1 00:05:27,578 --> 00:05:29,578 >> 2 00:12:02,575 --> 00:12:04,575 >> 3 00:12:48,244 --> 00:12:51,547 >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. 4 00:12:54,948 --> 00:13:00,291 PLEASE COME TO YOUR SEATS SO THAT EVERYONE CAN HEAR. 5 00:13:11,215 --> 00:13:13,814 I now call to order the Second General Session of the 6 00:13:13,815 --> 00:13:16,853 Fifty-Seventh General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist 7 00:13:16,854 --> 00:13:18,369 Association. Are the delegates ready to do the business of this 8 00:13:18,370 --> 00:13:20,370 Association? 9 00:13:33,419 --> 00:13:38,031 >> I'M DEN NICE RIMES AND HONORED TO SERVE ON THE UUA 10 00:13:38,032 --> 00:13:40,402 BOARD OF TRUSTEES. OUR OPENING WORDS this morning come from 11 00:13:40,403 --> 00:13:44,227 Parker Palmer, who is the founder and senior partner 12 00:13:44,228 --> 00:13:48,037 emeritus for the Center for Courage and Renewal and 13 00:13:48,038 --> 00:13:51,849 world-renowned writer, speaker, and activist who focuses on 14 00:13:51,850 --> 00:13:56,404 issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and 15 00:13:56,405 --> 00:13:58,672 social change. Let's not forget that American 16 00:14:08,212 --> 00:14:10,212 democracy started with 'We the People' agreeing to work hard to 17 00:14:12,562 --> 00:14:14,562 create 'a more perfect union.' 18 00:14:22,450 --> 00:14:24,554 We've lost the idea that politics begins at home with 19 00:14:24,555 --> 00:14:26,555 what happens in families, in Neighborhoods, in classrooms, in 20 00:14:32,931 --> 00:14:34,931 congregations. We called this democracy into being - and if we 21 00:14:37,103 --> 00:14:39,103 want to call this democracy back 22 00:14:45,963 --> 00:14:47,502 to its highest values, it's got to be the us doing that calling. 23 00:14:47,503 --> 00:14:49,318 That's not going to happen if 'We the People' don't know how 24 00:14:49,319 --> 00:14:50,838 to talk to one another with civility and hold our 25 00:14:50,839 --> 00:14:52,872 differences in a creative, life- giving way. 26 00:15:02,071 --> 00:15:06,151 WAY.PARKER PALMER SPEAKS WORDS TO WHO WE WANT TO BECOME. 27 00:15:09,683 --> 00:15:11,937 >> Elandria: Welcome back the Secretary of our Association, 28 00:15:11,938 --> 00:15:14,351 Christina Rivera, for the preliminary credentials report. 29 00:15:17,143 --> 00:15:21,358 >> BUENOS DIAZ, EVERYONE. SO THERE ARE OVER 30 00:15:24,579 --> 00:15:29,662 2,666 OF US GATHERED HERE, BOTH ON-SITE AND OUR REMOTE DELEGATES 31 00:15:30,427 --> 00:15:35,544 AND REMOTE PARTICIPANTS. SO HI EVERYBODY OUT THERE IN VIRTUAL 32 00:15:35,545 --> 00:15:41,258 LAND. I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT FOR THE YOUTH CAUCUS, 33 00:15:41,259 --> 00:15:45,992 DOES THOSE NUMBERS INCLUDE OUR YOUTH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND 34 00:15:45,993 --> 00:15:52,154 WE HAVE OVER 500 CONGREGATIONS REPRESENTED FROM THE U.S. AND 35 00:15:52,155 --> 00:15:58,522 CANADA AND PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND MEXICO. 36 00:15:58,884 --> 00:16:03,398 I ALMOST MISSED MEXICO. IF WE CAN'T GET YOU IN THERE AND YOUR 37 00:16:03,399 --> 00:16:06,198 CONGREGATION WASN'T NAMED, PLEASE COME AND FIND ME. I'LL 38 00:16:06,199 --> 00:16:10,034 MAKE SURE THAT WE GET YOU NAMED IN YOU'RE OUTSIDE OF THE 39 00:16:10,035 --> 00:16:12,690 CONFIDENTMENTAL U.S. THANKS SO MUCH AND HAVE A GREAT GENERAL 40 00:16:12,691 --> 00:16:14,691 ASSEMBLY. 41 00:16:23,787 --> 00:16:25,787 >> BEFORE WE BEGIN THE BUSINESS OF THIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, I WANT 42 00:16:26,049 --> 00:16:32,706 TO TAKE A MOMENT TO REMIND US ABOUT WHO WE ARE GIST IN CASE 43 00:16:32,707 --> 00:16:38,338 YOU OVERSLEPT AND FORGOT. IN OUR BYLAWS, ARTICLE TWO IN 44 00:16:38,339 --> 00:16:42,887 PARTICULAR REMINDS US OF OUR SEVEN PRINCIPLES AND 45 00:16:46,143 --> 00:16:50,314 THE SOURCES FOR OUR FAITH. AND AT THE VERY END OF THAT SECTION 46 00:16:50,315 --> 00:16:53,670 OF THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES AND SOURCES, THE VERY LAST SENTENCE 47 00:16:53,671 --> 00:16:59,758 READS AS FOLLOWS: AS FREE CONGREGATIONS, WE ENTER INTO 48 00:16:59,759 --> 00:17:07,962 THIS COVENANT, PROMISING TO ONE ANOTHER OUR MUTUAL TRUST AND 49 00:17:07,963 --> 00:17:12,930 RESPECT. MY FRIENDS, THESE FOUR DAYS ARE A CHANCE FOR US TO 50 00:17:12,931 --> 00:17:19,967 PROVE THAT TO THE WORLD TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE. AS WE GO THROUGH 51 00:17:19,968 --> 00:17:21,968 THESE 52 00:17:23,515 --> 00:17:26,868 GENERAL SESSIONS, OUR WORKSHOPS, CELEBRATIONS, WORSHIP, AND OUR 53 00:17:26,869 --> 00:17:30,958 TIME IN THE CITY, IN KANSAS CITY, LET US REMEMBER OUR 54 00:17:30,959 --> 00:17:34,015 COVENANTS AND OUR PROMISES 55 00:17:41,431 --> 00:17:44,238 PROMISES AND OUR INVESTIGATION HE BELOVED COMMUNITY. IF WE 56 00:17:44,239 --> 00:17:47,050 CAN'T DO IT HERE AS ONE POD BY AND SHOW THE WORLD WE'RE SERIOUS 57 00:17:47,443 --> 00:17:50,374 ABOUT WHAT WE INTEND TO BE IN THIS WORLD, THEN IT CONDITION BE 58 00:17:50,375 --> 00:17:57,982 DONE ANYWHERE. SO I REMIND YOU AS YOU GO ABOUT YOUR DAY AND AS 59 00:17:57,983 --> 00:18:04,415 YOU GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AND HAVE AS MUCH FUN AS YOU CAN THAT 60 00:18:04,828 --> 00:18:11,054 YOU DO IT WITH A SPIRIT OF RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER, RESPECT 61 00:18:11,055 --> 00:18:13,938 FOR THE COMMUNITY, THE CITY OF KANSAS CITY, AND RESPECT FOR THE 62 00:18:13,939 --> 00:18:20,749 BROADER WORLD. THIS IS A TIME WHEN WE CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO BE 63 00:18:20,750 --> 00:18:23,283 IN COVENANT WITH ONE ANOTHER. 64 00:18:28,160 --> 00:18:31,542 AS OUR CAMBRIDGE PLATFORM REMINDS US FROM THE VERY 65 00:18:31,543 --> 00:18:36,331 BEGINNINGS OF OUR FAITH, ONE OF OUR JOBS AS MEMBERS AND MEMBER 66 00:18:36,332 --> 00:18:38,332 CONGREGATIONS 67 00:18:39,624 --> 00:18:43,178 IS TO HELP EACH OTHER BE OUR BETTER SELVES. SO WHILE WE ARE 68 00:18:43,179 --> 00:18:46,995 IN COVENANT AND WHILE WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS THE ESSENCE 69 00:18:54,637 --> 00:18:56,930 OF BELOVED COMMUNITY, BE NOT AFRAID TO TURN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR 70 00:18:56,931 --> 00:19:03,606 AND SAY, THAT HURT MY FEELINGS. SO IF YOU SEE BEHAVIOR THAT 71 00:19:03,607 --> 00:19:07,550 MAYBE NEEDS A LITTLE BIT OF HELP, TURN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR AND 72 00:19:07,551 --> 00:19:10,732 SAY, CAN I HELP YOU WITH THAT? 73 00:19:13,849 --> 00:19:17,686 AS OPPOSED TO OTHER WAYS THAT YOU MAY BE USED TO SEEING OTHERS 74 00:19:17,687 --> 00:19:21,782 CALL PEOPLE OUT. OUR CHAPLAIN ARE HIS HERE TO HELP YOU. OUR 75 00:19:21,783 --> 00:19:24,190 RIGHT RELATIONSHIP TEAM IS HERE TO HELP YOU. YOUR BOARD OF 76 00:19:24,191 --> 00:19:31,478 TRUSTEES AND SO MANY OTHERS * ARE HERE TO HELP WITH YOU THAT 77 00:19:31,479 --> 00:19:35,792 THAT, BUT WE MUST REMEMBER WHO AND WHAT WE ARE, BOTH FOR 78 00:19:35,793 --> 00:19:37,793 OURSELVES 79 00:19:38,868 --> 00:19:41,682 AND IN THE BROADER WORLD. THANK YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING 80 00:19:41,683 --> 00:19:44,968 WITH EVERYONE THROUGHOUT THE NEXT FEW DAYS. 81 00:19:52,857 --> 00:19:57,407 >> I NOW INVITE YOUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES, COME ON UP. 82 00:20:15,154 --> 00:20:18,470 FIRST OFF, PEOPLE FEEL THEY NEED TO TALK TO ONE PERSON, TWO 83 00:20:18,471 --> 00:20:22,041 PEOPLE, YOU CAN TALK TO ALL THESE PEOPLE. 84 00:20:28,124 --> 00:20:31,449 WE'RE GLAD YOU'RE HERE. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY 85 00:20:31,450 --> 00:20:35,395 R.R. ARE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND. 86 00:20:35,789 --> 00:20:39,667 [APPLAUSE] IS THIS ANYBODY'S SECOND? 87 00:20:43,204 --> 00:20:46,415 IF YOU'VE BEEN TO MORE THAN FIVE? 88 00:20:55,947 --> 00:20:57,947 MORE THAN TEN? 89 00:20:59,999 --> 00:21:01,999 MORE THAN 20? WOW. 90 00:21:04,679 --> 00:21:07,988 SO IF YOU'VE BEEN TO MORE THAN 20, GO TALK TO THOSE PEOPLE, 91 00:21:07,989 --> 00:21:13,665 TOO, BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN AROUND LONGER THAN I HAVE. SO WHAT TO 92 00:21:13,666 --> 00:21:17,147 EXPECT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS IN GENERAL SESSION. THERE WILL BE 93 00:21:17,148 --> 00:21:22,995 REPORTS. REPORTS. THERE WILL BE GOOD REPORTS. SOME BY VIDEO. 94 00:21:23,343 --> 00:21:28,810 SOME BY MUSIC. SOME BY JUST TALKING. THEY'RE REALLY GOOD 95 00:21:28,811 --> 00:21:34,303 REPORTS. WE'RE GOING TO GIVE SOME AMAZING AWARDS. YOU SHOULD 96 00:21:34,655 --> 00:21:37,492 BE HERE FOR THE AWARDS. THEY'RE GOING TO SOME REALLY COOL PEOPLE 97 00:21:37,840 --> 00:21:41,878 I LOVE A LOT. RULES OF PROCEDURE. SO EXCITING. 98 00:21:41,879 --> 00:21:47,137 PLEASE READ THOSE ON YOUR OWN. GOING TO BE BYLAW AMENDMENTS, 99 00:21:47,138 --> 00:21:53,212 LIKE NINE. THERE'S GOING TO BE AIW'S, ACCOUNTS OF IMMEDIATE 100 00:21:53,213 --> 00:21:56,893 WITNESSES. THERE'S GOING TO BE CSAI. CONGREGATIONAL STUDY 101 00:21:56,894 --> 00:21:59,868 ACTION ISSUES, WHICH WE'LL TALK ABOUT LATER. AND ELECTIONS. 102 00:22:00,223 --> 00:22:04,189 THERE'S GOING TO BE INCREDIBLE PUBLIC WITNESS, WHICH ARE 103 00:22:04,190 --> 00:22:07,987 AMAZING FOLKS THAT ARE GOING TO COME UP AND TALK ABOUT LATER. 104 00:22:07,988 --> 00:22:13,862 AND TONS OF WORSHIP. SO WE WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THREE 105 00:22:13,863 --> 00:22:17,968 SLIDES. FIRST IS THE GA GRID WHICH MY HIGH HOPE IS EVERYONE 106 00:22:17,969 --> 00:22:27,367 HAS SEEN. IF NOT, PLEASE GET IT. IF YOU TURN YOUR 107 00:22:28,121 --> 00:22:30,663 BADGE AROUND, IT'S ALSO ON THE BACK OF YOUR BADGE, WHICH IS 108 00:22:30,664 --> 00:22:37,151 REALLY COOL. WE HAVE A GA APP. AND SO IT'S ONLY FOR SMARTPHONES 109 00:22:37,543 --> 00:22:42,189 . IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SMARTPHONE, FOR MYRIADS OF 110 00:22:42,190 --> 00:22:46,264 REASONS, SOMEONE ELSE CAN BE YOUR GA APP FOR THE PROGRAM 111 00:22:46,265 --> 00:22:49,482 BOOK. AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES THIS YEAR HAVE OFFICE HOURS IN A 112 00:22:50,120 --> 00:22:53,870 ROOM. IF IF YOU NEED SOMETHING YOU CAN BOTHER ALL OF THESE FINE 113 00:22:54,259 --> 00:22:58,798 PEOPLE AT THIS ROOM AT THESE TIMES OR AS THEY'RE WALKING 114 00:22:58,799 --> 00:23:03,407 AROUND THE HALL. I KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE A LITTLE DISTURBED BY 115 00:23:06,220 --> 00:23:08,220 THE RED HATS. 116 00:23:10,035 --> 00:23:12,350 RED IS MY FAVORITE COLOR AND I REFUSE TO LET SOMEBODY WHO IS IN 117 00:23:12,351 --> 00:23:16,659 OFFICE TAKE MY FAVORITE COLOR FROM ME. 118 00:23:17,417 --> 00:23:19,417 [APPLAUSE] IT'S 119 00:23:22,243 --> 00:23:26,374 A COLOR. IF WE RECEDE OVER AN ENTIRE COLOR, WHAT DOES THAT 120 00:23:26,375 --> 00:23:31,039 MEAN FOR WHAT WE ARE WILLING TO CEDE OVER? SO I KNOW IT'S A LOT 121 00:23:32,259 --> 00:23:36,941 , BUT IT'S A COLOR THAT WE ARE C EDING OVER TO SOMEONE WHO 122 00:23:36,942 --> 00:23:43,200 DOESN'T -- WELL, OKAY. SO THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR 123 00:23:43,201 --> 00:23:45,201 SERVICE. [APPLAUSE] 124 00:23:55,464 --> 00:23:58,523 SO WE'RE NOW GOING TO TALK TO THE SAFETY TEAM AND THE RIGHT 125 00:23:58,524 --> 00:24:01,857 RELATIONSHIP TEAM. SO THEY CAN COME ON UP. 126 00:24:10,284 --> 00:24:14,630 FIRST WE HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP TEAM. 127 00:24:14,631 --> 00:24:19,831 >> GOOD MORNING, ALL. I'M YA DANEE-HAILU. 128 00:24:20,212 --> 00:24:24,170 >> AND I'M -- LET'S TAKE A COLLECTIVE BREATH AND BEGIN WITH 129 00:24:24,171 --> 00:24:29,675 OUR FIRST RIGHT RELATIONS TEAM REPORTS. ALL RIGHT. OUR SPIRIT 130 00:24:30,192 --> 00:24:37,378 OF HOSPITALITY NEEDS A MIND. EMPHASIS. WE ARE A PEOPLE THAT 131 00:24:37,379 --> 00:24:38,918 VALUE PARTICIPATION WHICH CELEBRATES LIFE AND LIBERATES 132 00:24:38,919 --> 00:24:42,439 THE OPPRESSED. PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY THAT TRANSFORMS OUR 133 00:24:42,440 --> 00:24:45,507 TIGHT AND OWE IMPRESSIVE LABELING INTO THE FULLNESS OF 134 00:24:45,508 --> 00:24:51,422 OUR PERSONHOOD AND DIVERSE COMMUNITY. SO WHETHER IT IS A 135 00:24:51,423 --> 00:24:53,483 PERSON SELECTING A RESTROOM OR SOMEONE UTILIZING ACCOMMODATIONS 136 00:24:54,243 --> 00:25:02,406 WITH OR WITHOUT VISIBLE DISABILITIES, LET US ASSUME OUR 137 00:25:02,407 --> 00:25:05,436 PEERS HAVE SELECTED THE APPROPRIATE MEANS FOR THEIR 138 00:25:05,437 --> 00:25:07,998 FULLEST PARTICIPATION. >> LIVING INTO THESE GROWING 139 00:25:07,999 --> 00:25:10,022 EDGES WON'T ALWAYS BE SIMPLE OR COMFORTABLE, BUT YOU LET US DO 140 00:25:10,023 --> 00:25:13,119 IT IN LOVE, GRACE, AND HOSPITALITY, FOR THE DIVINE IN 141 00:25:13,120 --> 00:25:17,046 ALL OF US. >> ANOTHER UPDATE IS ELIZABETH 142 00:25:17,047 --> 00:25:20,626 MOUNT IS OUR RIGHT RELATIONS TEAM MEMBER WHO WILL SERVE OUR 143 00:25:20,627 --> 00:25:22,771 OFF-SITE GA COMMUNITY. >> WHAT WHAT? 144 00:25:23,123 --> 00:25:25,874 >> STARTING LATER TODAY, ONLINE PARTICIPANTS CAN CONTACT 145 00:25:25,875 --> 00:25:32,336 ELIZABETH IN THE OFF-SITE CHAT ROOM DURING GENERAL SESSIONS. 146 00:25:35,285 --> 00:25:37,883 PLEASE. AWESOME. THAT WAS OUR FIRST REPORT. 147 00:25:38,391 --> 00:25:40,391 [APPLAUSE] 148 00:25:46,515 --> 00:25:49,374 >> GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING. 149 00:25:49,375 --> 00:25:52,950 >> SO I MAY BE ALL ABOUT OVERTHROWING THE TRUMP 150 00:25:52,951 --> 00:25:57,554 ADMINISTRATION TODAY OR TOMORROW. BUT FOR MANY OF US, 151 00:25:57,555 --> 00:25:59,873 WHEN THE TRUMP ELECTION HAPPENED, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE 152 00:25:59,874 --> 00:26:02,474 OF US WHO ARE WHITE, WHEN THE TRUMP ELECTION HAPPENED, IT WAS 153 00:26:02,475 --> 00:26:05,561 LIKE OH, MY GOSH. HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN MARK? AND THE THE 154 00:26:05,562 --> 00:26:08,874 DEEPER REALITY IS THAT THIS IS AMERICA. IN TERMS OF WHITE 155 00:26:08,875 --> 00:26:12,280 SUPREMACY AND RACISM ENDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY, AND HOW MANY OF US 156 00:26:12,631 --> 00:26:16,922 WANT TO CHANGE ALL OF THAT? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 157 00:26:17,307 --> 00:26:21,579 SO WE NEED TO BUILD UP ALTERNATIVES TO THE WAYS THAT WE 158 00:26:21,972 --> 00:26:25,254 INTERACT AS A COMMUNITY. AND THE SAFETY TEAM IS CREATING AN 159 00:26:25,255 --> 00:26:29,350 ALTERNATIVE OF A WAY OF DEALING WITH ISSUES OF CONFLICT AND 160 00:26:29,351 --> 00:26:33,027 SAFETY THAT IS NOT LOOKING TO THE POLICE TO TRY TO SOLVE THE 161 00:26:33,028 --> 00:26:35,854 ISSUES, BECAUSE THE POLICE OFTEN CREATE MORE PROBLEMS WHEN THEY 162 00:26:35,855 --> 00:26:39,325 COME INTO COMMUNITIES AND BRING VIOLENCE INTO COMMUNITIES AND 163 00:26:39,326 --> 00:26:44,490 CREATE MORE HARM. DOES THAT SOUND TRUE? AND SO THE SAFETY 164 00:26:44,491 --> 00:26:47,859 TEAM IS TRYING TO CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE WAY OF BEING ABLE TO 165 00:26:48,283 --> 00:26:52,492 DEAL WITH ISSUES OF HARM OR CONFLICT THAT COME, AND IN 166 00:26:52,493 --> 00:26:54,551 PARTICULAR, SAFETY TEAM IS CONCERNED WITH KEEPING AN EYE ON 167 00:26:54,948 --> 00:26:58,367 SECURITY AND POLICE HARASSING PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE OR 168 00:26:58,368 --> 00:27:01,978 YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO BE ABLE TO HELP US 169 00:27:01,979 --> 00:27:06,926 HAVE A POWERFUL CONVENTION AND A POWER POWERFUL TIME TOGETHER. 170 00:27:07,323 --> 00:27:11,922 DOES THAT SOUND GOOD? >> AND MANY OF OUR SAFETY TEAM 171 00:27:11,923 --> 00:27:15,387 MEMBERS ARE ALREADY ON DUTY. YOU'LL SEE THEM THIS MORNING IN 172 00:27:15,388 --> 00:27:18,231 THEIR ORANGE VESTS. THEY'RE HERE TO TALK WITH YOU, TO LISTEN 173 00:27:18,763 --> 00:27:23,106 TO YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES THUS FAR, ANY 174 00:27:23,107 --> 00:27:25,835 CONFLICTS OR ISSUES THAT YOU MAY HAVE HAD WITH PARTICIPANTS, WITH 175 00:27:26,228 --> 00:27:31,355 THE SECURITY, WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. THEY REALLY WANT 176 00:27:31,356 --> 00:27:35,018 TO HEAR THAT, AND SO DO CHRIS AND I. 177 00:27:35,019 --> 00:27:38,942 >> AND SO TO HELP US HAVE A POWERFUL GENERAL ASSEMBLY, WE 178 00:27:38,943 --> 00:27:42,794 ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES, STAY 179 00:27:42,795 --> 00:27:47,354 HYDRATED, EAT, REST, TO BE ABLE TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS AND BE 180 00:27:47,355 --> 00:27:52,290 AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND YOU. TO BE ALERT. KNOW YOUR 181 00:27:52,291 --> 00:27:56,197 SURROUNDINGS WHEN WE'RE GOING OUT. AND FOR MANY OF US, INTO A 182 00:27:56,198 --> 00:27:59,178 CITY THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN TO BEFORE. GO OUT IN SMALL GROUPS 183 00:27:59,179 --> 00:28:02,675 OR HAVE A BUDDY WITH YOU TO BE ABLE TO HELP EACH OTHER OU OUT. 184 00:28:02,676 --> 00:28:06,427 AND IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY WHO SEEMS TO NEED HELP, OFFER HELP. 185 00:28:06,824 --> 00:28:10,897 IF YOU NEED HELP, ASK FOR IT. BECAUSE WE'VE GOT TO TAKE CARE 186 00:28:10,898 --> 00:28:15,458 OF EACH OTHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. BUILD UP A TEAM OF 187 00:28:15,459 --> 00:28:17,536 COOPERATION TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER, TO BE IN THIS GENERAL 188 00:28:17,537 --> 00:28:20,562 ASSEMBLY, TO HAVE A POWER POWERFUL EXPERIENCE. 189 00:28:20,563 --> 00:28:24,755 >> IF YOU ARE FEELING HARASSED AND UNSAFE, ACCOS ACCOSTED BY 190 00:28:24,756 --> 00:28:27,052 ANYONE, PLEASE REACH OUT TO THE SAFETY TEAM TEAM. YOU CAN REACH 191 00:28:27,053 --> 00:28:31,456 OUT TO CHRIS AND I. WE ARE ASKING YOU TO CONTACT THE SAFETY 192 00:28:31,833 --> 00:28:35,230 TEAM BEFORE YOU CONTACT THE POLICE OR IF YOU ALREADY HAVE 193 00:28:35,231 --> 00:28:39,586 INTERACTIONS WITH THE POLICE OR SECURITY, TO LET THE SAFETY TEAM 194 00:28:39,974 --> 00:28:41,858 IN AND WE'LL BE HERE FOR YOU. THANK YOU. 195 00:28:41,859 --> 00:28:43,859 >> THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] 196 00:28:51,451 --> 00:28:53,883 >> SO WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE SPECIAL GUESTS WITH US TODAY AND 197 00:28:54,273 --> 00:28:58,854 THE REST OF THIS WEEK. IF OUR LAKOTA FRIENDS CAN PLEASE STAND? 198 00:28:59,231 --> 00:29:01,231 [APPLAUSE] 199 00:29:14,447 --> 00:29:18,319 WE HAVE JULIA BROWN WOLF, ARTIST ACTIVIST FROM STANDING ROCK. 200 00:29:18,730 --> 00:29:22,243 BEN ELK EAGLE, FORMAL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE FROM CHEYENNE 201 00:29:22,244 --> 00:29:25,242 RIVER. AND JOHNNY ESTERON FROM THE 202 00:29:25,243 --> 00:29:30,740 INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE ON TRANSFORMATIVE COLLABORATION 203 00:29:31,094 --> 00:29:35,051 AND OSHANTE-SAKWE. [APPLAUSE] 204 00:29:41,991 --> 00:29:47,304 IF SOMEONE CAN PLEASE EXTEND A HANG SHAKE, AND WELCOME. 205 00:29:47,795 --> 00:29:49,795 [APPLAUSE] 206 00:29:55,541 --> 00:29:58,223 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US, AND THEY'LL BE DOING 207 00:29:58,224 --> 00:30:01,190 WORKSHOPS ON SATURDAY, SO PLEASE GO AND TALK TO THEM AND LEARN 208 00:30:01,191 --> 00:30:03,191 FROM THEM. 209 00:30:06,462 --> 00:30:08,502 The General Assembly Planning Committee is a committee of the 210 00:30:08,503 --> 00:30:12,061 Association authorized by the bylaws, Article 5, Section 5.8. 211 00:30:12,062 --> 00:30:14,175 It is a committee comprised of members who have been either 212 00:30:14,176 --> 00:30:17,993 elected by the GA delegates or appointed by the Board of 213 00:30:17,994 --> 00:30:21,538 Trustees. The GAPC, as it is known, is accountable to the 214 00:30:21,539 --> 00:30:25,157 delegates. It is also in covenant with the Board of 215 00:30:25,158 --> 00:30:27,158 Trustees and the Staff of our Association and works in tangent 216 00:30:27,950 --> 00:30:31,014 with all involved to put on this yearly event, the General 217 00:30:31,015 --> 00:30:34,646 Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of 218 00:30:34,647 --> 00:30:36,647 Congregations. The Chair of the 219 00:30:37,927 --> 00:30:39,927 GAPC, a volunteer (as are all 220 00:30:42,043 --> 00:30:44,043 members of the GAPC), is Ila 221 00:30:46,119 --> 00:30:49,683 Klion from Lauderhill, FL. Welcome Ila. 222 00:30:49,684 --> 00:30:51,684 >> Ila Klion: Thank you. 223 00:30:54,241 --> 00:31:00,074 GOOD MORNING, GENERAL ASSEMBLY. This year, I have been honored 224 00:31:00,075 --> 00:31:04,518 and humbled to work with this diverse group of talented and 225 00:31:04,519 --> 00:31:06,519 hardworking folks who create the 226 00:31:07,583 --> 00:31:11,174 structure by which the speakers, musicians, officers, ushers, 227 00:31:11,175 --> 00:31:13,175 vendors, staff personnel, delegates, worship leaders and 228 00:31:16,488 --> 00:31:18,764 many more create the transformational experience that 229 00:31:21,325 --> 00:31:25,678 we know as General Assembly. Here, in Kansas City, we are 230 00:31:25,679 --> 00:31:27,679 called to do the business of our 231 00:31:28,735 --> 00:31:32,802 Association. We are also called here to celebrate, learn, 232 00:31:32,803 --> 00:31:34,803 worship, witness and sing together. Our hope is that you 233 00:31:37,429 --> 00:31:42,510 will personally leave transformed and that 234 00:31:42,511 --> 00:31:45,582 collectively we will transform and grow Unitarian Universalism 235 00:31:45,583 --> 00:31:47,587 and our own UUA. Before I start to ramble on, I 236 00:31:52,743 --> 00:31:55,298 I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLANNING 237 00:31:55,299 --> 00:31:58,990 COMMITS THEY YEAR HAS STARTED ITS OWN RACISM WORK. IN 238 00:31:58,991 --> 00:32:05,739 SEPTEMBER WE BEGAN WORKING WITH THE REVEREND MARTA VALENTINE SO 239 00:32:05,740 --> 00:32:11,487 WE CAN LEARN HOW TO SEE WHITENESS IN OUR OWN LIVES SO WE 240 00:32:11,488 --> 00:32:15,115 CAN HELP DE-CENTER IT FROM THIS ASSEMBLY. 241 00:32:15,743 --> 00:32:17,790 [APPLAUSE] 242 00:32:21,128 --> 00:32:24,406 Before I start to ramble on, I would like to introduce you to 243 00:32:24,407 --> 00:32:26,407 this year's General Assembly 244 00:32:29,767 --> 00:32:31,826 IT IS MY HONOR TO SERVE WITH THESE fine people. Starting in 245 00:32:31,827 --> 00:32:33,863 the back row from left to right: Tuli Patel and Jenn Gracen; the 246 00:32:37,413 --> 00:32:40,219 next row down: Me, Ila Klion, Oshara Meesha, and this year's 247 00:32:40,220 --> 00:32:42,255 local area coordinator Gaby Kusko; in front of Gaby is Debra 248 00:32:46,818 --> 00:32:48,818 Gray-Boyd and in front of Debra 249 00:32:52,706 --> 00:32:55,487 is Chelsea Surfus. Before I go, I want to recognize that the 250 00:32:59,794 --> 00:33:03,211 Planning Committee is blessed to work with Dr. Jan Sneegas, the 251 00:33:03,212 --> 00:33:08,090 Director of General Assembly Conference Services, and her 252 00:33:08,091 --> 00:33:10,498 staff. Without them, all that we do and all that you see here 253 00:33:10,499 --> 00:33:12,499 would not be possible. Enjoy your General Assembly. 254 00:33:14,979 --> 00:33:16,870 ASSEMBLY.AND BEV THE FASHIO FASHIONABLE BLUE SHIRTS IF YOU 255 00:33:16,871 --> 00:33:18,955 NEED ANYTHING FROM US. THANK YOU. 256 00:33:19,840 --> 00:33:21,840 [APPLAUSE] 257 00:33:29,492 --> 00:33:30,263 >> Elandria: Please welcome Youth Caucus Deans Jaidyn 258 00:33:30,264 --> 00:33:32,038 Bryant, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Baton 259 00:33:32,039 --> 00:33:33,821 Rouge, Louisiana and Kari Gottfried, from the Unitarian 260 00:33:33,822 --> 00:33:37,676 Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon! 261 00:33:38,431 --> 00:33:40,431 [APPLAUSE] 262 00:33:45,572 --> 00:33:47,572 Youth Caucus provides workshops and worships that help us deepen 263 00:33:47,601 --> 00:33:49,189 our collective Unitarian Universalist spirituality and 264 00:33:49,190 --> 00:33:52,236 helps youth make an impact on our Association. ASSOCIATION.AND 265 00:33:52,616 --> 00:33:56,282 ALLOWS PEOPLE LIKE ME TO ACTUALLY STAND UP HERE. 266 00:33:59,855 --> 00:34:02,473 >> Jaidyn Bryant: Good Morning everyone! Let me hear who's 267 00:34:02,474 --> 00:34:04,474 excited that youth caucus is 268 00:34:09,082 --> 00:34:13,943 here this week! We're thrilled to be here too. 269 00:34:13,944 --> 00:34:14,979 >> Kari Gottfried: We invite people of all ages to share the 270 00:34:14,980 --> 00:34:20,284 space we have in room 2505 of the convention center. All week, 271 00:34:20,285 --> 00:34:26,730 we will provide many different types of programming, which can 272 00:34:26,731 --> 00:34:28,731 be found in your program book or in the GA app. 273 00:34:28,863 --> 00:34:29,493 >> Jaidyn Bryant: This year, we're inviting all youth who 274 00:34:29,494 --> 00:34:33,814 feel called, to help make youth caucus radically inclusive and 275 00:34:33,815 --> 00:34:35,815 theologically deep. To center youth voices, we'll also be 276 00:34:38,684 --> 00:34:41,227 Hosting check-in groups in hall D and evening check-ins in the 277 00:34:41,228 --> 00:34:43,252 Youth Caucus room to get connected. Find the schedule in 278 00:34:46,295 --> 00:34:47,054 room 2505. >> Kari Gottfried: All Are 279 00:34:47,055 --> 00:34:49,197 Called is the perfect theme for youth caucus, for a time when 280 00:34:49,198 --> 00:34:52,473 youth are once again speaking up and out. General Session is 281 00:34:52,474 --> 00:34:54,474 another 282 00:34:58,355 --> 00:35:00,355 time when all are called. Many 283 00:35:01,695 --> 00:35:03,695 times, when youth are talking, 284 00:35:05,739 --> 00:35:07,534 it is to process, clarify or strategize. 285 00:35:07,535 --> 00:35:09,570 >> Jaidyn Bryant: If you have any questions about the Youth 286 00:35:09,571 --> 00:35:11,571 Caucus, our staff members can be found wearing pink bandanas. 287 00:35:19,299 --> 00:35:20,827 >> Elliot: My name is Elliot Ferrell-Carretey 288 00:35:20,828 --> 00:35:21,599 >> Ehlona: And I'm Ehlona Walker, and we are the Thrive@GA 289 00:35:21,600 --> 00:35:23,600 Youth 290 00:35:26,724 --> 00:35:28,724 Coordinators. 291 00:35:30,771 --> 00:35:33,370 COORDINATORS.AND WE ARE WEARING THE GREEN BANDANNAS IN CASE YOU 292 00:35:33,371 --> 00:35:36,398 WANT TO FIND US. >> Elliot: We support youth of 293 00:35:36,399 --> 00:35:37,702 color. Please get in touch with us to find opportunities to 294 00:35:37,703 --> 00:35:38,598 connect with other UUs of color! Look for us in the silver 295 00:35:38,599 --> 00:35:40,599 bandanas. 296 00:35:51,695 --> 00:35:52,472 >> Elandria: I now welcome to the stage the co- facilitators 297 00:35:52,473 --> 00:35:55,502 of Young Adults at GA, known as YA@GA: Aisha Ansano and Cassie 298 00:35:55,503 --> 00:35:57,503 Withey- Rila. 299 00:35:59,048 --> 00:36:01,048 [APPLAUSE] 300 00:36:03,487 --> 00:36:05,006 >> Aisha: Hello! I'm Aisha Ansano, a member at First Parish 301 00:36:05,007 --> 00:36:07,007 UU of 302 00:36:09,591 --> 00:36:11,357 Arlington, MA. >> Cassie: And I'm Cassie 303 00:36:11,358 --> 00:36:15,221 Withey-Rila, I am a delegate for Auckland Unitarian in 304 00:36:15,222 --> 00:36:17,222 Aotearoa-New Zealand. We are the 305 00:36:20,807 --> 00:36:22,807 co-facilitators for Young Adults at General Assembly, also known 306 00:36:27,461 --> 00:36:28,986 as YA@GA. >> Aisha: We are so excited to 307 00:36:28,987 --> 00:36:30,746 offer a variety of programming to young adults who are 308 00:36:30,747 --> 00:36:32,747 attending GA! While the young adult age range is 18-35, we 309 00:36:35,840 --> 00:36:37,840 invite people of all ages to spend time with YA@GA in room 310 00:36:40,214 --> 00:36:42,214 2504A in the convention center, 311 00:36:43,519 --> 00:36:47,602 where we will have Worship, workshops, and informal events 312 00:36:47,603 --> 00:36:49,603 in our effort to connect and support young adults here at GA, 313 00:36:51,723 --> 00:36:54,236 and to transform our faith. >> Cassie: The two other 314 00:36:54,237 --> 00:36:58,830 members of the YA@GA staff team are Lauren Hulse as community 315 00:36:58,831 --> 00:37:02,186 support staff and Camellia Jahanshahi as spiritual support 316 00:37:02,187 --> 00:37:04,187 staff. We also 317 00:37:05,987 --> 00:37:10,251 want to introduce Ronnie Boyd, who will be supporting young 318 00:37:10,252 --> 00:37:12,252 adults of color as the Thrive@GA 319 00:37:15,443 --> 00:37:16,463 Young Adult staff. >> Aisha: This week, YA@GA 320 00:37:16,464 --> 00:37:17,990 staff will be wearing blue bandanas and the Thrive@GA staff 321 00:37:17,991 --> 00:37:19,991 will 322 00:37:22,547 --> 00:37:23,057 have silver bandanas. >> Cassie: We look forward to 323 00:37:23,058 --> 00:37:25,442 being here in Kansas City with you all. Have a wonderful GA! 324 00:37:29,726 --> 00:37:31,726 [APPLAUSE] 325 00:37:38,455 --> 00:37:41,262 >> Barb: Covenanting communities claim a UU identity 326 00:37:41,263 --> 00:37:43,263 and advance 327 00:37:44,346 --> 00:37:46,346 UU values, but they look and 328 00:37:47,637 --> 00:37:49,637 feel different from a traditional congregation. 329 00:37:51,759 --> 00:37:55,785 Covenanting communities include small meeting groups, missional 330 00:37:55,786 --> 00:37:58,592 communities, intentional living cooperatives, national networks, 331 00:38:00,366 --> 00:38:02,715 and more. Recognized by the Unitarian Universalist 332 00:38:05,731 --> 00:38:07,731 Association, covenanting 333 00:38:25,196 --> 00:38:26,218 COMMUNITIES ARE HELPING PEOPLE IMAGINE NEW WAYS OF LIVING OUT 334 00:38:26,219 --> 00:38:27,494 THEIR UU FAITH AND VALUES WHILE STAYING OFFICIALLY CONNECTED TO 335 00:38:27,495 --> 00:38:28,645 THE WIDER UU FAMILY. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE, AGAIN THIS YEAR, TO 336 00:38:28,646 --> 00:38:29,523 INTRODUCE TO YOU THE NEW COVENANTING COMMUNITIES OF THE 337 00:38:29,524 --> 00:38:32,287 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION. 338 00:38:32,679 --> 00:38:34,082 THE OLEAN UU COMMUNITY, IN OLEAN, NEW YORK, PROVIDES AN 339 00:38:34,083 --> 00:38:36,944 OPEN, NURTURING, SPIRITUAL ENVIRONMENT MADE VISIBLE BY THE 340 00:38:36,945 --> 00:38:38,945 JOY OF OUR ACTIONS FOR PEACE AND 341 00:38:40,002 --> 00:38:42,002 JUSTICE IN THE WORLD. FOUNDED IN 342 00:38:43,822 --> 00:38:45,835 2009. WE WELCOMED THE COMMUNITY AS AN EMERGING CONGREGATION, AND 343 00:38:47,852 --> 00:38:49,189 WE ARE DELIGHTED TO EMBRACE THEM THIS YEAR AS A COVENANTING 344 00:38:49,190 --> 00:38:51,190 COMMUNITY. 345 00:38:54,767 --> 00:38:58,321 THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS OF CHARLESTOWN IN MARYLAND MEET 346 00:38:58,322 --> 00:39:00,436 MONTHLY TO CONNECT RESIDENTS WHO ARE UU AND OTHER RESIDENTS WHO 347 00:39:04,037 --> 00:39:06,037 ARE INTERESTED IN PROGRESSIVE RELIGIOUS THINKING. ORGANIZED IN 348 00:39:06,584 --> 00:39:08,584 1984, WE WELCOME THEM AS A COVENANTING COMMUNITY. 349 00:39:10,379 --> 00:39:12,379 CELEBRATING ITS 25TH YEAR IN 350 00:39:13,448 --> 00:39:18,086 2017, GROVELAND FELLOWSHIP IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, IS A SMALL 351 00:39:18,087 --> 00:39:20,087 URBAN COMMUNITY OF UNITARIAN 352 00:39:22,167 --> 00:39:26,484 UNIVERSALISTS. FOUNDED IN 1992 BY THREE WOMEN WHO WANTED TO 353 00:39:26,485 --> 00:39:29,024 CREATE A SMALL FELLOWSHIP WHERE THERE WOULD PERSONAL INTERACTION 354 00:39:31,811 --> 00:39:32,830 WITH ECLECTIC SERVICES. WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU JOIN US AS A 355 00:39:32,831 --> 00:39:34,831 COVENANTING COMMUNITY. 356 00:39:36,680 --> 00:39:40,736 THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF SOUTHWESTERN UTAH 357 00:39:40,737 --> 00:39:44,546 IN ST. GEORGE, UTAH, HAS A TWO- PRONGED MISSION: A FOCUS ON 358 00:39:44,547 --> 00:39:47,071 SOCIAL JUSTICE AND A FOCUS ON SPIRITUAL GROWTH THAT ALLOWS ITS 359 00:39:48,935 --> 00:39:52,743 MEMBERS TO COME TOGETHER AS A CONGREGATION TO EXPLORE THE 360 00:39:52,744 --> 00:39:58,068 MEANING OF LIFE ON THEIR OWN TERMS. THANK YOU FOR OFFICIALLY 361 00:39:58,069 --> 00:40:00,069 REPRESENTING OUR FAITH IN UTAH AS A COVENANTING COMMUNITY. 362 00:40:03,990 --> 00:40:06,803 LOCATED IN ANGELUS OAKS, CALIFORNIA, CAMP DE BENNEVILLE 363 00:40:06,804 --> 00:40:08,804 PINES WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1962 AS 364 00:40:09,819 --> 00:40:14,207 A PUBLIC BENEFIT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION TO PROVIDE A 365 00:40:14,208 --> 00:40:18,285 MOUNTAIN RETREAT WHERE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRINCIPLES AND 366 00:40:18,286 --> 00:40:20,286 VALUES ARE LIVED AND CELEBRATED 367 00:40:21,616 --> 00:40:23,616 IN COMMUNITY. WITH THEIR LONG 368 00:40:24,939 --> 00:40:26,939 AND RICH HISTORY, WE CELEBRATE YOU AS A COVENANTING COMMUNITY. 369 00:40:28,226 --> 00:40:30,226 ESTABLISHED IN 2005, METHOW 370 00:40:31,555 --> 00:40:37,978 YEP. GIVE IT UP FOR THEM. ESTABLISHED IN 2005, METHOW 371 00:40:37,979 --> 00:40:40,263 VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP IN TWISP, WASHINGTON, 372 00:40:41,768 --> 00:40:44,578 IS A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY OF INDIVIDUALS WITH A COMMON 373 00:40:48,127 --> 00:40:50,232 INTEREST IN A FREE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND MEANING IN A VERY 374 00:40:50,233 --> 00:40:53,050 DIVERSE, OFTEN CONFUSING AND EVER-EVOLVING WORLD. WE ARE SO 375 00:40:53,051 --> 00:40:55,051 HAPPY TO HAVE YOU IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST! 376 00:40:57,907 --> 00:41:02,713 WELCOME, LYCOMING! FOUNDED IN 1992 IN WILLIAMSPORT, 377 00:41:02,714 --> 00:41:04,714 PENNSYLVANIA, LYCOMING UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OFFERS 378 00:41:06,051 --> 00:41:10,138 THE COMMUNITY A PLACE TO PRACTICE, AFFIRM AND STUDY 379 00:41:10,139 --> 00:41:12,139 RELIGION WITHOUT DOGMA AND IN HARMONY WITH REASON AND 380 00:41:14,212 --> 00:41:17,488 CONSCIENCE. MEMBERS WELCOME ALL WHO BELIEVE THAT SPIRITUAL 381 00:41:17,489 --> 00:41:19,525 PRACTICE IS WIDER THAN ANY SECT AND DEEPER THAN ANY SET OF 382 00:41:19,526 --> 00:41:21,526 OPINIONS. 383 00:41:27,483 --> 00:41:32,077 ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION MINISTRY (AIM) FOCUSES ON 384 00:41:32,078 --> 00:41:35,386 WELCOMING, EMBRACING, INTEGRATING, AND SUPPORTING 385 00:41:35,387 --> 00:41:38,729 PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN OUR 386 00:41:38,730 --> 00:41:42,770 CONGREGATIONS. ITS SACRED CHALLENGE FOR CONGREGATIONS IS 387 00:41:42,771 --> 00:41:44,771 RECOGNIZING THE HUMANITY AND 388 00:41:45,819 --> 00:41:49,976 GIFTS OF ALL PEOPLE. AIM IS A JOINT PROGRAM OF THE UNITARIAN 389 00:41:49,977 --> 00:41:53,050 UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION AND EQUUAL ACCESS, A UNITARIAN 390 00:41:53,051 --> 00:41:55,051 UNIVERSALIST ORGANIZATION WORKING TO ENABLE THE FULL 391 00:41:58,143 --> 00:42:01,939 ENGAGEMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES 392 00:42:01,940 --> 00:42:05,249 IN OUR CONGREGATIONS. I AM HAPPY TO INTRODUCE TWO NEW 393 00:42:05,250 --> 00:42:08,533 AIM-CERTIFIED CONGREGATIONS THIS YEAR: FIRST UNITARIAN 394 00:42:08,534 --> 00:42:10,534 UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA, AND THE 395 00:42:20,018 --> 00:42:22,018 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF 396 00:42:27,471 --> 00:42:30,803 BUFFALO, NEW YORK. WE ARE INDEBTED TO BOTH CONGREGATIONS 397 00:42:30,804 --> 00:42:32,834 FOR THEIR ACTS OF LOVE BY DOING THE WORK TO BECOME AIM 398 00:42:32,835 --> 00:42:39,490 CERTIFIED. CERTIFIED.AND LET'S GIVE IT UP FOR ALL OF THE NEW 399 00:42:39,491 --> 00:42:41,759 COVENANTED COMMUNITIES AND CONGREGATIONS THIS YEAR. 400 00:42:42,135 --> 00:42:45,123 [APPLAUSE] 401 00:42:50,779 --> 00:42:52,570 >> ELANDRIA: PRESENTING THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON 402 00:42:52,571 --> 00:42:54,571 SOCIAL WITNESS IS SUSAN GOEKLER. 403 00:42:58,627 --> 00:43:01,705 [APPLAUSE] >> 404 00:43:05,991 --> 00:43:10,063 THANK YOU, AND WELCOME TO ALL THE DELEGATES HERE AND OFF-SITE. 405 00:43:10,825 --> 00:43:14,074 ON BEHALF OF THE COMMISSION ON SOCIAL WITNESS, I AM PLEASED TO 406 00:43:14,075 --> 00:43:17,983 PRESENT THIS REPORT. THE COMMISSION REPORTS DIRECTLY TO 407 00:43:17,984 --> 00:43:23,821 YOU, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND NOT TO THE U. A BOARD. YOU 408 00:43:23,822 --> 00:43:26,493 ELECT THE MAJORITY OF THE COMMISSION MEMBERS, WHO YOU CAN 409 00:43:26,494 --> 00:43:28,494 IDENTIFY BY THE BLUE BASEBALL 410 00:43:30,048 --> 00:43:33,086 CAPS WE WEAR WHEN ON DUTY. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE 411 00:43:33,087 --> 00:43:35,087 THE OPPORTUNITIES AT GA TO 412 00:43:38,204 --> 00:43:40,204 CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIAL WITNESS STATEMENTS. 413 00:43:42,797 --> 00:43:44,797 WE HAVE TWO KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 414 00:43:48,145 --> 00:43:50,145 - TO FACILITATE THE PROCESS FOR 415 00:43:52,776 --> 00:43:54,305 DEVELOPING UUA POSITION STATEMENTS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE 416 00:43:54,306 --> 00:43:56,306 ISSUES. THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF POSITION STATEMENTS - STATEMENTS 417 00:43:58,139 --> 00:44:00,139 OF CONSCIENCE AND ACTIONS OF 418 00:44:01,731 --> 00:44:05,286 IMMEDIATE WITNESS. DELEGATES CONSIDER ONE STATEMENT OF 419 00:44:05,287 --> 00:44:07,287 CONSCIENCE EVERY ODD NUMBERED 420 00:44:09,359 --> 00:44:12,722 YEAR, SO THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN 2018, SO THAT MEANS THAT THERE 421 00:44:12,723 --> 00:44:20,099 IS NOT A STATEMENT OF CONSCIENCE THIS YEAR. BECAUSE WE'RE 2018. 422 00:44:20,867 --> 00:44:26,749 ODD NUMBERED YEARS WHO HAVE BEEN 17 AND 19. BUT IT IS ABOUT AN 423 00:44:26,750 --> 00:44:29,558 ISSUE THAT WAS SELECTED THREE YEARS PRIOR AS A CONGREGATIONAL 424 00:44:29,559 --> 00:44:31,559 STUDY 425 00:44:32,888 --> 00:44:36,702 ACTION ISSUE CSAI. THIS YEAR YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SELECT A 426 00:44:36,703 --> 00:44:38,703 NEW CSAI. 427 00:44:41,482 --> 00:44:43,482 BECAUSE ISSUES SOMETIMES ARISE 428 00:44:45,303 --> 00:44:45,303 THAT CALL FOR A MORE IMMEDIATE RESPONSE, ANOTHER TYPE OF 429 00:44:45,303 --> 00:44:47,303 POSITION STATEMENT IS AN ACTION 430 00:44:48,967 --> 00:44:50,967 OF IMMEDIATE WITNESS. BECAUSE 431 00:44:53,561 --> 00:44:57,370 THESE ISSUES ARE PROPOSED AND ACTED ON DURING 1 GENERAL 432 00:44:57,371 --> 00:44:59,371 ASSEMBLY, THERE IS NO OPPORTUNITY FOR CONGREGATION 433 00:45:03,019 --> 00:45:06,806 STUDY AND INPUT. THUS AIWS ONLY CARRY THE WEIGHT OF THE 434 00:45:06,807 --> 00:45:08,807 DELEGATES PRESENT AT ONE GA. 435 00:45:10,095 --> 00:45:12,391 GA.BUT THEY STILL HAVE VALUE. OUR SECOND KEY RESPONSIBILITY IS 436 00:45:13,731 --> 00:45:17,016 TO ENCOURAGE CONGREGATIONAL ENGAGEMENT ON COMMON UUA SOCIAL 437 00:45:17,017 --> 00:45:19,017 JUSTICE ISSUES. 438 00:45:21,857 --> 00:45:25,094 ISSUES.SO LET ME GIVE THE REPORT ON WHAT WE HAVE DONE THIS YEAR, 439 00:45:25,095 --> 00:45:29,302 SINCE I'M REPORTING TO YOU. BETWEEN 2017 AND 2018 GENERAL 440 00:45:29,303 --> 00:45:32,102 ASSEMBLIES OF THE UUA, THE COMMISSION ON SOCIAL WITNESS 441 00:45:32,103 --> 00:45:34,109 (CSW) REVIEWED COMMENTS WE RECEIVED FROM CONGREGATIONS 442 00:45:37,475 --> 00:45:39,475 ON OUR CURRENT CSAI - THE 443 00:45:41,556 --> 00:45:43,556 CORRUPTION OF DEMOCRACY, WHICH THE 2016 GENERAL ASSEMBLY 444 00:45:46,603 --> 00:45:48,955 SELECTED. WE ALSO INVITED PROPOSALS FOR NEW CSAIS AND 445 00:45:52,537 --> 00:45:54,537 RECEIVED THREE PROPOSALS. 446 00:45:56,097 --> 00:46:00,706 BECAUSE TWO WERE ALMOST IDENTICAL, WE ASKED THE 447 00:46:00,707 --> 00:46:02,707 PROPOSERS TO COMBINE THEM AND 448 00:46:03,746 --> 00:46:08,090 THEY DID. THEN, AT THE REQUEST OF ONE OF THE PROPOSERS, WE 449 00:46:08,091 --> 00:46:12,406 FACILITATED MEETINGS OF THE PROPOSERS OF THE REMAINING TWO 450 00:46:12,407 --> 00:46:14,407 TO SEE IF THEY COULD FIND COMMON 451 00:46:16,219 --> 00:46:18,219 GROUND AND THUS SUBMIT ONLY ONE 452 00:46:19,525 --> 00:46:22,315 CSAI FOR CONSIDERATION. WE ALL HOPED THAT IN THE SPIRIT OF 453 00:46:25,993 --> 00:46:30,926 BEING MORE COOPERATIVE AND LESS COMPETITIVE WE COULD AVOID 454 00:46:30,927 --> 00:46:33,610 PITTING ONE ISSUE AGAINST ANOTHER, AND THUS FORCING 455 00:46:33,611 --> 00:46:35,661 DELEGATES TO SELECT ONLY ONE ISSUE EVEN THOUGH ALL PROPOSED 456 00:46:40,283 --> 00:46:42,283 CSAIS ARE WORTHY OF STUDY AND 457 00:46:43,555 --> 00:46:45,555 ACTION. WE GOT CLOSE, BUT DID 458 00:46:46,850 --> 00:46:48,850 NOT SUCCEED, SO YOU HAVE TWO TO 459 00:46:52,235 --> 00:46:56,760 CHOOSE FROM. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH PLEASE COME TO THE CSAI 460 00:46:56,761 --> 00:46:58,761 MINI-ASSEMBLY THIS AFTERNOON AT 4:30. 461 00:47:01,469 --> 00:47:05,554 4:30.AND ALSO TO READ THEM IN YOUR PROGRAM BOOK ON PAGES 73 462 00:47:05,555 --> 00:47:11,158 THROUGH THROUGH 75. ONE WAY WE FULFILL OUR SECOND KEY 463 00:47:11,159 --> 00:47:16,000 RESPONSIBILITY OF ENCOURAGING CONGREGATIONS TO ENGAGE WITH 464 00:47:16,001 --> 00:47:20,817 SELECTED CSAIS IS BY WORKING WITH THE UU MINISTERS 465 00:47:20,818 --> 00:47:22,818 ASSOCIATION TO SPONSOR A SOCIAL 466 00:47:24,095 --> 00:47:25,718 JUSTICE SERMON CONTEST. THE WINNING SERMON WILL BE PRESENTED 467 00:47:25,719 --> 00:47:27,719 AT 468 00:47:31,051 --> 00:47:34,062 AT3:00 O'CLOCK TODAY. THE SERMON TITLE IS WHY THE RIGHT 469 00:47:34,063 --> 00:47:38,514 GETS IT WRONG AND THE LEFT JUST DOESN'T GET IT. 470 00:47:42,083 --> 00:47:46,147 RECOGNIZING THAT THE PRESCRIPTIVE NATURE OF THE CSW- 471 00:47:46,148 --> 00:47:48,148 RELEVANT SECTIONS OF UUA BYLAWS 472 00:47:49,463 --> 00:47:51,463 HINDERS INNOVATION, WE WORKED 473 00:47:55,355 --> 00:47:57,355 WITH THE UUA BOARD TO SUGGEST CHANGES TO THE BYLAWS. THESE 474 00:48:01,727 --> 00:48:07,116 PROPOSED BY-LAWS CHANGES DO NOT CHANGE ANY PROCESSES, THEY JUST 475 00:48:07,117 --> 00:48:11,147 REMOVE FROM THE BYLAWS THE DETAILS, WHICH ARE STILL 476 00:48:11,148 --> 00:48:15,486 INCLUDED IN THE CSW'S PROPOSERS' GUIDES FOR BOTH CSAIS AND AIWS. 477 00:48:15,487 --> 00:48:17,487 THE ONLY SIGNIFICANT 478 00:48:19,268 --> 00:48:21,268 CHANGE IS THAT THE BYLAWS WOULD 479 00:48:23,620 --> 00:48:25,967 NOT REQUIRE GATHERING SIGNATURES AT GA FOR ACTIONS OF IMMEDIATE 480 00:48:28,997 --> 00:48:31,310 WITNESS, ALLOWING THE CSW TO CONSIDER MODIFICATIONS OF THAT 481 00:48:31,311 --> 00:48:33,311 PROCESS. 482 00:48:35,341 --> 00:48:40,578 PROCESS.IF YOU, THE DELEGATES, DECIDED TO AN APPROVE THAT. 483 00:48:40,579 --> 00:48:43,336 FACILITATION OF THE CSAI PROCESS ALSO REQUIRES GETTING INPUT FROM 484 00:48:46,619 --> 00:48:50,486 CONGREGATIONS - THE UUA'S MEMBERS. AS PART OF THE ANNUAL 485 00:48:50,487 --> 00:48:52,487 CONGREGATIONAL POLL, 486 00:48:54,275 --> 00:48:56,275 CONGREGATIONS CAN VOTE ON 487 00:48:58,345 --> 00:49:01,720 WHETHER TO INCLUDE PROPOSED CSAIS ON THE FINAL GA AGENDA. 488 00:49:01,721 --> 00:49:03,721 THIS YEAR, SLIGHTLY MORE THAN HALF THE CERTIFIED CONGREGATIONS 489 00:49:05,280 --> 00:49:09,586 DID VOTE AND THE VAST MAJORITY VOTED TO INCLUDE BOTH PROPOSED 490 00:49:09,587 --> 00:49:11,587 CSAIS FOR CONSIDERATION. 491 00:49:14,238 --> 00:49:16,238 NOW, YOU HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY 492 00:49:17,797 --> 00:49:21,325 ALSO. IF YOU ARE A DELEGATE, YOU WILL VOTE TO SELECT ONE OF THE 493 00:49:21,326 --> 00:49:24,136 PROPOSED CSAIS. HERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INFORMED. 494 00:49:29,071 --> 00:49:32,630 YOU CAN SEE THEM OR THAT I'VE ALREADY MENTIONED. AFTER YOU 495 00:49:32,631 --> 00:49:36,725 RETURN TO YOUR CONGREGATION, WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL INFORM THEM 496 00:49:36,726 --> 00:49:38,726 ABOUT THE 497 00:49:40,773 --> 00:49:42,773 SELECTED STUDY ACTION ISSUES. A STUDY GUIDE IS AVAILABLE FOR THE 498 00:49:48,429 --> 00:49:50,429 CORRUPTION OF DEMOCRACY AVAILABLE ON THE UUA WEBSITE AND 499 00:49:50,715 --> 00:49:53,312 BY NOVEMBER THERE WILL BE A STUDY GUIDE FOR ISSUE YOU SELECT 500 00:49:53,313 --> 00:49:55,313 HERE 501 00:49:57,627 --> 00:50:01,490 STUDY DIED THAT IS TO HELP YOU ENGAGE WITH YOUR CONGREGATION IN 502 00:50:01,491 --> 00:50:07,049 THAT STUDY AND ACTION. TO MEET OUR BYLAW REQUIREMENTS, THE CSW 503 00:50:07,050 --> 00:50:09,050 WILL CONDUCT A MINI-ASSEMBLY ON THE TWO 504 00:50:13,238 --> 00:50:16,530 PROPOSED CSAIS. WE ARE ALSO HOSTING A WORKSHOP WITH 505 00:50:16,531 --> 00:50:18,531 ACTIVISTS ENGAGED IN FIGHTING 506 00:50:20,057 --> 00:50:24,080 CORRUPTION IN OUR DEMOCRACY AND FACILITATING A WORSHIP SERVICE 507 00:50:24,081 --> 00:50:26,081 FEATURING THE WINNING SERMON. 508 00:50:27,811 --> 00:50:32,718 SERMON.AND FACILITATING THE SHARING AT 1:30 TODAY OF HOW 509 00:50:32,719 --> 00:50:35,086 CONGREGATIONS HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE STATEMENT OF CONSCIENCE 510 00:50:35,087 --> 00:50:42,050 ADOPTED LAST YEAR ON ESCALATING ECONOMIC INEQUITY. ACTION OF 511 00:50:42,051 --> 00:50:44,051 IMMEDIATE WITNESS PROPOSALS ARE DUE AT THE CSW 512 00:50:48,344 --> 00:50:52,253 BOOTH BY 5 TODAY - IF THERE IS AN ISSUE YOU FEEL CALLED TO 513 00:50:52,254 --> 00:50:54,762 SUGGEST THAT THE UUA HAVE A POSITION ABOUT, COME TO THE 514 00:51:01,227 --> 00:51:06,322 -- COME TO THE NUMBER OF THE BOOTH 610 AND FIND OUT HOW TO 515 00:51:06,323 --> 00:51:10,914 ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS 68 YESTERDAY 6AIW'S WERE ALREADY 516 00:51:10,915 --> 00:51:12,978 POSTED AND ON-SITE DELEGATES CAN ACCESS 517 00:51:16,283 --> 00:51:20,170 THOSE AT THE BOOTH. OFF-SITE DELEGATES CAN ACCESS THEM ONLINE 518 00:51:20,171 --> 00:51:23,130 ALREADY. AND THERE ARE ALSO PETITION SHEETS AVAILABLE FOR 519 00:51:23,131 --> 00:51:28,003 THE OFF-SITE DELEGATES IF THEY CHOOSE TO SUPPORT ONE OR MORE OF 520 00:51:29,594 --> 00:51:34,269 THEM. FOR ON-SITE DELEGATES, THE PETITION SHEETS ARE 521 00:51:34,270 --> 00:51:41,822 AVAILABLE IN THE BOOTH. ANY NEW AIW'S THAT ARE SUBMITTED TODAY 522 00:51:41,823 --> 00:51:45,646 BY 5:00 O'CLOCK WILL BE POSTED TONIGHT FOR OFF-SITE DELEGATES 523 00:51:45,647 --> 00:51:48,740 TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW REVIEW. 524 00:51:53,547 --> 00:51:57,714 KELLY GAS WILL ALSO RECEIVE ALERTS AS AN E-MAIL TAPMENT. 525 00:51:57,715 --> 00:52:00,442 YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THAT IF YOU ARE A DELEGATE. TO SAVE 526 00:52:00,443 --> 00:52:05,045 TREES, DELEGATES WITH SMART ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE 527 00:52:05,046 --> 00:52:10,370 ENCOURAGED TO DOWNLOAD THE CSW ALERT AND USE THAT VERSION WHEN 528 00:52:10,371 --> 00:52:16,714 YOU ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON. 529 00:52:16,715 --> 00:52:22,263 DELEGATES WHO NEED PAPER COPIES IN EITHER REGULAR OR LARGE FONT 530 00:52:22,264 --> 00:52:25,117 MAY REQUEST THE PAPER COPIES FROM USHERS AS YOU LEAVE OR COME 531 00:52:25,790 --> 00:52:29,612 TO THE CSW BOOTH. AND THEY ARE AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY FOR THE 532 00:52:30,119 --> 00:52:32,415 OFF-SITE DELEGATES. 533 00:52:36,741 --> 00:52:38,754 THE CSW IS OFFERING A THIRD OPPORTUNITY FOR WITNESSING THIS 534 00:52:38,755 --> 00:52:41,306 YEAR. WE WILL OFFER ROOM AT THE CSW BOOTH IN THE EXHIBIT HALL 535 00:52:41,307 --> 00:52:45,114 (#610) FOR PEOPLE WISHING TO COLLECT SIGNATURES FOR SOCIAL 536 00:52:45,115 --> 00:52:47,115 JUSTICE -RELATED PETITIONS. 537 00:52:48,496 --> 00:52:52,788 PETITIONS.SO AIW'S ARE PETITIONS FOR OUR ACTION AS AN ASSOCIATION 538 00:52:53,159 --> 00:52:55,614 , BUT IF YOU WANTED TO GET PETITIONS FOR SOMETHING YOU 539 00:52:55,615 --> 00:52:58,414 WANTED TO SEND TO A MEMBER OF CONGRESS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT 540 00:52:58,415 --> 00:53:02,810 AND YOU WANTED A PLACES, YOU COULD COLLECT THEM. YOU MAY DO 541 00:53:02,811 --> 00:53:05,867 THAT. WE WOULD LOVE TO LEARN HOW YOUR CONGREGATION HAS USED 542 00:53:05,868 --> 00:53:09,162 ANY ADOPTED STATEMENTS. PLEASE STOP BY OUR BOOTH OR SEND AN 543 00:53:09,163 --> 00:53:10,685 EMAIL TO SHARE WHAT YOUR CONGREGATION HAS DONE. THEN WE 544 00:53:10,686 --> 00:53:12,686 CAN SHARE THAT 545 00:53:15,019 --> 00:53:17,019 WITH OTHERS. 546 00:53:18,079 --> 00:53:20,079 OTHERS.IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE LOOK FOR 547 00:53:22,655 --> 00:53:25,108 THE BLUE HATS OR ACCEPTED AN E-MAIL. THANK YOU. 548 00:53:25,499 --> 00:53:28,060 [APPLAUSE] >> 549 00:53:31,601 --> 00:53:33,601 ELANDRIA: LET'S PLEASE WELCOME LESLIE MACFAYDEN AND PAIGE 550 00:53:36,409 --> 00:53:38,769 INGRAM OF BLUU FOR AN INTRODUCTION FOR OUR PUBLIC 551 00:53:38,770 --> 00:53:40,770 WITNESS THIS YEAR. THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO FOR BLACK 552 00:53:43,823 --> 00:53:45,823 UUS AND UU ADJACENT FOLKS. 553 00:53:47,891 --> 00:53:52,494 >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. I THINK IT'S AFTERNOON NOW, BUT 554 00:53:52,495 --> 00:53:56,114 YOU CLOSE ENOUGH. RIGHT? GOOD MORNING! I'M LESLIE MAC, LEAD 555 00:53:56,115 --> 00:53:59,970 ORGANIZER WITH BLACK LIVES OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM OR BLUU 556 00:53:59,971 --> 00:54:01,241 BLUU >> PAIGE INGRAM: AND I'M PAIGE 557 00:54:01,242 --> 00:54:03,242 INGRAM, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER WITH 558 00:54:04,261 --> 00:54:06,261 BLUU. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE HERE IN KANSAS CITY COORDINATING 559 00:54:07,308 --> 00:54:11,622 THIS YEAR'S PUBLIC WITNESS EFFORTS. 560 00:54:11,623 --> 00:54:12,754 >> LESLIE MAC: THIS PAST YEAR BLUU TOOK TIME TO CONNECT WITH 561 00:54:12,755 --> 00:54:15,798 LOCAL ORGANIZERS HERE IN KANSAS CITY WITH THE GOAL OF 562 00:54:15,799 --> 00:54:20,362 UNDERSTANDING THEIR NEEDS AND THE WAYS THAT GENERAL ASSEMBLY 563 00:54:20,363 --> 00:54:22,363 ATTENDEES COULD HELP THEM DO THEIR WORK. OUT OF 564 00:54:25,744 --> 00:54:29,543 THOSE CONNECTIONS, IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THIS COMMUNITY DID 565 00:54:29,544 --> 00:54:34,090 NOT NEED A RALLY OR PRESS CONFERENCE. IT WAS IN NEED OF 566 00:54:34,091 --> 00:54:36,091 SUPPORT FOR 2 MAJOR ISSUES THAT BUBBLED TO THE TOP 567 00:54:38,250 --> 00:54:40,579 TOP >> PAIGE INGRAM: THE FIRST IS 568 00:54:40,580 --> 00:54:42,580 KANSAS CITY'S ENTRY INTO THE NATIONAL #ENDMONEYBAIL EFFORTS - 569 00:54:44,142 --> 00:54:48,213 WHICH LED TO THE "ANATOMY OF A BAIL OUT" PANEL HAPPENING IN 570 00:54:48,214 --> 00:54:50,214 ABOUT TODAY AT 1:00 PM IN ROOM 571 00:54:51,252 --> 00:54:53,252 2105 WHERE YOU WILL LEARN HOW 572 00:54:55,587 --> 00:54:57,587 THE FIRST KC BAILOUT WAS CREATED 573 00:54:58,619 --> 00:55:00,619 AND MORE ABOUT WHY THE 574 00:55:02,307 --> 00:55:03,414 #ENDMONEYBAIL MOVEMENT IS ONE THAT OUR FAITH SHOULD GET 575 00:55:03,415 --> 00:55:08,373 INVOLVED WITH. [APPLAUSE] 576 00:55:08,374 --> 00:55:10,153 >> LESLIE MAC: WE WILL ALSO TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT THOSE 577 00:55:10,154 --> 00:55:13,763 ADDRESSING MATERNAL & INFANT HEALTH ISSUES IN LOCAL BLACK & 578 00:55:13,764 --> 00:55:15,764 BROWN COMMUNITIES - THIS SAT 579 00:55:16,786 --> 00:55:18,808 AFTERNOON POCI ATTENDEES ARE INVITED TO JOIN US UZAZI VILLAGE 580 00:55:20,579 --> 00:55:23,922 TO HELP BUILD AN OUTDOOR GARDEN & CHILDREN'S CLOSET AT THIS 581 00:55:23,923 --> 00:55:25,923 SPECTACULAR COMMUNITY SPACE 582 00:55:27,554 --> 00:55:30,644 WHOSE MISSION: "FOR EVERY FAMILY, A HEALTHY BABY' FOR 583 00:55:30,645 --> 00:55:33,913 EVERY BABY, A HEALTHY VILLAGE" RESONATES SO STRONGLY WITH OUR 584 00:55:33,914 --> 00:55:35,914 UU PRINCIPLES. 585 00:55:41,327 --> 00:55:42,837 >> PAIGE INGRAM: FINALLY - WE SAW AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO 586 00:55:42,838 --> 00:55:45,133 SUPPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS MATERIALLY - IN CASE 587 00:55:45,134 --> 00:55:47,149 YOU HAVEN'T HEARD, WE ARE BUILDING 1,000 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 588 00:55:49,791 --> 00:55:52,067 SURVIVOR CARE PACKAGES IN EXHIBIT HALL D - THESE CARE 589 00:55:56,154 --> 00:55:58,387 -- YES. YOU CAN CLAP. WE CAN CLAP. 590 00:55:58,756 --> 00:56:03,306 [APPLAUSE] THESE CARE PACKAGES WILL BE 591 00:56:03,307 --> 00:56:05,881 DISTRIBUTED BY THE REALE JUSTICE NETWORK TO PEOPLE FLEEING 592 00:56:05,882 --> 00:56:10,186 DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. THIS INCREDIBLE GIFT TO THE KC 593 00:56:10,187 --> 00:56:13,767 ORGANIZING COMMUNITY WILL KEEP THEM STOCKED THROUGH THE WINTER 594 00:56:13,768 --> 00:56:15,831 AND ALLOW ORGANIZERS TIME & RESOURCES TO INVEST IN OTHER 595 00:56:23,467 --> 00:56:27,826 PROJECTS THEY'RE INTERESTED IN. MY ASK TO ALL OF YOU IS STOP BY 596 00:56:27,827 --> 00:56:32,179 ANY TIME IN HALL D TO HELP BUILD THESE PACKAGES AND TO DROP OFF 597 00:56:32,180 --> 00:56:35,751 YOUR PURSE IF YOU BROUGHT ONE TO DONATE TO THE PROJECT PROJECT 598 00:56:35,752 --> 00:56:37,250 >> LESLIE MAC: FOR BLUU THIS YEAR'S EFFORTS ARE A RETURN THE 599 00:56:37,251 --> 00:56:41,574 ROOTS OF PUBLIC WITNESS IN PHOENIX - WHERE WE AS UUS STOOD 600 00:56:41,575 --> 00:56:45,381 WITH AND FOLLOWED THE LEAD OF LOCAL ORGANIZERS FIGHTING FOR 601 00:56:45,382 --> 00:56:47,382 JUSTICE. 602 00:56:50,275 --> 00:56:53,334 THIS YEAR WE EXTEND THAT EXAMPLE TO MATERIALLY SUPPORT THOSE IN 603 00:56:53,335 --> 00:56:58,138 THIS COMMUNITY WHO WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT DIRECTLY FROM THE 604 00:56:58,139 --> 00:57:00,139 WORK WE DO HERE THIS WEEK. 605 00:57:01,779 --> 00:57:06,361 >> PAIGE INGRAM: THANK YOU AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU 606 00:57:06,362 --> 00:57:08,362 THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, MAKING THESE PROJECTS COME TO LIFE! 607 00:57:10,423 --> 00:57:13,781 LIFE!AND WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INVITE BLACK UUS HERE IN KANSAS 608 00:57:13,782 --> 00:57:18,086 CITY TO VISIT US IN OUR HEALING SPACE. WE'LL BE HAVING A 609 00:57:18,087 --> 00:57:21,325 WELCOME RECEPTION AT 3:30:00 P.M. TODAY AND IT'S GOING TO BE 610 00:57:21,326 --> 00:57:27,430 AMAZING. SO PLEASE COME. >> AND THAT'S 1501C. THANKS SO 611 00:57:27,431 --> 00:57:29,431 MUCH. [APPLAUSE] 612 00:57:33,936 --> 00:57:35,936 >> 613 00:57:37,540 --> 00:57:40,450 I BELIEVE WE HAVE SOME SINGING HAPPENING UP NEXT WITH THE 614 00:57:40,451 --> 00:57:42,467 FANTASTIC LEON. >> THERE WILL BE NO SINGING HERE 615 00:57:42,875 --> 00:57:43,694 . >> PLEASE? 616 00:57:43,695 --> 00:57:45,326 >> NO. >> PLEASE? 617 00:57:45,327 --> 00:57:49,278 >> OH, ALL RIGHT. >> THANKS, LEON. 618 00:57:49,279 --> 00:57:54,318 >> GOOD MORNING, GA. HOW IS EVERYONE DOING? ALL RIGHT. I'M 619 00:57:54,732 --> 00:58:01,706 SO PROUD TO INTRODUCE MY AN SUMMIST FOR TODAY. SEAN MA CAN 620 00:58:01,707 --> 00:58:03,707 IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST MUSICIANS 621 00:58:04,119 --> 00:58:06,119 NETWORK. [APPLAUSE] 622 00:58:08,958 --> 00:58:16,320 >> ALSO MY GOOD FRIEND. I WOULD LIKE TO SING FOR THIS 623 00:58:16,321 --> 00:58:24,175 BREAK AN OLD MELODY WITH NEW WORDS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, OUR 624 00:58:24,583 --> 00:58:27,878 RETIRED COMMUNITY MINISTER, MICHAEL HANNON, WROTE THROUGH 625 00:58:27,879 --> 00:58:33,011 WORDS TO FINLANDEA, THE BELOVED SONG, AND HIS IDEA WAS WHICH WAS 626 00:58:33,423 --> 00:58:40,094 SUCH A POWERFUL SONG FROM LLRY, LIBERAL RELIGIOUS YOUTH, THAT HE 627 00:58:40,095 --> 00:58:45,990 WANTED TO HAVE NEW WORDS, AND THESE WORDS SPEAK TO TODAY. I 628 00:58:45,991 --> 00:58:48,783 INVITE TO YOU RISE IN BODY OR SPIRIT AND WE'LL HAVE A 629 00:58:48,784 --> 00:58:51,422 PROJECTION OF THE WORDS AND JOIN ME IN SINGING THIS OLD CLASSIC 630 00:58:51,423 --> 00:58:57,196 WITH NEW WORDS. HIT IT. 631 01:01:53,139 --> 01:01:58,291 [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE 632 01:01:58,292 --> 01:02:00,806 ENCOURAGE IF YOU YOU WANT TO USE THESE WORDS, HE HAS GIVEN THEM 633 01:02:00,807 --> 01:02:05,651 AWAY TO US ALL. >> FANTASTIC. 634 01:02:05,652 --> 01:02:10,961 >> THANK YOU, LEON. >> THE THEME OF GENERAL 635 01:02:10,962 --> 01:02:12,962 ASSEMBLY THIS YEAR, "ALL ARE CALLED," 636 01:02:15,339 --> 01:02:17,630 REMINDS US THAT NO ONE GETS TO TAKE A BACK SEAT IN THE WORK OF 637 01:02:17,631 --> 01:02:20,730 TRANSFORMING OUR FAITH COMMUNITIES AND INSTITUTIONS SO 638 01:02:20,731 --> 01:02:22,731 THAT WE MAY PERSONIFY THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM OUR WORLD 639 01:02:23,783 --> 01:02:25,783 NEEDS TODAY. 640 01:02:30,636 --> 01:02:35,723 THIS LAST YEAR HAS BEEN FAR FROM EASY. THE THING ABOUT BEING 641 01:02:35,724 --> 01:02:37,804 CALLED IS THAT THE SORT OF CALL WE'RE HERE TO ENGAGE WITH 642 01:02:41,111 --> 01:02:43,900 TOGETHER RARELY COMES FROM THE PATH THAT IS SMOOTH, WELL- WORN, 643 01:02:45,429 --> 01:02:47,429 OBVIOUS, AND EASY. IT COMES FROM 644 01:02:49,560 --> 01:02:53,367 THE PATH THAT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND, CHALLENGING TO STAY TRUE 645 01:02:53,368 --> 01:02:55,368 TO, AND ARDUOUS TO MAKE PROGRESS ON. 646 01:03:02,340 --> 01:03:05,408 WHEN WE ANSWERED THE CALL TO BECOME YOUR INTERIM 647 01:03:05,409 --> 01:03:06,953 CO-MODERATORS, WE DID SO IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR DENOMINATION'S 648 01:03:06,954 --> 01:03:11,299 MOST RECENT AWAKENING TO AND GRAPPLING WITH THE WAYS WHITE 649 01:03:11,300 --> 01:03:14,085 SUPREMACY CULTURE OPERATES IN OUR MIDST. WE ALSO DID SO WHILE 650 01:03:14,086 --> 01:03:16,388 OUR FAITH COMMUNITY WAS STILL MOURNING THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF 651 01:03:19,427 --> 01:03:21,427 FORMER MODERATOR JIM KEY AND 652 01:03:22,979 --> 01:03:27,366 CELEBRATING THE ELECTION OF REV. SUSAN FREDERICK-GRAY. IT WAS A 653 01:03:27,367 --> 01:03:29,367 MOMENT OF TURMOIL, AND LOSS; OF HOPE, AND CHANGE. 654 01:03:33,694 --> 01:03:37,058 WE SAID "YES" TO THIS CALL, IN PART, BECAUSE WE COULDN'T BE 655 01:03:37,059 --> 01:03:39,873 MORE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING THIS MOVEMENT IN EMBRACING WHAT 656 01:03:39,874 --> 01:03:41,874 THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE HAS FRAMED AS AN "URGENCY 657 01:03:43,907 --> 01:03:49,050 AROUND TRANSFORMING THE ASSOCIATION" TO EMBRACE "THE 658 01:03:49,051 --> 01:03:52,847 FULLNESS OF A TRANSFORMATIVE MULTICULTURALISM AS A 659 01:03:52,848 --> 01:03:54,848 FULFILLMENT OF OUR PRINCIPLES AND HERITAGE." 660 01:03:57,407 --> 01:04:00,456 WE WERE EXCITED TO EXPLORE COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP 661 01:04:00,457 --> 01:04:02,575 TOGETHER, NOT JUST IN OUR ROLE AS CO-MODERATORS BUT ALSO IN 662 01:04:06,119 --> 01:04:10,898 TERMS OF THE WORK OF THE BOARD AND THE LARGER CONTEXT OF OUR 663 01:04:10,899 --> 01:04:12,899 MOVEMENT AS A WHOLE. WE WANT TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO SHARE SOME 664 01:04:14,574 --> 01:04:17,116 OF OUR LEARNINGS FROM THE PAST YEAR WITH YOU, AS WELL AS OUR 665 01:04:17,117 --> 01:04:19,117 HOPES AND PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR. 666 01:04:24,499 --> 01:04:29,630 >> SO ONE, A TRANSFORMED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM REQUIRES 667 01:04:29,631 --> 01:04:33,045 TRANSFORMED LEADERSHIP MODELS. WE HAVE TO BE A LEADERFUL 668 01:04:33,046 --> 01:04:41,842 MOVEMENT. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? NOT HIERARCHICAL, BUT LEADERFUL. 669 01:04:41,843 --> 01:04:45,530 AND COLLABORATIVELY LEADERSHIP LOOKS SO MANY WAYS. AT THE 670 01:04:45,531 --> 01:04:48,216 BOARD TABLE EVERYONE MUST FACILITATE. IT MEANS IF YOU 671 01:04:48,217 --> 01:04:51,511 COME TO A BOARD MEETING, YOU ALL SHALL PARTICIPATE. IT MEANS 672 01:04:51,512 --> 01:04:54,977 THAT YOU'RE GOING TO ALL ENGAGE IN CONVERSATIONS AND WE NEED ALL 673 01:04:55,343 --> 01:05:00,566 OF OUR CONGREGATIONS TO BE ACTIVE IN CREATING THE WORLD 674 01:05:00,567 --> 01:05:06,951 THAT WE WANT NOT JUST THREE OR 42, OR THE ONES THAT ARE BIGGEST 675 01:05:07,323 --> 01:05:14,585 OR THE ONES WITH MOST MONEY. MAYBE YOU DIDN'T KNOW THIS. THE 676 01:05:15,602 --> 01:05:20,131 MODERATOR POSITION IS VOLUNTEER. THE SCOPE OF THE WORK IS A LOT. 677 01:05:21,445 --> 01:05:24,310 ONE OR TWO TRIPS EACH MONTH. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF 678 01:05:24,311 --> 01:05:29,642 E-MAILS AND COUNTLESS ADDITIONAL CONVERSATIONS. BARB AND I HAVE 679 01:05:29,643 --> 01:05:31,643 FULL TIME JOBS. >> AND PART-TIME JOBS. 680 01:05:31,888 --> 01:05:38,366 >> AND PART-TIME JOBS. AND MORE JOBS. SO WHAT IT MEANS IS IT'S 681 01:05:38,367 --> 01:05:41,430 A DIFFERENT KIND OF MODERATOR. WE ACTUALLY HAVE LIVES AND 682 01:05:41,431 --> 01:05:48,060 FAMILIES ON TOP OF I WORK LIKE 80 HOURS A WEEK. YES. WHEW! 683 01:05:48,061 --> 01:05:52,502 SO WHAT IT MEANS IS WE'RE NOT RETIRED AT 2:00 O'CLOCK IN THE 684 01:05:52,503 --> 01:05:56,295 AFTERNOON. WITH WE'RE AT WORK LIKE SOME OF YOU AND SO IT LOOKS 685 01:05:56,702 --> 01:06:01,387 VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST. WHO IS ABLE TO 686 01:06:01,388 --> 01:06:06,048 SERVE AND WHO ISN'T? AND IT'S A COST TO OUR MOVEMENT, BECAUSE IT 687 01:06:06,049 --> 01:06:12,830 LITERALLY MEANS THAT IT IS HARD TO DO THIS JOB AS A TRUE 688 01:06:12,831 --> 01:06:15,369 VOLUNTEER IF YOU HAVE OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES OR ARE NOT 689 01:06:15,370 --> 01:06:19,701 INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY, WHICH NEITHER OF US ARE. WE'RE QUEER. 690 01:06:20,087 --> 01:06:26,353 WE'RE FIERCE, WE'RE YOUNGER, WE HAVE NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION 691 01:06:26,354 --> 01:06:34,243 PATHS, IE NOT REAL DEGREES. BUT WE'RE SMART AS A WHIP. 692 01:06:36,543 --> 01:06:41,162 YOU DON'T NEED A DEGREE TO BE SMART. WE ALL HAVE ABILITIES 693 01:06:41,163 --> 01:06:48,170 AND WE'RE NONBINARY. WE ALSO REALLY HOLD TO OUR OBJECT 694 01:06:48,171 --> 01:06:51,810 SUCCESS TRY. THERE ARE THOSE THAT CAME BEFORE US WHICH WE 695 01:06:51,811 --> 01:06:57,460 WILL NAME LATER THAT MADE US STANDING ON THIS STAGE POSSIBLE. 696 01:06:57,887 --> 01:07:02,438 WE WOULDN'T BE HERE WITHOUT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSIDE 697 01:07:02,439 --> 01:07:04,814 AND OUTSIDE OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM WITHOUT YOUTH 698 01:07:04,815 --> 01:07:11,338 CAUCUS, WITHOUT YRUU AND LR LRY, WITHOUT ALL THE WAYS THAT THE 699 01:07:11,339 --> 01:07:14,474 YOUTH ADULT OFFICE AND OTHER FOLKS, SO MANY THINGS BROUGHT US 700 01:07:14,475 --> 01:07:19,957 UP. WE COULDN'T BE HERE. THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADERSHIP 701 01:07:19,958 --> 01:07:22,930 DEVELOPMENT IN IT OUR FAITH IS MASSIVE, BECAUSE OTHERWISE WE 702 01:07:22,931 --> 01:07:27,780 WILL NOT HAVE NEW FOLKS BEING ABLE TO TAKE OVER THESE 703 01:07:27,781 --> 01:07:31,989 POSITIONS. >> THAT'S THE FUN OF SHARED 704 01:07:31,990 --> 01:07:41,446 LEADERSHIP. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT N A TRANSFORMED 705 01:07:41,447 --> 01:07:43,447 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM. 706 01:07:45,490 --> 01:07:47,490 TRANSFORMED LEADERSHIP MODELS, THIS YEAR WE'VE BEEN REIMAGINING 707 01:07:48,042 --> 01:07:51,887 THE WAY LEADERSHIP WORKS WITHIN THE BOARD. INSTEAD OF TOP-DOWN 708 01:07:51,888 --> 01:07:54,160 LEADERSHIP, ALL BOARD MEMBERS SHARE LEADERSHIP. SO YOU'LL BE 709 01:07:57,431 --> 01:08:00,480 SEEING ALL BOARD MEMBERS UP ON STAGE THIS YEAR HELPING TO RUN 710 01:08:00,481 --> 01:08:02,481 DIFFERENT THINGS. 711 01:08:03,892 --> 01:08:05,897 WE'VE ALSO BEEN HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW OUR 712 01:08:05,898 --> 01:08:10,942 UNDERSTANDINGS OF VOLUNTEER WORK WITHIN OUR MOVEMENT NEED TO 713 01:08:10,943 --> 01:08:15,141 SHIFT AND BE MORE EQUITABLE. FOR ONE THING, WE'RE WORKING TO 714 01:08:15,142 --> 01:08:18,170 SCALE THE POSITION OF MODERATOR DOWN. ALTHOUGH THE MODERATOR 715 01:08:18,171 --> 01:08:20,698 NOMINATING COMMITTEE DID A FAITHFUL JOB IN SEEKING 716 01:08:20,699 --> 01:08:22,699 CANDIDATES FOR THE NEXT MODERATOR ELECTION, THE SORTS OF 717 01:08:23,735 --> 01:08:27,373 LEADERS THEY WERE LOOKING FOR COULD NOT COMMIT TO A VOLUNTEER 718 01:08:27,374 --> 01:08:31,931 ROLE OF THIS POSITION'S CURRENT SCOPE. THEREFORE, THE BOARD 719 01:08:31,932 --> 01:08:34,439 DECIDED TO POSTPONE NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2019 ELECTION FOR 720 01:08:37,887 --> 01:08:43,206 MODERATOR AND WORK TO REIMAGINE THE MODERATOR POSITION IN LINE 721 01:08:43,207 --> 01:08:45,207 WITH THE ASPIRATIONS OF OUR FAITH COMMUNITY. 722 01:08:53,918 --> 01:08:55,918 A SECOND LEARNING FROM THIS YEAR IS THAT COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP 723 01:08:56,979 --> 01:08:58,979 REQUIRES DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS AND INCREASED COMMUNICATION. NOT 724 01:09:02,139 --> 01:09:05,713 ONLY WOULD IT HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO SERVE AS 725 01:09:05,714 --> 01:09:08,776 INTERIM CO-MODERATORS IF WE DIDN'T ALREADY HAVE A LONG AND 726 01:09:08,777 --> 01:09:12,854 LOVING RELATIONSHIP, BUT COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP TAKES 727 01:09:12,855 --> 01:09:16,665 PUTTING MORE TIME AND ATTENTION INTO OUR RELATIONSHIP. A LOT OF 728 01:09:16,666 --> 01:09:18,666 PEOPLE THINK THE TWO OF US ARE SIMILAR AND AGREE ON EVERYTHING, 729 01:09:23,018 --> 01:09:25,018 BUT IN FACT WE'RE REALLY 730 01:09:26,379 --> 01:09:28,661 DIFFERENT, SO WORKING TOGETHER TAKES HARD WORK AND LOTS OF 731 01:09:28,662 --> 01:09:31,963 COMMUNICATION. THIS EXTENDS TO THE BOARD AND THE GOVERNANCE OF 732 01:09:31,964 --> 01:09:36,875 OUR DENOMINATION AS WELL. SO THIS YEAR THE BOARD SPENT A LOT 733 01:09:36,876 --> 01:09:43,222 OF TIME BUILDING DEEP GROUP AGREEMENTS. AND WE ASKED FELLOW 734 01:09:43,223 --> 01:09:46,778 UUS WHAT YOU WANT FROM THE BOARD IN TERMS OF COMMUNICATION AND 735 01:09:46,779 --> 01:09:48,779 RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. 736 01:09:49,887 --> 01:09:52,646 WE AND THE BOARD HAVE ALSO BEEN ENGAGING IN COLLABORATIVE 737 01:09:52,647 --> 01:09:55,427 LEADERSHIP WITH THE UUA ADMINISTRATION IN NEW WAYS. IT'S 738 01:09:57,179 --> 01:10:00,478 BEEN PARTICULARLY GRATIFYING TO LEARN AND LEAD WITH PRESIDENT 739 01:10:00,479 --> 01:10:02,479 SUSAN FREDERICK-GRAY AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CAREY 740 01:10:05,945 --> 01:10:10,260 MCDONALD. ALL FOUR OF US CAME INTO OUR NEW ROLES AT THE SAME 741 01:10:10,261 --> 01:10:12,261 TIME, SO WE ARE ABLE TO COLLECTIVELY ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT 742 01:10:13,119 --> 01:10:16,413 THE NORMS AND PATTERNS THAT EXIST AND MAKE INTENTIONAL 743 01:10:16,414 --> 01:10:18,414 CHOICES ABOUT WHICH TO FOLLOW 744 01:10:19,470 --> 01:10:21,470 AND WHICH TO DISRUPT IN SERVICE 745 01:10:23,255 --> 01:10:25,255 OF POSITIVE CHANGE. WE ARE ALSO 746 01:10:27,159 --> 01:10:29,159 ALL LIFELONG UUS AND YOUNGER 747 01:10:35,983 --> 01:10:38,923 THAN 50 (ALONG WITH ALL HOLDING OTHER MARGINALIZED IDENTITIES AS 748 01:10:40,959 --> 01:10:45,546 WELL), AND OUR DEEP ROOTEDNESS IN THE FAITH SUPPORTS OUR 749 01:10:45,547 --> 01:10:49,382 DEDICATION TO WORKING TOGETHER. BECAUSE OF OUR COLLECTIVE 750 01:10:49,383 --> 01:10:52,910 DEDICATION TO PRACTICING COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP, THERE 751 01:10:52,911 --> 01:10:55,499 HAVE BEEN NEW RELATIONSHIPS, COMMUNICATION, AND COLLABORATION 752 01:10:57,751 --> 01:11:00,634 GROWING BETWEEN THE BOARD, THE ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED 753 01:11:00,635 --> 01:11:01,633 GROUPS AND COMMITTEES-INCLUDING THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL 754 01:11:01,634 --> 01:11:03,634 CHANGE. 755 01:11:06,217 --> 01:11:09,899 >> YOU NOTICE WE TALK DIFFERENT? SO I HAVE THE TIMER. 756 01:11:10,275 --> 01:11:16,647 SO ANOTHER LEARNING. THIS IS A BIGGY. SO WE ALREADY KNEW THAT 757 01:11:16,648 --> 01:11:23,443 SOME PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY FELT UNWANTED, UNHEARD, 758 01:11:23,444 --> 01:11:27,034 UNEMPOWERRED. THE BIG KICK IN THE GUT WAS THAT EVERY COMMITTEE 759 01:11:27,408 --> 01:11:35,286 WE TALKED TO FELT THE EXACT SAME WAY. THAT IS A REALLY SAD AND 760 01:11:35,287 --> 01:11:40,162 DEEP THING WHEN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING VOLUNTEER WORK IN OUR 761 01:11:40,163 --> 01:11:45,113 FAITH FEEL UNCARED FOR. THAT AIN'T COOL. DO WE ALL AGREE? 762 01:11:45,772 --> 01:11:50,034 YES. AND SO THIS YEAR WE WERE LIKE, WE WERE GOING TO DO 763 01:11:50,035 --> 01:11:52,560 ANOTHER COMMITMENT TO GOING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLANNING 764 01:11:52,561 --> 01:11:54,755 COMMITTEE MEETINGS. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A DIFFERENT RELATIONSHIP 765 01:11:55,131 --> 01:11:58,317 WITH THE COMMITTEES AND GROUPS THAT SERVE OUR FAITH, BECAUSE WE 766 01:11:58,692 --> 01:12:02,754 NEED THEM, WE NEED YOU SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY MOVE OUR FAITH 767 01:12:02,755 --> 01:12:08,575 FORWARD FORWARD. WE NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THOSE THAT ARE IN 768 01:12:09,018 --> 01:12:15,378 CONGREGATIONS AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT. BECAUSE WE HAVE A 769 01:12:15,379 --> 01:12:18,033 CHALLENGE IN OUR FAITH AROUND WHO FEELS THEY CAN STAY. SO IF 770 01:12:18,034 --> 01:12:22,218 YOU'VE BEEN A UU FOR A LONG TIME , YOU MOVE TO A PLACE AND YOU 771 01:12:22,219 --> 01:12:27,467 DON'T FEEL LIKE THE CONGREGATION MATCHES YOUR VALUES, ARE YOU 772 01:12:27,468 --> 01:12:31,312 JUST THROWN AWAY? NO LONGER TO BE A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST? 773 01:12:31,695 --> 01:12:38,167 HOW DO WE HOLD UP BOTH ENDS? TO PREFACE THIS, WE DID A COUPLE OF 774 01:12:38,516 --> 01:12:43,993 THINGS. ONE, WE DID AWAY WITH OBSERVERS AT THE OCTOBER BOARD 775 01:12:43,994 --> 01:12:47,056 MEETING TO MAKE WAY FOR AUTOMATIC VOICES AND 776 01:12:47,057 --> 01:12:51,503 PERSPECTIVES HERE AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND OTHER PLACES. WE 777 01:12:51,504 --> 01:12:53,772 WANT TO HAVE A CONVERSATION AROUND HOW WE 778 01:12:57,304 --> 01:13:02,553 OVERHAUL OUR BYLAWS, WHICH IS SLIGHTLY COMPLICATED, TO MAKE 779 01:13:02,554 --> 01:13:07,670 THEM MORE LIBERATE AND GO LESS CONFINING. BUT TO BE REAL, THE 780 01:13:07,671 --> 01:13:09,830 QUESTION ISN'T ABOUT BYLAWS. THE QUESTION IS ABOUT 781 01:13:09,831 --> 01:13:12,903 FUNDAMENTALLY WHO DO WE WANT TO BE IN AND THAT'S THE FISSION AND 782 01:13:13,290 --> 01:13:16,226 VALUES CONVERSATION. WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE PROBLEMS 783 01:13:16,667 --> 01:13:20,588 WITH OUR CURRENT MODEL AND REPRESENTATION AT GENERAL 784 01:13:20,589 --> 01:13:25,417 ASSEMBLY. AND SO TO COME, THERE IS SO MUCH. JUST WAIT. 785 01:13:29,009 --> 01:13:35,182 >> SO HOW CAN YOU HELP? OUR CHARGE TO YOU THIS WEEK, IF YOU 786 01:13:35,183 --> 01:13:39,450 ACCEPT IT, AND WE SURE HOPE YOU WILL, IS TO JOIN US IN 787 01:13:39,451 --> 01:13:42,226 PRACTICING LIVING OUR HIGHEST VALUES IN COMMUNITY. THIS IS NOT 788 01:13:42,227 --> 01:13:46,054 A LIGHT OR EASY ASK, BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO LIVE OUR VALUES 789 01:13:46,055 --> 01:13:50,945 TOGETHER WHEN WE DON'T ALL AGREE. BUT WE ARE ALL CALLED, AS 790 01:13:50,946 --> 01:13:55,782 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS, TO DO SO. DURING THIS GENERAL 791 01:13:55,783 --> 01:14:00,334 ASSEMBLY, IN THE NEXT YEAR, AND BEYOND, AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK 792 01:14:00,335 --> 01:14:02,335 TO DISMANTLE 793 01:14:03,667 --> 01:14:06,526 SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION IN OUR MOVEMENT AND IN THE WORLD, WE 794 01:14:06,527 --> 01:14:10,351 HOPE THAT YOU AND UUS EVERYWHERE WILL ENGAGE IN THOSE 795 01:14:10,352 --> 01:14:14,179 CONVERSATIONS FULLY. LET US PRIORITIZE CURIOSITY OVER FEAR 796 01:14:14,180 --> 01:14:16,180 OF CHANGE, HUMILITY OVER JUDGMENT, AND CARE OVER CRITIQUE 797 01:14:21,235 --> 01:14:23,235 FOR CRITIQUE'S SAKE. 798 01:14:25,408 --> 01:14:29,728 REIMAGINING OUR BYLAWS AND OUR GOVERNANCE IS GOING TO TAKE ALL 799 01:14:29,729 --> 01:14:31,729 OF US-INCLUDING THOSE WHOSE PERSPECTIVES HAVE HISTORICALLY 800 01:14:34,016 --> 01:14:37,676 NOT BEEN IN THE ROOM. SO IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCED 801 01:14:37,677 --> 01:14:39,677 A LOT OF COMFORT IN UU CIRCLES, 802 01:14:41,023 --> 01:14:43,079 WE CALL ON YOU TO WORK TO MAKE SPACE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT. IF 803 01:14:46,356 --> 01:14:49,928 YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO HAS STRUGGLED TO REMAIN HERE, WE 804 01:14:49,929 --> 01:14:51,929 URGE YOU TO BRING YOUR PERSPECTIVE FORWARD. 805 01:14:54,228 --> 01:15:00,723 >> SO NEXT YEAR, GA WILL LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT. WE LIKE 806 01:15:00,724 --> 01:15:03,458 DIFFERENT. RIGHT? CHANGE IS GOOD. SO WE'RE MOVING TO A 807 01:15:03,459 --> 01:15:10,674 PROCESS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE THEOLOGICALLY RIGOROUS. WHAT IT 808 01:15:11,295 --> 01:15:14,715 MEANS TO HAVE ACTUAL DEEP GOVERNANCE, WHICH IS NOT VOTING, 809 01:15:15,099 --> 01:15:18,512 BECAUSE VOTING IS THE LAST STAGE OF DEMOCRACY. I HOPE PEOPLE 810 01:15:18,513 --> 01:15:23,546 KNOW THIS. AND SO R. SO WE ARE MEANING TO MOVE INTO A TIME 811 01:15:23,547 --> 01:15:30,856 WHERE WE ACTUALLY DISCUSS, WHERE WE ACTUALLY ARE ABLE TO HAVE 812 01:15:30,857 --> 01:15:34,022 CONVERSATIONS IN NEW WAYS ABOUT WHO WE WANT TO BE AS A FAITH, 813 01:15:34,023 --> 01:15:37,354 WHERE WE WANT TO GO, AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, BOTH IN OUR 814 01:15:37,355 --> 01:15:39,846 CONGREGATIONS, COVENANTAL COMMUNITIES, AND OUT IN THE 815 01:15:39,847 --> 01:15:45,900 WORLD. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? WE NEED ALL OF YOU. WE NEED ALL 816 01:15:46,103 --> 01:15:48,423 OF OUR CONVERSATIONS. THERE WILL BE COVENANTS. THERE WILL 817 01:15:48,424 --> 01:15:52,782 BE GUIDES. THERE WILL BE LOTS OF THINGS TO IV ALL THE OF YOU 818 01:15:52,783 --> 01:15:55,972 ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS. WE WILL BE CALLING YOU. YOU WILL BE 819 01:15:55,973 --> 01:15:58,324 BOTHERED AND THEY'RE LIKE, OH, THEY'RE ACTUALLY CALLING ME A 820 01:15:58,325 --> 01:16:02,482 LOT LOT. BECAUSE ALL OF US ARE CALLED. ALL ARE CALLED TO HELP 821 01:16:02,483 --> 01:16:07,310 MOVE THIS MOVEMENT AND OUR FAITH. ALL ARE CALLED TO BUILD 822 01:16:07,311 --> 01:16:12,457 PHASES FOR COMMUNITY, REFUGE, AND FAITH. CAN BE ONE AND THE 823 01:16:12,458 --> 01:16:16,341 SAME. ALL ARE CALLED TO PLAY A ROLE AND TO FIND THE ROLE THAT 824 01:16:16,342 --> 01:16:21,754 BEST HONORS OUR PURPOSE AND OUR POWER. ALL ARE CALLED TO BE IN 825 01:16:21,755 --> 01:16:25,530 DEEP RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH ONE OF YOU. SO WITH WE WANT TO END 826 01:16:25,531 --> 01:16:30,755 BY GIVING THANKS TO SOME OF THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY ANSWERED 827 01:16:30,756 --> 01:16:36,270 THE CALL. SO THIS IS SUCH A LONG LIST. SO HERE'S WHAT 828 01:16:36,271 --> 01:16:41,362 INSTEAD I WANT TO DO. IF YOU HAVE BEEN A MENTOR TO ME, IF YOU 829 01:16:41,363 --> 01:16:46,850 HAVE GIVEN ME A JOB, THERE'S A COUPLE OF YOU IN THIS ROOM, IF 830 01:16:46,851 --> 01:16:50,141 YOU HAVE BEEN A PEER MENTOR, IF YOU HAVE BEEN SOMEBODY THAT I 831 01:16:50,142 --> 01:16:55,392 MET WHEN YOU WERE 14 AND ARE NOW , LIKE, 25, 35, CAN YOU RAISE 832 01:16:55,393 --> 01:17:01,690 YOUR HAND? AND LOOK AT THESE PEOPLE. THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT 833 01:17:01,691 --> 01:17:05,810 HELPED ME IN MY LIFE, BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY, I CAN'T DO 834 01:17:05,811 --> 01:17:07,943 THE NAMES, BUT THANK YOU, AND I LOVE YOU. 835 01:17:08,585 --> 01:17:10,585 [APPLAUSE] 836 01:17:16,519 --> 01:17:20,954 I DO HAVE TO SAY MY PARENTS ARE IN THE HOUSE. THEY ARE -- SO 837 01:17:20,955 --> 01:17:26,995 WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY HOLD THE PARENTS. 838 01:17:26,996 --> 01:17:29,791 >> AND MY PARENTS ARE NOT IN THE ROOM, BUT HOPEFULLY WATCHING 839 01:17:30,167 --> 01:17:32,310 ONLINE. SO THANK YOU, MOM AND DAD. 840 01:17:32,842 --> 01:17:34,842 [APPLAUSE] 841 01:17:37,443 --> 01:17:43,058 IF YOU ARE BISEXUAL, GAY, LESBIAN, TRANSGENDER, GENDER 842 01:17:43,059 --> 01:17:45,702 NON-CONFORMING, OR JUST QUEER IN ALL THE BEAUTIFUL WAYS AND YOU 843 01:17:45,703 --> 01:17:49,557 HAVE BEEN IN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM FOR FIVE DAYS OR 844 01:17:49,558 --> 01:17:53,537 MORE, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE 845 01:17:56,611 --> 01:17:58,611 . 846 01:18:06,016 --> 01:18:09,563 , PARTICULARLY FOR THE ELDER QUEER AND LIZ BETWEEN, 847 01:18:09,564 --> 01:18:12,490 TRANSGENDER FOLKS IN YOUR MIDST, ONLINE, WHO HAVE BEEN DOING THE 848 01:18:12,491 --> 01:18:19,400 WORK OF MAKING SPACE FOR THE YOUNG ONES THAT I FIRST WAS WHEN 849 01:18:19,787 --> 01:18:22,614 I CAME OUT 20 YEARS AGO AS A TRANSGUY. THANK YOU FOR MAKING 850 01:18:22,615 --> 01:18:27,883 SPACE. FOR ME TO BE HERE NOW YOU. 851 01:18:28,291 --> 01:18:30,291 [APPLAUSE] 852 01:18:36,963 --> 01:18:40,287 >> IF YOU HAVE ENGAGED IN JUSTICE WORK, IN YOUTH WORK, IF 853 01:18:40,288 --> 01:18:44,988 YOU HAVE CHALLENGED YOURSELF TO CHANGE WHAT YOU UNDERSTAND 854 01:18:44,989 --> 01:18:47,143 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM CAN BE SO THAT MORE OF US ARE AT THE TABLE 855 01:18:47,144 --> 01:18:53,083 AND IN THE HALL AND IN LEADERSHIP, THANK YOU. 856 01:18:53,487 --> 01:18:55,487 [APPLAUSE] 857 01:18:59,137 --> 01:19:04,022 AND IF YOU HAVEN'T, IT'S OKAY, BECAUSE THERE ARE YOUNG'UNS 858 01:19:04,023 --> 01:19:09,140 COMING UP BEHIND US, WITH US, AND WE ALL NEED HELP NOW. IN 859 01:19:09,141 --> 01:19:13,950 FRONT OF US. WE ALL HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE SPACE FOR MORE TO 860 01:19:13,951 --> 01:19:17,027 BE A PART OF OUR BELOVED COMMUNITY. SO THANK YOU YOU FOR 861 01:19:18,256 --> 01:19:22,575 DOING YOUR PART IN ANSWERING THE CALL TODAY. 862 01:19:23,355 --> 01:19:25,355 [APPLAUSE] 863 01:19:41,500 --> 01:19:42,260 >> THIS IS A REMARKABLE TIME IN OUR FAITH. AS WE UNCOVER AND 864 01:19:42,261 --> 01:19:44,826 SHINE A LIGHT ON THE PAIN OF OUR HISTORY FOR SO MANY, WE ALSO 865 01:19:44,827 --> 01:19:48,118 HAVE AN HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL OUR CALLING TO LIVE INTO 866 01:19:48,119 --> 01:19:53,054 THE BELOVED COMMUNITY, WHERE EVERY PERSON IS CHERISHED. 867 01:19:53,055 --> 01:19:55,055 >> SUSAN: THIS CALLING TO STEWARD 868 01:19:56,327 --> 01:19:59,858 OUR THEOLOGICAL VALUES BY SUPPORTING BLACK LIVES OF 869 01:19:59,859 --> 01:20:04,242 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AND CHOOSING TO FULLY VALUE THE 870 01:20:04,243 --> 01:20:06,315 INHERENT WORTH AND DIGNITY OF BLACK UUS BEGAN WITH THE BOLD 871 01:20:10,094 --> 01:20:12,094 ACTION OF OUR BOARD IN THE FALL 872 01:20:13,493 --> 01:20:15,493 OF 2016. THE BOARD'S DECISION 873 01:20:18,251 --> 01:20:21,552 WAS ONLY THE FIRST STAGE - IT WILL REQUIRE ALL OF US TO MAKE 874 01:20:21,553 --> 01:20:23,553 THAT COMMITMENT REAL. 875 01:20:24,559 --> 01:20:26,250 >> CAREY: THE PROMISE AND PRACTICE CAMPAIGN IS THE WAY 876 01:20:26,251 --> 01:20:28,251 UU'S ACROSS 877 01:20:29,271 --> 01:20:32,297 THE COUNTRY ARE MAKING THEMSELVES A PART OF THE 878 01:20:32,298 --> 01:20:36,598 COMMITMENT TO BLACK LIVES UU. THE CAMPAIGN IS A CALL NOT ONLY 879 01:20:36,599 --> 01:20:40,761 TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT BLACK LEADERSHIP WITHIN UNITARIAN 880 01:20:40,762 --> 01:20:42,762 UNIVERSALISM, BUT ALSO TO CENTER 881 01:20:44,315 --> 01:20:47,882 THE VOICES AND EXPERIENCES OF BLACK UUS THAT HAVE LONG GONE 882 01:20:47,883 --> 01:20:51,282 UNHEARD. AND TO INSPIRE AND IGNITE CONGREGATIONAL 883 01:20:51,283 --> 01:20:55,574 PARTICIPATION, GENEROUS DONORS BRAD AND JULIE BRADBURD MADE A 884 01:20:55,575 --> 01:20:57,575 MATCHING GIFT OF $1 MILLION. 885 01:20:58,911 --> 01:21:00,911 >> 886 01:21:05,823 --> 01:21:09,890 BARB: WE THANK YOU, BRAD AND JULIE, FOR THIS COURAGEOUS ACT 887 01:21:09,891 --> 01:21:12,171 OF STEWARDSHIP THAT COMES FROM YOUR LOVE FOR OUR FAITH AND YOUR 888 01:21:14,751 --> 01:21:17,832 BELIEF THAT WE CAN BE BETTER. IN RESPONSE, MANY OF OUR 889 01:21:17,833 --> 01:21:20,659 CONGREGATIONS HAVE JOINED THIS CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT OUR UUA 890 01:21:20,660 --> 01:21:22,681 BOARD'S COMMITMENT TO BLACK LIVES OF UU AND DOUBLE THEIR 891 01:21:25,716 --> 01:21:27,716 FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION THROUGH THE MATCH GIFT. 892 01:21:31,023 --> 01:21:34,571 >> WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. 893 01:21:34,572 --> 01:21:39,255 >> SUSAN: THIS IS NO ORDINARY CAMPAIGN. THIS CAMPAIGN IS A 894 01:21:39,256 --> 01:21:41,256 DEPARTURE FROM TRADITIONAL 895 01:21:42,543 --> 01:21:44,543 "ASKS" OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT-IN ASKING FOR BOTH A PROMISE AND A 896 01:21:48,375 --> 01:21:52,557 PRACTICE, IT DEMANDS WE LOOK WITHIN OURSELVES AS LEADERS AND 897 01:21:52,558 --> 01:21:54,558 FAITH COMMUNITIES TO DISCERN 898 01:21:55,587 --> 01:21:57,587 "WHAT IT TRULY MEANS TO BEAR 899 01:21:58,627 --> 01:22:03,504 WITNESS TO THE PAIN OF MANY BLACK UUS AND FULFILL A PROMISE 900 01:22:03,505 --> 01:22:07,277 TO SUPPORT AND PROMOTE THE GROWTH OF BLACK LEADERSHIP AND 901 01:22:07,278 --> 01:22:11,813 THE WORK OF BLUU." >> BARB: THIS IS NO ORDINARY 902 01:22:11,814 --> 01:22:13,814 CAMPAIGN. THIS CAMPAIGN IS INSPIRED BY BLACK LIVES OF UU 903 01:22:17,015 --> 01:22:21,066 WHICH IS ALREADY DOING DYNAMIC WORK-PROVIDING MINISTRY AND 904 01:22:21,067 --> 01:22:25,219 PASTORAL CARE FOR BLACK UUS, LIFTING UP THE VOICES AND 905 01:22:25,220 --> 01:22:30,022 LEADERSHIP OF BLACK UUS, AND CONNECTING UNITARIAN 906 01:22:30,023 --> 01:22:33,328 UNIVERSALISM WITH VITAL MOVEMENT WORK. BLUU IS TRULY THE MOST 907 01:22:33,329 --> 01:22:35,329 INNOVATIVE MINISTRY IN OUR FAITH RIGHT NOW. 908 01:22:38,232 --> 01:22:40,014 >> ELANDRIA: THIS CAMPAIGN IS NO ORDINARY CAMPAIGN. THIS 909 01:22:40,015 --> 01:22:46,839 CAMPAIGN IS IGNITED BY BEAUTIFUL AND POWERFUL WORSHIP MATERIALS 910 01:22:46,840 --> 01:22:49,470 CREATED BY SOME OF OUR ESTEEMED RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS OF 911 01:22:49,471 --> 01:22:53,790 COLOR. THESE POWERFUL PERSPECTIVES AND STORIES ARE 912 01:22:53,791 --> 01:22:55,791 GIFTS OF JOY AND PAIN GENEROUSLY OFFERED. GIFTS THAT WILL INSPIRE 913 01:22:56,079 --> 01:22:58,354 FOR YEARS TO COME. >> CAREY: THIS CAMPAIGN IS NO 914 01:22:58,355 --> 01:23:00,355 ORDINARY CAMPAIGN. 915 01:23:04,303 --> 01:23:07,130 310 CONGREGATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS, UU ORGANIZATIONS 916 01:23:07,131 --> 01:23:09,323 AND CONGREGATIONS, HAVE PARTICIPATED SO FAR. 917 01:23:09,708 --> 01:23:15,786 [APPLAUSE] WE HAVE HEARD FROM MANY ABOUT 918 01:23:15,787 --> 01:23:19,376 THE WAYS THE PROMISE AND PRACTICE IS TRANSFORMING AND 919 01:23:19,377 --> 01:23:21,377 UPLIFTING CONGREGATIONS. 920 01:23:23,649 --> 01:23:25,649 WE THANK YOU FOR LEADING THE WAY IN TRUSTING BLACK LEADERSHIP, 921 01:23:27,751 --> 01:23:31,554 INVESTING IN BLACK LEADERSHIP, AND UPLIFTING BLACK LEADERSHIP! 922 01:23:31,555 --> 01:23:33,345 LEADERSHIP!THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED SO FAR. 923 01:23:33,346 --> 01:23:37,234 >> YES, AMEN. AMEN. [APPLAUSE] 924 01:23:37,235 --> 01:23:39,235 >> SUSAN: FOR THE PROMISE TO BE 925 01:23:40,299 --> 01:23:42,837 FULFILLED AND THE PRACTICE TO BE TRANSFORMING, WE NEED ALL OF 926 01:23:48,724 --> 01:23:52,296 YOU AND ALL OF YOUR FAITH COMMUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE. IF 927 01:23:52,297 --> 01:23:57,921 YOUR CONGREGATION HAS NOT YET HELD A PROMISE AND PRACTICE 928 01:23:57,922 --> 01:23:59,971 SUNDAY- THERE IS STILL TIME! I'M DELIGHTED TO SHARE THAT BRAD AND 929 01:23:59,972 --> 01:24:04,528 JULIE BRADBURD ARE EXTENDING THEIR MATCH THROUGH THE END OF 930 01:24:04,529 --> 01:24:06,529 THE NEXT CONGREGATIONAL YEAR SO THAT MORE CONGREGATIONS CAN JOIN 931 01:24:08,089 --> 01:24:10,622 US ON THIS JOURNEY OF SUPPORTING BLACK LIVES AND BLACK 932 01:24:10,623 --> 01:24:12,623 LEADERSHIP. 933 01:24:13,977 --> 01:24:16,999 [APPLAUSE] 934 01:24:21,548 --> 01:24:23,548 EVERY DOLLAR RAISED WILL BE 935 01:24:24,973 --> 01:24:26,973 MATCHED THROUGH JUNE 2019. 936 01:24:28,767 --> 01:24:31,034 FOR CONGREGATIONS THAT HAVEN'T PARTICIPATED WE'RE GLAD TO 937 01:24:31,035 --> 01:24:33,035 PROVIDE RESOURCES AND 938 01:24:34,357 --> 01:24:36,622 FUNDRAISING IDEAS. FOR CONGREGATIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY 939 01:24:36,623 --> 01:24:38,623 PARTICIPATED-CONSIDER A SECOND 940 01:24:39,839 --> 01:24:41,839 YEAR OF PARTICIPATION TO 941 01:24:43,899 --> 01:24:48,982 INCREASE YOUR IMPACT AT THIS VITAL MOMENT. VISIT 942 01:24:48,983 --> 01:24:56,297 UUA.ORG/BLUU-CAMPAIGN TO GET STARTED. STARTED.OR GOOGLE UUA 943 01:24:56,298 --> 01:24:58,390 UUA, THE PROMISE AND THE PRACTICE. ON BEHALF OF THE 944 01:24:58,391 --> 01:25:00,391 PROMISE OF OUR FUTURE AS A FAITH, WE THANK YOU. 945 01:25:03,527 --> 01:25:05,975 FOR YOUR GENEROSITY. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] 946 01:25:11,399 --> 01:25:13,399 >> 947 01:25:19,802 --> 01:25:23,870 BARB: SECTION 10.3 OF THE UUA BYLAWS SET FORTH THE FOLLOWING 948 01:25:23,871 --> 01:25:25,871 DUTIES OF THE FINANCIAL ADVISOR: 949 01:25:27,035 --> 01:25:30,083 THE FINANCIAL ADVISOR SHALL ADVISE THE PRESIDENT AND THE 950 01:25:30,084 --> 01:25:33,402 BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON FINANCIAL POLICY AND SHALL ASSIST THE 951 01:25:33,403 --> 01:25:36,978 BOARD IN LONG-RANGE PLANNING BY REVIEWING THE SOURCES OF FUNDS, 952 01:25:36,979 --> 01:25:40,255 THE APPLICATION OF FUNDS DESIGNATED FOR SPECIFIC 953 01:25:40,256 --> 01:25:45,079 PURPOSES, THE BALANCE BETWEEN FORESEEABLE INCOME AND PROPOSED 954 01:25:45,080 --> 01:25:48,979 EXPENDITURES, AND THE OVERALL FINANCIAL WELFARE OF THE 955 01:25:48,980 --> 01:25:52,269 ASSOCIATION. FROM TIME TO TIME, THE FINANCIAL ADVISOR SHALL 956 01:25:52,270 --> 01:25:55,850 REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE BOARD FINDINGS AND 957 01:25:55,851 --> 01:25:57,851 RECOMMENDATIONS RESPECTING THE 958 01:25:59,155 --> 01:26:01,504 CURRENT FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE ASSOCIATION AND LONG-RANGE 959 01:26:01,505 --> 01:26:03,505 PLANNING. THE FINANCIAL ADVISOR 960 01:26:05,289 --> 01:26:07,824 SERVES ON THE UUA BOARD, THE HEALTH PLAN BOARD, THE 961 01:26:07,825 --> 01:26:10,878 RETIREMENT PLAN COMMITTEE, THE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT 962 01:26:10,879 --> 01:26:12,879 COMMITTEE, THE INVESTMENT COMMITTEE AND THE AUDIT 963 01:26:16,027 --> 01:26:18,027 COMMITTEE. PLEASE WELCOME 964 01:26:20,831 --> 01:26:23,118 THE FABULOUS AND HARD WORKING FINANCIAL ADVISOR LUCIA SANTINI 965 01:26:23,119 --> 01:26:25,757 FIELD. [APPLAUSE] 966 01:26:34,395 --> 01:26:40,816 >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. AS YOU MAY KNOW, THE UUA IS A 967 01:26:40,817 --> 01:26:45,140 COMPLEX STRUCTURE WITH A COMPELLING MISSION AND 968 01:26:45,141 --> 01:26:50,262 COMMITMENT. THE FINANCIAL STRUCTURE SUPPORTING THIS 969 01:26:50,263 --> 01:26:52,539 MISSION IS NO LESS COMPLEX. THE ASSOCIATION OF CONGREGATIONS HAS 970 01:26:53,800 --> 01:26:57,606 JUST COMPLETED A SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR OF BOTH A NEW 971 01:26:57,607 --> 01:27:00,172 ADMINISTRATION, UNDER THE POWERFUL, THOUGHTFUL, PASSIONATE 972 01:27:02,008 --> 01:27:06,807 AND EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP OF REV. SUSAN FREDERICK-GRAY AND 973 01:27:06,808 --> 01:27:08,808 VISIONARY AND EFFECTIVE NEW 974 01:27:11,887 --> 01:27:13,770 BOARD LEADERSHIP, WITH CO-MODERATORS ELANDRIA WILLIAMS 975 01:27:13,771 --> 01:27:15,771 AND BARB GREVE. 976 01:27:18,342 --> 01:27:22,690 GREVE.IT HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR. CONGREGATIONAL COVENANT IS THE 977 01:27:22,691 --> 01:27:27,262 FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH MOVEMENT AND THE CORE FINANCIAL SUPPORT 978 01:27:27,263 --> 01:27:30,322 FOR OUR MISSION AND VISION. THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW, MORE 979 01:27:30,323 --> 01:27:32,323 EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE (ALSO 980 01:27:34,935 --> 01:27:36,935 COMPLEX!) FORMULA FOR 981 01:27:38,507 --> 01:27:40,507 CONGREGATIONAL COMMITMENT TO 982 01:27:41,783 --> 01:27:44,299 SUPPORT OUR FAITH MOVEMENT WAS TESTED, REVISED AND MUCH 983 01:27:44,300 --> 01:27:47,363 DISCUSSED OVER THE PAST YEAR OR MORE. I ASK FOR YOUR STRONG 984 01:27:47,364 --> 01:27:52,809 CONGREGATIONAL SUPPORT OF THE NEW APF AND YOUR PATIENCE WITH 985 01:27:52,810 --> 01:27:54,810 INEVITABLE QUESTIONS OR ISSUES 986 01:27:56,388 --> 01:27:58,642 YOU MAY ENCOUNTER. ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD I THANK YOU FOR YOUR 987 01:28:01,747 --> 01:28:04,782 FLEXIBILITY, ENGAGEMENT AND CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT 988 01:28:04,783 --> 01:28:06,783 THE WORK OF OUR FAITH IN THIS CRITICAL TIME. 989 01:28:08,881 --> 01:28:10,881 I AM PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE 990 01:28:11,923 --> 01:28:13,923 SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL OPERATIONS 991 01:28:17,834 --> 01:28:21,159 OF THE ASSOCIATION AND RELATED ENTITIES, AS REFLECTED IN THE 992 01:28:21,160 --> 01:28:23,446 UUA'S BUDGET, COMMON ENDOWMENT FUND, RETIREMENT PLAN, HEALTH 993 01:28:23,447 --> 01:28:25,447 PLAN AND BEACON PRESS ARE ALL 994 01:28:27,060 --> 01:28:31,136 HEALTHY AND WELL MANAGED, IN THE HANDS OF COMPETENT AND 995 01:28:31,137 --> 01:28:33,458 EXPERIENCED STAFF AND OVERSEEN BY COMMITTEES OF COMPETENT AND 996 01:28:36,747 --> 01:28:38,747 EXPERIENCED VOLUNTEERS. AS I 997 01:28:42,343 --> 01:28:45,669 -- [APPLAUSE] 998 01:28:47,445 --> 01:28:51,537 AND I'M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW FOLKS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN 999 01:28:51,538 --> 01:28:56,238 HELPING AND IF YOU HAVE FINANCIAL EXPERTISE OF ANY SORT 1000 01:28:56,239 --> 01:29:00,834 AND ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING OUR FAITH, PLEASE LOOK FOR ME. 1001 01:29:00,835 --> 01:29:06,564 I WILL APPRECIATE IT. AS I NOTED LAST YEAR, FINANCIAL 1002 01:29:06,565 --> 01:29:08,565 RESULTS IN THE PUBLISHING BUSINESS ARE HIGHLY VARIABLE AND 1003 01:29:10,357 --> 01:29:15,286 DIFFICULT TO PREDICT, WITH EVER SHRINKING MARGINS. BEACON PRESS 1004 01:29:15,287 --> 01:29:17,287 HAS MIRACULOUSLY AVOIDED LOSSES FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, BUT WE 1005 01:29:21,343 --> 01:29:24,985 (PERSONALLY AND AS A FAITH, I BELIEVE) MUST BE PREPARED TO 1006 01:29:24,986 --> 01:29:26,986 SUPPORT THE PROPHETIC VOICE OF THEIR PUBLICATIONS, WHICH 1007 01:29:31,839 --> 01:29:35,162 POWERFULLY EXPRESSES OUR FAITH COMMITMENT, IF AND WHEN THE 1008 01:29:35,163 --> 01:29:37,163 TREND TURNS. 1009 01:29:38,792 --> 01:29:41,807 THE UUA'S AUDIT COMMITTEE WILL BE REVIEWING RECOMMENDATIONS 1010 01:29:41,808 --> 01:29:45,109 WITH THE BOARD TO FORMALLY EXPAND ITS CHARTER TO INCLUDE 1011 01:29:45,110 --> 01:29:49,258 OVERSIGHT OF RISK MANAGEMENT, IN ADDITION TO FINANCIAL AUDIT 1012 01:29:49,259 --> 01:29:53,803 MATTERS. ENTERPRISE WIDE RISK MANAGEMENT STRUCTURES ARE IN 1013 01:29:53,804 --> 01:29:58,860 PLACE AT THE UUA AND THIS ENHANCEMENT WOULD SERVE TO 1014 01:29:58,861 --> 01:30:00,861 IMPROVE OVERSIGHT AND REPORTING. 1015 01:30:03,303 --> 01:30:05,303 THE WORK OF THE ASSOCIATION HAS INCREASINGLY BEEN FOCUSED ON THE 1016 01:30:06,572 --> 01:30:09,370 IMPORTANT WORK OF DISMANTLING SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION AND WHITE 1017 01:30:09,371 --> 01:30:11,668 SUPREMACY. THIS IS CRITICAL WORK FOR OUR FAITH AT ANY TIME, BUT 1018 01:30:14,813 --> 01:30:16,813 IT IS LONG OVERDUE IN OUR FAITH 1019 01:30:18,868 --> 01:30:20,868 AND OUR COUNTRY AND IS NOW MORE 1020 01:30:22,679 --> 01:30:24,679 IMPORTANT THAN EVER. AS WE CONTINUE DOWN THIS PATH, WE MUST 1021 01:30:25,999 --> 01:30:28,267 RECOGNIZE IT WILL NOT BE EASY AND OUR EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL AND 1022 01:30:29,796 --> 01:30:31,796 FINANCIAL SUPPORT WILL ALL BE 1023 01:30:35,365 --> 01:30:37,365 CRITICAL TO OUR SUCCESS. 1024 01:30:39,284 --> 01:30:42,582 I AM THANKFUL FOR UU'S COMMITMENT AND GENEROSITY. I AM 1025 01:30:42,583 --> 01:30:44,583 THANKFUL FOR OUR FAITH LEADERS AND COMMITMENT OF SO MANY. I 1026 01:30:47,420 --> 01:30:51,306 GIVE SPECIAL THANKS TO BARB AND ELANDRIA FOR THEIR FOCUS ON OUR 1027 01:30:51,307 --> 01:30:53,837 FIDUCIARY DUTY TO THE MISSION OF OUR FAITH. 1028 01:30:58,935 --> 01:31:00,935 [APPLAUSE] 1029 01:31:09,855 --> 01:31:13,262 >> I NOW INVITE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TIM ATKINS AND UUA 1030 01:31:13,263 --> 01:31:16,290 TREASURER & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER TIM BRENNAN, OTHERWISE 1031 01:31:16,291 --> 01:31:18,332 KNOWN AS "THE TIMS," TO PRESENT THE UUA BUDGET. 1032 01:31:26,270 --> 01:31:31,626 >> WELL, GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS TIM MATHEWS AND I SERVE AS 1033 01:31:31,627 --> 01:31:34,026 THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON THE UUA BOARD BOARD. SOMETHING 1034 01:31:34,027 --> 01:31:37,770 SIMILAR TO YOUR CONGREGATIONAL BOARD AS CHAIR OF THE FINANCE 1035 01:31:37,771 --> 01:31:42,627 COMMITTEE. AND I HAVE HERE TIM BRENNAN AND SUSAN FREDERICK GRAY 1036 01:31:43,399 --> 01:31:46,094 . AT THE UUA BOARD MEETING, THE BOARD RECEIVED THE ANNUAL BUDGET 1037 01:31:46,502 --> 01:31:49,023 FROM STAFF, WHICH WEIGH PROVED. I HAVE TO SAY THIS YEAR'S BUDGET 1038 01:31:49,775 --> 01:31:52,426 PRESENTATION WAS THE BEST I'VE SEEN SINCE I'VE BEEN ON THE 1039 01:31:52,427 --> 01:31:55,250 BOARD. SO WE WANT TO MAKE TIME DURING THIS GENERAL SESSION FOR 1040 01:31:55,251 --> 01:32:01,254 YOU YOU TO HEAR WHAT THE BOARD HEARD IN APRIL. SO SUSAN, MY 1041 01:32:01,255 --> 01:32:03,925 FIRST QUESTION, WHEN THE STAFF PRESENTED THE BOARD WITH THE 1042 01:32:03,926 --> 01:32:07,630 BUDGET IN APRIL AND THE BOARD APPROVED IT, YOU INTRODUCED A 1043 01:32:07,631 --> 01:32:12,725 NEW WAY FOR EXAMINING THE UUA BUDGET, A MISSLE BASED BUDGET. 1044 01:32:13,287 --> 01:32:15,566 I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO TALK ABOUT THIS CHANGE. 1045 01:32:15,567 --> 01:32:20,882 >> THANK YOU, TIM. SO MISSION IS SO IMPORTANT TO WHAT WE DO, 1046 01:32:20,883 --> 01:32:23,694 AND BEING CLEAR ABOUT HOW THE RESOURCES OF THE ASSOCIATION AND 1047 01:32:23,695 --> 01:32:26,719 THE RESOURCES THAT YOU AND YOUR 1048 01:32:30,395 --> 01:32:33,641 CONCLUDE RECONGRATULATIONS GIVE TO THE UUA, HOW THAT IS IN LINE 1049 01:32:33,642 --> 01:32:40,810 WITH OUR FISSION. IN THE UUA WE HAVE THREE PRIMARY MISSIONAL 1050 01:32:40,811 --> 01:32:45,371 FOCUSES. THINK OF THESE THREE THINGS THINGS. NUMBER ONE, WE 1051 01:32:45,372 --> 01:32:49,331 QUIT CONGREGATIONS FOR HEALTHY, VITAL MINISTRIES. NUMBER TWO, 1052 01:32:49,332 --> 01:32:53,634 WE TRAIN AND CREDENTIAL LEADERS FOR OUR MOVEMENT AND OUR 1053 01:32:53,635 --> 01:32:59,177 CONGREGATIONS. AND NUMBER THREE, WE AMPLIFY THE LARGER 1054 01:32:59,178 --> 01:33:03,318 VOICE OF OUR FAITH AND OUR VALUES IN THE WORLD. 1055 01:33:03,319 --> 01:33:06,741 >> TECH DECK, COULD YOU PUT THAT SLIDE UP? 1056 01:33:06,742 --> 01:33:12,179 >> AND SO WE LOOKED AT THE UUA BUDGET AND WE ACTUALLY BROKE IT 1057 01:33:12,180 --> 01:33:17,550 DOWN INTO HOW THE RESOURCES ARE SPENT ON MISSION, HOW THE TIME 1058 01:33:17,551 --> 01:33:22,160 OF OUR STAFF IS SPENT SUPPORTING CONGREGATIONS, TRAINING AND 1059 01:33:22,161 --> 01:33:26,039 CREDENTIALING LEADERS, AMPLIFY ING OUR NATIONAL VOICE. AND YOU 1060 01:33:26,040 --> 01:33:32,138 CAN SEE THAT 34% OF THE RESOURCES THAT THE UUA HAS ARE 1061 01:33:32,139 --> 01:33:36,875 SPENT IN EQUIPPING CONGREGATIONS FOR HEALTH AND VITALITY. 25% 1062 01:33:36,876 --> 01:33:40,859 ARE SPENT IN TRAINING AND CREDENTIALING LEADERS. AND THIS 1063 01:33:40,860 --> 01:33:43,954 IS ORDAINED, LAY, AND ALL RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS IN OUR 1064 01:33:43,955 --> 01:33:48,134 SYSTEM OF CREDENTIALING AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT. AND THEN 1065 01:33:48,135 --> 01:33:52,579 24% OF YOUR RESOURCES, OUR RESOURCES ARE SPENT ON PROMOTING 1066 01:33:53,574 --> 01:33:57,374 UU VALUES AND SEEKING TO ADVANCE JUSTICE IN THE WORLD. AND 1067 01:33:57,375 --> 01:34:02,460 THAT'S HOW WE WOULD HOPE THAT THE LARGEST PORTION OF OUR 1068 01:34:02,461 --> 01:34:06,838 RESOURCES ARE SPENT ON THOSE KEY MISSION AREAS, AS WELL AS THE 1069 01:34:06,839 --> 01:34:10,070 MOST SIGNIFICANT PORTION GOING DIRECTLY TO THE SUPPORT OF 1070 01:34:10,071 --> 01:34:14,070 CONGREGATIONS. THAT'S TIMES WHEN WE WERE IN TRANSITION OR 1071 01:34:14,071 --> 01:34:17,855 WHEN A CONGREGATION IS FACINGING CRISIS OR DIFFICULTY AND THERE'S 1072 01:34:17,856 --> 01:34:21,672 SUPPORT BEING PROVIDED. NOW, THERE ARE TWO OTHER MISSIONAL 1073 01:34:21,673 --> 01:34:25,019 AREAS THAT ARE PART OF THE WORK WE DO AT THE UUA. THEY'RAL 1074 01:34:25,020 --> 01:34:29,615 SMALLER PORTIONS, BUT I WANT TO LIFT THEM UP. WE SUPPORT 1075 01:34:29,616 --> 01:34:32,214 EMERGING COMMUNITIES, CONGREGATIONS, AND GROWING NEW 1076 01:34:32,215 --> 01:34:35,550 CONGREGATIONS. THAT'S IN THE LIGHT BLUE. AND WE WORK TO 1077 01:34:35,551 --> 01:34:39,091 EXTEND AND STRENGTHEN OTHER UU INSTITUTIONS. THAT INCLUDES OUR 1078 01:34:39,092 --> 01:34:43,154 WORK WITH THE UU SERVICE COMMITTEE, OUR WORK WITH THE 1079 01:34:43,155 --> 01:34:47,545 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE LAREDA AND THE UUMA AND THE WAYS 1080 01:34:47,546 --> 01:34:50,207 WE REACH OUT ACROSS THE INSTITUTION IN SUPPORT. 1081 01:34:50,615 --> 01:34:54,934 >> THANK YOU. SO TIM, TECH DECK, THANKS FOR THE SLIDE. YOU 1082 01:34:54,935 --> 01:34:58,174 CAN TAKE IT DOWN. TIM, YOU LEAD THE BUDGET BUDGETING PROCESS IN 1083 01:34:58,175 --> 01:35:01,662 YOUR ROLE AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND THE APPOINT 1084 01:35:01,663 --> 01:35:05,126 TREASURER. TALK US THROUGH THE PROCESS THE UUA USES TO CREATE 1085 01:35:05,127 --> 01:35:08,566 THE BUDGET. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH A BALANCED BUDGET? 1086 01:35:08,567 --> 01:35:12,435 >> SURE. GOOD QUESTIONS, TIM. SO FIRST, JUST TO BE CLEAR RIGHT 1087 01:35:12,436 --> 01:35:15,286 NOW THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE ROOM WHO HAVE THE TITLE OF 1088 01:35:15,287 --> 01:35:19,458 TREASURER AND YOU PROBABLY ALL VOLUNTEERED. AT THE YOU FELT UA 1089 01:35:19,459 --> 01:35:22,322 THE TREASURER IS THE TOP PAID STAFF PERSON, SO THAT'S MY ROLE. 1090 01:35:22,323 --> 01:35:28,336 I'M APPOINTED BY THE BOARD AND I REPORT TO SUSAN, THE PRESIDENT. 1091 01:35:29,357 --> 01:35:34,455 SO AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, THE BUDGET IS ABOUT THE ALIGNMENT OF 1092 01:35:34,859 --> 01:35:40,218 OUR RESOURCES WITH OUR VALUES. AND SO THIS YEAR UNDER SUSAN'S 1093 01:35:40,219 --> 01:35:42,219 LEADERSHIP 1094 01:35:46,735 --> 01:35:50,538 LOOKING AT THE BUDGET THROUGH THIS MISSIONAL LENS HAS BEEN 1095 01:35:50,539 --> 01:35:54,638 VERY HELPFUL. I KNOW A LOT OF YOU, MOST OF YOU PROBABLY SHARE 1096 01:35:54,639 --> 01:35:57,762 THE SAME PROBLEM. OUR REVENUES AREN'T ACTUALLY GROWING. SINCE 1097 01:35:57,763 --> 01:36:02,837 THE CRASH BACK IN 2008, OUR REVENUES HAVE BEEN PRETTY MUCH 1098 01:36:02,838 --> 01:36:04,838 FLAT. 1099 01:36:08,155 --> 01:36:10,967 WE NEED TO COMPENSATE PEOPLE, KEEP PACE WITH INFLATION, THINGS 1100 01:36:11,487 --> 01:36:14,586 GO UP THAT ARE INEVITABLE, SO IT IS A BALANCING ACT. AND WHEN 1101 01:36:14,587 --> 01:36:19,950 YOU -- SO IT'S VERY CHALLENGING, BUT WHEN YOU BALANCE WITH 1102 01:36:19,951 --> 01:36:24,063 MISSION AS YOUR LENS, IT STARTS TO CLARIFY THINGS, BECAUSE IT'S 1103 01:36:24,064 --> 01:36:26,946 NOT JUST STEADY AS SHE GOES, WE'RE GOING TO DO THE SAME STUFF 1104 01:36:26,947 --> 01:36:29,704 WE DID LAST YEAR AND TRIM A LITTLE BIT. WE HAVE TO MAKE 1105 01:36:29,705 --> 01:36:34,764 ROOM FOR OUR PRIORITIES. SO THERE ARE MANY, BUT LET ME JUST 1106 01:36:34,765 --> 01:36:38,668 LIST A FEW. SO A FEW YEARS AGO WE MADE THE COMMITMENT TO THE UU 1107 01:36:39,045 --> 01:36:41,710 COLLEGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE. THAT WAS NEW MONEY. WE HAD TO MAKE 1108 01:36:41,711 --> 01:36:45,331 ROOM FOR THAT. AS WE WERE JUST DISCUSSING IN THE LAST PANEL, WE 1109 01:36:45,715 --> 01:36:49,770 MADE A BIG COMMITMENT TO BLUU. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. SO WE 1110 01:36:49,771 --> 01:36:53,506 NEEDED TO SHIFT THINGS TO MAKE THAT POSSIBLE. AND THEN VERY, 1111 01:36:53,507 --> 01:36:55,710 VERY IMPORTANT WORK OF THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL 1112 01:36:55,711 --> 01:36:58,789 CHANGE. IT TOOK SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES, AND WE NEED TO MAKE 1113 01:36:58,790 --> 01:37:02,250 ROOM FOR THAT. AND LAST, IN THIS BUDGET FOR THE UPCOMING 1114 01:37:02,251 --> 01:37:07,203 YEAR, WE'RE PUTTING SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES INTO ADDRESS BEING 1115 01:37:07,204 --> 01:37:10,267 WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE WITHIN THE UUA AND EQUIPPING OUR STAFF 1116 01:37:10,268 --> 01:37:13,834 TO ADDRESS IT AND EQUIPPING OUR STAFF TO HELP CONGREGATIONS DO 1117 01:37:13,835 --> 01:37:19,687 THE SAME. [APPLAUSE] 1118 01:37:21,216 --> 01:37:24,142 SO IT WASN'T EASY, BUT WE CAME UP WITH A BALANCED BUDGET. THE 1119 01:37:24,143 --> 01:37:30,754 BOARD APPROVED IT. OUR CYCLE STARTS IN THE FALL. WE LOOK AT 1120 01:37:30,755 --> 01:37:33,035 STRATEGIC PRIORITIES. JANUARY WE LOOK AT INCOME. THAT KIND OF 1121 01:37:33,465 --> 01:37:38,098 CREATES THAT EXAMPLE. WHAT ARE OUR LIMITS? IN FEBRUARY, THE 1122 01:37:38,099 --> 01:37:41,386 STAFF WORK ON THE EXPENSE SIDE. THEN IN MARCH, THE LEADERSHIP 1123 01:37:41,387 --> 01:37:45,223 COUNCIL SITS DOWN AND WE WORK WITH SUSAN AND CAREY TO GO 1124 01:37:45,224 --> 01:37:48,654 THROUGH THE WHOLE BUDGET AND FIGURE OUT, HOW DO WE MAKE ALL 1125 01:37:48,655 --> 01:37:53,474 THESE THINGS WORK? SO THE KEYS TO THE BUDGET ARE YOUR 1126 01:37:53,475 --> 01:37:58,202 GENEROSITY THROUGH THE ANNUAL PROGRAM FUND. THANK YOU, THANK 1127 01:37:58,203 --> 01:38:03,862 YOU. IT IS GOING UP, SO THAT'S GOOD NEWS. SO WE'RE UP OVER 1128 01:38:03,863 --> 01:38:06,635 LAST YEAR AND OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR, SO THAT'S GREAT NEWS. 1129 01:38:07,011 --> 01:38:10,339 >> THANK YOU. >> AND THEN I SAY THE OTHER KEY 1130 01:38:10,720 --> 01:38:14,311 IS THE ENDOW YOU YOUMENT. SO WE HAVE AN ENDOWMENT WHICH IS 1131 01:38:14,312 --> 01:38:17,379 ACTUALLY SHARED WITH ALL OF YOU, ABOUT HALF THE ENDOWMENT BELONGS 1132 01:38:17,380 --> 01:38:21,214 TO THE CONGREGATIONS. WE TRY TO INVEST OUR MONEY, AGAIN, 1133 01:38:21,215 --> 01:38:25,062 ALIGNING THE ASSETS WITH OUR VALUES. GREAT WORK FROM OUR 1134 01:38:25,063 --> 01:38:27,600 INVESTMENT COMMITTEE AND SRI COMMITTEE THAT ENABLED THAT. 1135 01:38:27,982 --> 01:38:34,955 >> SOCIALLY RESPONSE INVESTING, FOR WHOSE WHO DON'T KNOW SRI. 1136 01:38:34,956 --> 01:38:36,956 >> AND SO 1137 01:38:39,591 --> 01:38:42,350 TODAY WE'RE GIVING YOU THIS OVERVIEW. IF YOU WANT MORE 1138 01:38:42,351 --> 01:38:44,238 INFORMATION, THERE ARE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES. BUT I WOULD 1139 01:38:44,239 --> 01:38:48,506 ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO LOOK AT OUR ENDOWMENT FUND AS AN 1140 01:38:48,507 --> 01:38:52,331 OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR CONGREGATION . AND AGAIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH 1141 01:38:52,332 --> 01:38:57,034 FOR OUR SUPPORT OF APF. >> SO SUSAN, WHEN TIM CAME TO 1142 01:38:57,035 --> 01:39:00,718 YOU WITH THE -- LET'S TALK MORE ABOUT THE BUDGET. THE 1143 01:39:00,719 --> 01:39:04,246 DISCERNMENTS PROCESS AROUND THE BUDGET, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE 1144 01:39:04,247 --> 01:39:06,921 QUESTIONS YOU ASKED THE UUA STAFF TO CREATE THE BUDGET? 1145 01:39:06,922 --> 01:39:10,214 >> ABSOLUTELY. CARRIE McDONALD AND I SAT WITH THE DEPARTMENT 1146 01:39:10,215 --> 01:39:13,326 HEADS OF THE UUA AND THE FIRST QUESTION WE ASKED IS WHAT IN 1147 01:39:13,327 --> 01:39:19,390 YOUR AREA OF MINISTRY AND MISSION IS MOST CRITICAL TO OUR 1148 01:39:19,391 --> 01:39:23,494 ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS OF EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND CHANGE? WHAT IS 1149 01:39:23,495 --> 01:39:27,878 CRITICAL TO THIS ANTI- ANTI-RACISM, ANTI-OPPRESSION, 1150 01:39:27,879 --> 01:39:30,535 MULTICULTURAL WORK? SO EVERY DEPARTMENT LOOK AT WHAT THEY 1151 01:39:30,536 --> 01:39:34,613 WERE DOING AND SAID THIS IS MAKING THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON 1152 01:39:34,614 --> 01:39:40,374 THOSE GOALS. THEN WE ASKED, WHAT CAN WE CHANGE? WHERE CAN 1153 01:39:40,375 --> 01:39:43,682 YOU FIND COST SAVINGS? NOT TOUCHING THAT CRITICALLY 1154 01:39:43,683 --> 01:39:46,982 IMPORTANT WORK. AND THEN THE THIRD THING WAS TO ASK ABOUT 1155 01:39:46,983 --> 01:39:53,640 WHAT NEW INITIATIVES ARE REALLY NECESSARY TO DRIVE THIS WORK OF 1156 01:39:53,641 --> 01:39:57,467 ARAOMC AND INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE IN SO WE PUT THOSE PRIORITIES IN 1157 01:39:57,847 --> 01:40:00,900 THE BUDGET FIRST. AND LIKE TIM SAID, WE WERE ABLE TO CONTINUE 1158 01:40:00,901 --> 01:40:03,104 TO FIND THE RESOURCES FOR THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL 1159 01:40:03,105 --> 01:40:06,939 CHANGE, FOR BLACKS LIVES OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM, AS WELL 1160 01:40:06,940 --> 01:40:11,530 AS THE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN THE WORK OF INSTITUTIONAL 1161 01:40:11,531 --> 01:40:18,407 CHANGING LED BY TAQUEENA BOSTON AT THE UUA AND TRAINING FOR UUA 1162 01:40:18,408 --> 01:40:21,327 STAFF. IN PARTICULAR, THE STAFF WHO WORK MOST CLOSELY WITH 1163 01:40:21,709 --> 01:40:26,850 OUR CONGREGATIONS SO THAT WE ARE WELL EQUIPPED TO HELP 1164 01:40:26,851 --> 01:40:30,896 CONGREGATIONS AND LEADERS BE WELL EQUIPPED TO DO THE 1165 01:40:30,897 --> 01:40:33,996 INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE WORK IN YOUR CONGREGATIONS. 1166 01:40:34,374 --> 01:40:37,122 >> WELL, THANK YOU. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE, FOR BEING 1167 01:40:37,123 --> 01:40:39,416 PART OF THIS DISCUSSION. SO FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN 1168 01:40:39,417 --> 01:40:42,558 LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE BUDGET AND MAYBE DOING A DEEP DIVE WITH 1169 01:40:42,559 --> 01:40:45,244 SOME OF THE NUMBERS AND GETTING INTO THOSE DETAILS, YOU'RE 1170 01:40:45,245 --> 01:40:48,433 INVITED TO ATTEND THE BUDGET HEARING WITH MYSELF AND TIM AND 1171 01:40:48,434 --> 01:40:55,776 LUCI LUCIA, TOMORROW AT ONE 1:1 IN ROOM 25021. AND YOU CAN FIND 1172 01:40:56,688 --> 01:40:58,562 THOSE DETAILS IN YOUR PROGRAM BOOK. THANK YOU AGAIN. 1173 01:40:58,563 --> 01:41:00,855 >> AND THANK YOU, TIM. >> THANK YOU, TIM. 1174 01:41:01,319 --> 01:41:03,319 [APPLAUSE] 1175 01:41:09,135 --> 01:41:11,922 >> BARB: THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE IS CHARGED 1176 01:41:11,923 --> 01:41:16,092 WITH LONG-TERM CULTURAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE THAT 1177 01:41:16,093 --> 01:41:18,147 REDEEMS THE ESSENTIAL PROMISE AND IDEALS OF UNITARIAN 1178 01:41:18,148 --> 01:41:23,183 UNIVERSALISM. APPOINTED BY THE UUA BOARD OF TRUSTEES IN 2017, 1179 01:41:23,184 --> 01:41:26,854 THE COMMISSION WILL ANALYZE STRUCTURAL RACISM AND WHITE 1180 01:41:26,855 --> 01:41:29,683 SUPREMACY WITHIN THE UUA THROUGH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020. 1181 01:41:34,551 --> 01:41:39,881 2020.PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING LESLIE T A/K/A HASHI, THEIR 1182 01:41:39,882 --> 01:41:42,158 CHAIR, AND THE REST OF HER TEAM TO THE STAGE. 1183 01:41:44,459 --> 01:41:46,459 [APPLAUSE] 1184 01:41:49,835 --> 01:41:51,835 >> LESLIE TAKAHASHI: GOOD MORNING. 1185 01:41:53,660 --> 01:41:57,958 THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE WAS APPOINTED BY THE UUA 1186 01:41:57,959 --> 01:41:59,959 BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO ANALYZE 1187 01:42:02,335 --> 01:42:04,335 THE STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES WHICH PERPETUATE 1188 01:42:08,176 --> 01:42:10,078 OPPRESSION AND WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE WITHIN OUR UNITARIAN 1189 01:42:10,079 --> 01:42:14,345 UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION. >> WE HAVE BEEN WORKING SINCE 1190 01:42:14,346 --> 01:42:18,679 AUGUST OF 2017 TO ADDRESS OUR COLLECTIVE STARTING ASSESSMENT 1191 01:42:18,680 --> 01:42:23,244 THAT THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION'S LEGACY OF RACISM 1192 01:42:23,245 --> 01:42:27,611 MUST BE ADDRESSED TO END HARM TO INDIVIDUALS AND TO ENSURE THAT 1193 01:42:27,612 --> 01:42:32,202 WE REMAIN VIABLE AS A FAITH. WE ENVISION A LIBERATING UNITARIAN 1194 01:42:32,203 --> 01:42:34,203 UNIVERSALISM AND ARE DESIGNING 1195 01:42:36,771 --> 01:42:38,326 INTERVENTIONS THAT MOVE US DRAMATICALLY CLOSER TO THAT 1196 01:42:38,327 --> 01:42:40,327 WORK. 1197 01:42:41,891 --> 01:42:45,172 >> WE BEGIN WITH THE PREMISE IN ALL OUR WORK THAT THE VALUES 1198 01:42:45,173 --> 01:42:48,727 OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM CANNOT BE REALIZED IN A SYSTEM WHICH IS 1199 01:42:50,579 --> 01:42:52,579 CENTERED AROUND ONE CULTURAL 1200 01:42:53,879 --> 01:42:57,220 EXPRESSION. IN FACT, THE CENTERING OF WHITE CULTURE AND 1201 01:42:57,221 --> 01:43:01,579 VALUES HAS STYMIED THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FULL RANGE OF 1202 01:43:01,580 --> 01:43:03,617 CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS. IN THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST 1203 01:43:06,947 --> 01:43:08,947 TRADITION, TWO "PILLAR" PRINCIPLES INVITE US TO COVENANT 1204 01:43:09,755 --> 01:43:13,318 TO AFFIRM AND PROMOTE THE INHERENT WORTH AND DIGNITY OF 1205 01:43:13,319 --> 01:43:16,842 ALL PEOPLE AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE INTERDEPENDENT WEB OF 1206 01:43:16,843 --> 01:43:21,939 EXISTENCE OF WHICH WE ARE ALL A PART. SYSTEMS, POLICIES, 1207 01:43:21,940 --> 01:43:23,940 PRACTICES AND EXPRESSIONS OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM WHICH 1208 01:43:27,113 --> 01:43:29,113 BIAS ONE RACIAL OR CULTURAL 1209 01:43:30,919 --> 01:43:32,919 GROUP ABOVE OTHERS MAKE A MOCKERY OF THESE TWO CORE VALUES 1210 01:43:35,703 --> 01:43:39,858 AND SO WE ARE CALLED INTO EFFORTS TO NAME AND CHANGE THEM 1211 01:43:39,859 --> 01:43:41,864 AS ACTS OF WITNESS TO A FULLER AND MORE AUTHENTIC EXPRESSION OF 1212 01:43:43,366 --> 01:43:45,366 THIS FAITH. 1213 01:43:50,859 --> 01:43:51,861 (APPLAUSE.) >> IN OUR FIRST YEAR OF WORK 1214 01:43:51,862 --> 01:43:54,930 WHICH WILL CONTINUE THROUGH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020, WE 1215 01:43:54,931 --> 01:43:58,235 EXAMINED THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL LEAD 1216 01:43:58,236 --> 01:44:00,236 HIRING DECISION IN 1217 01:44:01,611 --> 01:44:03,611 SPRING 2017. WE FOUND THIS TO BE 1218 01:44:06,447 --> 01:44:08,754 BUT ONE ERUPTION OF THE SEISMIC TENSIONS AROUND RACE WHICH 1219 01:44:08,755 --> 01:44:11,798 ILLUSTRATE THE DEPTH OF THE DISILLUSIONMENT AND TENSION 1220 01:44:11,799 --> 01:44:16,162 FACED BY RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR IN OUR FAITH. A FEW 1221 01:44:16,163 --> 01:44:17,930 HIGHLIGHTS OF THAT REPORT WHICH IS AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR 1222 01:44:17,931 --> 01:44:19,931 WEBSITE: 1223 01:44:27,115 --> 01:44:31,180 >> WHEN THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL LEAD HIRING PROCESS TOOK PLACE, 1224 01:44:31,181 --> 01:44:33,181 RACIAL TENSIONS WERE ALREADY AT 1225 01:44:34,467 --> 01:44:37,614 A BREAKING POINT IN THE SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY FOR RELIGIOUS 1226 01:44:37,615 --> 01:44:41,410 PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR WHO ENDURE COUNTLESS INSULTS AND 1227 01:44:41,411 --> 01:44:43,411 AGGRESSIONS AS PART OF THEIR WORK. 1228 01:44:49,094 --> 01:44:53,683 >> OUR GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES ARE OUTDATED AND DESIGNED FOR A 1229 01:44:53,684 --> 01:44:57,998 SYSTEM WHICH CENTERS WHITE CULTURE AND IS BIFURCATED IN 1230 01:44:57,999 --> 01:45:00,771 WAYS THAT DO NOT ALLOW FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE. WIDESPREAD DISREGARD 1231 01:45:02,875 --> 01:45:07,170 OF EXISTING SYSTEMS AND POLICIES SHOWS A LACK OF TRUST IN 1232 01:45:07,171 --> 01:45:09,171 EXISTING SYSTEMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN INTENTIONALLY REDESIGNED TO 1233 01:45:11,749 --> 01:45:14,081 REFLECT THE COMPLEXITIES OF AN EMERGING MULTICULTURAL UNITARIAN 1234 01:45:15,106 --> 01:45:17,106 UNIVERSALISM 1235 01:45:20,716 --> 01:45:22,716 UNIVERSALISM >> 1236 01:45:25,339 --> 01:45:29,115 ASSUMPTIONS GROWING OUT OF "COLORBLIND RACISM," IGNORANCE 1237 01:45:29,116 --> 01:45:32,438 OF RACIAL BIAS AND WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE LED TO 1238 01:45:32,439 --> 01:45:36,211 CONCLUSIONS THAT HARM PEOPLE OF COLOR, THOSE WHO WORK EVERY DAY 1239 01:45:36,212 --> 01:45:38,355 WITHIN IT AND THOSE WHO WOULD ATTEMPT TO FIND A SPIRITUAL HOME 1240 01:45:39,871 --> 01:45:41,871 WITHIN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM. 1241 01:45:50,368 --> 01:45:52,368 O THE SKILLS AND PERSPECTIVES OF RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR 1242 01:45:52,386 --> 01:45:53,412 ARE NOT VALUED WITHIN THE CULTURE OF OUR INSTITUTIONS, 1243 01:45:53,413 --> 01:45:55,413 ESPECIALLY OUR CONGREGATIONS. 1244 01:45:58,754 --> 01:46:02,641 >> A FEAR OF OPEN CONFLICT AND ASSUMPTION OF "GOOD INTENTIONS" 1245 01:46:02,642 --> 01:46:06,441 INCREASED THE DAMAGE DONE BY INSTITUTIONAL RACISM AND OTHER 1246 01:46:06,442 --> 01:46:08,442 FORMS OF OPPRESSION WITHIN OUR ASSOCIATION. 1247 01:46:16,421 --> 01:46:18,421 >> 1248 01:46:23,342 --> 01:46:27,136 TRUTH MUST COME BEFORE RECONCILIATION AND 1249 01:46:27,137 --> 01:46:29,137 TRANSFORMATION AND TRUTH-TELLING 1250 01:46:31,483 --> 01:46:34,017 IN 2017 AND IS STILL DANGEROUS FOR RELIGIOUS 1251 01:46:37,606 --> 01:46:39,738 2018 PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR WHO ARE OFTEN THE ADVANCE TEAM DOING 1252 01:46:39,739 --> 01:46:44,224 THE WORK THAT PREPARES THE WAY FOR MEMBERS TO JOIN AS PEOPLE OF 1253 01:46:44,583 --> 01:46:47,259 COLOR. WE BEGAN THE PLANNING FOR A RACISM ASSESSMENT 1254 01:46:51,631 --> 01:46:55,966 ACROSS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM . WE ARE LOOKING AT WHAT IT WILL 1255 01:46:55,967 --> 01:46:58,782 TAKE TO BUILD A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM CENTERED AROUND A 1256 01:46:58,783 --> 01:47:03,402 DIVERSITY OF EXPERIENCE AND CAPABLE OF INCLUSION, EQUITY AND 1257 01:47:03,403 --> 01:47:06,179 TRUE MULTICULTURALISM. WE ARE EXAMINING DATA AND COLLECTING 1258 01:47:06,180 --> 01:47:09,482 STORIES OF HOW RACISM AND OPPRESSION HAVE AFFECTED THOSE 1259 01:47:09,483 --> 01:47:12,038 WITHIN OUR FAITH AND HAVE SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR 1260 01:47:12,039 --> 01:47:14,039 DIALOGUE AT THIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 1261 01:47:16,641 --> 01:47:19,944 ASSEMBLY.AND WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US. 1262 01:47:23,243 --> 01:47:25,338 >> TRUTH TELLING IS STILL A RISK. IN FACT, IT'S STILL 1263 01:47:25,339 --> 01:47:29,158 DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR WITHIN OUR FAITH. RELIGIOUS 1264 01:47:29,159 --> 01:47:31,446 PROFESSIONALS ARE STILL DEMEANED AND TREATED AS IF THEY WERE 1265 01:47:31,447 --> 01:47:37,102 WITHOUT COMPETENCY. PEOPLE OF COLOR WITHIN OUR MEMBERSHIP RISK 1266 01:47:37,103 --> 01:47:41,341 LOSS OF COMMUNITY AMONG US IF THEY SPEAK ABOUT THE AGGRESSION 1267 01:47:41,342 --> 01:47:45,831 THEY FACE AND SO MANY TRUTH TO QUIETLY EXIT. 1268 01:47:50,383 --> 01:47:52,135 >> THE BOARD CHARGED THE COMMISSION WITH EXAMINING THE 1269 01:47:52,136 --> 01:47:55,944 RELEVANCE OF "TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION" PROCESSES TO KEY 1270 01:47:55,945 --> 01:48:00,259 EVENTS IN THE ASSOCIATIONS' RECENT PAST. WHILE WE SPENT SOME 1271 01:48:00,260 --> 01:48:02,897 TIME RESEARCHING THESE PROCESSES AS THEY HAVE BEEN USED IN A 1272 01:48:02,898 --> 01:48:07,482 NUMBER OF NATIONS AND MUNICIPALITIES TO RESOLVE ISSUES 1273 01:48:07,483 --> 01:48:12,273 RELATED TO DAMAGES FROM RACIAL CONFLICT, WE FIND THAT THE 1274 01:48:12,274 --> 01:48:15,413 CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE UUA MAY REQUIRE A DIFFERENT KIND OF 1275 01:48:15,414 --> 01:48:17,414 RESPONSE. SOME OBSERVATIONS FROM OUR REPORT 1276 01:48:23,275 --> 01:48:24,562 REPORT. WHILE THE COMMISSION WAS CHARGED INCLUDES: "ESTABLISH 1277 01:48:24,563 --> 01:48:25,866 A 'TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION' PROCESS TO CREATE A CLIMATE OF 1278 01:48:25,867 --> 01:48:29,428 HONESTY, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND DISCLOSURE ESSENTIAL TO OUR 1279 01:48:29,429 --> 01:48:32,726 LEARNING AND MULTICULTURAL GROWTH AS AN INSTITUTION," MOST 1280 01:48:32,727 --> 01:48:36,049 RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR DO NOT FEEL SAFE TO TELL THEIR 1281 01:48:36,050 --> 01:48:38,903 TRUTHS BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED FROM CONGREGATIONAL 1282 01:48:41,972 --> 01:48:43,763 LEADERS, COLLEAGUES AND MANY OF THE SYSTEMS SET UP TO SUPPORT 1283 01:48:43,764 --> 01:48:45,764 THEM. 1284 01:48:47,036 --> 01:48:50,397 >> THE LACK OF TRUE ANTI-OPPRESSIVE, ANTI-RACISM 1285 01:48:50,398 --> 01:48:53,194 ORIENTATION ON THE PART OF REGIONAL STAFF AND "GOOD 1286 01:48:53,195 --> 01:48:56,993 OFFICERS" THROUGH THE MINISTERS' ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN 1287 01:48:56,994 --> 01:48:58,994 PARTICULARLY DAMAGING TO RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR 1288 01:48:59,059 --> 01:49:01,626 WHICH IS, IN PART, WHY THE EVENTS AROUND THIS HIRING 1289 01:49:01,627 --> 01:49:03,627 DECISION BECAME SUCH A LIGHTNING 1290 01:49:04,899 --> 01:49:07,698 ROD FOR CRITICISM. AS PART OF THE CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE 1291 01:49:07,699 --> 01:49:10,254 ELICITED, IT HAS BECOME CLEAR THAT THE ASSOCIATION'S 1292 01:49:10,255 --> 01:49:13,622 CREDENTIALING SYSTEM FOR RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS AND ITS 1293 01:49:13,623 --> 01:49:15,623 SYSTEMS FOR DEVELOPING LAY LEADERS DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT 1294 01:49:18,421 --> 01:49:20,421 THE DYNAMICS OF OPPRESSION AND ITS SYSTEMIC EFFECTS. 1295 01:49:24,002 --> 01:49:26,638 >> ALSO, NO PROCESS EXISTS FOR REDRESS WHEN DAMAGE DUE TO 1296 01:49:26,639 --> 01:49:31,197 INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IS DONE WHETHER THAT DAMAGE IS DONE TO 1297 01:49:31,198 --> 01:49:33,731 PEOPLE OF COLOR OR WHITE PARTICIPANTS. TRIAL IN THE COURT 1298 01:49:33,732 --> 01:49:35,732 OF SOCIAL 1299 01:49:36,799 --> 01:49:38,799 MEDIA IS NOT A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE TO A REAL PROCESS. 1300 01:49:41,917 --> 01:49:43,917 [APPLAUSE] 1301 01:49:47,786 --> 01:49:49,888 >> AND NO CONSISTENT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR RELIGIOUS 1302 01:49:49,889 --> 01:49:51,889 PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR (OR OTHERS) WHO EXPERIENCE TRAUMATIC 1303 01:49:52,911 --> 01:49:55,953 STRESS AS A RESULT OF THE LACK OF CLARITY OF MISSION AROUND 1304 01:49:55,954 --> 01:49:59,790 RACIAL INCLUSION AND THE GAP BETWEEN OUR ASPIRATIONS AND OUR 1305 01:49:59,791 --> 01:50:01,791 ACTUALITY. 1306 01:50:04,399 --> 01:50:07,195 >> NO DATA IS AVAILABLE ON THE NUMBER OF RELIGIOUS 1307 01:50:07,196 --> 01:50:11,294 PROFESSIONALS EMPLOYED AT THE CONGREGATIONAL LEVEL OR THE 1308 01:50:11,295 --> 01:50:14,119 TYPES OF POSITIONS, OTHER THAN IN THE MINISTRY AND THESE 1309 01:50:14,120 --> 01:50:16,148 STATISTICS ARE ALSO NOT EASILY OBTAINED. THAT AN ASSOCIATION 1310 01:50:19,220 --> 01:50:21,220 WHICH CLAIMS TO WISH TO BECOME MORE DIVERSE DOES NOT TRACK DATA 1311 01:50:21,767 --> 01:50:23,767 WHICH MOST CORPORATIONS NOW TRACK IS PUZZLING. 1312 01:50:26,891 --> 01:50:28,442 >> SINCE WE BEGAN OUR WORK, MORE RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS 1313 01:50:28,443 --> 01:50:31,982 HAVE LOST THEIR POSITIONS OR ARE IN CONFLICT WITH CONGREGATIONS 1314 01:50:31,983 --> 01:50:35,799 AND THE EXISTING SYSTEMS REMAIN INEPT AND INADEQUATE AT OFFERING 1315 01:50:39,683 --> 01:50:41,683 THEM HELP. THE LOSS OF ANY RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR 1316 01:50:42,003 --> 01:50:44,003 AMONG US IS COSTLY. 1317 01:50:45,583 --> 01:50:48,350 >> THE TIME FOR "RECONCILIATION" MAY BE PASSED. 1318 01:50:48,351 --> 01:50:50,351 WHAT MAY BE 1319 01:50:51,899 --> 01:50:53,899 NEEDED IS WHAT AUTHOR MELVIN BRAY CALLS A "TRUTH AND 1320 01:50:56,727 --> 01:50:58,772 TRANSFORMATION" PROCESS WHICH LOOKS AT NOT RECONCILING US TO 1321 01:50:58,773 --> 01:51:02,910 EQUITY UNDER AN OUTMODED SYSTEM BUT REIMAGING A NEW SYSTEM OF 1322 01:51:02,911 --> 01:51:04,911 EQUITY, INCLUSION AND INNOVATION. 1323 01:51:11,003 --> 01:51:13,003 [APPLAUSE] WE BEGIN WITH TRUTH-TELLING. IF 1324 01:51:14,123 --> 01:51:16,123 YOU HAVE AN OBSERVATION WE NEED TO HEAR, PLEASE VISIT THE DRUUMM 1325 01:51:18,175 --> 01:51:21,720 BOOTH IN THE EXHIBIT HALL WHERE INFORMATION ABOUT US, OUR WORK 1326 01:51:21,721 --> 01:51:23,244 AND HOW TO SHARE YOUR STORIES AND PERSPECTIVES WITH US. THANK 1327 01:51:23,245 --> 01:51:25,245 YOU. 1328 01:51:27,139 --> 01:51:29,139 [APPLAUSE] 1329 01:51:34,519 --> 01:51:37,143 >> THANK YOU TO THE COMMISSION. 1330 01:51:57,815 --> 01:52:01,898 SO WELCOME TO THE 2018 BOARD REPORT. FOLLOWING LAST YEAR'S 1331 01:52:01,899 --> 01:52:03,899 MODEL, WE HAVE A PANEL OF BOARD 1332 01:52:09,020 --> 01:52:11,020 MEMBERS TO WHOM I (AS MC) WILL 1333 01:52:13,892 --> 01:52:17,958 ASK QUESTIONS. SO SORRY. BUT IS TO START, JUST TO BE TOTALLY 1334 01:52:17,959 --> 01:52:21,282 TRANSPARENT, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU ALL, BUT I'M A LITTLE BIT 1335 01:52:21,283 --> 01:52:23,333 NERVOUS ABOUT THIS. SO YOU ARE GOING TO BE A GREAT AUDIENCE FOR 1336 01:52:23,742 --> 01:52:25,923 US. YES? [APPLAUSE] 1337 01:52:27,964 --> 01:52:31,009 THANK YOU. TO START, WOULD EACH PANELIST PLEASE SHARE YOUR 1338 01:52:31,010 --> 01:52:33,010 NAME, 1339 01:52:34,060 --> 01:52:37,135 CONGREGATION, ROLE (PROFESSIONALLY AND/OR ON THE 1340 01:52:37,136 --> 01:52:39,136 BOARD) AND ANSWER THE QUESTION: 1341 01:52:41,427 --> 01:52:44,724 WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING A BOARD MEMBER AND WHY DID YOU SAY YES 1342 01:52:44,725 --> 01:52:46,725 TO SERVING? 1343 01:52:48,887 --> 01:52:52,937 I'LL START: I'M BARB GREVE, MEMBER OF FIRST PARISH IN 1344 01:52:52,938 --> 01:52:55,717 FRAMINGHAM MA. IN MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE I AM A HOSPICE 1345 01:52:57,496 --> 01:53:00,698 CHAPLAIN AND THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ASSISTANT TO THE 1346 01:53:00,699 --> 01:53:02,699 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF 1347 01:53:03,903 --> 01:53:07,972 PALO ALTO, CA. ON THE BOARD I AM ONE OF THE 2 CO-MODERATORS, 1348 01:53:07,973 --> 01:53:12,529 ALONG WITH ELANDRIA WILLIAMS. I SAID YES TO SERVING BECAUSE I 1349 01:53:12,530 --> 01:53:14,530 BELIEVE GOVERNANCE IS IMPORTANT AND I ENJOY BOARD WORK. 1350 01:53:22,539 --> 01:53:26,287 >> I SERVE AS THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AT THE CEDAR 1351 01:53:26,676 --> 01:53:29,058 LANE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IN BETHESDA, MARYLAND, 1352 01:53:29,059 --> 01:53:32,754 AND I'M A MEMBER OF THE COF. MY ROLE ON THE BOARD IS I'M THE 1353 01:53:32,755 --> 01:53:36,834 FINANCIAL SECRETARY, AS YOU MAY HAVE JUST HEARD, AND WHAT IS IT 1354 01:53:36,835 --> 01:53:41,074 LIKE BEING A BOARD MEMBER AND WHY DID I SAY AND AT TIMES IT 1355 01:53:41,075 --> 01:53:44,642 CAN FEEL LIKE A HEAVY LOAD. I LOVE THIS FAITH. I WANT US TO 1356 01:53:44,643 --> 01:53:49,006 HELP LIVE OUT OUR VALUES AND PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH. BUT 1357 01:53:49,007 --> 01:53:52,074 THERE ARE TIMES IT CAN FEEL LIKE YOU'RE HAVING TO CARRY A HEAVY 1358 01:53:52,075 --> 01:53:54,943 LOAD. AND UP WITH THING THAT REMINDS ME OF THAT IS THE BANNER 1359 01:53:55,326 --> 01:53:58,246 PARADE. I LOVE THE BANNER PARADE EVERY YEAR AND SEEING ALL 1360 01:53:58,247 --> 01:54:01,306 THE CONGREGATIONS MARCH IN REMINDS ME OF THIS IS WHY AND 1361 01:54:01,307 --> 01:54:06,610 WHO I'M DOING THIS WORK FOR. I SAID YES TO BEING ON THE BOARD 1362 01:54:06,611 --> 01:54:12,368 SO I COULD HELP GIVE RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS A VOICE ON THE BOARD. 1363 01:54:13,683 --> 01:54:15,943 JUST FINISHING MY FIRST THREE YEAR TERM. I SAID YES TO 1364 01:54:15,944 --> 01:54:20,162 SERVING AGAIN BECAUSE THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAD A LOT TO 1365 01:54:20,163 --> 01:54:23,075 DEAL WITH AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE FUTURE BOARDS DON'T HAVE TO 1366 01:54:23,459 --> 01:54:25,381 STRUGGLE WITH SOME OF THE SAME ISSUES WE HAD. 1367 01:54:25,382 --> 01:54:31,550 >> I'M DENISE REPORT EEMS, FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST 1368 01:54:31,551 --> 01:54:34,090 CONCERN OF RICH MONDAY, VIRGINIA . PROFESSIONALLY I WORKED IN 1369 01:54:34,091 --> 01:54:39,414 THE MARKETING DECISION OF BANK OF AMERICA WITH WHOM I'VE BEEN 1370 01:54:39,415 --> 01:54:42,238 EMPLOYED FOR 39 YEARS. I DON'T TOUCH THE MONEY. IF YOU HAVE AN 1371 01:54:43,251 --> 01:54:47,841 ACCOUNT PROBLEM, I'LL GET YOU TO THE RIGHT PERSON. 1372 01:54:51,207 --> 01:54:57,070 I JOINED THE BOARD BECAUSE THREE INCREDIBLY POWERFUL MENTORS 1373 01:55:01,917 --> 01:55:06,830 WHO INSISTED I HAD SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE. IT WASN'T UNTIL I 1374 01:55:06,831 --> 01:55:11,154 DID WHAT THEY TOLD ME THAT I REALIZED THAT MAYBE I COULD MAKE 1375 01:55:11,532 --> 01:55:17,234 A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD THROUGH THIS FAITH AND I 1376 01:55:17,235 --> 01:55:20,171 CONTINUE ON THE BOARD DESPITE DIFFICULTIES. IT IS HARD. 1377 01:55:20,567 --> 01:55:25,143 THERE IS A LOT OF WORK AND THERE ARE MANY OPINIONS TO TAKE INTO 1378 01:55:25,144 --> 01:55:29,590 CONSIDERATION. BUT I CONTINUE THE WORK BECAUSE I KNOW THERE 1379 01:55:29,591 --> 01:55:35,854 ARE THOSE WHO WILL COME AFTER ME WHO NEED THE ROUND WORK LAID. 1380 01:55:35,855 --> 01:55:41,202 IT WAS LAID FOR ME BY THESE THREE VERY POWERFUL MENTORS AND 1381 01:55:41,203 --> 01:55:45,558 I HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO CON THOSE TYPES OF RELATIONSHIPS 1382 01:55:45,559 --> 01:55:49,654 WITH OTHER PEOPLE. >> I'M BAILEY SADDLEMEYER, A 1383 01:55:49,655 --> 01:55:54,552 MEMBER OF THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF PROVIDENCE. I'M 18 1384 01:55:54,553 --> 01:55:58,655 YEARS OLD AND SERVE AS YOUTH 1385 01:56:02,683 --> 01:56:08,452 OBSERVER TO THE BOARD AND IN MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE I AM A PAGE AT 1386 01:56:08,453 --> 01:56:14,427 MY LOCAL LIBRARY. NOT QUITE AS IMPRESSIVE AS THE JOB. OH, WELL 1387 01:56:14,827 --> 01:56:20,078 . THE REASON THAT I ORIGINALLY APPLIED TO BE ON THE BOARD IS 1388 01:56:20,079 --> 01:56:25,182 BECAUSE I WAS DOING WORK WITHIN MY OWN CONGREGATION AND BY THE 1389 01:56:25,183 --> 01:56:30,727 RECOMMENDATION OF MY DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION I APPLIED 1390 01:56:30,728 --> 01:56:35,834 AND I HAVEN'T REGRETTED IT. BEING ABLE TO GIVE A VOICE FOR 1391 01:56:35,835 --> 01:56:41,474 YOUTH ON THE BOARD IS SO REWARDING. AND IT'S SO 1392 01:56:41,475 --> 01:56:46,823 IMPORTANT AND I'VE JUST BEEN THRILLED TO SERVE 1393 01:56:53,806 --> 01:57:00,194 >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. I SERVE AS SENIOR MINISTER OF OUR 1394 01:57:00,195 --> 01:57:03,246 CONGREGATION IN LINCOLN, MASSACHUSETTS, TRANSITIONING TO 1395 01:57:03,247 --> 01:57:10,058 ANN ARBOR MICHIGAN IN A MONTH OR SO. I HAVE A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD 1396 01:57:10,059 --> 01:57:16,474 AND FOUR-YEAR-OLD. I AM A SCIENCE FICTION PAN. I LOVE THE 1397 01:57:16,475 --> 01:57:18,508 STAR TREK STUFF. 1398 01:57:25,146 --> 01:57:29,526 AFTER MANY YEARS OF LEADERSHIP I'VE BEEN AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. 1399 01:57:37,903 --> 01:57:40,195 UP TO SUPPORT WHOEVER IT WAS. 1400 01:57:45,339 --> 01:57:49,915 SHAPING THE LEAVING AND WHATEVER THAT NEW ERA WAS GOING TO BE. 1401 01:57:50,272 --> 01:57:53,297 >> YOU MENTIONED BEING A FATHER WHO GOT ME THINKING ABOUT THE 1402 01:57:53,298 --> 01:57:56,306 THINGS WE GIVE UP WHEN WE CHOOSE TO BE OF SERVICE AT THIS LEVEL. 1403 01:57:56,307 --> 01:58:00,887 I'M WONDERING IF YOU AND/OR OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PANEL MIGHT 1404 01:58:01,703 --> 01:58:05,046 SPEAK TO WHAT HAVE YOU GIVEN UP IF ANYTHING IN ORDER TO BE IN 1405 01:58:05,047 --> 01:58:10,619 FULL SERVICE TO THE BOARD. >> YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD 1406 01:58:10,975 --> 01:58:15,054 . THE NUMBER ONE THING FOR ME PERSONALLY. SOME DEGREE OF 1407 01:58:15,055 --> 01:58:18,854 FAMILY TIME. I WAS DEPARTING TO COME OUT YOU FOR GA. MY 1408 01:58:18,855 --> 01:58:22,624 LITTLE GIRL WHO IS FOUR YEARS OLD WAS GRABBING MY LEGS AND 1409 01:58:22,625 --> 01:58:26,227 SAYING DADDY, DON'T GO ON THE TRIP. DO YOU HAVE TO REALLY GO? 1410 01:58:26,583 --> 01:58:30,863 YOU WILL BE GONE AND I WILL MISS YOU. AND IT'S SO SWEET AND MANY 1411 01:58:31,229 --> 01:58:36,130 OF US DO THAT. YOU DO THAT IN CONGREGATIONS, TOO, THE SACK 1412 01:58:36,131 --> 01:58:40,973 HAVE I FACES TO BE A LEADER IN -- SACRIFICES TO BE A LEADER IN 1413 01:58:40,974 --> 01:58:44,355 YOUR CHURCH. I'M DOING THAT, TOO, SIMILAR CHOICES TO SERVE 1414 01:58:44,356 --> 01:58:48,676 OUR FAIT FAITH. >> FOR ME IT'S TIME, ENERGY 1415 01:58:52,011 --> 01:58:56,835 I HAVE CAN GET SUCKED UP BY BOARD WORK. SOME YEARS, SOME 1416 01:58:56,836 --> 01:59:02,192 MONTHS MORE THAN OTHERS. I WOULD SAY I HAVEN'T GIVEN UP A 1417 01:59:02,193 --> 01:59:07,415 SENSE OF COMFORT IN AREAS. SO MY FIRST YEAR ON THE BOARD WE 1418 01:59:07,416 --> 01:59:11,798 WERE DOING ONE STYLE OF GOVERNANCE AND ONE STYLE OF 1419 01:59:11,799 --> 01:59:16,570 BUSINESS AND IT WAS DEFINITELY A SYSTEM ROOTED IN WHITE 1420 01:59:16,571 --> 01:59:21,291 PATRIARCHY. I'M A BIG OLD WHITE GUY SO THAT KIND OF BUSINESS WAS 1421 01:59:21,666 --> 01:59:27,719 FAMILIAR TO ME. WE HAD LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS ITS OWN SPECIAL 1422 01:59:27,720 --> 01:59:32,310 SNOWFLAKE. AND THIS LAST YEAR WE REALLY FOCUSED ON A NEW STYLE 1423 01:59:32,311 --> 01:59:35,746 OF BUSINESS AND I HAD TO GIVE UP SOME OF MY COMFORT LEVEL FOR 1424 01:59:35,747 --> 01:59:41,266 THAT. HAS IT BEEN WORTH IT? OF COURSE. THE NEW WAY OF DOING 1425 01:59:41,267 --> 01:59:45,838 BUSINESS FROM THIS PAST YEAR FOCUSING ON COLLABORATION SPEAKS 1426 01:59:45,839 --> 01:59:54,276 TO A DEEPER PART OF WHO I AM AS A RELIGIOUS EDUCATOR AND 1427 01:59:56,561 --> 01:59:58,561 GAY MAN. 1428 02:00:00,923 --> 02:00:07,277 I HAD TO GIVE UP COMFORT AND MAKE WHAT I WANT HAPPEN HAPPEN 1429 02:00:07,278 --> 02:00:12,486 BECAUSE WE CAN ABUSE PROPHECY WHEN WE KNOW THEM WELL. I HAD 1430 02:00:12,487 --> 02:00:18,406 TO GIVE THAT UP TO HAVE THE TRUE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION. 1431 02:00:21,892 --> 02:00:31,523 >> ABOUT MY SECOND OR THIRD YEAR -- NOW? 1432 02:00:37,179 --> 02:00:40,633 >> BAILEY? >> PERSONALLY, I CONNECT WITH 1433 02:00:40,634 --> 02:00:47,262 TIM AND MANEESH. THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW I HAVE BEEN 1434 02:00:47,263 --> 02:00:53,270 AWAY ON MY MOM'S BIRTHDAY. I LEFT ON MY DAD'S BIRTHDAY FOR 1435 02:00:53,271 --> 02:01:01,185 THIS CONFERENCE. IT CAN BE SAD TO MISS YOUR FAMILY FOR A WEEK 1436 02:01:01,186 --> 02:01:05,528 AND MISSION TIMES LIKE THAT AND NOT ABLE TO SUPPORT MY BROTHER 1437 02:01:05,529 --> 02:01:11,022 THROUGH HIS SPORTS AND EVERYTHING GOING ON. BUT ALSO I 1438 02:01:11,419 --> 02:01:15,736 MISSED MY JUNIOR YEAR LAST YEAR PAST MARCH. EVERYTHING THAT WAS 1439 02:01:16,257 --> 02:01:23,183 GOING ON ON THE BOARD, I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD TEACHERS WHO 1440 02:01:23,695 --> 02:01:29,766 WEREN'T UU'S AND DIDN'T TOTALLY GET WHAT WAS GOING ON. AND IT 1441 02:01:29,767 --> 02:01:37,710 WAS A STRUGGLE TO BALANCE TIME, BUT THE THING WAS, IT WAS 1442 02:01:37,711 --> 02:01:44,910 SOMETHING YOU HAD TO GRAB AND HOLD ON UNTIL IT STOPPED. IT 1443 02:01:44,911 --> 02:01:48,895 DID STOP, BUT WE WERE STILL DOING THE WORK WE DID LAST YEAR, 1444 02:01:49,250 --> 02:01:58,950 JUST IN A LESS FRANTIC MANNER. >> TO BUILD OFF SOMETHING YOU 1445 02:01:58,951 --> 02:02:04,219 SAID, BE WE GIVE UP THE GA EXPERIENCE. A LOT HAVE BEEN FOR 1446 02:02:04,572 --> 02:02:09,582 A LONG TIME. SUNS YOU ARE ON THE BOARD YOU START OFF AT 7:00 1447 02:02:09,583 --> 02:02:12,999 A.M. WE HAVE AN HOUR AND A HALF BREAK FOR LUNCH AND FINISH 1448 02:02:13,707 --> 02:02:18,855 ES AT 10:00. ALL DAY FILLED WITH MEETINGS AND BUSINESS AND 1449 02:02:18,856 --> 02:02:24,418 DOING THE GOOD WORK OF THE ASSOCIATION. IT IS GOOD GOOD, 1450 02:02:24,419 --> 02:02:29,131 FULFILLING, EXHAUSTING WORK, BUT YOU LOSE THAT GA EXPERIENCE. 1451 02:02:30,556 --> 02:02:37,938 >> CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? MY SECOND OR THIRD GA ABOUT 14 1452 02:02:37,939 --> 02:02:44,871 YEARS AGO WAS MY FIRST YEAR AS A VOLUNTEER AT GA AND I GAVE UP MY 1453 02:02:45,372 --> 02:02:49,176 EXTENDED FAMILY VACATION TO BE HERE HERE. THEY WENT WITHOUT ME 1454 02:02:49,610 --> 02:02:53,767 . THANK YOU VERY MUCH IF YOU'RE WATCHING. AND EVER SINCE THEN 1455 02:02:53,768 --> 02:02:59,947 IT DOESN'T FEEL TO ME LIKE I'M GIVING SOMETHING UP. IT IS WORK 1456 02:03:00,303 --> 02:03:05,866 I LOVE. I UNDERSTAND WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HERE HAVE SAID BUT IT 1457 02:03:05,867 --> 02:03:08,575 IS WORK I LOOK FORWARD TO. AN 1458 02:03:11,861 --> 02:03:15,246 IMMERSE THAT FEEDS MY SOUL. AND WHILE THERE ARE CERTAINLY 1459 02:03:15,247 --> 02:03:19,599 MOMENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BEING ON THE BOARD, ESPECIALLY 1460 02:03:19,600 --> 02:03:23,707 IN THE PAST YEAR WHERE I WONDERED HOW MUCH LONGER I COULD 1461 02:03:24,227 --> 02:03:30,603 DO THIS, I ALWAYS COME BACK TO THIS IS THE WORK THAT I'M CALLED 1462 02:03:31,115 --> 02:03:36,056 TO DO. >> DO YOU THINK FRAMING IT THAT 1463 02:03:36,057 --> 02:03:40,150 WAY, THAT MAKES ME THINK ABOUT WE OFTEN THINK OF SERVICE AS 1464 02:03:40,151 --> 02:03:44,102 THINGS WE HAVE TO GIVE UP AND I KNOW THAT'S HOW I FRAMED THE 1465 02:03:44,103 --> 02:03:50,734 QUESTION. THERE ARE ALSO THINGS WE GAIN BY CHANGE AND 1466 02:03:50,735 --> 02:03:55,878 SEEMS WE GAIN MORE THAN EXPECTED. WE JUST HEARD THIS 1467 02:03:55,879 --> 02:03:59,154 FABULOUS REPORT ON THE COMMISSION ON INSTITUTIONAL 1468 02:03:59,155 --> 02:04:03,315 CHANGE ON SOME OF WHAT THEY DISCOVERED AND WHAT WE NEED TO 1469 02:04:03,316 --> 02:04:07,346 DO TO CHANGE THE WAY WE DO THE WORK OF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIS 1470 02:04:07,347 --> 02:04:10,950 UNIVERSALISM. WHY DON'T WE SPEND A FEW MINUTES TALKING 1471 02:04:10,951 --> 02:04:13,974 ABOUT HOW THE WORK ON THE COMMISSION OF INSTITUTIONAL 1472 02:04:13,975 --> 02:04:19,850 CHANGE IS INFLUENCING THE WORK OF THE BOARD? 1473 02:04:19,851 --> 02:04:23,350 >> MY FIRST YEAR I DON'T REMEMBER US TALKING ABOUT 1474 02:04:23,351 --> 02:04:27,291 MATTERS OF RACE VERY OFTEN AND I CAN'T RECALL A BOARD MEETING IN 1475 02:04:27,292 --> 02:04:32,070 THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF WHERE WE HAVEN'T SPENT IF NOT A 1476 02:04:32,071 --> 02:04:36,729 MAJORITY OF THE BOARD MEETING TALKING ABOUT RACE SO THAT IS 1477 02:04:36,730 --> 02:04:41,334 ONE WAY THE RESPONSIVE RESOLUTIONS, THE COMMISSION HAS 1478 02:04:41,335 --> 02:04:46,472 CHANGED OUR WORK. I THINK HARDER TO WITNESS FROM THE 1479 02:04:46,473 --> 02:04:51,266 OUTSIDE IS JUST OUR INTERNAL PROCESSES ARE DRAMATICALLY 1480 02:04:51,267 --> 02:04:55,087 DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF THIS WORK. MUCH MORE OF THE SPIRIT OF 1481 02:04:55,088 --> 02:04:59,198 COLLABORATION COLLABORATION, MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP STYLE. 1482 02:04:59,199 --> 02:05:02,723 WE SHARE LEADERSHIP ALL THE TIME ON THE BOARD AND ALTHOUGH FOR ME 1483 02:05:03,095 --> 02:05:08,794 IT TOOK SOME GETTING USED TO IT HAS CHANGED OUR BOARD WORK FOR 1484 02:05:08,795 --> 02:05:16,890 THE BETTER. >> IT IS REALLY HARD AS AN OLD 1485 02:05:16,891 --> 02:05:22,151 WHITE LADY TO ROLL WITH SOME OF THE CHANGES, 1486 02:05:25,467 --> 02:05:29,293 BUT I HAVE LEARNED THOUSANDS OF LESSONS. CERTAINLY WITH THE 1487 02:05:29,294 --> 02:05:33,787 WORK OF THE COMMISSION LIFTING US UP AS WELL AS NEW PROCESSES 1488 02:05:33,788 --> 02:05:40,498 AND WAYS OF BEING THAT TIM DESCRIBED, IT IS HARD BUT JOYFUL 1489 02:05:40,900 --> 02:05:49,474 WORK. IT HELPS GIVE ME THE TOOLS, GIVES ALL OF US THE TOOLS 1490 02:05:49,475 --> 02:05:57,130 TO BECOME BETTER PEOPLE, FRIENDS , COLLEAGUES, AND BETTER 1491 02:05:57,131 --> 02:06:00,715 CITIZENS OF THE WORLD. I AM AN INCREDIBLY 1492 02:06:09,675 --> 02:06:10,065 MASSIVE EXTROVERT. MY MIND GOES ON VACATION WHILE MY MOUTH WORKS 1493 02:06:10,066 --> 02:06:14,230 OVER TIME AND THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS IN THE WORLD TODAY. I 1494 02:06:14,231 --> 02:06:16,231 HAVE LEARNED 1495 02:06:18,843 --> 02:06:20,843 ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THINKING -- 1496 02:06:22,959 --> 02:06:29,915 >> WAIT A SECOND. >> THINKING CAREFULLY ABOUT 1497 02:06:29,916 --> 02:06:34,894 WHAT I AM SAYING AND WHO MY AUDIENCE IS AND THE SPIRITS THAT 1498 02:06:35,395 --> 02:06:39,039 INHABIT THIS ROOM. [LAUGHTER] 1499 02:06:39,558 --> 02:06:46,932 THE LESSONS OF AN WE'RENESS AND A MUCH BROADER SOCIALIZATION 1500 02:06:46,933 --> 02:06:53,554 THROUGH THE WORK THE COMMISSION IS DOING AND SO MANY OTHERS AS 1501 02:06:53,555 --> 02:06:59,208 WELL HAVE HELPED ME BECOME A BETTER CITIZEN OF THE WORLD I 1502 02:06:59,209 --> 02:07:05,067 HOPE. >> WHEN I FIRST ENTERED THE 1503 02:07:05,068 --> 02:07:08,870 BOARD DOING THE WORK I DIDN'T TOTALLY UNDERSTAND HOW THE 1504 02:07:08,871 --> 02:07:15,643 SYSTEM WE WERE CURRENTLY USING WAS FOUNDED IN WHITE SUPREMACY. 1505 02:07:16,042 --> 02:07:20,110 I DIDN'T REALIZE. WHEN WE STARTED DOING ALL OF THIS WORK 1506 02:07:20,111 --> 02:07:24,468 WITH COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP IT REALLY OPENED MY EYES. I 1507 02:07:24,469 --> 02:07:27,254 DIDN'T TOTALLY REALIZE THE PROBLEM WITH ROBERTS RULES OF 1508 02:07:27,255 --> 02:07:31,566 ORDER BUT THAT WAS PROBABLY BECAUSE I WAS JUST LEARNING HOW 1509 02:07:31,567 --> 02:07:39,752 TO USE IT. SLOWLY -- OR RATHER QUICKLY WE STARTED TO USE 1510 02:07:39,753 --> 02:07:41,753 COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP 1511 02:09:36,015 --> 02:09:41,830 SOMETHING THAT WILL A FILTER OUT, THAT WE CAN PRACTICEING 1512 02:09:41,831 --> 02:09:44,234 THESE WAYS OF BEING TOGETHER IN CONGREGATIONS AND COMMUNITIES 1513 02:09:44,235 --> 02:09:50,749 ACROSS THE WORLD AND NOT JUST NORTH AMERICA. WHAT WOULD IT 1514 02:09:50,750 --> 02:09:54,551 LOOK LIKE TO BE AS INCLUSIVE AS WE ASPIRE TO BE? 1515 02:09:58,861 --> 02:10:04,387 AND HAND IN HAND, AS A DEEDER OF COLOR TO HOLD THE KNOWING 1516 02:10:10,675 --> 02:10:14,087 OF HOW DEEPLY WE FALL SHORT OF THAT AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL AND 1517 02:10:14,439 --> 02:10:18,092 LOCAL LEVEL AND ALL OF OUR NINETIES COMMUNITIES IN 1518 02:10:18,093 --> 02:10:23,474 DIFFERENT WAYS, IT'S A DEEP AND PROFOUND SADNESS FOR ME AND EVEN 1519 02:10:23,843 --> 02:10:29,438 AS I HELD BOTH OF THOSE TENSIONS WITHIN ME, THE JOY AND 1520 02:10:29,439 --> 02:10:31,439 CREATIVITY 1521 02:10:32,887 --> 02:10:36,058 AND SAD LITTLE I WATCHED OVER AND OVER AGAIN AS COLLEAGUES ON 1522 02:10:36,059 --> 02:10:45,414 THE BOARD HAVE COMPANIONED ME AND HELD ME THROUGH BOTH OF 1523 02:10:45,415 --> 02:10:47,415 THOSE 1524 02:10:48,510 --> 02:10:53,066 SETS OF FEELINGS. THAT HAS BEEN HOPEFUL TO ME TO KNOW MY PEERS 1525 02:10:53,067 --> 02:10:57,667 AND COLLEAGUES LOVE ME ENOUGH, CARE ABOUT ME ENOUGH AS A UU WHO 1526 02:10:58,047 --> 02:11:00,047 IS A MINORITY 1527 02:12:32,231 --> 02:12:34,890 BEFORE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, I DON'T RECALL REPORTS BEING DONE 1528 02:12:34,891 --> 02:12:41,311 IN THIS KIND OF STYLE, FOR EXAMPLE. 1529 02:12:41,667 --> 02:12:44,326 >> IF YOU ATTENDED A BOARD MEETING IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY 1530 02:12:44,327 --> 02:12:50,330 AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THAT SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, I HOPE 1531 02:12:50,331 --> 02:12:52,331 YOU WILL FEEL 1532 02:12:55,859 --> 02:13:03,810 AS DIFFERENT ABOUT IT AS I DO. IT IS SO MUCH LESS FORMAL. WE 1533 02:13:03,811 --> 02:13:05,856 ARE REALLY WORKING AROUND A CONSENSUS 1534 02:14:46,243 --> 02:14:48,639 COMMUNITIES OF THIS ASSOCIATION TO CONTINUE TO BUILD THIS FAITH. 1535 02:14:48,640 --> 02:14:51,835 AND IT'S A WONDERFUL FEELING. 1536 02:14:59,800 --> 02:15:03,062 >> THE FACT THAT OBSERVERS AREN'T OBSERVERS ANY MORE. IF 1537 02:15:03,063 --> 02:15:05,950 YOU COME TO A MEETING YOU ARE PART OF THE MEETING WHETHER YOU 1538 02:15:05,951 --> 02:15:08,435 WANT TO BE OR NOT. 1539 02:15:13,538 --> 02:15:16,594 AND IT'S REALLY WONDERFUL. PEOPLE COMING TO THIS MEET ARE 1540 02:15:16,595 --> 02:15:20,241 GONE PASSIONATE ABOUT GOVERNANCE . PEOPLE ARE MAKING A CHANGE 1541 02:15:20,242 --> 02:15:24,489 THROUGH THEIR COMMITTEES OR THROUGH CONGREGATIONS OR THEIR 1542 02:15:24,490 --> 02:15:27,120 OWN ASSOCIATIONS AND IT'S REALLY WONDERFUL TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO 1543 02:15:27,121 --> 02:15:31,125 HEAR WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SAY AND ABLE TO ACTUALLY HAVE 1544 02:15:31,126 --> 02:15:34,511 CONVERSATIONS WITH THEM AS WELL AS BOARD MEMBERS THAT WE'RE 1545 02:15:34,512 --> 02:15:38,542 USUALLY HAVING CONVERSATION WITH . SO WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE NEW 1546 02:15:38,543 --> 02:15:44,474 PERSPECTIVES AND ABLE TO HAVE DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO COME WITH 1547 02:15:44,475 --> 02:15:51,076 THEIR OWN STORIES AND ARE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THEM. 1548 02:15:51,077 --> 02:15:54,160 >> THIS IS SUCH A NEAT CONVERSATION TO BE ABLE TO SHARE 1549 02:15:54,534 --> 02:15:58,114 WITH YOU. I WAS REFLECTING LISTENING TO COLLEAGUES ON THE 1550 02:15:58,115 --> 02:16:02,029 BOARD. EVERY LAST PERSON ON THE BOARD IS REALLY GOOD AT 1551 02:16:02,030 --> 02:16:04,834 GOVERNANCE. MYSELF INCLUDED. WE KNOW ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER 1552 02:16:04,835 --> 02:16:09,380 AND HOW POLICY BASED GOVERNANCE WORKS INTIMATELY WELL AND I HAVE 1553 02:16:09,754 --> 02:16:13,451 TO CATCH MYSELF AT TIMES, TOO, BECAUSE I WIND UP GETTING CAUGHT 1554 02:16:13,826 --> 02:16:16,595 IN QUESTIONS AROUND WHAT RULE SHOULD WE BE FOLLOWING RIGHT NOW 1555 02:16:16,963 --> 02:16:20,786 OR WHAT IS POLICY BASED GOVERNANCE REQUIRING OF US HERE 1556 02:16:20,787 --> 02:16:25,094 IN THIS MOMENT? AND WE KEEP CALLING EACH OTHER BACK TO A 1557 02:16:25,095 --> 02:16:27,958 DIFFERENT SET OF QUESTIONS, BECAUSE IT'S POSSIBLE TO GET 1558 02:16:27,959 --> 02:16:33,712 LOST IN GOVERNANCE FOR THE SAKE OF GOVERNANCE AND WE ARE SUPER 1559 02:16:33,713 --> 02:16:37,904 CLEAR, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TO TRANSFORM OUR FAITH AND NURTURE 1560 02:16:37,905 --> 02:16:41,379 AND GROW OUR FAITH, NOT TO PERPETUATE GOVERNANCE FOR THE 1561 02:16:41,380 --> 02:16:43,380 SAKE OF GOVERNANCE. [APPLAUSE] 1562 02:16:46,439 --> 02:16:51,842 I CAN'T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW EXCITING THAT IS. I MEAN, I'M 1563 02:16:51,843 --> 02:16:55,954 MAKING REAL SACRIFICES IN MY FAMILY LIFE TO BE DOING THIS AND 1564 02:16:55,955 --> 02:17:00,023 THAT'S WHY I'M DOING THIS, BECAUSE I SEE THE GLIMMERS OF 1565 02:17:00,024 --> 02:17:03,422 HOW WE CAN TRANSFORM UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AND IT TAKES THIS. 1566 02:17:03,423 --> 02:17:07,643 LIKE WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU WHAT WE'RE DOING 1567 02:17:08,002 --> 02:17:12,618 AND MODEL IT AND SHOW YOU ALL HOW WE'RE DOING IT. IT'S NOT 1568 02:17:12,619 --> 02:17:14,822 ENOUGH FOR YOUR NATIONAL BOARD TO BE DOING SOME OF THESE THINGS 1569 02:17:14,823 --> 02:17:17,890 DIFFERENTLY. WE NEED ALL OF US TO BE THINKING ABOUT HOW WE'RE 1570 02:17:17,891 --> 02:17:19,671 DOING THESE THINGS DIFFERENTL DIFFERENTLY. 1571 02:17:19,672 --> 02:17:21,672 [APPLAUSE] 1572 02:17:25,780 --> 02:17:30,496 >> THANK YOU. ONE MORE QUESTION. WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES 1573 02:17:30,497 --> 02:17:35,334 FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR? FOR UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM, FOR THE 1574 02:17:35,335 --> 02:17:39,406 BOARD, FOR YOURSELVES IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR FAITH? WHAT ARE 1575 02:17:39,407 --> 02:17:41,459 YOUR HOPES? >> 1576 02:17:45,927 --> 02:17:49,547 I GUESS MY HOPE IS WE KEEP ON MOVING FORWARD. NEVER TURNING 1577 02:17:49,548 --> 02:17:54,095 BARK. THAT WE ARE ON A TRAJECTORY OF REALLY EXCITING 1578 02:17:54,096 --> 02:17:56,096 POSSIBILITY 1579 02:18:03,815 --> 02:18:08,714 FOR UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM IT'S TWOFOLD. WE REMEMBER WE LIKE TO 1580 02:18:08,715 --> 02:18:12,269 THINK OF SOCIAL JUSTICE OF GOING OUT THERE AND DOING WORK. 1581 02:18:18,127 --> 02:18:24,487 WE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF WE NEED TO MODEL. WE NEED TO WORK 1582 02:18:24,488 --> 02:18:27,845 IN-HOUSE. NOT JUST OUT THERE. AND TWO, MY HOPE FOR UNITARIAN 1583 02:18:27,846 --> 02:18:31,590 UNIVERSALISM IS THAT WE CONTINUE TO LIFT UP RELIGIOUS HE HAD 1584 02:18:31,591 --> 02:18:33,591 OTHER YOU INDICATORS AND RELIGIOUS 1585 02:18:35,471 --> 02:18:41,069 EDUCATION IN ORDER AS A LIFESAVING AND FAITH SAVING 1586 02:18:41,070 --> 02:18:46,407 GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS IN OUR DENOMINATIONS AND KEEP INVESTING 1587 02:18:46,831 --> 02:18:50,977 IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SO WE CAN INVEST IN OUR FAMILIES AND 1588 02:18:50,978 --> 02:18:54,008 CHILDREN IN NEED. >> I WOULD SAY TWO THINGS. 1589 02:18:54,355 --> 02:18:57,938 THANK YOU. I WOULD SAY TWO THINGS. AND FIRST IS SORT OF 1590 02:18:57,939 --> 02:19:05,222 LOOKING BACKWARDS BACKWARDS. IT SOMETIMES FEELS LIKE AL CHANGE 1591 02:19:05,223 --> 02:19:12,250 -- RAD CAL CHANGE DISCOUNTS WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE -- DISCOUNT 1592 02:19:12,251 --> 02:19:15,423 THE WORK -- SHOOT. THAT HAS BEEN DONE BY THOSE WHO CAME 1593 02:19:15,424 --> 02:19:21,987 BEFORE US. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY FOR THE RECORD THAT EVERYONE 1594 02:19:22,335 --> 02:19:26,082 ON THIS BOARD IS SO GRATEFUL FOR OUR PRESIDENT ASSESSORS AND WE 1595 02:19:26,083 --> 02:19:31,318 CAN STEP BACK -- PREDECESSORS AND WE CAN STEP BACK AS FAR AS 1596 02:19:31,319 --> 02:19:35,311 WE NEED TO FOR THE GROUNDWORK THAT THEY HAVE LAID AND THE 1597 02:19:35,312 --> 02:19:40,876 TOOLS THAT THEY HAVE GIVEN US TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD. THIS 1598 02:19:40,877 --> 02:19:46,970 IS NOT ABOUT CHANGING THINGS THAT WERE BAD OR WRONG. PERHAPS 1599 02:19:46,971 --> 02:19:50,482 THERE WERE SOME BAD THINGS OR SOME WRONG THINGS, BUT IT'S A 1600 02:19:50,483 --> 02:19:56,493 DIFFERENT TIME. AND IF WE DON'T MOVE FORWARD WITH THE LESSONS 1601 02:19:56,494 --> 02:19:59,512 AND THE FABULOUS WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE 1602 02:20:05,379 --> 02:20:13,054 BEFORE US WE GET STUCK THERE. SHOUT-OUT TO FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE 1603 02:20:13,055 --> 02:20:16,594 LED SO BRAVELY AND MADE DECISIONS THAT WERE PERHAPS THE 1604 02:20:16,595 --> 02:20:23,158 RIGHT DECISION FOR THE TIME. I HOPE WE TAKE THOSE LESSONS FROM 1605 02:20:23,159 --> 02:20:27,678 THE PAST AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THE LESSONS THAT WORK AND MAKE 1606 02:20:27,679 --> 02:20:32,214 SENSE FOR THE FUTURE AND BRING US TOGETHER AND RECOGNIZE THE 1607 02:20:32,215 --> 02:20:36,076 INHERENT WORTH AND DIGNITY OF EVERYONE WHO IS A UNITARIAN 1608 02:20:36,077 --> 02:20:42,678 UNIVERSALIST, WHETHER THEY SAY THEY ARE OR NOT, AND THAT WE 1609 02:20:42,679 --> 02:20:48,550 OPEN THE DOORS AND THE PATHWAYS AND SIDEWALKS, THAT THE WORK 1610 02:20:48,551 --> 02:20:54,398 THAT THE BOARD DOES OPENS THOSE PORTALS SO THAT WE CAN ALL GO 1611 02:20:54,399 --> 02:20:59,251 FORWARD AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE WORK WE'RE DOING AND FEEL LIKE 1612 02:20:59,252 --> 02:21:03,610 WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE SOMEWHERE IN OUR OWN LITTLE 1613 02:21:03,611 --> 02:21:07,575 CORNERS OF THE WORLD, WHEREVER THAT IS. 1614 02:21:08,203 --> 02:21:10,203 [APPLAUSE] 1615 02:21:11,257 --> 02:21:16,470 >> AS THE YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE ON THE BOARD I'M REALLY HOPING 1616 02:21:16,471 --> 02:21:20,913 TO CONTINUE TO HEAR THE MODERATORS AND ENTIRE PORED AND 1617 02:21:20,914 --> 02:21:24,782 GOVERNANCE OFFICERS CONTINUE TO SPEAK ABOUT YOUTH AND YOUNG 1618 02:21:24,783 --> 02:21:29,377 ADULTS, BECAUSE THE THING IS -- [APPLAUSE] 1619 02:21:29,888 --> 02:21:37,582 RIGHT. EXACTLY. BEFORE WE HAD THESE TYPES OF LEADERSHIP I WAS 1620 02:21:37,583 --> 02:21:42,661 BARELY HEARING ABOUT THE YOUTH BY ACTUAL HIGH OFFICERS SUCH AS 1621 02:21:42,662 --> 02:21:47,604 THE MODERATORS. AND NOW WE'RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT US. 1622 02:21:47,605 --> 02:21:51,849 YOU'RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT US. AND YOU ARE ONE OF US AS 1623 02:21:51,850 --> 02:21:55,081 WELL. AND THAT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THE THING IS 1624 02:21:55,082 --> 02:21:59,270 THAT WE DO NEED TO HAVE GREAT PROGRAMMING. WE NEED TO HAVE 1625 02:21:59,271 --> 02:22:05,874 GREAT RESOURCES. WE NEED TO HAVE GREAT YOUTH WHO WE DO HAVE 1626 02:22:05,875 --> 02:22:08,902 IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS LEADERSHIP 1627 02:22:08,903 --> 02:22:12,486 AND IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE LEGACY AND HAVE MORE PEOPLE COME 1628 02:22:12,487 --> 02:22:17,662 FORWARD TO BE THE AMAZING LEADERS OF THIS FAITH. AND SO I 1629 02:22:17,663 --> 02:22:21,742 JUST REALLY HOPE THAT THE YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS CONTINUE TO BE 1630 02:22:21,743 --> 02:22:26,826 CENTERED, BECAUSE WE HAVE VOICES AND WE ARE VERY LOUD, SO YOU 1631 02:22:26,827 --> 02:22:30,138 SHOULD BE ABLE TO HEAR OUR VOICES UNLESS YOU'RE YELLING 1632 02:22:30,139 --> 02:22:32,139 OVER US. [APPLAUSE] 1633 02:22:47,759 --> 02:22:52,990 >> WE ALL KNOW, WE'RE LIVING IN SUCH A TIME OF'S SIGH AT THIS 1634 02:22:52,991 --> 02:22:55,191 AND UNCERTAINTY AND SADNESS 1635 02:22:58,511 --> 02:23:01,807 , SO MUCH HURTING AND PAIN IN THE WORLD AROUND US. 1636 02:23:10,447 --> 02:23:12,550 WOULD OTHER TRYING TO EVOLVE, BEING IN COMMUNITY IN WAYS THAT 1637 02:23:12,551 --> 02:23:18,525 ARE TRANSFORMED AND FEEL EACH BETTER, MORE LOVING, MORE 1638 02:23:18,526 --> 02:23:23,316 INCLUSIVE AND THEREIN LIES THE POWER OF WHO AND WHAT WE ARE AND 1639 02:23:23,675 --> 02:23:28,375 CAN CONTINUE TO BE IN EVEN DEEPER WAYS IS NOT GETTING 1640 02:23:28,376 --> 02:23:31,818 CAUGHT IN THE GOVERNANCE FOR THE SHAKE OF GOVERNANCE, BUT 1641 02:23:31,819 --> 02:23:36,754 UNDERSTANDING WE BRING DIFFERENT SETS OF VALUES AND WE CAN BE IN 1642 02:23:36,755 --> 02:23:40,370 LOVING OPEN HEART DIALOGUE AROUND THOSE DIFFERENT SETS OF 1643 02:23:40,371 --> 02:23:44,438 VALUES. WE CAN FIND A WAY FORWARD THAT HONORS THOSE 1644 02:23:44,439 --> 02:23:47,490 DIFFERENT VALUES ONCE WE SEE THEM, ONCE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT'S 1645 02:23:47,491 --> 02:23:50,870 REALLY MOTIVATING US AND SPEAKING TO US AND THAT WE CAN 1646 02:23:50,871 --> 02:23:56,134 BE CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD AND DOING ALL THE THINGS WE HAVE 1647 02:23:56,135 --> 02:23:59,350 WANTED TO DO ALWAYS, WHICH IS BE AS INCLUSIVE AS POSSIBLE AND 1648 02:23:59,351 --> 02:24:02,106 HAVE EVEN MORE FOLKS FROM COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN 1649 02:24:02,107 --> 02:24:05,518 UNDER-REPRESENTED IN OUR FAITH. WE ARE BEGINNING TO DO THAT IN 1650 02:24:05,519 --> 02:24:09,486 WAYS THAT ARE POWERFUL AND DIFFERENT AND REAL. I HOPE WE 1651 02:24:09,487 --> 02:24:13,070 CAN BEGIN FILTERING THAT OUT TO OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS NORTH 1652 02:24:13,071 --> 02:24:16,218 AMERICA AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT AND GRATEFUL TO BE A PART 1653 02:24:16,219 --> 02:24:18,550 OF THAT. >> THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU TO 1654 02:24:19,194 --> 02:24:23,121 ALL OF THE PANELISTS. WE'VE GOT TO WRAP UP. PLEASE. 1655 02:24:23,523 --> 02:24:25,523 [APPLAUSE] 1656 02:24:29,603 --> 02:24:32,986 AND THANK YOU TO THE FULL BOARD. WE ARE JUST A REPRESENTATION OF 1657 02:24:32,987 --> 02:24:36,695 THE FULL TEAM, SO THANK YOU ALL AS WELL. 1658 02:24:37,063 --> 02:24:41,544 [APPLAUSE] >> WE'VE GOT TO WRAP UP. I 1659 02:24:41,545 --> 02:24:44,011 THINK WE COULD TALK ABOUT THIS FOREVER, EVEN BE THOUGH I'M SURE 1660 02:24:44,012 --> 02:24:49,270 YOU DON'T WANT TO. >> LOOK FOR US IN ONE OF THE 1661 02:24:49,271 --> 02:24:50,851 RED HATS. >> WE DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS 1662 02:24:50,852 --> 02:24:53,222 . PERHAPS NOT JUST AMONG OURSELVES, BUT WITH YOU OUT 1663 02:24:53,223 --> 02:24:57,964 THERE AND ONLINE ONLINE. SO WE'RE SORRY THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE 1664 02:24:57,965 --> 02:25:02,366 TIME FOR QUESTIONS HERE ON THE FLOOR, THROUGH THE TABLET, BUT 1665 02:25:02,367 --> 02:25:05,390 ANYBODY WHO HAS QUESTIONS OR JUST GENERALLY WANTS TO BE IN 1666 02:25:05,391 --> 02:25:09,608 CONVERSATION WITH US, PLEASE COMMA TEND SOME OF OUR OPEN 1667 02:25:09,609 --> 02:25:13,870 BOARD OFFICE HOURS. NEXT HAPPENING IN THE CONVENTION 1668 02:25:13,871 --> 02:25:19,446 CENTER ROOM 2210 ON FRIDAY FROM 11:00 TO NOON AND SATURDAY FROM 1669 02:25:19,447 --> 02:25:25,438 2:30 TO 3:30:00 P.M. AND AS TIM SAID, IF YOU'RE NOT AVAILABLE 1670 02:25:25,439 --> 02:25:30,633 THEN AND YOU SEE US WEARING OUR FABULOUSLY RED CATS, THANK YOU 1671 02:25:30,634 --> 02:25:35,486 HE PLAN TREE AN, WE'LL -- ELANDR I, WE'LL BE THERE TO BE IN 1672 02:25:35,487 --> 02:25:38,094 CONVERSATION WITH YOU. THANK YOU, BARB. 1673 02:25:38,095 --> 02:25:40,133 >> THANK YOU. >> 1674 02:25:45,206 --> 02:25:47,742 IS LEON AROUND? 1675 02:25:52,143 --> 02:25:54,143 I HATE BEING THE CO MODERATOR 1676 02:25:59,007 --> 02:26:01,007 THAT WHINES. 1677 02:26:05,907 --> 02:26:09,607 >> I'LL COME OVER HERE AND GIVE A HUG AND MAYBE THAT WILL 1678 02:26:09,608 --> 02:26:12,866 INSPIRE TO YOU SING. OR YOU'RE SAYING YOU HAVE TO GIVE A HUG? 1679 02:26:12,867 --> 02:26:14,919 WE ARE JUST GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER. 1680 02:26:14,920 --> 02:26:17,840 >> I GOT THIS. >> THANKS. 1681 02:26:17,841 --> 02:26:23,694 >> WE HEAR SO MARCH VOICES, AND SO TO RECEIVE IT WELL I WOULD 1682 02:26:23,695 --> 02:26:27,958 LIKE TO ASK -- YOU CAN'T HEAR ME ? WELL THEN I'LL SPEAK LOUDER. 1683 02:26:27,959 --> 02:26:34,982 IS THAT BETTER? I'LL TELL YOU WHAT. I BET THEY'RE WORKING ON 1684 02:26:34,983 --> 02:26:40,371 IT BACK THERE, SO GIVE IT JUST A LITTLE BIT. OKAY? WE'VE HEARD 1685 02:26:40,372 --> 02:26:43,738 SO MANY VOICES THIS MORNING, AND SO I WANTED TO RECONCILE THAT 1686 02:26:43,739 --> 02:26:47,838 AND PUT US IN A PRAYERFUL SPACE WITH A PIECE OF MUSIC THAT WE 1687 02:26:47,839 --> 02:26:51,633 ALL KNOW. WOULD YOU PLEASE RISE IN BODY OR SPIRIT AND SING WITH 1688 02:26:51,634 --> 02:26:55,231 ME WHEN OUR HEART IS IN A HOLY PLACE? 1689 02:27:19,408 --> 02:27:21,408 ¶ 1690 02:27:22,958 --> 02:27:25,639 WHEN OUR HEART IS IN A HOLY PLACE 1691 02:27:25,640 --> 02:27:29,939 ¶ WHEN OUR HEART IS IN A HOLY PLACE 1692 02:27:30,311 --> 02:27:36,066 ¶ WE ARE BLESSED WITH LOVE AND AMAZING GRACE 1693 02:27:36,067 --> 02:27:40,638 ¶ WHEN OUR HEART IS IN A HOLY PLACE. 1694 02:27:40,639 --> 02:27:44,594 ¶ WHEN WE TRUST 1695 02:29:56,763 --> 02:30:03,418 THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. >> THANK YOU. NOW IT'S TIME TO 1696 02:30:03,419 --> 02:30:06,582 CALL ON THE SECRETARY OF OUR ASSOCIATION, CHRISTINA RIVERA, 1697 02:30:06,583 --> 02:30:10,810 FOR ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS. >> HEY, LOOK AT THAT. WE HAVE 1698 02:30:10,811 --> 02:30:14,854 ZERO ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM CHRIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BUT DON'T 1699 02:30:14,855 --> 02:30:18,191 GO ANYWHERE. DO NOT GO ANYWHERE PLEASE. I DO HAVE ONE 1700 02:30:18,192 --> 02:30:27,145 ANNOUNCEMENT. SOMETIMES THAT'S THE WAY IT WORKS. I WANT TO 1701 02:30:27,146 --> 02:30:29,852 SHARE WITH YOU THAT WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THE WESTBORO 1702 02:30:29,853 --> 02:30:33,549 BAPTIST CHURCH IS PLANNING TO VISIT US THIS IT AFTERNOON. 1703 02:30:38,136 --> 02:30:44,210 IT IS A MARK OF SOME KIND OF SUCCESS. BUT IF YOU ARE NOT 1704 02:30:44,211 --> 02:30:47,632 FAMILIAR WITH WESTBORO BAPTIST, WE ARE A RELIGIOUS GROUP THAT 1705 02:30:47,633 --> 02:30:52,407 PROTESTS WITH VIAL AND HATEFUL MESSAGES AGAINST FOLKS LIKE US 1706 02:30:52,408 --> 02:30:57,783 WHO WORK FOR LOVE AND JUSTICE IN THE WORLD. MANY OF US HERE HAVE 1707 02:30:58,155 --> 02:31:00,819 EXPERIENCED RESPONDING TO THEM, BOTH THE AT GENERAL ASSEMBLIES 1708 02:31:00,820 --> 02:31:05,911 AND IN OUR CONGREGATIONS. WHEN THEY DEMONSTRATED AT THE 2016 1709 02:31:05,912 --> 02:31:09,063 GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN COLUMBUS, OHIO OHIO, WE HAD A FAITHFUL AND 1710 02:31:09,467 --> 02:31:13,361 APPROPRIATE RESPONSE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO AGAIN 1711 02:31:13,362 --> 02:31:17,451 TODAY. [APPLAUSE] 1712 02:31:19,458 --> 02:31:25,398 HERE'S WHAT I'D LIKE TO ASK OF YOU. FIRST, PLEASE DO NOT 1713 02:31:25,399 --> 02:31:31,443 ENGAGE WITH THEM. DO NOT GIVE THEM THE ATTENTION THAT THEY 1714 02:31:31,444 --> 02:31:34,352 SEEK AND WANT. WE BELIEVE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE HERE AROUND 1715 02:31:34,353 --> 02:31:37,364 5:00 P.M. AND WILL BE ACROSS FROM THE ENTRANCE TO THE 1716 02:31:37,365 --> 02:31:41,686 MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM RIGHT OUTSIDE THE REGISTRATION AREA. 1717 02:31:41,687 --> 02:31:45,367 OUR INCREDIBLE SAFETY TEAM WILL BE POSITIONED AT THE ENDS OF THE 1718 02:31:45,595 --> 02:31:50,786 BLOCK TO HELP YOU FIND ANOTHER WAY AROUND AND WE'LL HAVE 1719 02:31:50,787 --> 02:31:57,610 VOLUNTEERS INSIDE THE CONVENTION CENTER HELPING, ALSO. SO BE ON 1720 02:31:57,611 --> 02:32:01,374 THE LOOKOUT IF OUR SAFETY TEAM IN THEIR ORANGE VESTS AND OUR 1721 02:32:01,375 --> 02:32:06,586 CHAPLAIN TEAM WILL ALSO BE READY AND ON CALL. SECOND, IF YOU 1722 02:32:06,587 --> 02:32:10,189 WANT TO BE PART OF THE FAITHFUL AND LOVING RESPONSE TO THEIR 1723 02:32:10,190 --> 02:32:15,132 DEMONSTRATION, YOU CAN MEET IN THE CONVENTION CENTER LOBBY AT 1724 02:32:15,133 --> 02:32:21,058 4:45 WHERE REVEREND ROSE SCHWAB, MINISTER OF SHAWNEE MISSION UU 1725 02:32:21,059 --> 02:32:23,938 CHURCH JUST ACROSS THE RIVER IN KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, AND WITH 1726 02:32:23,939 --> 02:32:26,176 ONE OF THE STATEWIDE ORGANIZERS FOR THE POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN 1727 02:32:26,177 --> 02:32:30,670 WILL BE ORGANIZING OUR RESPONSE. WE WILL BE SINGING AND 1728 02:32:30,671 --> 02:32:37,207 WITNESSING AND PROCLAIMING OUR TRUTH. WE REALLY ONLY NEED A 1729 02:32:37,208 --> 02:32:42,586 FEW DOZEN FOLKS, BECAUSE MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE URGE THAT YOU 1730 02:32:42,587 --> 02:32:46,494 STAY FOCUSED ON THE POWERFUL LIBERATING FAITHFUL COMMUNITY 1731 02:32:46,495 --> 02:32:50,738 THAT WE ARE BUILDING HERE TOGETHER. THERE'S LIKELY ONLY 1732 02:32:50,739 --> 02:32:56,330 TO BE A HANDFUL OF DEMONSTRATORS ON THEIR SIDE OF THE STREET. 1733 02:32:56,331 --> 02:33:00,058 THEY WILL BE RIGHT HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR PROGRAM SLOT 1734 02:33:00,059 --> 02:33:03,911 THREE, SO I ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOT GIVE THEM THE POWER OF DISRUPT 1735 02:33:04,419 --> 02:33:06,419 ING OUT WORK FOR LOVE AND JUSTICE. 1736 02:33:06,447 --> 02:33:08,447 [APPLAUSE] 1737 02:33:12,063 --> 02:33:16,666 STAY THE COURSE. GO TO ONE OF THE FABULOUS WORKSHOPS PREPARED 1738 02:33:16,667 --> 02:33:22,264 BY OUR AMAZING PRESENTERS. REMEMBER TO ENGAGE WITH OUR 1739 02:33:22,265 --> 02:33:25,778 GENERAL ASSEMBLY PUBLIC WITNESS WORK THIS WEEK, LED BY BLACK 1740 02:33:25,779 --> 02:33:30,231 LIVES OF UU. IN THE WORLD WE LIVE IN, WE CAN ENCOUNTER HATE 1741 02:33:30,232 --> 02:33:35,324 AND VIOLENCE ON LITERALLY ANY STREET CORNER AT ANY TIME. SO 1742 02:33:35,325 --> 02:33:41,147 TODAY WE ARE GOING TO PRACTICE A NON-ANXIOUS, FLEXIBLE RESPONSE 1743 02:33:41,148 --> 02:33:43,832 THAT STAYS TRUE TO OUR COMMITMENTS AS UNITARIAN 1744 02:33:43,833 --> 02:33:47,878 UNIVERSALISTS AND KEEPS US ON ENERGY FOCUSED ON THE WORK WE 1745 02:33:47,879 --> 02:33:53,475 ARE HERE TO DO. I INVITE YOU TO JOIN ME IN DOING THAT. 1746 02:33:54,235 --> 02:33:56,235 [APPLAUSE] 1747 02:33:57,537 --> 02:34:03,171 DUE TO TRAVEL CHALLENGES, WE DON'T HAVE AN OFFICIAL PROCESS 1748 02:34:03,172 --> 02:34:05,498 OF OBSERVATION FOR YOU AT THIS MOMENT. I DO KNOW THAT WE ARE 1749 02:34:05,499 --> 02:34:07,998 HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF DIFFICULTY WITH THE SOUND AND I 1750 02:34:07,999 --> 02:34:12,569 APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AND LETTING US KNOW ABOUT THE 1751 02:34:12,570 --> 02:34:14,390 DIFFICULTY. WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLE SOUND TEAM THAT IS 1752 02:34:14,391 --> 02:34:20,216 ACTIVELY WORKING TO FIX THAT CHALLENGE NOW. AND WE HAVE A 1753 02:34:20,217 --> 02:34:23,783 CLOSING READING FROM PATRICK. 1754 02:34:27,675 --> 02:34:33,595 >> THIS IS THE ORANGE VEST YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. RIGHT? 1755 02:34:34,349 --> 02:34:37,383 SAFETY EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME. 1756 02:34:41,995 --> 02:34:43,995 NOT A DROID. 1757 02:34:47,348 --> 02:34:52,975 WE ARE HERE, HERE AS I PEOPLE CALLED BY LOVE, A PEOPLE DEVOTED 1758 02:34:53,477 --> 02:35:02,883 TO THE LOVE THAT INCLUDES US ALL . A LOVE THAT EMBRACES US ALL. 1759 02:35:04,706 --> 02:35:13,109 THAT EMBRACES ALL. WE ARE HERE AS SEEDS, SEEDS OF THE BELOVED 1760 02:35:13,110 --> 02:35:19,252 COMMUNITY THAT WE KNOW CAN BE, WHICH WE KNOW IS COMING TO BE. 1761 02:35:19,627 --> 02:35:25,218 WE ARE HERE AS A PEOPLE WHO LOVE , WHO STRUGGLE TO OPEN THAT 1762 02:35:25,219 --> 02:35:33,243 CIRCLE WIDER WIDER, THE CIRCLE IN OUR HEARTS, THE CIRCLE IN OUR 1763 02:35:33,747 --> 02:35:41,441 COMMUNITIES, THE CIRCLE OF OUR WORLD. AND WE SING 1764 02:35:43,767 --> 02:35:48,790 ¶ WHEN I BREATHE IN, I BREATHE IN PEACE. 1765 02:35:48,791 --> 02:35:55,691 ¶ WHEN I BREATHE OUT, I BREATHE OUT LOVE 1766 02:35:58,721 --> 02:36:08,522 THIS IS OUR SHARED COMMITMENT, OUR DATAS * * -- OUR GREAT 1767 02:36:08,523 --> 02:36:11,334 ASPIRATION TO BE PART OF THAT GREAT AND HOLY BREATHING OF THE 1768 02:36:11,335 --> 02:36:18,999 WORLD, OF LOVE AND PEACE. MAY WE STAY ALWAYS IN THAT STRUGGLE. 1769 02:36:19,350 --> 02:36:28,127 WE GO FOR NOW AND ALWAYS. IN THE IMMENSE CHALLENGE OF HOLDING 1770 02:36:29,973 --> 02:36:35,254 ALL ALL IN THAT GREAT LOVE AND COMMITTED TO HOLDING ALL IN 1771 02:36:35,255 --> 02:36:37,255 SAFETY 1772 02:36:38,905 --> 02:36:44,771 AND PEACE, FRIENDS, BELOVEDS, HOLD EACH OTHER IN YOUR CARE AND 1773 02:36:45,783 --> 02:36:51,682 YOUR LOVE. HOLD EACH OTHER IN YOUR CARE AND PROTECTION 1774 02:36:51,683 --> 02:36:57,379 PROTECTION. DO NOT LET HATE AND ANGER TAKE ROOT IN YOUR HEART. 1775 02:36:57,783 --> 02:37:05,424 DO NOT LET THE HATE AND ANGER OF OTHERS MOVE YOU, NOT FROM PEACE, 1776 02:37:05,425 --> 02:37:13,647 NOT FROM YOUR BOLD AND BRAVE CARE FOR ALL OF OUR BELOVED. 1777 02:37:14,039 --> 02:37:17,687 NOT FROM YOUR COMMITMENT TO THAT GREAT LOVE 1778 02:37:21,482 --> 02:37:24,558 . >> THANK YOU, PATRICK. THERE 1779 02:37:24,559 --> 02:37:26,946 BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE US, AND IN 1780 02:37:26,947 --> 02:37:30,310 ACCORDANCE WITH THE SCHEDULE SET FORTH IN YOUR PROGRAM BOOK, I 1781 02:37:30,311 --> 02:37:34,923 DECLARE THAT THIS GENERAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 1782 02:37:34,924 --> 02:37:39,720 SHALL STAND IN RECESS UNTIL 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW MORNING. 1783 02:37:40,122 --> 02:37:42,122 [APPLAUSE]