1 00:00:00,960 --> 00:00:06,270 this is a remarkable time in our thing as we uncover and shine a light on the pain 2 00:00:06,270 --> 00:00:11,700 in our history for so many we also have an historic opportunity to feel our 3 00:00:11,700 --> 00:00:15,560 calling to live into the Beloved Community for every person who shares 4 00:00:15,560 --> 00:00:22,439 this calling to steward our theological values by supporting black lives of 5 00:00:22,439 --> 00:00:28,560 Unitarian Universalism and choosing to fully value the inherent Worth and 6 00:00:28,560 --> 00:00:34,469 dignity of black you use began with the bold action of the Board of Trustees in 7 00:00:34,469 --> 00:00:42,629 the fall of 2016 the Board's decision was only the first stage it will require 8 00:00:42,629 --> 00:00:48,230 all of us to make this commitment real 9 00:00:48,770 --> 00:00:54,989 is the way you use across the country are making themselves a part of the 10 00:00:54,989 --> 00:00:59,489 commitment to black lives uu the campaign is a call not only to 11 00:00:59,489 --> 00:01:04,920 financially support black leadership within Unitarian Universalism but also 12 00:01:04,920 --> 00:01:11,159 to center the voices and experiences of black UUs that have long gone on her 13 00:01:11,159 --> 00:01:17,490 and to inspire an ignite congregational participation generous donors Brad and 14 00:01:17,490 --> 00:01:23,620 Julie Bradford made a matching gift of $1,000,000 15 00:01:29,079 --> 00:01:34,090 we thank you Brad and Julie for this courageous act of stewardship that comes 16 00:01:34,090 --> 00:01:40,030 from your love of our faith and your belief that we can be better in response 17 00:01:40,030 --> 00:01:45,340 many of our congregations have joined this campaign to support our UUA board's 18 00:01:45,340 --> 00:01:50,140 commitment to black lives of the uu and double their financial contribution 19 00:01:50,140 --> 00:02:02,110 through the match gift we this is no ordinary campaign this campaign is a 20 00:02:02,110 --> 00:02:08,739 departure from traditional asks of financial support in that it asks for 21 00:02:08,739 --> 00:02:15,220 both a promise and a practice it demands we look within ourselves as leaders and 22 00:02:15,220 --> 00:02:21,640 as faith communities to discern what it truly means to bear witness to the pain 23 00:02:21,640 --> 00:02:28,299 and the harm of many black you use and fulfill a promise to support and promote 24 00:02:28,299 --> 00:02:34,510 the growth of black leadership and the work of blue this is no ordinary 25 00:02:34,510 --> 00:02:41,620 campaign this campaign is inspired by black lives of uu which is already doing 26 00:02:41,620 --> 00:02:46,950 dynamic work providing ministry and pastoral care for black UUs 27 00:02:46,950 --> 00:02:52,780 lifting up the voices and leadership of black UUs and connecting Unitarian 28 00:02:52,780 --> 00:02:58,520 Universalism with vital movement work BLUU is truly the most innovative 29 00:02:58,520 --> 00:03:05,990 ministry and our faith right now this campaign is no ordinary campaign this 30 00:03:05,990 --> 00:03:10,460 campaign is ignited by beautiful Impala commercial materials created by some of 31 00:03:10,460 --> 00:03:14,270 our most esteemed religious professionals of color these powerful 32 00:03:14,270 --> 00:03:19,190 perspectives and stories the gifts of joy and pain generously offered gifts 33 00:03:19,190 --> 00:03:24,910 that will inspired for years to come this campaign is no ordinary campaign 34 00:03:24,910 --> 00:03:30,500 310 congregations and organizations uu organizations and congregations have 35 00:03:30,500 --> 00:03:40,340 participated so far and we've heard from so many about the ways the promise and 36 00:03:40,340 --> 00:03:44,780 practice campaign is transforming and uplifting congregations in their 37 00:03:44,780 --> 00:03:49,750 commitment we thank you for leading the way in trusting black leadership 38 00:03:49,750 --> 00:03:54,440 investing in black leadership and uplifting black leadership thank you to 39 00:03:54,440 --> 00:04:04,430 all who have participated so far for the promise to be fulfilled and the practice 40 00:04:04,430 --> 00:04:11,600 to be truly transforming we need all of you and all of your faith communities to 41 00:04:11,600 --> 00:04:17,840 participate if your congregation has not yet held a promise and practice Sunday 42 00:04:17,840 --> 00:04:23,870 there is still time I'm delighted to share that Brad and Julie Bradford are 43 00:04:23,870 --> 00:04:29,750 extending their match through the end of this next congregational year so that 44 00:04:29,750 --> 00:04:34,940 more congregations can join on this journey of supporting black lives and 45 00:04:34,940 --> 00:04:38,080 black leadership 46 00:04:42,569 --> 00:04:51,550 every single dollar raised will be matched through June 2019 so for 47 00:04:51,550 --> 00:04:56,169 congregations that haven't participated we're glad to provide the resources and 48 00:04:56,169 --> 00:05:01,810 fundraising ideas for congregations that have already participated consider a 49 00:05:01,810 --> 00:05:09,520 second year to increase your impact at this vital moment you can visit 50 00:05:09,520 --> 00:05:15,819 uua.org/bluucampaign to find more resource resources or just google "UUA 51 00:05:15,819 --> 00:05:25,360 the promise in the practice". on behalf of the promise of our faith we thank all of 52 00:05:25,360 --> 00:05:35,140 you for your generosity thank you