1 00:00:01,428 --> 00:00:03,988 US ALL. >> FANTASTIC. 2 00:00:03,989 --> 00:00:09,298 >> THANK YOU, LEON. >> THE THEME OF GENERAL 3 00:00:09,299 --> 00:00:11,299 ASSEMBLY THIS YEAR, "ALL ARE CALLED," 4 00:00:13,676 --> 00:00:15,967 REMINDS US THAT NO ONE GETS TO TAKE A BACK SEAT IN THE WORK OF 5 00:00:15,968 --> 00:00:19,067 TRANSFORMING OUR FAITH COMMUNITIES AND INSTITUTIONS SO 6 00:00:19,068 --> 00:00:21,068 THAT WE MAY PERSONIFY THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM OUR WORLD 7 00:00:22,120 --> 00:00:24,120 NEEDS TODAY. 8 00:00:28,973 --> 00:00:34,060 THIS LAST YEAR HAS BEEN FAR FROM EASY. THE THING ABOUT BEING 9 00:00:34,061 --> 00:00:36,141 CALLED IS THAT THE SORT OF CALL WE'RE HERE TO ENGAGE WITH 10 00:00:39,448 --> 00:00:42,237 TOGETHER RARELY COMES FROM THE PATH THAT IS SMOOTH, WELL- WORN, 11 00:00:43,766 --> 00:00:45,766 OBVIOUS, AND EASY. IT COMES FROM 12 00:00:47,897 --> 00:00:51,704 THE PATH THAT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND, CHALLENGING TO STAY TRUE 13 00:00:51,705 --> 00:00:53,705 TO, AND ARDUOUS TO MAKE PROGRESS ON. 14 00:01:00,677 --> 00:01:03,745 WHEN WE ANSWERED THE CALL TO BECOME YOUR INTERIM 15 00:01:03,746 --> 00:01:05,290 CO-MODERATORS, WE DID SO IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR DENOMINATION'S 16 00:01:05,291 --> 00:01:09,636 MOST RECENT AWAKENING TO AND GRAPPLING WITH THE WAYS WHITE 17 00:01:09,637 --> 00:01:12,422 SUPREMACY CULTURE OPERATES IN OUR MIDST. WE ALSO DID SO WHILE 18 00:01:12,423 --> 00:01:14,725 OUR FAITH COMMUNITY WAS STILL MOURNING THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF 19 00:01:17,764 --> 00:01:19,764 FORMER MODERATOR JIM KEY AND 20 00:01:21,316 --> 00:01:25,703 CELEBRATING THE ELECTION OF REV. SUSAN FREDERICK-GRAY. IT WAS A 21 00:01:25,704 --> 00:01:27,704 MOMENT OF TURMOIL, AND LOSS; OF HOPE, AND CHANGE. 22 00:01:32,031 --> 00:01:35,395 WE SAID "YES" TO THIS CALL, IN PART, BECAUSE WE COULDN'T BE 23 00:01:35,396 --> 00:01:38,210 MORE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING THIS MOVEMENT IN EMBRACING WHAT 24 00:01:38,211 --> 00:01:40,211 THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE HAS FRAMED AS AN "URGENCY 25 00:01:42,244 --> 00:01:47,387 AROUND TRANSFORMING THE ASSOCIATION" TO EMBRACE "THE 26 00:01:47,388 --> 00:01:51,184 FULLNESS OF A TRANSFORMATIVE MULTICULTURALISM AS A 27 00:01:51,185 --> 00:01:53,185 FULFILLMENT OF OUR PRINCIPLES AND HERITAGE." 28 00:01:55,744 --> 00:01:58,793 WE WERE EXCITED TO EXPLORE COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP 29 00:01:58,794 --> 00:02:00,912 TOGETHER, NOT JUST IN OUR ROLE AS CO-MODERATORS BUT ALSO IN 30 00:02:04,456 --> 00:02:09,235 TERMS OF THE WORK OF THE BOARD AND THE LARGER CONTEXT OF OUR 31 00:02:09,236 --> 00:02:11,236 MOVEMENT AS A WHOLE. WE WANT TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO SHARE SOME 32 00:02:12,911 --> 00:02:15,453 OF OUR LEARNINGS FROM THE PAST YEAR WITH YOU, AS WELL AS OUR 33 00:02:15,454 --> 00:02:17,454 HOPES AND PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR. 34 00:02:22,836 --> 00:02:27,967 >> SO ONE, A TRANSFORMED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM REQUIRES 35 00:02:27,968 --> 00:02:31,382 TRANSFORMED LEADERSHIP MODELS. WE HAVE TO BE A LEADERFUL 36 00:02:31,383 --> 00:02:40,179 MOVEMENT. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? NOT HIERARCHICAL, BUT LEADERFUL. 37 00:02:40,180 --> 00:02:43,867 AND COLLABORATIVELY LEADERSHIP LOOKS SO MANY WAYS. AT THE 38 00:02:43,868 --> 00:02:46,553 BOARD TABLE EVERYONE MUST FACILITATE. IT MEANS IF YOU 39 00:02:46,554 --> 00:02:49,848 COME TO A BOARD MEETING, YOU ALL SHALL PARTICIPATE. IT MEANS 40 00:02:49,849 --> 00:02:53,314 THAT YOU'RE GOING TO ALL ENGAGE IN CONVERSATIONS AND WE NEED ALL 41 00:02:53,680 --> 00:02:58,903 OF OUR CONGREGATIONS TO BE ACTIVE IN CREATING THE WORLD 42 00:02:58,904 --> 00:03:05,288 THAT WE WANT NOT JUST THREE OR 42, OR THE ONES THAT ARE BIGGEST 43 00:03:05,660 --> 00:03:12,922 OR THE ONES WITH MOST MONEY. MAYBE YOU DIDN'T KNOW THIS. THE 44 00:03:13,939 --> 00:03:18,468 MODERATOR POSITION IS VOLUNTEER. THE SCOPE OF THE WORK IS A LOT. 45 00:03:19,782 --> 00:03:22,647 ONE OR TWO TRIPS EACH MONTH. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF 46 00:03:22,648 --> 00:03:27,979 E-MAILS AND COUNTLESS ADDITIONAL CONVERSATIONS. BARB AND I HAVE 47 00:03:27,980 --> 00:03:29,980 FULL TIME JOBS. >> AND PART-TIME JOBS. 48 00:03:30,225 --> 00:03:36,703 >> AND PART-TIME JOBS. AND MORE JOBS. SO WHAT IT MEANS IS IT'S 49 00:03:36,704 --> 00:03:39,767 A DIFFERENT KIND OF MODERATOR. WE ACTUALLY HAVE LIVES AND 50 00:03:39,768 --> 00:03:46,397 FAMILIES ON TOP OF I WORK LIKE 80 HOURS A WEEK. YES. WHEW! 51 00:03:46,398 --> 00:03:50,839 SO WHAT IT MEANS IS WE'RE NOT RETIRED AT 2:00 O'CLOCK IN THE 52 00:03:50,840 --> 00:03:54,632 AFTERNOON. WITH WE'RE AT WORK LIKE SOME OF YOU AND SO IT LOOKS 53 00:03:55,039 --> 00:03:59,724 VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST. WHO IS ABLE TO 54 00:03:59,725 --> 00:04:04,385 SERVE AND WHO ISN'T? AND IT'S A COST TO OUR MOVEMENT, BECAUSE IT 55 00:04:04,386 --> 00:04:11,167 LITERALLY MEANS THAT IT IS HARD TO DO THIS JOB AS A TRUE 56 00:04:11,168 --> 00:04:13,706 VOLUNTEER IF YOU HAVE OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES OR ARE NOT 57 00:04:13,707 --> 00:04:18,038 INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY, WHICH NEITHER OF US ARE. WE'RE QUEER. 58 00:04:18,424 --> 00:04:24,690 WE'RE FIERCE, WE'RE YOUNGER, WE HAVE NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION 59 00:04:24,691 --> 00:04:32,580 PATHS, IE NOT REAL DEGREES. BUT WE'RE SMART AS A WHIP. 60 00:04:34,880 --> 00:04:39,499 YOU DON'T NEED A DEGREE TO BE SMART. WE ALL HAVE ABILITIES 61 00:04:39,500 --> 00:04:46,507 AND WE'RE NONBINARY. WE ALSO REALLY HOLD TO OUR OBJECT 62 00:04:46,508 --> 00:04:50,147 SUCCESS TRY. THERE ARE THOSE THAT CAME BEFORE US WHICH WE 63 00:04:50,148 --> 00:04:55,797 WILL NAME LATER THAT MADE US STANDING ON THIS STAGE POSSIBLE. 64 00:04:56,224 --> 00:05:00,775 WE WOULDN'T BE HERE WITHOUT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSIDE 65 00:05:00,776 --> 00:05:03,151 AND OUTSIDE OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM WITHOUT YOUTH 66 00:05:03,152 --> 00:05:09,675 CAUCUS, WITHOUT YRUU AND LR LRY, WITHOUT ALL THE WAYS THAT THE 67 00:05:09,676 --> 00:05:12,811 YOUTH ADULT OFFICE AND OTHER FOLKS, SO MANY THINGS BROUGHT US 68 00:05:12,812 --> 00:05:18,294 UP. WE COULDN'T BE HERE. THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADERSHIP 69 00:05:18,295 --> 00:05:21,267 DEVELOPMENT IN IT OUR FAITH IS MASSIVE, BECAUSE OTHERWISE WE 70 00:05:21,268 --> 00:05:26,117 WILL NOT HAVE NEW FOLKS BEING ABLE TO TAKE OVER THESE 71 00:05:26,118 --> 00:05:30,326 POSITIONS. >> THAT'S THE FUN OF SHARED 72 00:05:30,327 --> 00:05:39,783 LEADERSHIP. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT N A TRANSFORMED 73 00:05:39,784 --> 00:05:41,784 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM. 74 00:05:43,827 --> 00:05:45,827 TRANSFORMED LEADERSHIP MODELS, THIS YEAR WE'VE BEEN REIMAGINING 75 00:05:46,379 --> 00:05:50,224 THE WAY LEADERSHIP WORKS WITHIN THE BOARD. INSTEAD OF TOP-DOWN 76 00:05:50,225 --> 00:05:52,497 LEADERSHIP, ALL BOARD MEMBERS SHARE LEADERSHIP. SO YOU'LL BE 77 00:05:55,768 --> 00:05:58,817 SEEING ALL BOARD MEMBERS UP ON STAGE THIS YEAR HELPING TO RUN 78 00:05:58,818 --> 00:06:00,818 DIFFERENT THINGS. 79 00:06:02,229 --> 00:06:04,234 WE'VE ALSO BEEN HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW OUR 80 00:06:04,235 --> 00:06:09,279 UNDERSTANDINGS OF VOLUNTEER WORK WITHIN OUR MOVEMENT NEED TO 81 00:06:09,280 --> 00:06:13,478 SHIFT AND BE MORE EQUITABLE. FOR ONE THING, WE'RE WORKING TO 82 00:06:13,479 --> 00:06:16,507 SCALE THE POSITION OF MODERATOR DOWN. ALTHOUGH THE MODERATOR 83 00:06:16,508 --> 00:06:19,035 NOMINATING COMMITTEE DID A FAITHFUL JOB IN SEEKING 84 00:06:19,036 --> 00:06:21,036 CANDIDATES FOR THE NEXT MODERATOR ELECTION, THE SORTS OF 85 00:06:22,072 --> 00:06:25,710 LEADERS THEY WERE LOOKING FOR COULD NOT COMMIT TO A VOLUNTEER 86 00:06:25,711 --> 00:06:30,268 ROLE OF THIS POSITION'S CURRENT SCOPE. THEREFORE, THE BOARD 87 00:06:30,269 --> 00:06:32,776 DECIDED TO POSTPONE NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2019 ELECTION FOR 88 00:06:36,224 --> 00:06:41,543 MODERATOR AND WORK TO REIMAGINE THE MODERATOR POSITION IN LINE 89 00:06:41,544 --> 00:06:43,544 WITH THE ASPIRATIONS OF OUR FAITH COMMUNITY. 90 00:06:52,255 --> 00:06:54,255 A SECOND LEARNING FROM THIS YEAR IS THAT COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP 91 00:06:55,316 --> 00:06:57,316 REQUIRES DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS AND INCREASED COMMUNICATION. NOT 92 00:07:00,476 --> 00:07:04,050 ONLY WOULD IT HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO SERVE AS 93 00:07:04,051 --> 00:07:07,113 INTERIM CO-MODERATORS IF WE DIDN'T ALREADY HAVE A LONG AND 94 00:07:07,114 --> 00:07:11,191 LOVING RELATIONSHIP, BUT COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP TAKES 95 00:07:11,192 --> 00:07:15,002 PUTTING MORE TIME AND ATTENTION INTO OUR RELATIONSHIP. A LOT OF 96 00:07:15,003 --> 00:07:17,003 PEOPLE THINK THE TWO OF US ARE SIMILAR AND AGREE ON EVERYTHING, 97 00:07:21,355 --> 00:07:23,355 BUT IN FACT WE'RE REALLY 98 00:07:24,716 --> 00:07:26,998 DIFFERENT, SO WORKING TOGETHER TAKES HARD WORK AND LOTS OF 99 00:07:26,999 --> 00:07:30,300 COMMUNICATION. THIS EXTENDS TO THE BOARD AND THE GOVERNANCE OF 100 00:07:30,301 --> 00:07:35,212 OUR DENOMINATION AS WELL. SO THIS YEAR THE BOARD SPENT A LOT 101 00:07:35,213 --> 00:07:41,559 OF TIME BUILDING DEEP GROUP AGREEMENTS. AND WE ASKED FELLOW 102 00:07:41,560 --> 00:07:45,115 UUS WHAT YOU WANT FROM THE BOARD IN TERMS OF COMMUNICATION AND 103 00:07:45,116 --> 00:07:47,116 RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. 104 00:07:48,224 --> 00:07:50,983 WE AND THE BOARD HAVE ALSO BEEN ENGAGING IN COLLABORATIVE 105 00:07:50,984 --> 00:07:53,764 LEADERSHIP WITH THE UUA ADMINISTRATION IN NEW WAYS. IT'S 106 00:07:55,516 --> 00:07:58,815 BEEN PARTICULARLY GRATIFYING TO LEARN AND LEAD WITH PRESIDENT 107 00:07:58,816 --> 00:08:00,816 SUSAN FREDERICK-GRAY AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CAREY 108 00:08:04,282 --> 00:08:08,597 MCDONALD. ALL FOUR OF US CAME INTO OUR NEW ROLES AT THE SAME 109 00:08:08,598 --> 00:08:10,598 TIME, SO WE ARE ABLE TO COLLECTIVELY ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT 110 00:08:11,456 --> 00:08:14,750 THE NORMS AND PATTERNS THAT EXIST AND MAKE INTENTIONAL 111 00:08:14,751 --> 00:08:16,751 CHOICES ABOUT WHICH TO FOLLOW 112 00:08:17,807 --> 00:08:19,807 AND WHICH TO DISRUPT IN SERVICE 113 00:08:21,592 --> 00:08:23,592 OF POSITIVE CHANGE. WE ARE ALSO 114 00:08:25,496 --> 00:08:27,496 ALL LIFELONG UUS AND YOUNGER 115 00:08:34,320 --> 00:08:37,260 THAN 50 (ALONG WITH ALL HOLDING OTHER MARGINALIZED IDENTITIES AS 116 00:08:39,296 --> 00:08:43,883 WELL), AND OUR DEEP ROOTEDNESS IN THE FAITH SUPPORTS OUR 117 00:08:43,884 --> 00:08:47,719 DEDICATION TO WORKING TOGETHER. BECAUSE OF OUR COLLECTIVE 118 00:08:47,720 --> 00:08:51,247 DEDICATION TO PRACTICING COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP, THERE 119 00:08:51,248 --> 00:08:53,836 HAVE BEEN NEW RELATIONSHIPS, COMMUNICATION, AND COLLABORATION 120 00:08:56,088 --> 00:08:58,971 GROWING BETWEEN THE BOARD, THE ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED 121 00:08:58,972 --> 00:08:59,970 GROUPS AND COMMITTEES-INCLUDING THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL 122 00:08:59,971 --> 00:09:01,971 CHANGE. 123 00:09:04,554 --> 00:09:08,236 >> YOU NOTICE WE TALK DIFFERENT? SO I HAVE THE TIMER. 124 00:09:08,612 --> 00:09:14,984 SO ANOTHER LEARNING. THIS IS A BIGGY. SO WE ALREADY KNEW THAT 125 00:09:14,985 --> 00:09:21,780 SOME PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT UNWANTED, UNHEARD, 126 00:09:21,781 --> 00:09:25,371 UNEMPOWERRED. THE BIG KICK IN THE GUT WAS THAT EVERY COMMITTEE 127 00:09:25,745 --> 00:09:33,623 WE TALKED TO FELT THE EXACT SAME WAY. THAT IS A REALLY SAD AND 128 00:09:33,624 --> 00:09:38,499 DEEP THING WHEN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING VOLUNTEER WORK IN OUR 129 00:09:38,500 --> 00:09:43,450 FAITH FEEL UNCARED FOR. THAT AIN'T COOL. DO WE ALL AGREE? 130 00:09:44,109 --> 00:09:48,371 YES. AND SO THIS YEAR WE WERE LIKE, WE WERE GOING TO DO 131 00:09:48,372 --> 00:09:50,897 ANOTHER COMMITMENT TO GOING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLANNING 132 00:09:50,898 --> 00:09:53,092 COMMITTEE MEETINGS. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A DIFFERENT RELATIONSHIP 133 00:09:53,468 --> 00:09:56,654 WITH THE COMMITTEES AND GROUPS THAT SERVE OUR FAITH, BECAUSE WE 134 00:09:57,029 --> 00:10:01,091 NEED THEM, WE NEED YOU SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY MOVE OUR FAITH 135 00:10:01,092 --> 00:10:06,912 FORWARD FORWARD. WE NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THOSE THAT ARE IN 136 00:10:07,355 --> 00:10:13,715 CONGREGATIONS AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT. BECAUSE WE HAVE A 137 00:10:13,716 --> 00:10:16,370 CHALLENGE IN OUR FAITH AROUND WHO FEELS THEY CAN STAY. SO IF 138 00:10:16,371 --> 00:10:20,555 YOU'VE BEEN A UU FOR A LONG TIME , YOU MOVE TO A PLACE AND YOU 139 00:10:20,556 --> 00:10:25,804 DON'T FEEL LIKE THE CONGREGATION MATCHES YOUR VALUES, ARE YOU 140 00:10:25,805 --> 00:10:29,649 JUST THROWN AWAY? NO LONGER TO BE A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST? 141 00:10:30,032 --> 00:10:36,504 HOW DO WE HOLD UP BOTH ENDS? TO PREFACE THIS, WE DID A COUPLE OF 142 00:10:36,853 --> 00:10:42,330 THINGS. ONE, WE DID AWAY WITH OBSERVERS AT THE OCTOBER BOARD 143 00:10:42,331 --> 00:10:45,393 MEETING TO MAKE WAY FOR AUTOMATIC VOICES AND 144 00:10:45,394 --> 00:10:49,840 PERSPECTIVES HERE AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND OTHER PLACES. WE 145 00:10:49,841 --> 00:10:52,109 WANT TO HAVE A CONVERSATION AROUND HOW WE 146 00:10:55,641 --> 00:11:00,890 OVERHAUL OUR BYLAWS, WHICH IS SLIGHTLY COMPLICATED, TO MAKE 147 00:11:00,891 --> 00:11:06,007 THEM MORE LIBERATE AND GO LESS CONFINING. BUT TO BE REAL, THE 148 00:11:06,008 --> 00:11:08,167 QUESTION ISN'T ABOUT BYLAWS. THE QUESTION IS ABOUT 149 00:11:08,168 --> 00:11:11,240 FUNDAMENTALLY WHO DO WE WANT TO BE IN AND THAT'S THE FISSION AND 150 00:11:11,627 --> 00:11:14,563 VALUES CONVERSATION. WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE PROBLEMS 151 00:11:15,004 --> 00:11:18,925 WITH OUR CURRENT MODEL AND REPRESENTATION AT GENERAL 152 00:11:18,926 --> 00:11:23,754 ASSEMBLY. AND SO TO COME, THERE IS SO MUCH. JUST WAIT. 153 00:11:27,346 --> 00:11:33,519 >> SO HOW CAN YOU HELP? OUR CHARGE TO YOU THIS WEEK, IF YOU 154 00:11:33,520 --> 00:11:37,787 ACCEPT IT, AND WE SURE HOPE YOU WILL, IS TO JOIN US IN 155 00:11:37,788 --> 00:11:40,563 PRACTICING LIVING OUR HIGHEST VALUES IN COMMUNITY. THIS IS NOT 156 00:11:40,564 --> 00:11:44,391 A LIGHT OR EASY ASK, BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO LIVE OUR VALUES 157 00:11:44,392 --> 00:11:49,282 TOGETHER WHEN WE DON'T ALL AGREE. BUT WE ARE ALL CALLED, AS 158 00:11:49,283 --> 00:11:54,119 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS, TO DO SO. DURING THIS GENERAL 159 00:11:54,120 --> 00:11:58,671 ASSEMBLY, IN THE NEXT YEAR, AND BEYOND, AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK 160 00:11:58,672 --> 00:12:00,672 TO DISMANTLE 161 00:12:02,004 --> 00:12:04,863 SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION IN OUR MOVEMENT AND IN THE WORLD, WE 162 00:12:04,864 --> 00:12:08,688 HOPE THAT YOU AND UUS EVERYWHERE WILL ENGAGE IN THOSE 163 00:12:08,689 --> 00:12:12,516 CONVERSATIONS FULLY. LET US PRIORITIZE CURIOSITY OVER FEAR 164 00:12:12,517 --> 00:12:14,517 OF CHANGE, HUMILITY OVER JUDGMENT, AND CARE OVER CRITIQUE 165 00:12:19,572 --> 00:12:21,572 FOR CRITIQUE'S SAKE. 166 00:12:23,745 --> 00:12:28,065 REIMAGINING OUR BYLAWS AND OUR GOVERNANCE IS GOING TO TAKE ALL 167 00:12:28,066 --> 00:12:30,066 OF US-INCLUDING THOSE WHOSE PERSPECTIVES HAVE HISTORICALLY 168 00:12:32,353 --> 00:12:36,013 NOT BEEN IN THE ROOM. SO IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCED 169 00:12:36,014 --> 00:12:38,014 A LOT OF COMFORT IN UU CIRCLES, 170 00:12:39,360 --> 00:12:41,416 WE CALL ON YOU TO WORK TO MAKE SPACE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT. IF 171 00:12:44,693 --> 00:12:48,265 YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO HAS STRUGGLED TO REMAIN HERE, WE 172 00:12:48,266 --> 00:12:50,266 URGE YOU TO BRING YOUR PERSPECTIVE FORWARD. 173 00:12:52,565 --> 00:12:59,060 >> SO NEXT YEAR, GA WILL LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT. WE LIKE 174 00:12:59,061 --> 00:13:01,795 DIFFERENT. RIGHT? CHANGE IS GOOD. SO WE'RE MOVING TO A 175 00:13:01,796 --> 00:13:09,011 PROCESS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE THEOLOGICALLY RIGOROUS. WHAT IT 176 00:13:09,632 --> 00:13:13,052 MEANS TO HAVE ACTUAL DEEP GOVERNANCE, WHICH IS NOT VOTING, 177 00:13:13,436 --> 00:13:16,849 BECAUSE VOTING IS THE LAST STAGE OF DEMOCRACY. I HOPE PEOPLE 178 00:13:16,850 --> 00:13:21,883 KNOW THIS. AND SO R. SO WE ARE MEANING TO MOVE INTO A TIME 179 00:13:21,884 --> 00:13:29,193 WHERE WE ACTUALLY DISCUSS, WHERE WE ACTUALLY ARE ABLE TO HAVE 180 00:13:29,194 --> 00:13:32,359 CONVERSATIONS IN NEW WAYS ABOUT WHO WE WANT TO BE AS A FAITH, 181 00:13:32,360 --> 00:13:35,691 WHERE WE WANT TO GO, AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, BOTH IN OUR 182 00:13:35,692 --> 00:13:38,183 CONGREGATIONS, COVENANTAL COMMUNITIES, AND OUT IN THE 183 00:13:38,184 --> 00:13:44,237 WORLD. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? WE NEED ALL OF YOU. WE NEED ALL 184 00:13:44,440 --> 00:13:46,760 OF OUR CONVERSATIONS. THERE WILL BE COVENANTS. THERE WILL 185 00:13:46,761 --> 00:13:51,119 BE GUIDES. THERE WILL BE LOTS OF THINGS TO IV ALL THE OF YOU 186 00:13:51,120 --> 00:13:54,309 ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS. WE WILL BE CALLING YOU. YOU WILL BE 187 00:13:54,310 --> 00:13:56,661 BOTHERED AND THEY'RE LIKE, OH, THEY'RE ACTUALLY CALLING ME A 188 00:13:56,662 --> 00:14:00,819 LOT LOT. BECAUSE ALL OF US ARE CALLED. ALL ARE CALLED TO HELP 189 00:14:00,820 --> 00:14:05,647 MOVE THIS MOVEMENT AND OUR FAITH. ALL ARE CALLED TO BUILD 190 00:14:05,648 --> 00:14:10,794 PHASES FOR COMMUNITY, REFUGE, AND FAITH. CAN BE ONE AND THE 191 00:14:10,795 --> 00:14:14,678 SAME. ALL ARE CALLED TO PLAY A ROLE AND TO FIND THE ROLE THAT 192 00:14:14,679 --> 00:14:20,091 BEST HONORS OUR PURPOSE AND OUR POWER. ALL ARE CALLED TO BE IN 193 00:14:20,092 --> 00:14:23,867 DEEP RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH ONE OF YOU. SO WITH WE WANT TO END 194 00:14:23,868 --> 00:14:29,092 BY GIVING THANKS TO SOME OF THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY ANSWERED 195 00:14:29,093 --> 00:14:34,607 THE CALL. SO THIS IS SUCH A LONG LIST. SO HERE'S WHAT 196 00:14:34,608 --> 00:14:39,699 INSTEAD I WANT TO DO. IF YOU HAVE BEEN A MENTOR TO ME, IF YOU 197 00:14:39,700 --> 00:14:45,187 HAVE GIVEN ME A JOB, THERE'S A COUPLE OF YOU IN THIS ROOM, IF 198 00:14:45,188 --> 00:14:48,478 YOU HAVE BEEN A PEER MENTOR, IF YOU HAVE BEEN SOMEBODY THAT I 199 00:14:48,479 --> 00:14:53,729 MET WHEN YOU WERE 14 AND ARE NOW , LIKE, 25, 35, CAN YOU RAISE 200 00:14:53,730 --> 00:15:00,027 YOUR HAND? AND LOOK AT THESE PEOPLE. THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT 201 00:15:00,028 --> 00:15:04,147 HELPED ME IN MY LIFE, BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY, I CAN'T DO 202 00:15:04,148 --> 00:15:06,280 THE NAMES, BUT THANK YOU, AND I LOVE YOU. 203 00:15:06,922 --> 00:15:08,922 [APPLAUSE] 204 00:15:14,856 --> 00:15:19,291 I DO HAVE TO SAY MY PARENTS ARE IN THE HOUSE. THEY ARE -- SO 205 00:15:19,292 --> 00:15:25,332 WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY HOLD THE PARENTS. 206 00:15:25,333 --> 00:15:28,128 >> AND MY PARENTS ARE NOT IN THE ROOM, BUT HOPEFULLY WATCHING 207 00:15:28,504 --> 00:15:30,647 ONLINE. SO THANK YOU, MOM AND DAD. 208 00:15:31,179 --> 00:15:33,179 [APPLAUSE] 209 00:15:35,780 --> 00:15:41,395 IF YOU ARE BISEXUAL, GAY, LESBIAN, TRANSGENDER, GENDER 210 00:15:41,396 --> 00:15:44,039 NON-CONFORMING, OR JUST QUEER IN ALL THE BEAUTIFUL WAYS AND YOU 211 00:15:44,040 --> 00:15:47,894 HAVE BEEN IN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM FOR FIVE DAYS OR 212 00:15:47,895 --> 00:15:51,874 MORE, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE 213 00:15:54,948 --> 00:15:56,948 . 214 00:16:04,353 --> 00:16:07,900 , PARTICULARLY FOR THE ELDER QUEER AND LIZ BETWEEN, 215 00:16:07,901 --> 00:16:10,827 TRANSGENDER FOLKS IN YOUR MIDST, ONLINE, WHO HAVE BEEN DOING THE 216 00:16:10,828 --> 00:16:17,737 WORK OF MAKING SPACE FOR THE YOUNG ONES THAT I FIRST WAS WHEN 217 00:16:18,124 --> 00:16:20,951 I CAME OUT 20 YEARS AGO AS A TRANSGUY. THANK YOU FOR MAKING 218 00:16:20,952 --> 00:16:26,220 SPACE. FOR ME TO BE HERE NOW YOU. 219 00:16:26,628 --> 00:16:28,628 [APPLAUSE] 220 00:16:35,300 --> 00:16:38,624 >> IF YOU HAVE ENGAGED IN JUSTICE WORK, IN YOUTH WORK, IF 221 00:16:38,625 --> 00:16:43,325 YOU HAVE CHALLENGED YOURSELF TO CHANGE WHAT YOU UNDERSTAND 222 00:16:43,326 --> 00:16:45,480 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM CAN BE SO THAT MORE OF US ARE AT THE TABLE 223 00:16:45,481 --> 00:16:51,420 AND IN THE HALL AND IN LEADERSHIP, THANK YOU. 224 00:16:51,824 --> 00:16:53,824 [APPLAUSE] 225 00:16:57,474 --> 00:17:02,359 AND IF YOU HAVEN'T, IT'S OKAY, BECAUSE THERE ARE YOUNG'UNS 226 00:17:02,360 --> 00:17:07,477 COMING UP BEHIND US, WITH US, AND WE ALL NEED HELP NOW. IN 227 00:17:07,478 --> 00:17:12,287 FRONT OF US. WE ALL HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE SPACE FOR MORE TO 228 00:17:12,288 --> 00:17:15,364 BE A PART OF OUR BELOVED COMMUNITY. SO THANK YOU YOU FOR 229 00:17:16,593 --> 00:17:20,912 DOING YOUR PART IN ANSWERING THE CALL TODAY. 230 00:17:21,692 --> 00:17:23,692 [APPLAUSE]