1 00:00:02,020 --> 00:00:06,040 Welcome to the Service of the Living Tradition. 2 00:00:06,980 --> 00:00:18,180 I’m Amanda Thomas, your music leader for this service. While folks are still finding their way in, we will sing a bit to get this worship experience started. 3 00:00:18,180 --> 00:00:24,260 Our first song will begin with the ostinato, “though we’ve broken our vows, a thousand times”. 4 00:00:24,260 --> 00:00:35,040 We will need some folks to continue on the ostinato, and the rest to join in later on the round. Come on choir, let’s help them get started… 5 00:02:23,260 --> 00:02:35,860 In the words of Ysaye Marie Barnwell: “Kum ba yah,” or “Come by Here” in the Gullah language, has become snarky shorthand for feel-good or weak-minded groupthink. 6 00:02:35,860 --> 00:02:44,340 A soulful cry sung by the Georgia Sea Island slaves, the song was carried on by Southern blacks 7 00:02:44,340 --> 00:02:50,000 IN THE TIME OF JIM CROW AND LYNCH MOBS AND LATER BY THE 8 00:02:50,000 --> 00:02:55,640 FREEDOM RIDERS WHEN THEY LEARNED THAT THREE OF THEIR WORKERS HAD 9 00:02:55,640 --> 00:03:01,440 BE BEEN MURDERED BY KLANSMAN. WHEN PEOPLE SAY IT WAS A KUMBAYA 10 00:03:01,440 --> 00:03:07,240 MOMENT, IT CLEARLY WAS NOT A KUMBAYA MOMENT. IT'S 11 00:03:07,240 --> 00:03:12,800 ACTUALLY AN AN INVOCATION FOR GOD TO COME BY HERE NOW, BECAUSE 12 00:03:12,800 --> 00:03:19,220 THINGS ARE NEEDED IF YOU HEAR PEOPLE USE IT MISTAKENLY, PLEASE GENTLY CORRECT THEM. 13 00:03:19,220 --> 00:03:22,300 LET US SING IT NOW TOGETHER AS THE 14 00:03:22,300 --> 00:03:25,660 GEORGIA SEA ISLAND SLAVES AND SOUTHERN BLACKS IN THE TIME OF 15 00:03:25,660 --> 00:03:29,600 JIM CROW SING IT. LET US SING IT WITH HOPE FOR SOMETHING 16 00:03:29,600 --> 00:03:34,600 BETTER IN THIS LIFE AS WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT RACISM, 17 00:03:34,600 --> 00:03:40,980 ABLEISM, CLASSISM AND ALL THE OTHERRISMS. COME BY HERE. 18 00:07:59,280 --> 00:08:15,000 Rosa Martha Zirate Macias uses her rich musical talents and courageous leadership in championing the rights of the Mexican and Latinx communities in this country. 19 00:08:15,800 --> 00:08:20,900 SHE MIGRATED FROM MEXICO IN 1968 20 00:08:20,900 --> 00:08:25,000 AND CURRENTLY STANDS WITH THE ARTISTIC SPOKESPERSON FOR THE 21 00:08:25,000 --> 00:08:30,000 HISPANIC PEOPLE AS SHE HAS A STRONG COMMITMENT TO BUILDING A 22 00:08:30,000 --> 00:08:35,000 NEW WORLD ORDER. >> THE ENGLISH 23 00:08:35,000 --> 00:08:41,680 TRANSLATION, PROPHYSY * SIGH, OH MY PEOPLE, PROPHECY ONE MORE 24 00:08:41,680 --> 00:08:47,220 TIME. LET YOUR VOICE BE THE ECHO OF THE OUTCRY OF ALL 25 00:08:47,440 --> 00:08:55,000 OPPRESSED, PROPHESY, OH, MY PEOPLE. PROPHESY ONE 26 00:08:55,000 --> 00:08:58,660 MORE TIME. ANNOUNCE TO THEM THE COMING OF A NEW SOCIETY. I 27 00:08:58,840 --> 00:09:00,680 SANCTIFY YOU 28 00:09:00,680 --> 00:09:03,520 , PROPHET, BANISH ALL DOUBT AND FEAR. BE FAITHFUL TO YOUR 29 00:09:03,520 --> 00:09:08,840 MISSION THAT. QUEST THAT LEADS AFAR. ANNOUNCE TO ALL THE 30 00:09:08,840 --> 00:09:13,900 PEOPLE THAT JUSTICE PROMISED LONG RESTORES TO EVERY NATION 31 00:09:13,900 --> 00:09:20,000 TRUE PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. DENOUNCE ALL WHO ARE CAUSING 32 00:09:20,000 --> 00:09:25,000 OPPRESSION, SORROW, TEARS. LET TRUTH BE YOUR PROTECTION. THE 33 00:09:25,000 --> 00:09:30,000 LIGHT OF A NEW SUN. LET THIS BE WHAT YOU HOPE FOR. THE BATTLE 34 00:09:30,000 --> 00:09:35,000 THAT YOU CHOOSE TO BUILD A SOCIAL ORDER WITH JUSTICE AT ITS 35 00:09:35,000 --> 00:09:40,000 CORE. 36 00:15:42,000 --> 00:15:45,000 >> PLEASE BE SEATED. 37 00:16:00,000 --> 00:16:06,420 TIME AND TIME AGAIN THERE IS A CALL. A CALL TO LEAD THE WORK 38 00:16:06,580 --> 00:16:11,260 OF TRANSFORMATION. 39 00:16:11,260 --> 00:16:18,120 A CALL FOR TO HELP HEAL. >> A CALL TO TESTIFY. A CALL TO DISRUPT. 40 00:16:18,580 --> 00:16:23,640 >> Jessica: a call to create something new…. 41 00:16:23,640 --> 00:16:27,860 >> Sarah: a call to help others see their potential, their role 42 00:16:27,860 --> 00:16:32,380 in crafting a world that is always pushing towards more 43 00:16:32,380 --> 00:16:37,440 justice, more peace, and more love. 44 00:16:37,440 --> 00:16:41,460 >> Jessica: We rejoice that some choose to live out their 45 00:16:41,460 --> 00:16:46,560 calling in the name of Unitarian Universalism. These include the 46 00:16:46,560 --> 00:16:51,360 certified music leaders, credentialed religious 47 00:16:51,360 --> 00:16:54,020 educators, and newly and final fellowshipped ministers whom we 48 00:16:54,020 --> 00:16:58,300 celebrate tonight. >> Sarah: It includes the 49 00:16:58,300 --> 00:17:01,760 retirees whose years of service we honor, 50 00:17:01,760 --> 00:17:04,000 and the leaders we lost this year through death, and whose 51 00:17:04,000 --> 00:17:10,000 absence we mourn. >> Jessica: Yet we come 52 00:17:10,000 --> 00:17:13,700 together tonight not just to celebrate. We come not just as 53 00:17:13,700 --> 00:17:16,960 witnesses but as co-creators of this 54 00:17:16,960 --> 00:17:22,480 faith's Living Tradition. We ask ourselves, "How will I support 55 00:17:22,480 --> 00:17:27,580 these religious professionals in their calling?" and "What will 56 00:17:27,580 --> 00:17:31,620 become of this faith they are called to?" 57 00:17:31,620 --> 00:17:33,660 >> Sarah: Every action has a 58 00:17:33,660 --> 00:17:38,000 reaction. Whether or not you are a religious professional, you 59 00:17:38,000 --> 00:17:44,280 play a part in how these callings are lived out. As we 60 00:17:44,280 --> 00:17:50,000 recognize their achievements, let us also acknowledge how much 61 00:17:50,000 --> 00:17:52,780 we need each other. As our 62 00:17:52,780 --> 00:17:57,620 President, the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray says, "We cannot 63 00:17:57,620 --> 00:18:02,540 do this alone." Tonight is not just about the honorees. It is about all 64 00:18:02,540 --> 00:18:07,620 of us and our shared role in co-creating Unitarian 65 00:18:07,620 --> 00:18:10,960 Universalism. It is about who 66 00:18:10,960 --> 00:18:14,420 we have been as a people of 67 00:18:14,420 --> 00:18:19,620 faith, and who we are all called to be. Jessica: Welcome to the 68 00:18:19,620 --> 00:18:26,960 Service of the Living Tradition! 69 00:18:30,600 --> 00:18:33,560 I call forth from among you, these persons, who have received 70 00:18:33,560 --> 00:18:40,000 Preliminary Fellowship 71 00:26:16,000 --> 00:26:20,000 >> I call forth from among you, this person, who has been 72 00:26:20,200 --> 00:26:29,200 certified as Credentialed Religious Educator Master Level 73 00:26:34,500 --> 00:26:38,660 I call forth from among you, these persons, who have been 74 00:26:38,820 --> 00:26:43,800 certified as Credentialed Religious Educators: 75 00:27:05,980 --> 00:27:10,000 I call forth from among you, these persons, who have 76 00:27:10,000 --> 00:27:15,000 completed their careers of full-time service As a 77 00:27:15,000 --> 00:27:20,000 Credentialed Religious Educator 78 00:27:24,160 --> 00:27:30,000 As a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master Level 79 00:27:37,620 --> 00:27:44,220 I CALL FORTH FROM AMONG YOU, >> THIS PERSON, WHO HAS 80 00:27:44,220 --> 00:27:48,120 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE PORTFOLIO PATH OF STUDY AND IS 81 00:27:48,120 --> 00:27:52,880 NOW A CREDENTIALED MUSIC LEADER 82 00:27:59,720 --> 00:28:03,460 I CALL FORTH FROM AMONG YOU, THESE PERSONS, WHO HAVE 83 00:28:03,460 --> 00:28:06,800 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE PROGRAM OF STUDY AND ARE NOW 84 00:28:06,800 --> 00:28:13,120 CERTIFIED MUSIC LEADERS 85 00:28:44,000 --> 00:28:48,340 I CALL FORTH FROM AMONG YOU, THESE MINISTERS WHO HAVE RECEIVED 86 00:28:48,340 --> 00:28:52,460 FINAL FELLOWSHIP: 87 00:35:05,400 --> 00:35:10,000 >> I CALL FORTH FROM AMONG YOU, THESE PERSONS, WHO HAVE 88 00:35:10,000 --> 00:35:15,000 COMPLETED THEIR CAREERS OF FULL-TIME SERVICE: 89 00:41:24,100 --> 00:41:33,000 >> AND NOW, PLEASE RISE IN BODY OR IN SPIRIT AS WE SING RANK BY RANK 90 00:44:26,000 --> 00:44:30,580 >> DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF YOUR BROKEN HEART. IT BROKE BECAUSE 91 00:44:30,580 --> 00:44:34,980 YOU DARED TO USE IT. DARED TO STRETCH ITS SHAPE TO HOLD MORE 92 00:44:34,980 --> 00:44:40,000 LOVE. BECAUSE YOU USED ITS BEATS TO KEEP TIME TO A SONG THAT ONLY 93 00:44:40,000 --> 00:44:46,300 YOU CAN HEAR. AND YOU, THE OWNER OF A WELL-USED HEART, ARE ALSO 94 00:44:46,300 --> 00:44:50,000 LOVED. COME CLOSE. 95 00:44:50,000 --> 00:44:52,720 LET THE LOVE FLOW FROM OUR HEART 96 00:44:52,720 --> 00:44:58,380 TO YOURS, POURING IN TO MEND THE CRACKS, SLIDING IN BETWEEN THE 97 00:44:58,380 --> 00:45:00,360 RUSTY GEARS UNTIL 98 00:45:00,480 --> 00:45:06,080 THEY TICK AGAIN. LET YOUR HEART COME BACK TO LIFE, BROKEN 99 00:45:06,080 --> 00:45:11,500 AND NOW BROKEN OPEN, WHICH BOTH MAY HURT, AND WHICH CAN LEAD TO 100 00:45:11,500 --> 00:45:16,680 ROOM FOR MUCH MORE LOVE. 101 00:48:38,000 --> 00:48:45,000 [APPLAUSE] 102 00:48:55,880 --> 00:48:59,800 >> EACH YEAR, AS WE HAVE FOR 103 00:48:59,800 --> 00:49:03,480 GENERATIONS, WE HONOR THE RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS OF OUR 104 00:49:03,480 --> 00:49:07,480 LIVING TRADITION WHO HAVE DIED DURING THE LAST YEAR. 105 00:49:08,640 --> 00:49:13,920 INTO THIS SACRED SPACE WE LIFT UP THE NAMES OF THESE LOVED ONES 106 00:49:13,920 --> 00:49:19,500 AND DEAR COLLEAGUES. WE HONOR WITH THE SPEAKING OF THEIR NAMES 107 00:49:19,500 --> 00:49:26,640 THE LIVES THEY LIVED, THE MINISTRIES THEY OFFERED, THE 108 00:49:26,640 --> 00:49:30,180 DIFFERENCE THEY MADE TO THE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES THEY 109 00:49:30,180 --> 00:49:33,820 SERVED, THE LIVES THEY TOUCHED 110 00:49:33,820 --> 00:49:38,160 WITH THEIR LEADERSHIP, THEIR CARE, THEIR WISDOM AND THEIR 111 00:49:38,160 --> 00:49:40,720 FAITHFUL PRESENCE. 112 00:49:40,720 --> 00:49:46,500 AS WE REMEMBER THESE RELIGIOUS LEADERS, WE HOLD IN OUR HEARTS 113 00:49:46,500 --> 00:49:54,080 THEIR FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND DEAR FRIENDS AND THE GRIEF THAT 114 00:49:54,080 --> 00:49:57,540 ACCOMPANIES SO DEEPLY AND 115 00:49:57,540 --> 00:50:00,000 TENDERLY OUR GRATITUDE FOR THE 116 00:50:00,000 --> 00:50:05,000 LOVE AND THE LIFE SHARED. 117 00:50:05,000 --> 00:50:10,000 PLEASE RISE IN BODY AND/OR SPIRIT 118 00:53:45,000 --> 00:53:49,180 AND WITH THE GREAT SADNESS THAT I MUST ADD THE FOLLOWING NAMES 119 00:53:49,180 --> 00:53:51,900 TO THIS LIST: 120 00:54:01,000 --> 00:54:05,500 THESE INDIVIDUALS PASSED AWAY 121 00:54:05,500 --> 00:54:10,000 SINCE MAY 17TH AND WILL RECEIVE FULL HONORS IN 2019. 122 00:54:20,000 --> 00:54:25,000 I INVITE YOU 123 00:54:25,000 --> 00:54:30,000 TO BE SEATED. 124 00:54:30,000 --> 00:54:33,620 MAY WE JOIN OUR HEARTS TOGETHER IN A MOMENT OF PRAYER. SPIRIT OF 125 00:54:33,620 --> 00:54:35,400 LIFE, SPIRIT OF LOVE 126 00:54:35,400 --> 00:54:40,360 THAT HOLDS US CLOSE IN A NETWORK OF MUTUALITY THAT EXTENDS 127 00:54:40,360 --> 00:54:42,940 THROUGH THE GENERATIONS, THROUGH TIME, 128 00:54:42,940 --> 00:54:46,000 LINKING US TO ALL WHO HAVE 129 00:54:46,000 --> 00:54:48,900 GONE BEFORE AND THOSE WHO WILL 130 00:54:48,900 --> 00:54:55,000 COME AFTER US. OUR HEARTS ARE HUMBLE IN THE MIDST OF THE GREAT 131 00:54:55,000 --> 00:55:01,640 GIFT AND GREAT MYSTERY OF THIS LIFE. 132 00:55:01,640 --> 00:55:08,060 WE HONOR THESE PRECIOUS LIVES, THESE LEADERS WHO HAVE GONE 133 00:55:08,060 --> 00:55:13,000 BEFORE. IN REMEMBERING THEM, WE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE NOT THE 134 00:55:13,000 --> 00:55:16,520 FIRST TO STRUGGLE, TO RISK, TO 135 00:55:16,520 --> 00:55:23,320 LOVE, TO FIGHT AND TO CELEBRATE, TO KNOW ANGUISH AND IMPERFECTION, TO 136 00:55:23,320 --> 00:55:27,960 NEED FORGIVENESS AND GRACE. IN 137 00:55:27,960 --> 00:55:30,000 REMEMBERING THEM, WE REMEMBER 138 00:55:30,000 --> 00:55:35,460 OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE FACE OF THE BREVITY OF LIFE - 139 00:55:35,460 --> 00:55:40,420 EVERY MOMENT WE ARE GIVEN IS PRECIOUS. MAY WE, IN REMEMBERING 140 00:55:40,420 --> 00:55:47,980 THEM, LIVE OUR OWN LIVES IN FAITHFULNESS, IN COMPASSION, AND 141 00:55:47,980 --> 00:55:52,580 IN SERVICE TO THE CALL OF LOVE AND JUSTICE ALIVE IN OUR HEARTS. 142 00:55:54,560 --> 00:56:00,000 I INVITE US ALL NOW INTO A MOMENT OF COLLECTIVE SILENCE TO 143 00:56:00,000 --> 00:56:04,800 BE ATTENTIVE TO THE MEMORIES, TO THE LOVE, TO THE PRAYERS, 144 00:56:04,800 --> 00:56:10,000 TO THE LONGINGS, AND TO THE HOPE, IN OUR HEARTS 145 00:57:36,740 --> 00:58:35,280 I BELIEVE IN THE SUN, EVEN WHEN IT'S NOT SHINING. 146 00:58:35,280 --> 01:00:34,680 I BELIEVE IN LOVE, EVEN WHEN I DON'T FEEL IT. 147 01:00:39,320 --> 01:01:07,360 I BELIEVE IN GOD, EVEN WHEN GOD IS SILENT. 148 01:01:13,040 --> 01:01:35,860 OOH - OOH 149 01:01:58,000 --> 01:02:00,540 >> BLESSINGS. BLESSINGS 150 01:02:00,540 --> 01:02:09,740 TO YOU ON THIS STAGE AND BLESSINGS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE 151 01:02:10,000 --> 01:02:20,640 IN THIS ROOM. AS YOU WILL SOON LEARN, YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE 152 01:02:20,640 --> 01:02:28,540 FOR ME TO DO MY MINISTRY. MY NAME IS RICHARD NUGENT 153 01:02:28,540 --> 01:02:33,460 AND I'M HONORED TO LEAD THE STAFF TEAM THAT MANAGES 154 01:02:33,460 --> 01:02:40,060 THE UUA HEALTH PLAN, RETIREMENT PLAN, COMPENSATION PROGRAM, AND 155 01:02:40,060 --> 01:02:46,660 PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THIS EVENING, OUR AID FUNDS. 156 01:02:46,660 --> 01:02:52,200 IN DECEMBER, THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FAITH 157 01:02:52,200 --> 01:03:03,340 LOST DENNY DAVIDOFF. NOT ONLY BE AN EXTRAORDINARY LEADER, BUT 158 01:03:03,340 --> 01:03:06,340 SO MUCH MORE. 159 01:03:06,340 --> 01:03:14,000 DENNY WAS A FRIEND TO SO MANY OF US AND SHE WAS ALSO A SUPPORTIVE 160 01:03:14,000 --> 01:03:17,680 PRESENCE IN THE LIVES OF HER 161 01:03:18,000 --> 01:03:24,200 FAMILY, A COMMITTED LAY LEADER BOTH WITHIN HER CONGREGATION AND 162 01:03:24,200 --> 01:03:28,300 BEYOND ITS DOORS, A DEDICATED 163 01:03:28,300 --> 01:03:31,760 SUPPORTER OF THEOLOGICAL 164 01:03:31,760 --> 01:03:38,740 EDUCATION, A PASSIONATE VOICE FOR A MORE INCLUSIVE UNITARIAN 165 01:03:38,740 --> 01:03:42,420 UNIVERSALISM, AND A TIRELESS 166 01:03:42,420 --> 01:03:49,100 ADVOCATE FOR A MORE JUST AND COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY. 167 01:03:49,100 --> 01:03:50,940 FROM LAY LEADERSHIP IN HER 168 01:03:50,940 --> 01:03:55,420 CONGREGATION IN THE 1960S TO THE 169 01:03:55,420 --> 01:03:59,500 PRESIDENCY OF THE UU WOMEN'S 170 01:03:59,500 --> 01:04:03,560 FEDERATION IN THE 1970S, DENNY 171 01:04:03,560 --> 01:04:09,320 WAS A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR GENDER EQUALITY. DENNY SERVED 172 01:04:09,320 --> 01:04:15,140 ON THE GA PLANNING COMMITTEE AND THE MINISTERIAL FELLOWSHIP 173 01:04:15,140 --> 01:04:21,060 COMMITTEE BEFORE GETTING ELECTED TO THE UUA BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 174 01:04:21,060 --> 01:04:27,420 FROM 2001 TO 2009, DENNY SERVED 175 01:04:27,420 --> 01:04:32,880 AS THE UUA MODERATOR. IN THE 176 01:04:32,880 --> 01:04:36,000 YEARS AFTER, SHE CHAIRED THE BOARD OF THE CHURCH OF THE 177 01:04:36,000 --> 01:04:40,000 LARGER FELLOWSHIP. OUTSIDE OF 178 01:04:40,000 --> 01:04:46,660 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM, DENNY WAS CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF 179 01:04:46,660 --> 01:04:50,660 THE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE, SERVED ON THE BOARD OF THE ALBAN 180 01:04:50,660 --> 01:04:54,780 INSTITUTE, AND WAS ACTIVE IN NUMEROUS CONNECTICUT-BASED 181 01:04:54,780 --> 01:04:59,480 NONPROFITS. IN 2006, DENNY AND 182 01:04:59,480 --> 01:05:04,500 JERRY DAVIDOFF, HER LOVING 183 01:05:04,500 --> 01:05:08,400 SPOUSE AND CO-CONSPIRATOR IN SO 184 01:05:08,400 --> 01:05:12,460 MANY CAUSES, RECEIVED THE UUA 185 01:05:12,460 --> 01:05:17,500 AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE. 186 01:05:17,500 --> 01:05:21,360 DENNY LOVED TO RAISE MONEY FOR 187 01:05:21,360 --> 01:05:25,500 CAUSES CLOSE TO HER HEART. IN 188 01:05:25,500 --> 01:05:30,400 HER LATER YEARS, HER FUNDRAISING FOCUSED ON MEADVILLE LOMBARD 189 01:05:30,400 --> 01:05:35,160 THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL WHERE SHE MENTORED CLASS AFTER CLASS OF 190 01:05:35,160 --> 01:05:40,480 SEMINARIANS WHO ARE NOW 191 01:05:40,480 --> 01:05:47,200 MINISTERS. LAST YEAR'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW ORLEANS WAS 192 01:05:47,200 --> 01:05:52,940 DENNY'S 50TH CONSECUTIVE GENERAL 193 01:05:52,940 --> 01:06:00,440 ASSEMBLY. FIVE-ZERO. AT LAST YEAR'S SERVICE OF THE LIVING 194 01:06:00,540 --> 01:06:07,260 TRADITION, DENNY STOOD HERE AND SPOKE MOVINGLY ON BEHALF OF THE LIVING 195 01:06:07,260 --> 01:06:13,160 TRADITION FUND AND THE RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS AND OTHER 196 01:06:13,160 --> 01:06:17,340 CONGREGATIONAL STAFF WHO BENEFIT 197 01:06:17,340 --> 01:06:23,000 FROM IT. THOSE OF YOU HERE AND THROUGHOUT THE HALL, IF YOU 198 01:06:23,000 --> 01:06:28,040 RECEIVED A REDUCTION GRANT OR OTHER ASSISTANCE FROM THE LIVING 199 01:06:28,040 --> 01:06:31,880 TRADITION FUND THROUGH YOUR LIFE, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND 200 01:06:31,880 --> 01:06:36,500 WAVE YOUR HANDS AND LOOK AROUND, EVERYBODY. THIS IS THE 201 01:06:36,500 --> 01:06:42,880 INTERCONNECTEDNESS FROM WHICH WE SPEAK. THESE ARE THE RIPPLES OF 202 01:06:42,880 --> 01:06:48,800 HOPE THAT YOUR DONATIONS HAVE TOUCHED. IN DECIDING WHO 203 01:06:48,800 --> 01:06:53,840 SHOULD ASK YOU TO BE AS GENEROUS AS POSSIBLE IN THIS YEAR'S 204 01:06:53,840 --> 01:06:56,280 OFFERING TO THE 205 01:06:56,280 --> 01:07:00,640 LIVING TRADITION FUND, WHICH WE ARE ABOUT TO TAKE, WE THOUGHT IT 206 01:07:00,640 --> 01:07:02,240 ONLY APPROPRIATE TO 207 01:07:02,540 --> 01:07:10,560 LET DENNY, ONE MORE TIME, DO WHAT SHE LOVED TO DO SO OFTEN - 208 01:07:10,560 --> 01:07:15,000 ASK UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THE FAITH 209 01:07:15,000 --> 01:07:21,640 THAT SUPPORTS EACH OF US AND SO MANY OTHERS. 210 01:07:21,640 --> 01:07:25,000 OTHERS.DENNY'S FAMILY WAS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT DENNY 211 01:07:25,000 --> 01:07:35,900 APPEARING VIA VIDEO AT HER 51ST CONSECUTIVE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. 212 01:07:35,900 --> 01:07:40,420 IN THE PROGRAM AT HER MEMORIAL SERVICE, IT WAS WRITTEN THAT 213 01:07:40,420 --> 01:07:44,420 DENNY "ALWAYS TURNED INTO THE 214 01:07:44,420 --> 01:07:48,760 WIND. THERE WAS RARELY A STRONG 215 01:07:48,760 --> 01:07:54,060 CURRENT, CHOPPY SEA, OR BLISTERING WIND THAT SHE WOULD 216 01:07:54,060 --> 01:07:58,600 NOT FACE HEAD-ON." IN SOME 217 01:07:58,600 --> 01:08:03,600 WAY OR ANOTHER, EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM, OR WATCHING 218 01:08:03,600 --> 01:08:09,500 ELECTRONICALLY, HAS HAD THEIR LIFE ENRICHED BY THE HARD WORK, 219 01:08:09,500 --> 01:08:14,460 COURAGEOUS VISION, AND ENDLESS 220 01:08:14,480 --> 01:08:19,500 LOVE OF DENNY DAVIDOFF. 221 01:08:19,500 --> 01:08:26,500 DENNY, WHILE YOU MAY BE GONE, YOU ARE CERTAINLY NOT FORGOTTEN. 222 01:08:26,500 --> 01:08:31,189 YOUR MEMORY IS WRITTEN LARGE ON OUR HEARTS. 223 01:08:31,189 --> 01:08:34,600 MAY I INTRODUCE DENNY DAVIDOFF. 224 01:08:34,600 --> 01:09:05,300 >> 225 01:09:08,780 --> 01:09:16,080 IT IS JUNE 1971. JERRY AND I HAVE ARRIVED IN BOSTON EARLY FOR 226 01:09:16,080 --> 01:09:23,080 THE 1971 GENERAL ASSEMBLY EARLY ENOUGH SO THAT FINDING THAT A 227 01:09:23,140 --> 01:09:28,500 DORM ROOM AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY IS AIRLESS AND EXCEEDINGINGLY 228 01:09:28,500 --> 01:09:34,080 UNATTRACTIVE. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE, THOUGH IT'S A BIT 229 01:09:34,080 --> 01:09:39,300 BEYOND THE BUDGET, TO SECURE AN AIR CONDITIONED ROOM IN THE 230 01:09:39,300 --> 01:09:45,800 NEARBY HOWARD JOHNSON'S INN. UNPACKED, WE ARE 231 01:09:45,800 --> 01:09:51,180 WANDERING AROUND THE EDGES OF GA AND WE RUN INTO THE REVEREND 232 01:09:51,340 --> 01:09:58,500 CLARK DEWEY WELLS, WHO OFFERS TO SNEAK US INTO THE SERVICE OF THE 233 01:09:58,500 --> 01:10:04,700 LIVING TRADITION SOON TO COMMENCE AT THE ARLINGTON STREET 234 01:10:04,700 --> 01:10:13,440 CHURCH. IT'S STRICTLY FOR CLERGY, CLARK TELLS US. BUT I'M 235 01:10:13,640 --> 01:10:23,540 THINKING YOU TWO WOULD LIKE IT. OH, MY GOD, DID WE LIKE IT. FOR 236 01:10:23,780 --> 01:10:28,240 JERRY, WHO BASICALLY LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT GENERAL 237 01:10:28,460 --> 01:10:35,660 ASSEMBLY, REALLY ABOUT THE UUA, THE SLT, THIS SERVICE OF THE 238 01:10:35,660 --> 01:10:43,440 LIVING TRADITION BECAME THE ANNUAL EVENT IN HIS RELIGIOUS 239 01:10:43,440 --> 01:10:51,020 LIFE, MAYBE THE ANNUAL EVENT IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE. 240 01:10:51,020 --> 01:10:58,580 JERRY, LOVER OF MINISTERS, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU. 241 01:11:01,460 --> 01:11:08,920 IT IS SEPTEMBER 1963 AND THE UNITARIAN CHURCH IN WESTPORT, 242 01:11:08,920 --> 01:11:14,480 THE YOUNG DAVIDOFFS CONGREGATION , IS WELCOMING ITS VERY FIRST 243 01:11:14,620 --> 01:11:20,340 STUDENT INTERN, A MEADVILLE LOMBARD SEMINARIAN BY THE NAME 244 01:11:20,340 --> 01:11:30,120 OF RALPH MERO. 32 YEARS LATER , RALPH MERO RELOCATES FROM 245 01:11:30,280 --> 01:11:34,840 SEATTLE TO BOSTON TO BECOME THE DIRECTOR OF THE UUA OFFICE OF 246 01:11:34,840 --> 01:11:42,140 CHURCH STAFF FINANCES AND MY EDUCATION AS A UNITARIAN 247 01:11:42,140 --> 01:11:45,560 UNIVERSALIST FUNDRAISER 248 01:11:45,560 --> 01:11:50,760 BEGINS. SOME OF YOU OUT THERE HAVE HEARD ME SAY THAT 249 01:11:50,760 --> 01:11:57,780 EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT ASKING FOR MONEY, BIG MONEY FROM 250 01:11:57,780 --> 01:12:03,180 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS I LEARNED FROM RALPH MERO AT THE 251 01:12:03,180 --> 01:12:08,240 SERVICE OF THE LIVING TRADITION. 252 01:12:08,240 --> 01:12:12,820 MERO CURRICULUM LESSON ONE: 253 01:12:12,900 --> 01:12:21,420 WARN THE FOLKS THAT IF YOU TAKE OUT YOUR CHECKBOOK ANY TIME 254 01:12:21,420 --> 01:12:30,000 BEFORE THIS OFFERTORY IS DONE, DO NOT FILL OUT THE AMOUNT. 255 01:12:30,000 --> 01:12:35,000 I CAN REMEMBER RALPH SAYING THIS . IT WILL ONLY REQUIRE YOU 256 01:12:35,000 --> 01:12:41,660 WRITING ANOTHER CHECK. 257 01:12:41,660 --> 01:12:49,500 I WANT TO SPEAK TONIGHT TO MY COLLEAGUE LAY LEADERS. I WANT 258 01:12:49,500 --> 01:12:58,980 TO SPEAK CANDIDLY. MAYBE BE EVEN HARSHLY, BECAUSE WE ALL 259 01:12:59,000 --> 01:13:09,820 KNOW THE TRUTH SOMETIMES BITES AND STINGS AND THE TRUTH IS 260 01:13:09,820 --> 01:13:13,520 WE MISTREAT OUR MINISTERS 261 01:13:13,520 --> 01:13:20,220 FINANCIALLY. WE CALL THEM INTO OUR CONGREGATIONS FOR AS LITTLE 262 01:13:20,220 --> 01:13:27,100 MONEY AS WE CAN GET AWAY WITH, GET AWAY WITH, AND WE BLITHELY 263 01:13:27,100 --> 01:13:33,000 EXPECT THEM TO HELP US RAISE MONEY THAT WILL FUND OUR 264 01:13:33,000 --> 01:13:44,460 COLLECTIVE DREAMS. PLEASE, REVEREND, CHARM THE LARGE GIVERS 265 01:13:44,460 --> 01:13:50,280 PLEASE, REVEREND, LASSO THE PLEDGE LAGGARDS. 266 01:13:50,280 --> 01:13:56,520 PLEASE, REVEREND, NOT THE SERMON ON THE AMOUNT OUT OF THE 267 01:13:56,520 --> 01:14:02,780 BALLPARK. PLEASE, REVEREND, INSPIRE THE POTENTIAL CAPITAL 268 01:14:02,920 --> 01:14:12,900 CAMPAIGN CHAIRS. WE TAKE PARTICULAR UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OF 269 01:14:12,900 --> 01:14:19,340 WOMEN MINISTERS. YES, WE DO. [APPLAUSE] 270 01:14:19,340 --> 01:14:32,080 STILL. AND WE EXPLOIT OUR MINISTERS OF COLOR. 271 01:14:32,080 --> 01:14:36,500 AND DON'T GET ME STARTED ABOUT OUR ABYSMAL TREATMENT OF 272 01:14:36,500 --> 01:14:41,840 RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS AND MUSICIANS AND OTHER STAFF. 273 01:14:41,980 --> 01:14:42,480 [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] IN THIS REGARD WE ARE 274 01:14:42,700 --> 01:14:51,640 CHEAPSKATES WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, GENDER IDENTITY, NATIONAL 275 01:14:53,280 --> 01:14:54,580 ORIGIN 276 01:14:54,580 --> 01:15:00,720 . AND THEN THERE ARE THE INTERN MINISTERS WE LOVE TO 277 01:15:00,840 --> 01:15:03,240 EXPLOIT BY NOT PAYING 278 01:15:03,240 --> 01:15:05,440 THEM ANYTHING 279 01:15:05,440 --> 01:15:17,840 . LIKE WORKING FOR FREE IS OKAY . SITTING BEHIND ME 280 01:15:17,840 --> 01:15:23,900 ARE NEW MINISTERS. WE ARE AND WILL BE CALLING AND HIRING TO SERVE 281 01:15:23,900 --> 01:15:30,000 OUR CONGREGATIONS THIS YEAR AND IN THE YEARS TO COME. THEY ARE 282 01:15:30,000 --> 01:15:35,000 RECENT SEMINARY 283 01:15:35,000 --> 01:15:41,220 GRADUATES AND MANY, POSSIBLY MOST OF THEM, ARE MIRED IN DEBT. 284 01:15:41,220 --> 01:15:48,760 THE PRICE THEY HAVE PAID TO FOLLOW THEIR INSISTENT CALL TO 285 01:15:48,760 --> 01:15:57,840 MINISTRY, THEIR INSISTENT CALL TO SERVE US 286 01:15:57,840 --> 01:16:05,840 . SO PLEASE, IF YOU WOULD, STAND IF YOU ARE ABLE AND IF YOU 287 01:16:05,840 --> 01:16:09,520 ARE WILLING, STAND IF YOU HAVE STUDENT LOANS AND OTHER 288 01:16:09,660 --> 01:16:12,720 EDUCATIONAL DEBT. 289 01:16:23,320 --> 01:16:27,060 OH, YEAH. THANKS, GUYS. 290 01:16:32,000 --> 01:16:41,120 FRIENDS, I HAVE STOOD NEXT TO A MINISTER WHOSE CHILD IS IN 291 01:16:41,120 --> 01:16:44,600 TERRIBLE TROUBLE. 292 01:16:44,600 --> 01:16:51,500 I HAVE STOOD BY WHILE THIS MINISTER CALLED RICHARD NUGENT, 293 01:16:51,500 --> 01:16:57,840 WHO SUCCEEDED RALPH MERO, CALLED IN DESPERATION TO REQUEST 294 01:16:57,840 --> 01:17:03,600 FINANCIAL HELP FROM THE LIVING TRADITION FUND AND RICHARD HAS 295 01:17:03,600 --> 01:17:12,620 RESPONDED WITHOUT HESITATION. YES, I'M SENDING YOU A CHECK 296 01:17:12,620 --> 01:17:18,400 RIGHT NOW. FRIENDS, I KNOW MINISTERS WHO HAVE FACED MEDICAL 297 01:17:18,460 --> 01:17:25,020 EMERGENCIES FOR THEMSELVES OR FAMILY MEMBERS THAT INSURANCE 298 01:17:25,020 --> 01:17:32,220 DID NOT COVER, IF INDEED THERE WAS INSURANCE. I HAVE KNOWN 299 01:17:32,220 --> 01:17:38,360 RETIRED MINISTERS IN THEIR NINETIES WHOSE CAREERS DID NOT 300 01:17:38,500 --> 01:17:43,100 STRADDLE OUR FAIR COMPENSATION GUIDELINES AND WHO WERE IN 301 01:17:43,100 --> 01:17:48,960 DANGER OF LOSING THEIR HOMES. 302 01:17:48,960 --> 01:17:55,000 FRIENDS, I KNOW A SEMINARY STUDENT WHO WAS ILL AND COULDN'T 303 01:17:55,000 --> 01:18:00,000 WORK HER PART-TIME JOB AND WAS FACING EVICTION FROM HER 304 01:18:00,000 --> 01:18:06,000 APARTMENT AND I HAVE KNOWN SEMINARIANS WHO REQUESTED 305 01:18:06,000 --> 01:18:12,000 EMERGENCY FUNDS WITHOUT WHICH THEY COULD NOT CONTINUE THEIR 306 01:18:12,000 --> 01:18:18,000 ONGOING COURSEWORK. AND RICHARD NUGENT, LIKE RALPH MERO BEFORE 307 01:18:18,000 --> 01:18:28,500 HIM, HAS RESPONDED WITH A CHECK, A LIFELINE, A BLESSING 308 01:18:28,500 --> 01:18:34,460 . WE LIKE TO SAY THAT UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM SAVES LIVES. I CAN 309 01:18:34,460 --> 01:18:41,440 ATTEST TONIGHT THAT THE LIVING TRADITION SAVES MINISTERS' LIVES 310 01:18:41,440 --> 01:18:46,540 . THE VERY SAME MINISTERS WHO SAVE OUR CONGREGATIONS' LIVES 311 01:18:46,540 --> 01:18:54,800 OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. 312 01:18:54,800 --> 01:19:01,840 [APPLAUSE] 313 01:19:04,620 --> 01:19:11,520 IT IS JUNE 1988 AND I AM AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN PALM SPRINGS 314 01:19:11,520 --> 01:19:17,500 CALIFORNIA. I AM, IN FACT, CHAIR OF THE GA PLANNING 315 01:19:17,500 --> 01:19:23,240 COMMITTEE. AND WITH EVIDENCE OF TREMENDOUS NEED PRESENTED, THE 316 01:19:23,240 --> 01:19:29,280 DELEGATES AGREE TO CREATE THE LIVING TRADITION FUND TO PROVIDE 317 01:19:29,280 --> 01:19:35,000 THREE TYPES OF SUPPORT FOR MINISTRY: NEED BASED 318 01:19:35,000 --> 01:19:38,940 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THEOLOGICAL STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED A 319 01:19:38,940 --> 01:19:43,980 FULL YEAR OF THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION; NEW MINISTER 320 01:19:43,980 --> 01:19:50,000 ASSISTANCE TO REDUCE THE BURDEN OF HIGH EDUCATIONAL DEBT AND 321 01:19:50,000 --> 01:19:53,140 REPAYMENT. THIS WAS ACTUALLY IN THE RESOLUTION 322 01:19:53,140 --> 01:20:00,000 . GRANTS TO MINISTERS FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. AND IN 323 01:20:00,000 --> 01:20:04,360 AGREEING TO CREATE 324 01:20:04,360 --> 01:20:11,680 THE FUND, WE ASSUMED RESPONSIBILITY THEN AS WE ASSUME 325 01:20:11,680 --> 01:20:19,000 IT TONIGHT, WE ASSUMED THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR FUNDING IT 326 01:20:19,000 --> 01:20:25,000 GENEROUSLY. THANKFULLY 327 01:20:25,000 --> 01:20:30,000 . HERE IS MY CHECK. I WAS GOING TO WRITE IT FOR $100, 328 01:20:30,000 --> 01:20:35,000 WHICH IS A LOT FOR ME, BUT I KEPT HEARING RALPH'S URGENT 329 01:20:35,000 --> 01:20:45,620 VOICE TELLING ME TO DO BETTER. SO OKAY, OKAY, OKAY, RALPH. 330 01:20:45,620 --> 01:20:57,740 IT'S FOR $200. DO BETTER, MY FRIENDS. DO BETTER, PLEASE 331 01:20:57,740 --> 01:21:02,940 . THE OFFERING WILL NOW BE TAKEN. 332 01:21:03,060 --> 01:21:16,060 [APPLAUSE] 333 01:21:42,500 --> 01:21:47,860 >> AS YOUR GIFTS TO BENEFIT MINISTERS AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS 334 01:21:48,060 --> 01:21:56,000 AND MUSICIANS AND ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER CHURCH STAFF ARE COLLECTED, I MUST 335 01:21:56,000 --> 01:22:02,280 ACKNOWLEDGE A GENEROUS GIFT FROM THE DAVIDOFF FAMILY TO THE 336 01:22:02,280 --> 01:22:07,660 LIVING TRADITION FUND IN MEMORY OF DENNY'S LONGSTANDING 337 01:22:07,660 --> 01:22:16,000 COMMITMENT TO OUR FAITH. AGAIN, BLESSINGS ON EACH OF YOU FOR ALL 338 01:22:16,000 --> 01:22:20,000 THAT YOU DO. 339 01:28:30,000 --> 01:28:35,000 OUR READING THIS EVENING COMES FROM AUDRE LORDE'S COMMENCEMENT 340 01:28:35,000 --> 01:28:38,100 ADDRESS DELIVERED AT OBERLIN 341 01:28:38,100 --> 01:28:45,000 COLLEGE ON MAY 29, 1989. AUDRE LORDE DEFINED HERSELF AS A 342 01:28:45,000 --> 01:28:50,000 "BLACK, LESBIAN, MOTHER, WARRIOR, POET," AND AS SUCH HER 343 01:28:50,000 --> 01:28:55,000 WISDOM RESOUNDS LONG PAST THE SPAN OF HER LIFE. HERE IS THE 344 01:28:55,000 --> 01:29:00,000 CONCLUSION TO HER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: 345 01:29:00,000 --> 01:29:05,000 THE WHITE FATHERS HAVE TOLD US: 346 01:29:05,000 --> 01:29:10,000 "I THINK, THEREFORE I AM." BUT THE BLACK MOTHER WITHIN EACH ONE 347 01:29:10,000 --> 01:29:15,000 OF US-THE POET INSIDE-WHISPERS IN OUR DREAMS: "I FEEL, 348 01:29:15,000 --> 01:29:20,000 THEREFORE I CAN BE FREE." LEARN 349 01:29:20,000 --> 01:29:23,000 TO USE WHAT YOU FEEL TO MOVE YOU 350 01:29:23,160 --> 01:29:30,000 TOWARD ACTION. CHANGE, PERSONAL AND POLITICAL, DOES NOT COME 351 01:29:30,000 --> 01:29:33,640 ABOUT IN A DAY, NOR A YEAR. BUT IT IS OUR DAY-TO-DAY DECISIONS, 352 01:29:33,640 --> 01:29:38,640 THE WAY IN WHICH WE TESTIFY WITH OUR LIVES TO THOSE THINGS IN 353 01:29:38,740 --> 01:29:41,860 WHICH WE SAY WE BELIEVE, THAT 354 01:29:41,860 --> 01:29:48,180 EMPOWER US. YOUR POWER IS RELATIVE, BUT IT IS REAL. AND IF 355 01:29:48,180 --> 01:29:50,560 YOU DO NOT LEARN TO USE IT, IT 356 01:29:50,560 --> 01:29:55,640 WILL BE USED, AGAINST YOU, AND 357 01:29:55,640 --> 01:30:00,320 AGAINST ME, AND OUR CHILDREN. CHANGE DID 358 01:30:00,320 --> 01:30:03,580 NOT BEGIN WITH YOU, AND IT WILL 359 01:30:03,580 --> 01:30:05,320 NOT END WITH YOU, BUT WHAT YOU 360 01:30:05,320 --> 01:30:08,900 DO WITH YOUR LIFE IS AN ABSOLUTELY VITAL PIECE OF THAT 361 01:30:08,900 --> 01:30:14,500 CHAIN. THE TESTIMONY OF YOUR DAILY LIVING IS THE MISSING 362 01:30:14,500 --> 01:30:19,300 REMNANT IN THE FABRIC OF OUR FUTURE. THERE ARE SO MANY 363 01:30:19,300 --> 01:30:20,300 DIFFERENT 364 01:30:20,300 --> 01:30:24,900 PARTS TO EACH OF US. AND THERE ARE SO MANY OF US. IF WE CAN 365 01:30:24,900 --> 01:30:29,240 ENVISION THE FUTURE WE DESIRE, WE CAN WORK TO BRING IT INTO 366 01:30:29,240 --> 01:30:34,240 BEING. WE NEED ALL THE DIFFERENT PIECES OF OURSELVES TO BE 367 01:30:34,240 --> 01:30:38,060 STRONG, AS WE NEED EACH OTHER 368 01:30:38,060 --> 01:30:42,340 AND EACH OTHER'S BATTLES FOR EMPOWERMENT. 369 01:30:42,340 --> 01:30:47,320 THAT SURGE OF POWER YOU FEEL INSIDE YOU NOW DOES NOT BELONG 370 01:30:47,320 --> 01:30:52,000 TO ME, NOR TO YOUR PARENTS, NOR TO YOUR PROFESSORS. THAT POWER 371 01:30:52,000 --> 01:30:57,000 LIVES INSIDE OF YOU. IT IS YOURS, YOU OWN IT, AND YOU WILL 372 01:30:57,000 --> 01:31:03,660 CARRY IT OUT OF THIS ROOM. AND WHETHER YOU USE IT OR WHETHER 373 01:31:03,660 --> 01:31:06,160 YOU WASTE IT, YOU ARE 374 01:31:06,160 --> 01:31:11,900 RESPONSIBLE FOR IT. GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL. TOGETHER, IN THE 375 01:31:11,900 --> 01:31:19,160 CONSCIOUS RECOGNITION OF OUR DIFFERENCES, WE CAN WIN, AND WE WILL. 376 01:31:19,160 --> 01:31:22,180 A LUTA CONTINUA. 377 01:31:22,180 --> 01:31:27,700 THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES. I WOULD INVITE TO YOU RISE IN 378 01:31:27,700 --> 01:31:39,000 BODY, IN SPIRIT, OR IN VOICE FOR WE WOULD BE ONE. 379 01:33:42,000 --> 01:33:50,000 >> WE ARE ON A JOURNEY TOWARD REDEMPTION. WE HAVE LIVED A 380 01:33:50,000 --> 01:33:52,080 YEAR FILLED WITH 381 01:33:52,080 --> 01:33:59,060 LAMENTATION… WITH THE STRENGTH OF GENERATIONS, THE FAILURES OF THE 382 01:33:59,060 --> 01:34:03,340 EVERYDAY, AND THE DEEP DOWN GRITTY MESSINESS THAT IS THE 383 01:34:03,340 --> 01:34:10,000 PROMISE OF OUR SALVATION. THERE IS INHERENT GOODNESS THAT EXISTS 384 01:34:10,000 --> 01:34:13,780 BETWEEN AND AMONG US. 385 01:34:13,780 --> 01:34:20,000 I WANT TO HONOR THE WEARY, RAGGED MIRACLE THAT IS OUR 386 01:34:20,000 --> 01:34:22,780 LIVING TRADITION. 387 01:34:22,780 --> 01:34:28,340 OH MY LOVES. THE LAST TIME I GOT TO ADDRESS YOU IN THIS GREAT 388 01:34:28,340 --> 01:34:33,680 ASSEMBLY, IT WAS A TIME OF RENEWED PROMISE, OF REINVESTMENT 389 01:34:33,680 --> 01:34:37,000 IN WHO WE BEST KNOW OURSELVES TO 390 01:34:37,000 --> 01:34:41,880 BE. AND IT WAS A TIME WHEN OUR ENERGY WAS KINDLED A BIT BY 391 01:34:41,880 --> 01:34:45,000 FEAR: FEAR THAT WE MIGHT LOSE 392 01:34:45,000 --> 01:34:50,000 ONE ANOTHER, FEAR THAT NAMING OUR ENTANGLEMENT WITH WHITE 393 01:34:50,000 --> 01:34:53,540 SUPREMACY WOULD PROVE THE 394 01:34:53,540 --> 01:35:00,000 UNDOING OF OUR LIBERATING FAITH. AND WE SENT OURSELVES HOME WITH 395 01:35:00,000 --> 01:35:04,160 WORK TO DO, KNOWING THAT THE STRUGGLES IN OUR ASSOCIATION 396 01:35:04,160 --> 01:35:08,000 WERE A SMALL REFLECTION OF THE LARGER STRUGGLES OF OUR NATION. 397 01:35:08,000 --> 01:35:12,000 WE WERE CALLED ONCE AGAIN TO 398 01:35:12,000 --> 01:35:17,000 ACCOUNTABILITY AT HOME, EVEN AS WE WORKED FOR JUSTICE IN THE 399 01:35:17,000 --> 01:35:19,500 WORLD. 400 01:35:19,500 --> 01:35:23,940 I HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS HAS BEEN A YEAR OF STEADFASTNESS IN 401 01:35:23,940 --> 01:35:27,420 RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP. IT'S BEEN 402 01:35:27,420 --> 01:35:32,740 FAR FROM PERFECT. BUT THERE ARE THOSE AMONG US WHO HAVE WORKED 403 01:35:32,740 --> 01:35:39,000 BEYOND ALL REASON TO KEEP US ACCOUNTABLE TO THIS JOURNEY OF 404 01:35:39,000 --> 01:35:42,600 DISMANTLING WHITE SUPREMACY WITHIN 405 01:35:42,800 --> 01:35:50,000 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM. THEY HAVE MY PROFOUND GRATITUDE AND UNENDING RESPECT. 406 01:35:50,000 --> 01:35:55,000 THAT'S WORTH APPLAUDING 407 01:35:55,180 --> 01:35:59,920 [APPLAUSE] 408 01:35:59,920 --> 01:36:05,140 AND WHEN I SAY THAT WE HAVE HAD STEADFASTNESS IN OUR RELIGIOUS 409 01:36:05,140 --> 01:36:08,440 LEADERSHIP, I MEAN EVERYONE WHO 410 01:36:08,440 --> 01:36:12,620 IS ASSOCIATED WITH US. ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE HEARD YOUR VALUES 411 01:36:12,620 --> 01:36:15,660 AND YOUR DREAMS OF FAITHFUL LIVING EXPRESSED IN OUR 412 01:36:15,660 --> 01:36:20,380 CONGREGATIONS AND COMMUNITIES, AND CHOSEN TO CAST YOUR LOT 413 01:36:20,380 --> 01:36:24,900 AMONG US; ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BROUGHT YOUR HEARTACHE, YOUR 414 01:36:24,900 --> 01:36:28,260 FAILURE, YOUR UNBOUNDED HOPE, 415 01:36:28,260 --> 01:36:30,980 AND YOUR POTENTIAL TO UNITARIAN 416 01:36:30,980 --> 01:36:37,520 UNIVERSALISM; ALL OF YOU MOST IMPACTED BY THIS WORK, WHO HAVE 417 01:36:37,520 --> 01:36:43,100 REMAINED IN OUR COMMUNITIES EVEN WHEN WE HAVE OFFERED YOU LESS 418 01:36:43,100 --> 01:36:46,280 THAN WHAT YOUR SPIRIT DESERVES. 419 01:36:46,280 --> 01:36:50,740 ON THIS NIGHT WHEN WE HONOR THOSE DEDICATED TO THE WORK OF 420 01:36:50,740 --> 01:36:57,140 OUR LIVING TRADITION - WE HONOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. 421 01:36:57,140 --> 01:37:01,620 NOW IT HAS BEEN A YEAR WHEN THOSE BEFORE YOU ON THIS CHANCEL 422 01:37:01,620 --> 01:37:05,680 HAVE NOT ONLY RESPONDED TO THE NEEDS OF A NATION IN TURMOIL, 423 01:37:05,680 --> 01:37:10,920 AND AN ASSOCIATION DEEP IN SELF REFLECTION, THEY HAVE ACHIEVED 424 01:37:10,920 --> 01:37:15,340 THE MILESTONES WE ASK OF OUR RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS IN THE 425 01:37:15,340 --> 01:37:19,000 MIDST OF THAT UNENDING WORK. 426 01:37:19,000 --> 01:37:23,260 THERE ARE THOSE BEFORE YOU RETIRING FROM CAREER LONG 427 01:37:23,260 --> 01:37:27,960 SERVICE AND TOO OFTEN UNCELEBRATED DEDICATION TO THE 428 01:37:27,960 --> 01:37:31,320 HEALING AND WHOLENESS OF THIS WORLD. 429 01:37:31,320 --> 01:37:36,220 AND WE RIGHTLY PAUSE TO HONOR THIS DEPTH OF COMMITMENT IN 430 01:37:36,220 --> 01:37:42,300 TIMES WHEN WE DO NOT ENTIRELY KNOW WHAT OUR JOURNEY WILL ASK 431 01:37:42,300 --> 01:37:48,640 OF US, ONLY THAT THE WORK ITSELF IS WORTHY OF SACRIFICE. 432 01:37:48,640 --> 01:37:52,840 IN A WORLD WHERE WHITE SUPREMACY AND ALL OTHER FORMS OF 433 01:37:52,840 --> 01:38:00,000 OPPRESSION THAT FEED ON ONE ANOTHER, ALL THE LOGICS OF 434 01:38:00,000 --> 01:38:02,380 DOMINATION, ARE BLAMED ON THE MOST LUDICROUS THINGS - SLEEP 435 01:38:02,380 --> 01:38:10,000 MEDICATION, THE BIBLE, UNINFORMED EMPLOYEES, HABIT, 436 01:38:10,000 --> 01:38:13,100 RESOURCE SCARCITY IN A 437 01:38:13,100 --> 01:38:18,820 NATION SHAPED BY GREED, RELIGION ITSELF… WE ARE CALLED MORE THAN 438 01:38:18,820 --> 01:38:21,360 EVER TO TESTIFY 439 01:38:21,360 --> 01:38:27,640 WITH OUR LIVES. POET AND PROPHET AUDRE LORDE TOLD THOSE EMBARKING 440 01:38:27,640 --> 01:38:32,400 ON A NEXT GREAT JOURNEY THAT IT WAS THEIR SMALL ACTIONS, THEIR 441 01:38:32,400 --> 01:38:34,880 EVERYDAY DECISIONS, HOW THEY 442 01:38:34,880 --> 01:38:36,800 MOVED THROUGH THIS WORLD THAT 443 01:38:36,800 --> 01:38:39,640 NOT ONLY GAVE THEM POWER, BUT 444 01:38:39,640 --> 01:38:47,160 WOULD DEFINE OUR FUTURE. NOTICE SHE DID NOT OFFER THEM A GREAT REDEEMING 445 01:38:47,160 --> 01:38:52,820 MOMENT, SHE SIMPLY STEERED THEM BACK TO THE DAILY STRUGGLE. TO 446 01:38:52,820 --> 01:38:57,540 WHAT WE MIGHT CALL FAITHFUL LIVING. 447 01:38:57,540 --> 01:39:02,300 THIS IS ABOUT THE JOURNEY OF REDEMPTION. 448 01:39:02,300 --> 01:39:06,660 NOW I IMAGINE THAT SOME OF YOU ARE TIRED OF THIS CONVERSATION. 449 01:39:06,660 --> 01:39:10,520 THE WORK OF DISMANTLING OPPRESSION CAN FEEL ENDLESS AT 450 01:39:10,520 --> 01:39:15,000 TIMES. IN OUR TIREDNESS WE SOMETIMES FEAR THAT SPEAKING THE 451 01:39:15,000 --> 01:39:20,000 TRUTH OF OUR OWN COMPLICITY SOMEHOW INVALIDATES THE GOOD 452 01:39:20,000 --> 01:39:25,000 THAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE WORLD. INSTEAD I SEE IT AS A SIGN OF 453 01:39:25,000 --> 01:39:31,520 OUR COMMITMENT TO A TASK THAT MUST REST ON OUR FAITHFULNESS IF 454 01:39:31,520 --> 01:39:35,000 IT IS EVER TO SUCCEED. IT WILL 455 01:39:35,000 --> 01:39:37,060 TAKE A STRENGTH LARGER THAN OUR 456 01:39:37,060 --> 01:39:41,840 INDIVIDUAL BELIEFS, LARGER EVEN THAN OUR COLLECTIVE INTENTION TO 457 01:39:41,840 --> 01:39:45,220 RESHAPE OUR SURROUNDING CULTURE. 458 01:39:45,220 --> 01:39:49,600 WE SEEK TO REFORM UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM BECAUSE WE CAN 459 01:39:49,600 --> 01:39:55,460 NEVER BE THE BEARERS OF LOVE AND JUSTICE THAT THE WORLD SO 460 01:39:55,460 --> 01:40:00,320 DESPERATELY NEEDS IF THE FOUNDATION THAT SUSTAINS US IS 461 01:40:00,320 --> 01:40:08,320 STILL PERPETUATING THE VERY PROBLEMS WE LONG TO SOLVE. 462 01:40:08,320 --> 01:40:16,320 [APPLAUSE] I KNOW THAT WE GROW WEARY - 463 01:40:16,320 --> 01:40:20,000 SOME OF US BECAUSE OUR LIVED REALITIES RARELY REQUIRE THAT WE 464 01:40:20,000 --> 01:40:25,000 BUILD THE STAMINA FOR STAYING IN THE STRUGGLE DAY BY DAY WHETHER 465 01:40:25,000 --> 01:40:30,000 WE WANT TO OR NOT, SOME OF US 466 01:40:30,000 --> 01:40:35,000 BECAUSE THE LONG HAUL LIVING WITH THE DAILY REQUIREMENT OF 467 01:40:35,000 --> 01:40:40,000 JUSTIFYING OUR HUMANITY IS UNSPEAKABLY DEPLETING, SOME OF 468 01:40:40,000 --> 01:40:45,000 US BECAUSE OUR FAITH IS PROFOUNDLY CHALLENGED EACH TIME 469 01:40:45,000 --> 01:40:50,000 WE DEBATE WHETHER AND HOW MUCH THIS WORK MATTERS AT THIS POINT 470 01:40:50,000 --> 01:40:52,460 IN OUR HISTORY. 471 01:40:52,460 --> 01:40:57,740 I WANT TO REMIND US, MYSELF INCLUDED, THAT IT IS THE PROMISE 472 01:40:57,740 --> 01:41:01,920 OF OUR FAITH ITSELF THAT CALLS US TO THIS WORK AND IT IS THE 473 01:41:01,920 --> 01:41:06,620 INTEGRITY OF LIVING THE VALUES WE BEAR WITNESS TO IN THE WORLD 474 01:41:06,620 --> 01:41:12,180 THAT REQUIRES US TO FOCUS OUR ENERGY IN THIS WAY. BELOVEDS WE 475 01:41:12,180 --> 01:41:17,640 ARE THE THEOLOGICAL INHERITORS OF TEACHINGS ON UNIVERSAL 476 01:41:17,640 --> 01:41:20,000 SALVATION. THERE IS NO WINNOWING 477 01:41:20,000 --> 01:41:25,000 OUT OF THE SUPPOSEDLY UNWORTHY THAT CAN BE NAMED SACRED AMONG 478 01:41:25,000 --> 01:41:30,000 US. IT IS OUR VERY UNIVERSALISM THAT IS AT STAKE WHEN WE TURN 479 01:41:30,000 --> 01:41:35,000 AWAY FROM THE IMPACT THAT OUR INSTITUTIONS HAVE ON THE SAME 480 01:41:35,000 --> 01:41:40,000 COMMUNITIES AND GROUPS THAT SOCIETY ENCOURAGES US TO 481 01:41:40,000 --> 01:41:45,000 DEHUMANIZE AND MAKE SMALL. 482 01:41:45,000 --> 01:41:50,000 THIS IS NOT A NEW STORY. WHEN I LOOK FOR SOMETHING TO HOLD ONTO 483 01:41:50,000 --> 01:41:55,000 IN THESE DAYS WHEN THE DEATH STRUGGLES OF INSTITUTIONALIZED 484 01:41:55,000 --> 01:42:01,600 WHITE SUPREMACY AND HETEROPATRIACHAL CAPITALISM ARE ATTACKING EVERY 485 01:42:01,600 --> 01:42:05,000 GROUP THROWN TO THE MARGINS TO 486 01:42:05,000 --> 01:42:07,980 JUSTIFY UNEARNED PRIVILEGE AND 487 01:42:07,980 --> 01:42:15,000 IMMORAL GAINS, I TURN TO THE WISDOM OF ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE 488 01:42:15,000 --> 01:42:20,000 LONG TAUGHT US THAT OUR LIBERATION IS COLLECTIVE. MANY 489 01:42:20,000 --> 01:42:23,340 OF US KNOW THE WORDS ATTRIBUTED TO INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN 490 01:42:23,340 --> 01:42:27,920 ACTIVIST, LILLA WATSON, "IF YOU HAVE COME HERE TO HELP ME, YOU 491 01:42:27,920 --> 01:42:30,200 ARE WASTING YOUR TIME. 492 01:42:30,200 --> 01:42:35,300 BUT IF YOU HAVE COME BECAUSE YOUR LIBERATION IS BOUND UP WITH 493 01:42:35,300 --> 01:42:40,600 MINE, THEN LET US WORK TOGETHER." WATSON HERSELF 494 01:42:40,600 --> 01:42:45,400 REMINDS US THAT THIS WISDOM HAS GROWN COLLECTIVELY FROM 495 01:42:45,400 --> 01:42:50,080 ACTIVISTS AND ORGANIZERS OVER THE YEARS, SO I WANT TO BRING US BACK TO ONE OF 496 01:42:50,080 --> 01:42:55,580 OUR OWN, FRANCIS ELLEN WATKINS HARPER, WHO IS REMEMBERED FOR 497 01:42:55,580 --> 01:43:01,120 -- SHE'S WORTH CELEBRATING. [APPLAUSE] 498 01:43:01,120 --> 01:43:05,300 HARPER IS REMEMBERED FOR TEACHING US THAT "WE ARE ALL 499 01:43:05,300 --> 01:43:10,000 BOUND UP TOGETHER." COLLECTIVE SALVATION WAS NOT A NEW IDEA IN HER DAY, 500 01:43:10,000 --> 01:43:15,000 THOUGH HARPER PREDATES THE THEOLOGIANS IN OUR OWN 501 01:43:15,000 --> 01:43:19,080 TRADITION BEST KNOWN FOR EMBRACING THIS WORLDVIEW. 502 01:43:19,080 --> 01:43:22,540 IN 1866, FLANKED BY WHITE ALLIES 503 01:43:22,540 --> 01:43:26,820 ELIZABETH CADY STANTON AND SUSAN B. ANTHONY AT THE 11TH NATIONAL 504 01:43:26,820 --> 01:43:32,220 WOMEN'S RIGHTS CONVENTION IN NY CITY, FRANCIS ELLEN WATKINS 505 01:43:32,220 --> 01:43:35,360 HARPER INSISTED THAT "WE ARE ALL 506 01:43:35,360 --> 01:43:39,060 BOUND UP TOGETHER IN ONE GREAT 507 01:43:39,060 --> 01:43:44,480 BUNDLE OF HUMANITY, AND SOCIETY CANNOT TRAMPLE ON THE WEAKEST… 508 01:43:44,480 --> 01:43:50,860 OF ITS MEMBERS WITHOUT RECEIVING THE CURSE IN ITS OWN SOUL." 509 01:43:50,860 --> 01:43:55,740 HARPER, A FREEBORN BLACK WOMAN WHO BELONGED TO BOTH UNITARIAN 510 01:43:55,740 --> 01:44:01,040 AND AME CHURCHES, LIVED HER LIFE USING HER RELATIVE PRIVILEGE TO 511 01:44:01,040 --> 01:44:05,140 FIGHT FOR THE FREEDOM OF HER 512 01:44:05,140 --> 01:44:09,160 PEOPLE. ALL OF HER PEOPLE. THIS 513 01:44:09,160 --> 01:44:14,800 BEAUTIFULLY INTERSECTIONAL ABOLITIONIST ORGANIZED FOR 514 01:44:14,800 --> 01:44:20,080 WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE ALONGSIDE THE ENDING OF SLAVERY, AND CIVIL 515 01:44:20,080 --> 01:44:25,080 RIGHTS FOR ALL. SHE CHALLENGED US ON THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES OF 516 01:44:25,080 --> 01:44:29,760 OPPRESSION, AND HOW THE VIOLENCE WE INFLICT ON THOSE WE CONVINCE 517 01:44:29,760 --> 01:44:33,760 OURSELVES ARE LESS WORTHY HARMS 518 01:44:33,760 --> 01:44:37,500 NOT ONLY THOSE SACREDNESS WE DISHONOR, BUT IRREVOCABLY 519 01:44:37,500 --> 01:44:42,080 VIOLATES OUR OWN SOULS AS WELL. 520 01:44:42,080 --> 01:44:46,040 I AM NOT GOING TO CONTINUE QUOTING FROM HER SPEECH, BECAUSE 521 01:44:46,040 --> 01:44:50,680 THE ACCEPTED ABLEIST LANGUAGE OF HER TIME HAS NO PLACE IN A 522 01:44:50,680 --> 01:44:54,680 MODERN PULPIT, BE BUT HER WISDOM BELONGS HERE. SO I WANT US TO 523 01:44:54,680 --> 01:44:58,800 UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE ALSO INHERITORS OF HARPER'S 524 01:44:58,800 --> 01:45:04,320 INSISTENCE THAT THERE IS A LEVEL OF IMMORALITY WORSE THAN THE 525 01:45:04,320 --> 01:45:09,020 SYSTEMATIC OPPRESSION WE ARE GIVING SO VERY MUCH OF OURSELVES 526 01:45:09,020 --> 01:45:12,220 TO UPROOT FROM OUR BELOVED 527 01:45:12,220 --> 01:45:16,540 COMMUNITIES. WHEN THE POETRY POURED FROM THIS BLACK MOTHER'S 528 01:45:16,560 --> 01:45:20,820 HEART, SHE UNFLINCHINGLY CALLED THE NATION TO ACCOUNT FOR 529 01:45:20,820 --> 01:45:25,060 REACHING OUT TO PEOPLES OF AFRICAN DESCENT FOR HELP IN A 530 01:45:25,060 --> 01:45:28,140 TIME OF GREAT NEED, THEN UTTERLY 531 01:45:28,140 --> 01:45:30,160 REJECTING THEM ONCE AGAIN IN 532 01:45:30,180 --> 01:45:35,000 TIMES OF SAFETY. BELOVEDS, I AM NOT SUGGESTING WE ARE REPEATING 533 01:45:35,000 --> 01:45:40,000 THE "DEPTHS OF INFAMY," TO USE HARPER'S WORDS, OF CIVIL WAR 534 01:45:40,000 --> 01:45:47,700 AMERICA BUT I AM EXPERIENCING ECHOES THAT FRIGHTEN ME. 535 01:45:47,700 --> 01:45:50,000 THE JOURNEY TOWARD REDEMPTION 536 01:45:50,000 --> 01:45:53,460 INCLUDES TRUTH TELLING AND I AM GOING TO ASK YOU TO BEAR WITH ME 537 01:45:53,460 --> 01:45:55,960 FOR A MINUTE, TRUSTING THAT I 538 01:45:55,960 --> 01:46:01,960 KNOW THAT EVERY CONGREGATIONAL AND COMMUNAL SITUATION IS 539 01:46:01,960 --> 01:46:10,440 COMPLICATED, JUST AS I KNOW THAT WE CAN DO BETTER. THAT I CAN DO BETTER. 540 01:46:10,440 --> 01:46:14,900 THIS IS A YEAR WHEN WE HAVE RIGHTLY THANKED OUR GIFTED 541 01:46:14,900 --> 01:46:19,880 RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS FOR THEIR COMPASSIONATE INVESTMENT IN OUR 542 01:46:19,880 --> 01:46:24,300 FAITH FORMATION THROUGH THE WHITE SUPREMACY TEACH-INS. I 543 01:46:24,300 --> 01:46:25,760 HAVE HEARD ANECDOTALLY THAT THIS 544 01:46:25,760 --> 01:46:30,000 IS ALSO A YEAR WHEN TOO MANY RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS, OF A WIDE 545 01:46:30,000 --> 01:46:35,000 RANGE OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC 546 01:46:35,000 --> 01:46:40,000 IDENTITIES INCLUDING WHITE CO-CONSPIRATORS, HAVE STRUGGLED 547 01:46:40,000 --> 01:46:45,000 WITH MINISTERIAL SUPERVISORS WHO ARE NOT AS COMMITTED TO THIS 548 01:46:45,000 --> 01:46:47,900 WORK. THIS IS A TIME WHEN MORE 549 01:46:47,900 --> 01:46:49,820 THAN 800 OF OUR CONGREGATIONS 550 01:46:49,820 --> 01:46:53,000 HAVE ENGAGED IN COMMUNAL LEARNING ABOUT DISMANTLING WHITE 551 01:46:53,000 --> 01:46:57,380 SUPREMACY AND IT IS ALSO A TIME WHEN WE HAVE NEEDED 552 01:46:57,380 --> 01:47:02,000 INTERVENTIONS FROM THE UUA AND RECEIVED NEGOTIATED RESIGNATIONS 553 01:47:02,000 --> 01:47:11,420 FROM RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR AT UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS. 554 01:47:11,420 --> 01:47:16,700 LET ME BE CLEAR. WHEN WE DO THIS WORK WE ALMOST ALWAYS ASK MORE 555 01:47:16,700 --> 01:47:22,380 OF THE PEOPLE MOST IMPACTED BY IT, WE PROJECT OUR GREATEST FEARS 556 01:47:22,580 --> 01:47:25,780 ONTO THEM, AND ALLOW THE SYSTEM 557 01:47:25,780 --> 01:47:29,640 TO REMOVE THEM RATHER THAN SUSTAIN THE DEEP, CULTURE 558 01:47:29,640 --> 01:47:32,920 CHANGING WORK REQUIRED FOR US TO 559 01:47:32,920 --> 01:47:36,420 TRULY LIVE OUR VALUES IN THE WORLD. AND THIS IS NOT JUST 560 01:47:36,420 --> 01:47:39,620 ABOUT RACE OR ETHNICITY. IT IS 561 01:47:39,620 --> 01:47:43,640 -- IT'S TRUE, BUT IT'S NOT REALLY JOYOUS. IT'S NOT JUST 562 01:47:43,640 --> 01:47:47,100 ABOUT RACE OR ETHNICITY. IT IS ABOUT EVERY DISEMPOWERED GROUP 563 01:47:47,100 --> 01:47:52,000 IN OUR LEADERSHIP. I WOULD ASK YOU TO MAKE IT PART OF YOUR 564 01:47:52,000 --> 01:47:57,420 FAITHFUL LIVING TO LEARN ABOUT THE STORIES OF OUR RELIGIOUS 565 01:47:57,420 --> 01:48:01,440 LEADERS WHO LIVE WITH DISABILITIES, WHO IDENTIFY AS 566 01:48:01,440 --> 01:48:05,000 TRANSGENDER, NON-BINARY, OR 567 01:48:05,000 --> 01:48:07,020 GENDER NON-CONFORMING. LEARN 568 01:48:07,020 --> 01:48:11,440 ABOUT HOW OUR CONGREGATIONS ARE TREATING WOMEN, MAKING SPACE FOR 569 01:48:11,440 --> 01:48:16,480 PEOPLE WITH A RANGE OF CLASS IDENTITIES, EMBRACING QUEER 570 01:48:16,480 --> 01:48:20,640 RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS, OR RESPONDING TO THE LEADERSHIP OF 571 01:48:20,640 --> 01:48:25,660 PEOPLE OF COLOR. NOTICE THE THINGS OUR BELOVEDS FEEL 572 01:48:25,660 --> 01:48:29,340 JUSTIFIED IN SAYING TO US ABOUT 573 01:48:29,340 --> 01:48:34,320 OUR APPEARANCES, PARTICULARLY TO THOSE OF US WHO ARE FAT. THIS 574 01:48:34,320 --> 01:48:39,060 LIST GOES ON AND ON. 575 01:48:39,060 --> 01:48:45,000 IT IS PAST TIME THAT WE STOP EXPECTING EXTRA HELP FROM THOSE 576 01:48:45,000 --> 01:48:48,880 WE IMPACT THE MOST, THEN BURDENING THEM WITH THE 577 01:48:48,880 --> 01:48:51,420 BEHAVIORS THAT COME FROM OUR OWN 578 01:48:51,420 --> 01:48:55,000 WRESTLING WITH GRIEF AND DISMAY 579 01:48:55,000 --> 01:49:00,000 IN THE AFTERMATH. LET US FIND BETTER WAYS TO CARE FOR OUR 580 01:49:00,000 --> 01:49:03,760 SOULS IN TIMES OF CHANGE. 581 01:49:03,760 --> 01:49:14,880 .I'M BEGGING YOU. [APPLAUSE] 582 01:49:14,880 --> 01:49:18,460 THE JOURNEY TOWARD REDEMPTION IS ABOUT TRUTH TELLING, 583 01:49:18,460 --> 01:49:22,720 LAMENTATION, AND OWNING OUR WRONGS, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME 584 01:49:22,720 --> 01:49:27,040 CLAIMING THE PROFOUND POSSIBILITY THAT CALLS US 585 01:49:27,040 --> 01:49:30,000 FORWARD. WE ARE THE INHERITORS 586 01:49:30,000 --> 01:49:35,000 OF THE LEGACIES OF WHITE SUPREMACY, BUT ALSO OF AN 587 01:49:35,000 --> 01:49:40,000 UNIMAGINABLE GRACE, OF CERTAINTY IN THE POSSIBILITY OF 588 01:49:40,000 --> 01:49:45,000 REDEMPTION, OF WEAVING A TAPESTRY OF LEADERSHIP THAT MAY 589 01:49:45,000 --> 01:49:52,080 NOT YET BE WHAT WE LONG FOR BUT IS CALLED TO BE THE RICHEST 590 01:49:52,080 --> 01:49:55,000 EXPRESSION OF HUMANITY'S 591 01:49:55,000 --> 01:49:58,300 SACREDNESS. WE BELIEVE IN HUMAN 592 01:49:58,300 --> 01:50:03,520 CAPACITY GREAT ENOUGH, A GOD LOVING ENOUGH, VALUES STRONG 593 01:50:03,520 --> 01:50:06,680 ENOUGH, COMMUNITIES DEDICATED 594 01:50:06,680 --> 01:50:13,000 ENOUGH, AND I PRAY LEADERS HUMBLE ENOUGH TO MOVE US TOWARD 595 01:50:13,000 --> 01:50:15,000 REDEMPTION. 596 01:50:15,000 --> 01:50:20,000 AND I THINK WE KNOW THAT REDEMPTION IS A SHARED MINISTRY 597 01:50:20,000 --> 01:50:25,000 THAT MEANS EVERYONE, THAT ELEVATES ALL, THAT SEEKS OUT THE 598 01:50:25,000 --> 01:50:30,000 SUFFERING, NEGLECTED PLACES OF THE WORLD AND BREATHES THE HOLY 599 01:50:30,000 --> 01:50:35,000 BACK INTO THEM. REDEMPTION IS A PROFESSIONAL RELIGIOUS 600 01:50:35,000 --> 01:50:40,000 LEADERSHIP THAT IS HUMBLE, THAT 601 01:50:40,000 --> 01:50:45,000 APOLOGIZES, AND THAT LIMITS ITS OWN POWER TO MOVE US TOWARD A 602 01:50:45,180 --> 01:50:50,600 GREATER TRUTH. MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION MEANS TRYING EVEN WHEN 603 01:50:50,600 --> 01:50:55,240 WE DON'T KNOW HOW IT CAN EVER 604 01:50:55,240 --> 01:50:59,280 COME TO PASS. TRYING BECAUSE THE 605 01:50:59,280 --> 01:51:04,280 STRUGGLE ITSELF IS HOLY. IT MEANS CELEBRATING THE SUCCESSES 606 01:51:04,280 --> 01:51:09,860 THAT DO IN FACT EXIST AMONG US, ELEVATING THEM, AND PUTTING THEM 607 01:51:09,860 --> 01:51:14,800 TO THE SERVICE OF CREATING EVEN GREATER SUCCESS. AT THE SAME 608 01:51:14,800 --> 01:51:19,360 TIME IT IS MODELING THAT THE 609 01:51:19,360 --> 01:51:23,300 REALITY OF OUR FAILINGS IS NOT MORE POWERFUL THAN THE INHERENT 610 01:51:23,300 --> 01:51:25,000 GOODNESS THAT WE TEACH. 611 01:51:25,000 --> 01:51:31,560 WE ARE LEFT ASKING OURSELVES WHAT WILL WE RISK FOR THIS GRACE? 612 01:51:31,560 --> 01:51:36,900 THE THING IS, I BELIEVE IN OUR 613 01:51:37,020 --> 01:51:41,340 CALLINGS. YES, MANY OF US ARE CALLED TO PROFESSIONAL RELIGIOUS 614 01:51:41,340 --> 01:51:44,140 LEADERSHIP. WE AGREE TO BE THERE 615 01:51:44,140 --> 01:51:47,660 IN THE DIFFICULT MOMENTS, AND IN 616 01:51:47,660 --> 01:51:52,380 THE SUCCESSES AND CELEBRATIONS, AND WE PROMISE TO WRESTLE AND 617 01:51:52,380 --> 01:51:55,000 SHOW UP EVEN AS OUR HEARTS ARE 618 01:51:55,000 --> 01:52:00,120 BREAKING. BUT WE ALSO PROMISE TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY MEMBER AND 619 01:52:00,280 --> 01:52:05,800 FRIEND OF A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST COMMUNITY IS ALSO 620 01:52:05,800 --> 01:52:10,940 THERE BY CALLING. WE ARE CALLED, COLLECTIVELY, TO THIS GREAT 621 01:52:10,940 --> 01:52:16,600 EXPERIMENT IN COMMUNAL SALVATION. WHETHER WE ARRIVED IN 622 01:52:16,600 --> 01:52:21,020 THIS FAITH BY BIRTH OR BY CHOICE, OUR EVERYDAY EXPRESSION 623 01:52:21,020 --> 01:52:28,740 OF OUR VALUES IN THE WORLD MATTER DESPERATELY IN THESE TIMES. 624 01:52:28,740 --> 01:52:31,260 SO FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES MARKING 625 01:52:31,260 --> 01:52:35,900 PROFOUND MILESTONES IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE, WHAT WILL 626 01:52:35,900 --> 01:52:40,060 YOU RISK FOR THIS GRACE? WHERE 627 01:52:40,060 --> 01:52:45,000 LIES YOUR HOPE FOR OUR INTERWOVEN SALVATION? TO MY 628 01:52:45,000 --> 01:52:50,000 COLLEAGUES WHOSE CHOSEN ABSENCE 629 01:52:50,000 --> 01:52:55,000 WE MOURN, THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT NOT BY DEATH, BUT BY CHOICE 630 01:52:55,000 --> 01:53:02,840 , AND FOR ALL THOSE WHO SERVE IN SPITE OF WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO 631 01:53:02,840 --> 01:53:07,980 THEM… IS IT STRANGE TO SAY I REMEMBER YOU EVERY TIME I WATCH 632 01:53:07,980 --> 01:53:10,000 BLACK PANTHER AGAIN? I DO. IT'S DURING THAT MOMENT, NEAR 633 01:53:10,000 --> 01:53:17,420 THE END OF THE FILM, WHEN T'CHALA TELLS NAKIA, "I THINK I 634 01:53:17,420 --> 01:53:27,120 KNOW A WAY THAT YOU CAN STILL FULFILL YOUR CALLING. PLEASE STAY." 635 01:53:27,120 --> 01:53:30,580 OH MY LOVES. PLEASE STAY. I 636 01:53:30,580 --> 01:53:35,020 BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF OUR CALLINGS. I BELIEVE IN SAVING 637 01:53:35,020 --> 01:53:40,140 THE SOUL OF OUR NATION AND THAT WE CANNOT SHOW UP AUTHENTICALLY 638 01:53:40,140 --> 01:53:44,400 FOR THAT STRUGGLE IF WE IGNORE THE ONE RIGHT HERE, RIGHT IN 639 01:53:44,400 --> 01:53:55,540 THIS BELOVED COMMUNITY OF FAITH. [APPLAUSE] 640 01:53:55,540 --> 01:54:00,000 I AM ASKING YOU TO LOVE US EVEN 641 01:54:00,000 --> 01:54:03,580 WHEN WE DON'T DESERVE YOU, BUT 642 01:54:03,580 --> 01:54:05,660 NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR 643 01:54:05,660 --> 01:54:09,360 HEALTH OR WELL BEING, BOTH 644 01:54:09,360 --> 01:54:13,480 PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL. DO LEAN 645 01:54:13,480 --> 01:54:18,500 INTO THE FIERCE AND FABULOUS NETWORK OF COLLEAGUES WHO SHARE 646 01:54:18,500 --> 01:54:23,940 SOME OF YOUR IDENTITY SHAPED EXPERIENCES, AND KNOW THAT YOU 647 01:54:23,940 --> 01:54:30,020 ARE NEVER ALONE. 648 01:54:30,020 --> 01:54:34,460 THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE ARE IN CONTROL OF WHAT WE DO WITH OUR 649 01:54:34,460 --> 01:54:37,980 DAILY LIVING. IF WE, EACH ONE OF 650 01:54:37,980 --> 01:54:42,340 US, REPRESENT A MISSING REMNANT IN THE FABRIC OF OUR COLLECTIVE 651 01:54:42,340 --> 01:54:45,740 FUTURE - THEN TOGETHER WE CAN LEAN INTO A POSSIBILITY THAT WE 652 01:54:45,740 --> 01:54:50,320 HAVE YET TO FULLY EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN HISTORY. A COLLECTIVE 653 01:54:50,320 --> 01:54:58,100 WHOLENESS. AN UNASSAILABLE GOOD. 654 01:54:58,100 --> 01:55:02,520 THAT IS THE KIND OF SALVATION I AM HERE TO FIGHT FOR IN THE 655 01:55:02,520 --> 01:55:06,080 SMALL MOMENTS OF EVERY SINGLE 656 01:55:06,080 --> 01:55:10,000 DAY. WHETHER YOU ARE HERE IN PERSON AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY, OR 657 01:55:10,000 --> 01:55:13,580 PARTICIPATING ONLINE, OR RESEARCHING OUR HISTORY AT SOME 658 01:55:13,580 --> 01:55:16,400 FUTURE DATE TO LEARN THE MANY 659 01:55:16,400 --> 01:55:21,060 WAYS WE HELD OURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE ON THIS JOURNEY 660 01:55:21,060 --> 01:55:26,960 TOWARD REDEMPTION, I INVITE YOU TO LEARN ALL THAT YOU CAN FROM 661 01:55:26,960 --> 01:55:31,540 THIS GATHERING. IMMERSE 662 01:55:31,540 --> 01:55:36,660 YOURSELF, UNAPOLOGETICALLY, IN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A UNITARIAN 663 01:55:36,660 --> 01:55:41,860 UNIVERSALIST IN THESE DAYS. THEN GO BACK OUT INTO THE WORLD AND 664 01:55:41,860 --> 01:55:45,820 LIVE KNOWING THAT YOUR FAITH 665 01:55:45,820 --> 01:55:53,480 MATTERS. MAY THE POETRY OF OUR HEARTS SET US FREE. 666 01:55:53,480 --> 01:56:00,000 AMEN, ASHE, AND BLESSED BE. 667 01:56:00,000 --> 01:56:20,000 [APPLAUSE] 668 02:01:35,000 --> 02:01:45,000 >> AND NOW PLEASE RISE IN BODY OR SPIRIT AS WE SING THERE IS A LOVE 669 02:04:12,040 --> 02:04:17,000 >> BELOVEDS, CAN I ASK YOU TO TAKE A BREATH INTO THAT PLACE OF 670 02:04:17,000 --> 02:04:20,000 KNOWING THAT SOMETIMES THE FIVE WORDS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU 671 02:04:20,000 --> 02:04:25,860 MOST LONG FOR IN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM. THINK ABOUT THE 672 02:04:25,860 --> 02:04:32,400 THINGS TO DO, BUT ALL THAT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE. CAN YOU PICTURE 673 02:04:32,400 --> 02:04:38,520 THAT IN YOUR MIND'S EYE? WE'VE GOT IT. GIVE IT WINGS. RELEASE 674 02:04:38,520 --> 02:04:43,760 IT INTO THIS SPACE TO MEET THE DREAMS AND JOURNEYS OF THOSE 675 02:04:43,760 --> 02:04:49,020 AROUND YOU. AND MAY THAT POSSIBILITY BEYOND ALL REASON 676 02:04:49,020 --> 02:04:55,400 HOLD US AS WE GO. AMEN. ASHE. BLESSED BE.