:24,742 LITTLE GIRL WHO IS FOUR YEARS OLD WAS GRABBING MY LEGS AND 79 00:06:24,743 --> 00:06:28,345 SAYING DADDY, DON'T GO ON THE TRIP. DO YOU HAVE TO REALLY GO? 80 00:06:28,701 --> 00:06:32,981 YOU WILL BE GONE AND I WILL MISS YOU. AND IT'S SO SWEET AND MANY 81 00:06:33,347 --> 00:06:38,248 OF US DO THAT. YOU DO THAT IN CONGREGATIONS, TOO, THE SACK 82 00:06:38,249 --> 00:06:43,091 HAVE I FACES TO BE A LEADER IN -- SACRIFICES TO BE A LEADER IN 83 00:06:43,092 --> 00:06:46,473 YOUR CHURCH. I'M DOING THAT, TOO, SIMILAR CHOICES TO SERVE 84 00:06:46,474 --> 00:06:50,794 OUR FAIT FAITH. >> FOR ME IT'S TIME, ENERGY 85 00:06:54,129 --> 00:06:58,953 I HAVE CAN GET SUCKED UP BY BOARD WORK. SOME YEARS, SOME 86 00:06:58,954 --> 00:07:04,310 MONTHS MORE THAN OTHERS. I WOULD SAY I HAVEN'T GIVEN UP A 87 00:07:04,311 --> 00:07:09,533 SENSE OF COMFORT IN AREAS. SO MY FIRST YEAR ON THE BOARD WE 88 00:07:09,534 --> 00:07:13,916 WERE DOING ONE STYLE OF GOVERNANCE AND ONE STYLE OF 89 00:07:13,917 --> 00:07:18,688 BUSINESS AND IT WAS DEFINITELY A SYSTEM ROOTED IN WHITE 90 00:07:18,689 --> 00:07:23,409 PATRIARCHY. I'M A BIG OLD WHITE GUY SO THAT KIND OF BUSINESS WAS 91 00:07:23,784 --> 00:07:29,837 FAMILIAR TO ME. WE HAD LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS ITS OWN SPECIAL 92 00:07:29,838 --> 00:07:34,428 SNOWFLAKE. AND THIS LAST YEAR WE REALLY FOCUSED ON A NEW STYLE 93 00:07:34,429 --> 00:07:37,864 OF BUSINESS AND I HAD TO GIVE UP SOME OF MY COMFORT LEVEL FOR 94 00:07:37,865 --> 00:07:43,384 THAT. HAS IT BEEN WORTH IT? OF COURSE. THE NEW WAY OF DOING 95 00:07:43,385 --> 00:07:47,956 BUSINESS FROM THIS PAST YEAR FOCUSING ON COLLABORATION SPEAKS 96 00:07:47,957 --> 00:07:56,394 TO A DEEPER PART OF WHO I AM AS A RELIGIOUS EDUCATOR AND 97 00:07:58,679 --> 00:08:00,679 GAY MAN. 98 00:08:03,041 --> 00:08:09,395 I HAD TO GIVE UP COMFORT AND MAKE WHAT I WANT HAPPEN HAPPEN 99 00:08:09,396 --> 00:08:14,604 BECAUSE WE CAN ABUSE PROPHECY WHEN WE KNOW THEM WELL. I HAD 100 00:08:14,605 --> 00:08:20,524 TO GIVE THAT UP TO HAVE THE TRUE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION. 101 00:08:24,010 --> 00:08:33,641 >> ABOUT MY SECOND OR THIRD YEAR -- NOW? 102 00:08:39,297 --> 00:08:42,751 >> BAILEY? >> PERSONALLY, I CONNECT WITH 103 00:08:42,752 --> 00:08:49,380 TIM AND MANEESH. THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW I HAVE BEEN 104 00:08:49,381 --> 00:08:55,388 AWAY ON MY MOM'S BIRTHDAY. I LEFT ON MY DAD'S BIRTHDAY FOR 105 00:08:55,389 --> 00:09:03,303 THIS CONFERENCE. IT CAN BE SAD TO MISS YOUR FAMILY FOR A WEEK 106 00:09:03,304 --> 00:09:07,646 AND MISSION TIMES LIKE THAT AND NOT ABLE TO SUPPORT MY BROTHER 107 00:09:07,647 --> 00:09:13,140 THROUGH HIS SPORTS AND EVERYTHING GOING ON. BUT ALSO I 108 00:09:13,537 --> 00:09:17,854 MISSED MY JUNIOR YEAR LAST YEAR PAST MARCH. EVERYTHING THAT WAS 109 00:09:18,375 --> 00:09:25,301 GOING ON ON THE BOARD, I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD TEACHERS WHO 110 00:09:25,813 --> 00:09:31,884 WEREN'T UU'S AND DIDN'T TOTALLY GET WHAT WAS GOING ON. AND IT 111 00:09:31,885 --> 00:09:39,828 WAS A STRUGGLE TO BALANCE TIME, BUT THE THING WAS, IT WAS 112 00:09:39,829 --> 00:09:47,028 SOMETHING YOU HAD TO GRAB AND HOLD ON UNTIL IT STOPPED. IT 113 00:09:47,029 --> 00:09:51,013 DID STOP, BUT WE WERE STILL DOING THE WORK WE DID LAST YEAR, 114 00:09:51,368 --> 00:10:01,068 JUST IN A LESS FRANTIC MANNER. >> TO BUILD OFF SOMETHING YOU 115 00:10:01,069 --> 00:10:06,337 SAID, BE WE GIVE UP THE GA EXPERIENCE. A LOT HAVE BEEN FOR 116 00:10:06,690 --> 00:10:11,700 A LONG TIME. SUNS YOU ARE ON THE BOARD YOU START OFF AT 7:00 117 00:10:11,701 --> 00:10:15,117 A.M. WE HAVE AN HOUR AND A HALF BREAK FOR LUNCH AND FINISH 118 00:10:15,825 --> 00:10:20,973 ES AT 10:00. ALL DAY FILLED WITH MEETINGS AND BUSINESS AND 119 00:10:20,974 --> 00:10:26,536 DOING THE GOOD WORK OF THE ASSOCIATION. IT IS GOOD GOOD, 120 00:10:26,537 --> 00:10:31,249 FULFILLING, EXHAUSTING WORK, BUT YOU LOSE THAT GA EXPERIENCE. 121 00:10:32,674 --> 00:10:40,056 >> CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? MY SECOND OR THIRD GA ABOUT 14 122 00:10:40,057 --> 00:10:46,989 YEARS AGO WAS MY FIRST YEAR AS A VOLUNTEER AT GA AND I GAVE UP MY 123 00:10:47,490 --> 00:10:51,294 EXTENDED FAMILY VACATION TO BE HERE HERE. THEY WENT WITHOUT ME 124 00:10:51,728 --> 00:10:55,885 . THANK YOU VERY MUCH IF YOU'RE WATCHING. AND EVER SINCE THEN 125 00:10:55,886 --> 00:11:02,065 IT DOESN'T FEEL TO ME LIKE I'M GIVING SOMETHING UP. IT IS WORK 126 00:11:02,421 --> 00:11:07,984 I LOVE. I UNDERSTAND WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HERE HAVE SAID BUT IT 127 00:11:07,985 --> 00:11:10,693 IS WORK I LOOK FORWARD TO. AN 128 00:11:13,979 --> 00:11:17,364 IMMERSE THAT FEEDS MY SOUL. AND WHILE THERE ARE CERTAINLY 129 00:11:17,365 --> 00:11:21,717 MOMENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BEING ON THE BOARD, ESPECIALLY 130 00:11:21,718 --> 00:11:25,825 IN THE PAST YEAR WHERE I WONDERED HOW MUCH LONGER I COULD 131 00:11:26,345 --> 00:11:32,721 DO THIS, I ALWAYS COME BACK TO THIS IS THE WORK THAT I'M CALLED 132 00:11:33,233 --> 00:11:38,174 TO DO. >> DO YOU THINK FRAMING IT THAT 133 00:11:38,175 --> 00:11:42,268 WAY, THAT MAKES ME THINK ABOUT WE OFTEN THINK OF SERVICE AS 134 00:11:42,269 --> 00:11:46,220 THINGS WE HAVE TO GIVE UP AND I KNOW THAT'S HOW I FRAMED THE 135 00:11:46,221 --> 00:11:52,852 QUESTION. THERE ARE ALSO THINGS WE GAIN BY CHANGE AND 136 00:11:52,853 --> 00:11:57,996 SEEMS WE GAIN MORE THAN EXPECTED. WE JUST HEARD THIS 137 00:11:57,997 --> 00:12:01,272 FABULOUS REPORT ON THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL 138 00:12:01,273 --> 00:12:05,433 CHANGE ON SOME OF WHAT THEY DISCOVERED AND WHAT WE NEED TO 139 00:12:05,434 --> 00:12:09,464 DO TO CHANGE THE WAY WE DO THE WORK OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIS 140 00:12:09,465 --> 00:12:13,068 UNIVERSALISM. WHY DON'T WE SPEND A FEW MINUTES TALKING 141 00:12:13,069 --> 00:12:16,092 ABOUT HOW THE WORK ON THE COMMISSION OF INSTITUTIONAL 142 00:12:16,093 --> 00:12:21,968 CHANGE IS INFLUENCING THE WORK OF THE BOARD? 143 00:12:21,969 --> 00:12:25,468 >> MY FIRST YEAR I DON'T REMEMBER US TALKING ABOUT 144 00:12:25,469 --> 00:12:29,409 MATTERS OF RACE VERY OFTEN AND I CAN'T RECALL A BOARD MEETING IN 145 00:12:29,410 --> 00:12:34,188 THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF WHERE WE HAVEN'T SPENT IF NOT A 146 00:12:34,189 --> 00:12:38,847 MAJORITY OF THE BOARD MEETING TALKING ABOUT RACE SO THAT IS 147 00:12:38,848 --> 00:12:43,452 ONE WAY THE RESPONSIVE RESOLUTIONS, THE COMMISSION HAS 148 00:12:43,453 --> 00:12:48,590 CHANGED OUR WORK. I THINK HARDER TO WITNESS FROM THE 149 00:12:48,591 --> 00:12:53,384 OUTSIDE IS JUST OUR INTERNAL PROCESSES ARE DRAMATICALLY 150 00:12:53,385 --> 00:12:57,205 DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF THIS WORK. MUCH MORE OF THE SPIRIT OF 151 00:12:57,206 --> 00:13:01,316 COLLABORATION COLLABORATION, MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP STYLE. 152 00:13:01,317 --> 00:13:04,841 WE SHARE LEADERSHIP ALL THE TIME ON THE BOARD AND ALTHOUGH FOR ME 153 00:13:05,213 --> 00:13:10,912 IT TOOK SOME GETTING USED TO IT HAS CHANGED OUR BOARD WORK FOR 154 00:13:10,913 --> 00:13:19,008 THE BETTER. >> IT IS REALLY HARD AS AN OLD 155 00:13:19,009 --> 00:13:24,269 WHITE LADY TO ROLL WITH SOME OF THE CHANGES, 156 00:13:27,585 --> 00:13:31,411 BUT I HAVE LEARNED THOUSANDS OF LESSONS. CERTAINLY WITH THE 157 00:13:31,412 --> 00:13:35,905 WORK OF THE COMMISSION LIFTING US UP AS WELL AS NEW PROCESSES 158 00:13:35,906 --> 00:13:42,616 AND WAYS OF BEING THAT TIM DESCRIBED, IT IS HARD BUT JOYFUL 159 00:13:43,018 --> 00:13:51,592 WORK. IT HELPS GIVE ME THE TOOLS, GIVES ALL OF US THE TOOLS 160 00:13:51,593 --> 00:13:59,248 TO BECOME BETTER PEOPLE, FRIENDS , COLLEAGUES, AND BETTER 161 00:13:59,249 --> 00:14:02,833 CITIZENS OF THE WORLD. I AM AN INCREDIBLY 162 00:14:11,793 --> 00:14:12,183 MASSIVE EXTROVERT. MY MIND GOES ON VACATION WHILE MY MOUTH WORKS 163 00:14:12,184 --> 00:14:16,348 OVER TIME AND THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS IN THE WORLD TODAY. I 164 00:14:16,349 --> 00:14:18,349 HAVE LEARNED 165 00:14:20,961 --> 00:14:22,961 ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THINKING -- 166 00:14:25,077 --> 00:14:32,033 >> WAIT A SECOND. >> THINKING CAREFULLY ABOUT 167 00:14:32,034 --> 00:14:37,012 WHAT I AM SAYING AND WHO MY AUDIENCE IS AND THE SPIRITS THAT 168 00:14:37,513 --> 00:14:41,157 INHABIT THIS ROOM. [LAUGHTER] 169 00:14:41,676 --> 00:14:49,050 THE LESSONS OF AN WE'RENESS AND A MUCH BROADER SOCIALIZATION 170 00:14:49,051 --> 00:14:55,672 THROUGH THE WORK THE COMMISSION IS DOING AND SO MANY OTHERS AS 171 00:14:55,673 --> 00:15:01,326 WELL HAVE HELPED ME BECOME A BETTER CITIZEN OF THE WORLD I 172 00:15:01,327 --> 00:15:07,185 HOPE. >> WHEN I FIRST ENTERED THE 173 00:15:07,186 --> 00:15:10,988 BOARD DOING THE WORK I DIDN'T TOTALLY UNDERSTAND HOW THE 174 00:15:10,989 --> 00:15:17,761 SYSTEM WE WERE CURRENTLY USING WAS FOUNDED IN WHITE SUPREMACY. 175 00:15:18,160 --> 00:15:22,228 I DIDN'T REALIZE. WHEN WE STARTED DOING ALL OF THIS WORK 176 00:15:22,229 --> 00:15:26,586 WITH COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP IT REALLY OPENED MY EYES. I 177 00:15:26,587 --> 00:15:29,372 DIDN'T TOTALLY REALIZE THE PROBLEM WITH ROBERTS RULES OF 178 00:15:29,373 --> 00:15:33,684 ORDER BUT THAT WAS PROBABLY BECAUSE I WAS JUST LEARNING HOW 179 00:15:33,685 --> 00:15:41,870 TO USE IT. SLOWLY -- OR RATHER QUICKLY WE STARTED TO USE 180 00:15:41,871 --> 00:15:43,871 COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP 181 00:17:38,133 --> 00:17:43,948 SOMETHING THAT WILL A FILTER OUT, THAT WE CAN PRACTICEING 182 00:17:43,949 --> 00:17:46,352 THESE WAYS OF BEING TOGETHER IN CONGREGATIONS AND COMMUNITIES 183 00:17:46,353 --> 00:17:52,867 ACROSS THE WORLD AND NOT JUST NORTH AMERICA. WHAT WOULD IT 184 00:17:52,868 --> 00:17:56,669 LOOK LIKE TO BE AS INCLUSIVE AS WE ASPIRE TO BE? 185 00:18:00,979 --> 00:18:06,505 AND HAND IN HAND, AS A DEEDER OF COLOR TO HOLD THE KNOWING 186 00:18:12,793 --> 00:18:16,205 OF HOW DEEPLY WE FALL SHORT OF THAT AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL AND 187 00:18:16,557 --> 00:18:20,210 LOCAL LEVEL AND ALL OF OUR NINETIES COMMUNITIES IN 188 00:18:20,211 --> 00:18:25,592 DIFFERENT WAYS, IT'S A DEEP AND PROFOUND SADNESS FOR ME AND EVEN 189 00:18:25,961 --> 00:18:31,556 AS I HELD BOTH OF THOSE TENSIONS WITHIN ME, THE JOY AND 190 00:18:31,557 --> 00:18:33,557 CREATIVITY 191 00:18:35,005 --> 00:18:38,176 AND SAD LITTLE I WATCHED OVER AND OVER AGAIN AS COLLEAGUES ON 192 00:18:38,177 --> 00:18:47,532 THE BOARD HAVE COMPANIONED ME AND HELD ME THROUGH BOTH OF 193 00:18:47,533 --> 00:18:49,533 THOSE 194 00:18:50,628 --> 00:18:55,184 SETS OF FEELINGS. THAT HAS BEEN HOPEFUL TO ME TO KNOW MY PEERS 195 00:18:55,185 --> 00:18:59,785 AND COLLEAGUES LOVE ME ENOUGH, CARE ABOUT ME ENOUGH AS A UU WHO 196 00:19:00,165 --> 00:19:02,165 IS A MINORITY 197 00:20:34,349 --> 00:20:37,008 BEFORE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, I DON'T RECALL REPORTS BEING DONE 198 00:20:37,009 --> 00:20:43,429 IN THIS KIND OF STYLE, FOR EXAMPLE. 199 00:20:43,785 --> 00:20:46,444 >> IF YOU ATTENDED A BOARD MEETING IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY 200 00:20:46,445 --> 00:20:52,448 AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THAT SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, I HOPE 201 00:20:52,449 --> 00:20:54,449 YOU WILL FEEL 202 00:20:57,977 --> 00:21:05,928 AS DIFFERENT ABOUT IT AS I DO. IT IS SO MUCH LESS FORMAL. WE 203 00:21:05,929 --> 00:21:07,974 ARE REALLY WORKING AROUND A CONSENSUS 204 00:22:48,361 --> 00:22:50,757 COMMUNITIES OF THIS ASSOCIATION TO CONTINUE TO BUILD THIS FAITH. 205 00:22:50,758 --> 00:22:53,953 AND IT'S A WONDERFUL FEELING. 206 00:23:01,918 --> 00:23:05,180 >> THE FACT THAT OBSERVERS AREN'T OBSERVERS ANY MORE. IF 207 00:23:05,181 --> 00:23:08,068 YOU COME TO A MEETING YOU ARE PART OF THE MEETING WHETHER YOU 208 00:23:08,069 --> 00:23:10,553 WANT TO BE OR NOT. 209 00:23:15,656 --> 00:23:18,712 AND IT'S REALLY WONDERFUL. PEOPLE COMING TO THIS MEET ARE 210 00:23:18,713 --> 00:23:22,359 GONE PASSIONATE ABOUT GOVERNANCE . PEOPLE ARE MAKING A CHANGE 211 00:23:22,360 --> 00:23:26,607 THROUGH THEIR COMMITTEES OR THROUGH CONGREGATIONS OR THEIR 212 00:23:26,608 --> 00:23:29,238 OWN ASSOCIATIONS AND IT'S REALLY WONDERFUL TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO 213 00:23:29,239 --> 00:23:33,243 HEAR WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SAY AND ABLE TO ACTUALLY HAVE 214 00:23:33,244 --> 00:23:36,629 CONVERSATIONS WITH THEM AS WELL AS BOARD MEMBERS THAT WE'RE 215 00:23:36,630 --> 00:23:40,660 USUALLY HAVING CONVERSATION WITH . SO WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE NEW 216 00:23:40,661 --> 00:23:46,592 PERSPECTIVES AND ABLE TO HAVE DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO COME WITH 217 00:23:46,593 --> 00:23:53,194 THEIR OWN STORIES AND ARE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THEM. 218 00:23:53,195 --> 00:23:56,278 >> THIS IS SUCH A NEAT CONVERSATION TO BE ABLE TO SHARE 219 00:23:56,652 --> 00:24:00,232 WITH YOU. I WAS REFLECTING LISTENING TO COLLEAGUES ON THE 220 00:24:00,233 --> 00:24:04,147 BOARD. EVERY LAST PERSON ON THE BOARD IS REALLY GOOD AT 221 00:24:04,148 --> 00:24:06,952 GOVERNANCE. MYSELF INCLUDED. WE KNOW ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER 222 00:24:06,953 --> 00:24:11,498 AND HOW POLICY BASED GOVERNANCE WORKS INTIMATELY WELL AND I HAVE 223 00:24:11,872 --> 00:24:15,569 TO CATCH MYSELF AT TIMES, TOO, BECAUSE I WIND UP GETTING CAUGHT 224 00:24:15,944 --> 00:24:18,713 IN QUESTIONS AROUND WHAT RULE SHOULD WE BE FOLLOWING RIGHT NOW 225 00:24:19,081 --> 00:24:22,904 OR WHAT IS POLICY BASED GOVERNANCE REQUIRING OF US HERE 226 00:24:22,905 --> 00:24:27,212 IN THIS MOMENT? AND WE KEEP CALLING EACH OTHER BACK TO A 227 00:24:27,213 --> 00:24:30,076 DIFFERENT SET OF QUESTIONS, BECAUSE IT'S POSSIBLE TO GET 228 00:24:30,077 --> 00:24:35,830 LOST IN GOVERNANCE FOR THE SAKE OF GOVERNANCE AND WE ARE SUPER 229 00:24:35,831 --> 00:24:40,022 CLEAR, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TO TRANSFORM OUR FAITH AND NURTURE 230 00:24:40,023 --> 00:24:43,497 AND GROW OUR FAITH, NOT TO PERPETUATE GOVERNANCE FOR THE 231 00:24:43,498 --> 00:24:45,498 SAKE OF GOVERNANCE. [APPLAUSE] 232 00:24:48,557 --> 00:24:53,960 I CAN'T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW EXCITING THAT IS. I MEAN, I'M 233 00:24:53,961 --> 00:24:58,072 MAKING REAL SACRIFICES IN MY FAMILY LIFE TO BE DOING THIS AND 234 00:24:58,073 --> 00:25:02,141 THAT'S WHY I'M DOING THIS, BECAUSE I SEE THE GLIMMERS OF 235 00:25:02,142 --> 00:25:05,540 HOW WE CAN TRANSFORM UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AND IT TAKES THIS. 236 00:25:05,541 --> 00:25:09,761 LIKE WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU WHAT WE'RE DOING 237 00:25:10,120 --> 00:25:14,736 AND MODEL IT AND SHOW YOU ALL HOW WE'RE DOING IT. IT'S NOT 238 00:25:14,737 --> 00:25:16,940 ENOUGH FOR YOUR NATIONAL BOARD TO BE DOING SOME OF THESE THINGS 239 00:25:16,941 --> 00:25:20,008 DIFFERENTLY. WE NEED ALL OF US TO BE THINKING ABOUT HOW WE'RE 240 00:25:20,009 --> 00:25:21,789 DOING THESE THINGS DIFFERENTL DIFFERENTLY. 241 00:25:21,790 --> 00:25:23,790 [APPLAUSE] 242 00:25:27,898 --> 00:25:32,614 >> THANK YOU. ONE MORE QUESTION. WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES 243 00:25:32,615 --> 00:25:37,452 FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR? FOR UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM, FOR THE 244 00:25:37,453 --> 00:25:41,524 BOARD, FOR YOURSELVES IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR FAITH? WHAT ARE 245 00:25:41,525 --> 00:25:43,577 YOUR HOPES? >> 246 00:25:48,045 --> 00:25:51,665 I GUESS MY HOPE IS WE KEEP ON MOVING FORWARD. NEVER TURNING 247 00:25:51,666 --> 00:25:56,213 BARK. THAT WE ARE ON A TRAJECTORY OF REALLY EXCITING 248 00:25:56,214 --> 00:25:58,214 POSSIBILITY 249 00:26:05,933 --> 00:26:10,832 FOR UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM IT'S TWOFOLD. WE REMEMBER WE LIKE TO 250 00:26:10,833 --> 00:26:14,387 THINK OF SOCIAL JUSTICE OF GOING OUT THERE AND DOING WORK. 251 00:26:20,245 --> 00:26:26,605 WE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF WE NEED TO MODEL. WE NEED TO WORK 252 00:26:26,606 --> 00:26:29,963 IN-HOUSE. NOT JUST OUT THERE. AND TWO, MY HOPE FOR UNITARIAN 253 00:26:29,964 --> 00:26:33,708 UNIVERSALISM IS THAT WE CONTINUE TO LIFT UP RELIGIOUS HE HAD 254 00:26:33,709 --> 00:26:35,709 OTHER YOU INDICATORS AND RELIGIOUS 255 00:26:37,589 --> 00:26:43,187 EDUCATION IN ORDER AS A LIFESAVING AND FAITH SAVING 256 00:26:43,188 --> 00:26:48,525 GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS IN OUR DENOMINATIONS AND KEEP INVESTING 257 00:26:48,949 --> 00:26:53,095 IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SO WE CAN INVEST IN OUR FAMILIES AND 258 00:26:53,096 --> 00:26:56,126 CHILDREN IN NEED. >> I WOULD SAY TWO THINGS. 259 00:26:56,473 --> 00:27:00,056 THANK YOU. I WOULD SAY TWO THINGS. AND FIRST IS SORT OF 260 00:27:00,057 --> 00:27:07,340 LOOKING BACKWARDS BACKWARDS. IT SOMETIMES FEELS LIKE AL CHANGE 261 00:27:07,341 --> 00:27:14,368 -- RAD CAL CHANGE DISCOUNTS WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE -- DISCOUNT 262 00:27:14,369 --> 00:27:17,541 THE WORK -- SHOOT. THAT HAS BEEN DONE BY THOSE WHO CAME 263 00:27:17,542 --> 00:27:24,105 BEFORE US. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY FOR THE RECORD THAT EVERYONE 264 00:27:24,453 --> 00:27:28,200 ON THIS BOARD IS SO GRATEFUL FOR OUR PRESIDENT ASSESSORS AND WE 265 00:27:28,201 --> 00:27:33,436 CAN STEP BACK -- PREDECESSORS AND WE CAN STEP BACK AS FAR AS 266 00:27:33,437 --> 00:27:37,429 WE NEED TO FOR THE GROUNDWORK THAT THEY HAVE LAID AND THE 267 00:27:37,430 --> 00:27:42,994 TOOLS THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN US TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD. THIS 268 00:27:42,995 --> 00:27:49,088 IS NOT ABOUT CHANGING THINGS THAT WERE BAD OR WRONG. PERHAPS 269 00:27:49,089 --> 00:27:52,600 THERE WERE SOME BAD THINGS OR SOME WRONG THINGS, BUT IT'S A 270 00:27:52,601 --> 00:27:58,611 DIFFERENT TIME. AND IF WE DON'T MOVE FORWARD WITH THE LESSONS 271 00:27:58,612 --> 00:28:01,630 AND THE FABULOUS WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE 272 00:28:07,497 --> 00:28:15,172 BEFORE US WE GET STUCK THERE. SHOUT-OUT TO FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE 273 00:28:15,173 --> 00:28:18,712 LED SO BRAVELY AND MADE DECISIONS THAT WERE PERHAPS THE 274 00:28:18,713 --> 00:28:25,276 RIGHT DECISION FOR THE TIME. I HOPE WE TAKE THOSE LESSONS FROM 275 00:28:25,277 --> 00:28:29,796 THE PAST AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THE LESSONS THAT WORK AND MAKE 276 00:28:29,797 --> 00:28:34,332 SENSE FOR THE FUTURE AND BRING US TOGETHER AND RECOGNIZE THE 277 00:28:34,333 --> 00:28:38,194 INHERENT WORTH AND DIGNITY OF EVERYONE WHO IS A UNITARIAN 278 00:28:38,195 --> 00:28:44,796 UNIVERSALIST, WHETHER THEY SAY THEY ARE OR NOT, AND THAT WE 279 00:28:44,797 --> 00:28:50,668 OPEN THE DOORS AND THE PATHWAYS AND SIDEWALKS, THAT THE WORK 280 00:28:50,669 --> 00:28:56,516 THAT THE BOARD DOES OPENS THOSE PORTALS SO THAT WE CAN ALL GO 281 00:28:56,517 --> 00:29:01,369 FORWARD AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE WORK WE'RE DOING AND FEEL LIKE 282 00:29:01,370 --> 00:29:05,728 WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE SOMEWHERE IN OUR OWN LITTLE 283 00:29:05,729 --> 00:29:09,693 CORNERS OF THE WORLD, WHEREVER THAT IS. 284 00:29:10,321 --> 00:29:12,321 [APPLAUSE] 285 00:29:13,375 --> 00:29:18,588 >> AS THE YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE ON THE BOARD I'M REALLY HOPING 286 00:29:18,589 --> 00:29:23,031 TO CONTINUE TO HEAR THE MODERATORS AND ENTIRE PORED AND 287 00:29:23,032 --> 00:29:26,900 GOVERNANCE OFFICERS CONTINUE TO SPEAK ABOUT YOUTH AND YOUNG 288 00:29:26,901 --> 00:29:31,495 ADULTS, BECAUSE THE THING IS -- [APPLAUSE] 289 00:29:32,006 --> 00:29:39,700 RIGHT. EXACTLY. BEFORE WE HAD THESE TYPES OF LEADERSHIP I WAS 290 00:29:39,701 --> 00:29:44,779 BARELY HEARING ABOUT THE YOUTH BY ACTUAL HIGH OFFICERS SUCH AS 291 00:29:44,780 --> 00:29:49,722 THE MODERATORS. AND NOW WE'RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT US. 292 00:29:49,723 --> 00:29:53,967 YOU'RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT US. AND YOU ARE ONE OF US AS 293 00:29:53,968 --> 00:29:57,199 WELL. AND THAT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THE THING IS 294 00:29:57,200 --> 00:30:01,388 THAT WE DO NEED TO HAVE GREAT PROGRAMMING. WE NEED TO HAVE 295 00:30:01,389 --> 00:30:07,992 GREAT RESOURCES. WE NEED TO HAVE GREAT YOUTH WHO WE DO HAVE 296 00:30:07,993 --> 00:30:11,020 IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS LEADERSHIP 297 00:30:11,021 --> 00:30:14,604 AND IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE LEGACY AND HAVE MORE PEOPLE COME 298 00:30:14,605 --> 00:30:19,780 FORWARD TO BE THE AMAZING LEADERS OF THIS FAITH. AND SO I 299 00:30:19,781 --> 00:30:23,860 JUST REALLY HOPE THAT THE YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS CONTINUE TO BE 300 00:30:23,861 --> 00:30:28,944 CENTERED, BECAUSE WE HAVE VOICES AND WE ARE VERY LOUD, SO YOU 301 00:30:28,945 --> 00:30:32,256 SHOULD BE ABLE TO HEAR OUR VOICES UNLESS YOU'RE YELLING 302 00:30:32,257 --> 00:30:34,257 OVER US. [APPLAUSE] 303 00:30:49,877 --> 00:30:55,108 >> WE ALL KNOW, WE'RE LIVING IN SUCH A TIME OF'S SIGH AT THIS 304 00:30:55,109 --> 00:30:57,309 AND UNCERTAINTY AND SADNESS 305 00:31:00,629 --> 00:31:03,925 , SO MUCH HURTING AND PAIN IN THE WORLD AROUND US. 306 00:31:12,565 --> 00:31:14,668 WOULD OTHER TRYING TO EVOLVE, BEING IN COMMUNITY IN WAYS THAT 307 00:31:14,669 --> 00:31:20,643 ARE TRANSFORMED AND FEEL EACH BETTER, MORE LOVING, MORE 308 00:31:20,644 --> 00:31:25,434 INCLUSIVE AND THEREIN LIES THE POWER OF WHO AND WHAT WE ARE AND 309 00:31:25,793 --> 00:31:30,493 CAN CONTINUE TO BE IN EVEN DEEPER WAYS IS NOT GETTING 310 00:31:30,494 --> 00:31:33,936 CAUGHT IN THE GOVERNANCE FOR THE SHAKE OF GOVERNANCE, BUT 311 00:31:33,937 --> 00:31:38,872 UNDERSTANDING WE BRING DIFFERENT SETS OF VALUES AND WE CAN BE IN 312 00:31:38,873 --> 00:31:42,488 LOVING OPEN HEART DIALOGUE AROUND THOSE DIFFERENT SETS OF 313 00:31:42,489 --> 00:31:46,556 VALUES. WE CAN FIND A WAY FORWARD THAT HONORS THOSE 314 00:31:46,557 --> 00:31:49,608 DIFFERENT VALUES ONCE WE SEE THEM, ONCE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT'S 315 00:31:49,609 --> 00:31:52,988 REALLY MOTIVATING US AND SPEAKING TO US AND THAT WE CAN 316 00:31:52,989 --> 00:31:58,252 BE CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD AND DOING ALL THE THINGS WE HAVE 317 00:31:58,253 --> 00:32:01,468 WANTED TO DO ALWAYS, WHICH IS BE AS INCLUSIVE AS POSSIBLE AND 318 00:32:01,469 --> 00:32:04,224 HAVE EVEN MORE FOLKS FROM COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN 319 00:32:04,225 --> 00:32:07,636 UNDER-REPRESENTED IN OUR FAITH. WE ARE BEGINNING TO DO THAT IN 320 00:32:07,637 --> 00:32:11,604 WAYS THAT ARE POWERFUL AND DIFFERENT AND REAL. I HOPE WE 321 00:32:11,605 --> 00:32:15,188 CAN BEGIN FILTERING THAT OUT TO OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS NORTH 322 00:32:15,189 --> 00:32:18,336 AMERICA AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT AND GRATEFUL TO BE A PART 323 00:32:18,337 --> 00:32:20,668 OF THAT. >> THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU TO 324 00:32:21,312 --> 00:32:25,239 ALL OF THE PANELISTS. WE'VE GOT TO WRAP UP. PLEASE. 325 00:32:25,641 --> 00:32:27,641 [APPLAUSE] 326 00:32:31,721 --> 00:32:35,104 AND THANK YOU TO THE FULL BOARD. WE ARE JUST A REPRESENTATION OF 327 00:32:35,105 --> 00:32:38,813 THE FULL TEAM, SO THANK YOU ALL AS WELL. 328 00:32:39,181 --> 00:32:43,662 [APPLAUSE] >> WE'VE GOT TO WRAP UP. I 329 00:32:43,663 --> 00:32:46,129 THINK WE COULD TALK ABOUT THIS FOREVER, EVEN BE THOUGH I'M SURE 330 00:32:46,130 --> 00:32:51,388 YOU DON'T WANT TO. >> LOOK FOR US IN ONE OF THE 331 00:32:51,389 --> 00:32:52,969 RED HATS. >> WE DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS 332 00:32:52,970 --> 00:32:55,340 . PERHAPS NOT JUST AMONG OURSELVES, BUT WITH YOU OUT 333 00:32:55,341 --> 00:33:00,082 THERE AND ONLINE ONLINE. SO WE'RE SORRY THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE 334 00:33:00,083 --> 00:33:04,484 TIME FOR QUESTIONS HERE ON THE FLOOR, THROUGH THE TABLET, BUT 335 00:33:04,485 --> 00:33:07,508 ANYBODY WHO HAS QUESTIONS OR JUST GENERALLY WANTS TO BE IN 336 00:33:07,509 --> 00:33:11,726 CONVERSATION WITH US, PLEASE COMMA TEND SOME OF OUR OPEN 337 00:33:11,727 --> 00:33:15,988 BOARD OFFICE HOURS. NEXT HAPPENING IN THE CONVENTION 338 00:33:15,989 --> 00:33:21,564 CENTER ROOM 2210 ON FRIDAY FROM 11:00 TO NOON AND SATURDAY FROM 339 00:33:21,565 --> 00:33:27,556 2:30 TO 3:30:00 P.M. AND AS TIM SAID, IF YOU'RE NOT AVAILABLE 340 00:33:27,557 --> 00:33:29,557 THEN AND YOU SEE US