1 00:00:04,009 --> 00:00:14,910 she's getting the love if Unitarian Universalism out of faith had a chaplain 2 00:00:14,910 --> 00:00:21,990 it is Danielle Assunta DiBona your service to universe to Unitarian 3 00:00:21,990 --> 00:00:27,090 Universalism spans more than 30 years and during that time you have touched 4 00:00:27,090 --> 00:00:32,809 thousands of Unitarian Universalist lives in ways that are seen and unseen 5 00:00:32,809 --> 00:00:37,410 if anyone in this hall has been the beneficiary of Danielle's ministry please 6 00:00:37,410 --> 00:00:46,410 wave your hand stand or make yourself known they see some food typically this 7 00:00:46,410 --> 00:00:51,030 presentation of honors begins with the recitation of the honorees educational 8 00:00:51,030 --> 00:00:56,309 degrees and qualifications the ways in which our dominant culture recognizes 9 00:00:56,309 --> 00:01:01,710 those accomplishments forms a basis of the value we place on a person and their 10 00:01:01,710 --> 00:01:07,380 place within society Unitarian Universalism exists within our dominant 11 00:01:07,380 --> 00:01:11,580 culture and our reverence of those accomplishments is no different but for 12 00:01:11,580 --> 00:01:16,110 people of color these accomplishments are not simply indicators of class 13 00:01:16,110 --> 00:01:23,070 status your successes first at Smith College for your bachelor's and then 14 00:01:23,070 --> 00:01:31,619 your Ursuline college for your masters were and are an act of resistance you 15 00:01:31,619 --> 00:01:37,170 dare to imagine institutions that would have no choice but to recognize your 16 00:01:37,170 --> 00:01:43,590 tenacity and brilliance you dare to bring your whole self to institutions 17 00:01:43,590 --> 00:01:50,040 built upon the exploitation and oppression of our ancestors you dare to 18 00:01:50,040 --> 00:01:57,600 insist that your place at the table be recognized and valued and it is that 19 00:01:57,600 --> 00:02:02,850 daring spirit that your Unitarian Universalist ministry embodies in the 20 00:02:02,850 --> 00:02:07,439 here earliest years before what we now know as diverse revolutionary 21 00:02:07,439 --> 00:02:12,210 multicultural Unitarian Universalist minister multicultural ministries 22 00:02:12,210 --> 00:02:16,890 you were instrumental in recognizing that if we were going to confront racism 23 00:02:16,890 --> 00:02:24,960 within Unitarian Universalism we needed a shared language to even discuss it you 24 00:02:24,960 --> 00:02:29,430 were instrumental in creating the work around defining what anti racism anti 25 00:02:29,430 --> 00:02:34,920 oppression and multicultural looks like in unitarian universalism because at the 26 00:02:34,920 --> 00:02:39,720 time it wasn't something that UUs really understood and many bristled at 27 00:02:39,720 --> 00:02:46,680 even naming in their faith if this looks easy because many now so you usefully 28 00:02:46,680 --> 00:02:51,660 utilize the language of anti racism anti oppression multiculturalism we need only 29 00:02:51,660 --> 00:02:59,780 look at our current difficulty embracing the words around white supremacy culture 30 00:02:59,780 --> 00:03:05,310 you are a steady and sometimes fiery presence in drawing UUs into 31 00:03:05,310 --> 00:03:10,530 conversations around ARAO/MC and white supremacy and then holding them in that 32 00:03:10,530 --> 00:03:19,650 space as they experience hurt shame anger reflection laughter and resolution 33 00:03:19,650 --> 00:03:26,010 to begin again several you use of color were consulted in writing of this 34 00:03:26,010 --> 00:03:30,300 commendation Clive Grubbs who shares a similar native 35 00:03:30,300 --> 00:03:35,700 identity to yours shared a meaning of the name of your people the and I'm not 36 00:03:35,700 --> 00:03:40,680 gonna say this right help me Wampanoag see that's how you do it if you don't 37 00:03:40,680 --> 00:03:45,930 know you ask he said the Creator gives assignments to 38 00:03:45,930 --> 00:03:50,790 the people and an assignment of theirs is to be greeters of the dawn of the 39 00:03:50,790 --> 00:03:55,980 morning light this is fitting for a people who live on the shores of what is 40 00:03:55,980 --> 00:04:01,680 now known as Massachusetts and it is the bringing of this light to Unitarian 41 00:04:01,680 --> 00:04:07,890 Universalism challenges in which you have shown one time was at the 2001 42 00:04:07,890 --> 00:04:13,530 General Assembly in Cleveland Ohio folks gather here may remember that Cleveland 43 00:04:13,530 --> 00:04:19,030 has this little problem with his baseball team its racist name 44 00:04:19,030 --> 00:04:23,230 well you were not about to let our faithful gathering take place in a city 45 00:04:23,230 --> 00:04:28,810 so clear with so clear an attack upon our native communities you helped 46 00:04:28,810 --> 00:04:32,790 coordinate the public witness event that included our siblings of faith at the 47 00:04:32,790 --> 00:04:38,560 United Church of Christ and placed hundreds of you use in protests directly 48 00:04:38,560 --> 00:04:44,130 outside a Cleveland blase ballgame you led them through a torrential downpour 49 00:04:44,130 --> 00:04:49,360 yeah some of you remember it in order to give witness of our gathered commitment 50 00:04:49,360 --> 00:04:56,680 to justice and now public witness events are part of GA schedules with dedicated 51 00:04:56,680 --> 00:05:05,100 resources giving to living out our faith in the world in your current retired 52 00:05:05,100 --> 00:05:11,230 professional life you are a palliative care chaplain at hospitals in our 53 00:05:11,230 --> 00:05:15,640 community you also serve in ministry physicians at congregations throughout 54 00:05:15,640 --> 00:05:22,000 New England and as a stint on their anti-racism program association for the 55 00:05:22,000 --> 00:05:28,169 UUA you currently serve as the board of trustee that on the board of trustees as 56 00:05:28,169 --> 00:05:34,630 for the church of the larger fellowship and our a past president of DRUUMM the 57 00:05:34,630 --> 00:05:39,160 nominating of the Kumi that the committee of the UUA was blessed by your 58 00:05:39,160 --> 00:05:43,210 constant vigilance about diversifying the membership of our committees 59 00:05:43,210 --> 00:05:48,570 including your deliberate and expansive ally-ship for our LGBTQ 60 00:05:48,570 --> 00:05:54,460 community and congregations have been blessed with you as a facilitator for 61 00:05:54,460 --> 00:05:59,200 beyond categorical thinking workshops to help them move beyond the narrow views 62 00:05:59,200 --> 00:06:05,470 of what ministry looks like you have mentored dozens and dozens of religious 63 00:06:05,470 --> 00:06:10,030 professionals in their ministerial formation and no recitation of your 64 00:06:10,030 --> 00:06:14,229 accomplishments would be complete without the fabulous triumph of your 65 00:06:14,229 --> 00:06:23,110 Pumi dogs at national dog show events follow Danielle on Facebook but it as a 66 00:06:23,110 --> 00:06:29,410 chaplain that your ministry has so beautifully flourished time and time 67 00:06:29,410 --> 00:06:32,770 again you have offered yourself to Unitarian universal 68 00:06:32,770 --> 00:06:39,669 as the minister to come to in times of trouble when grief is present and 69 00:06:39,669 --> 00:06:46,720 threatening to overwhelm when anger is so palatable you can see it shimmering 70 00:06:46,720 --> 00:06:55,569 in the air and when joy and laughter are to be found these are the times we find 71 00:06:55,569 --> 00:07:00,400 you Danielle at the center you've been a 72 00:07:00,400 --> 00:07:05,259 chaplain for General Assembly for drum for finding our way home and now you 73 00:07:05,259 --> 00:07:11,650 serve as a chaplain to our own UUA Board of Trustees many people wonder why 74 00:07:11,650 --> 00:07:17,080 Unitarian Universalists of color need our own chaplain so let's share what 75 00:07:17,080 --> 00:07:26,560 your chaplain ministry has been literally life-saving for so many POC it 76 00:07:26,560 --> 00:07:33,819 is because you know the struggle of people color in your essence you too 77 00:07:33,819 --> 00:07:40,240 have been brought to the brink of despair in Unitarian Universalism where 78 00:07:40,240 --> 00:07:46,240 any reasonable person would consider throwing in the towel we're the thought 79 00:07:46,240 --> 00:07:51,370 of waking up to face one more day of micro and macro aggressions is just too 80 00:07:51,370 --> 00:07:57,250 much where the abuse and injury is just too much to bear on behalf of an in 81 00:07:57,250 --> 00:08:03,370 service to our faith it is your capacity to viscerally know these depths of 82 00:08:03,370 --> 00:08:10,840 despair and yet help the person you are ministering to transform that despair 83 00:08:10,840 --> 00:08:18,159 into resilience and to a core of strength that brings our ancestors to 84 00:08:18,159 --> 00:08:27,669 the center and then witnesses our collective joy at faith reborn that is 85 00:08:27,669 --> 00:08:33,909 why we honor you here today this type of service isn't often recognized the 86 00:08:33,909 --> 00:08:38,570 one-on-one quiet and sometimes not so quiet 87 00:08:38,570 --> 00:08:45,180 service from the edges so I'll ask again after having said all of these things 88 00:08:45,180 --> 00:08:50,670 that you have contributed I'll ask the faithful here gathered today now that 89 00:08:50,670 --> 00:08:54,510 you have heard all the ways in which you have served our faith 90 00:08:54,510 --> 00:09:01,550 who here has been touched by the Ministry of Reverend Danielle DiBona 91 00:09:01,550 --> 00:09:11,940 that's right today we celebrate and consecrate your ministry recipient of 92 00:09:11,940 --> 00:09:57,370 our highest honor the Distinguished Service Award 93 00:09:59,889 --> 00:10:05,410 as Danielle's getting the love I'll mention that Danielle's guest here 94 00:10:05,410 --> 00:10:13,569 today is Revet Dias 2009 DRUUMM Mel Hoover Award winner we are so honored to 95 00:10:13,569 --> 00:10:16,470 have you here with us 96 00:10:29,850 --> 00:10:40,350 well first I want to say Revet where are you okay thank you my heart sister 97 00:10:46,120 --> 00:10:55,080 never thought I'd be here my father an Italian immigrant was Daniel DiBona 98 00:10:55,080 --> 00:11:05,320 Donato in Italy but changed at Ellis Island my mother a Wampanoag Indian was 99 00:11:05,320 --> 00:11:16,240 Helen Catherine Bates Tabarnak as you honor me today you also honor them I am 100 00:11:16,240 --> 00:11:26,890 deeply deeply grateful and humbled to receive this award I know many of those 101 00:11:26,890 --> 00:11:32,860 whose names are on the distinguished service list and I know that there are 102 00:11:32,860 --> 00:11:39,220 many people in this room who are just as or more deserving than I am 103 00:11:39,220 --> 00:11:49,690 and so I am grateful as I reflected on the distinguished service award it 104 00:11:49,690 --> 00:12:03,000 occurred to me that it is about service service something we can all do and 105 00:12:03,000 --> 00:12:14,860 sometimes there's absolutely nothing distinguished about that ask around your 106 00:12:14,860 --> 00:12:22,060 service is no different than my service and it's the way that we serve each 107 00:12:22,060 --> 00:12:28,720 other and the way that we share this saving faith this is truly a saving 108 00:12:28,720 --> 00:12:40,500 faith I can't see what I wrote because of the tears now let me tell you a story 109 00:12:40,530 --> 00:12:49,089 many years ago as a biracial American Indian I quickly became aware of the 110 00:12:49,089 --> 00:12:56,610 racism that permeates Unitarian Universalism I became one of those angry 111 00:12:56,610 --> 00:13:01,959 loud women of color that you have all come to know 112 00:13:01,959 --> 00:13:18,329 and fear my loud voice and the voice of so many uu people of color was ignored 113 00:13:18,329 --> 00:13:29,550 what silenced was put aside but I we could not be silenced 114 00:13:29,550 --> 00:13:39,180 soon I along with so many others were put aside we were banished 115 00:13:39,180 --> 00:13:46,990 we were shunned please hear that this was not happening in my community of 116 00:13:46,990 --> 00:13:57,730 color who held me and loved me all these long years and I love you while I see 117 00:13:57,730 --> 00:14:11,230 you sitting here my family I love you too. we were put aside we would noisy we 118 00:14:11,230 --> 00:14:19,449 were loud we were so angry and her leaders and our church leaders did not 119 00:14:19,449 --> 00:14:31,269 want to hear that and so we were put aside and then a miracle many of us were 120 00:14:31,269 --> 00:14:39,069 somehow rehabilitated and I was among those who was rehabilitated welcomed 121 00:14:39,069 --> 00:14:46,269 back into the circle of love and care of Unitarian Universalism and I never left 122 00:14:46,269 --> 00:14:56,970 I was just set aside maybe it was because I was older tired and my voice 123 00:14:56,970 --> 00:15:06,069 was weaker and maybe my resolve was also weaker but make no mistake even my weak 124 00:15:06,069 --> 00:15:13,060 resolve is stronger than many of yours 125 00:15:13,060 --> 00:15:26,620 and so you have the opportunity to grow a strong resolve as you know I stuck it 126 00:15:26,620 --> 00:15:33,730 out and being rehabilitated I worked my hardest to rehabilitate this faith that 127 00:15:33,730 --> 00:15:43,150 I love a long hard heartbreaking task today we are at another crossroads we 128 00:15:43,150 --> 00:15:49,360 are encountering another group of angry loud young Unitarian Universalists of 129 00:15:49,360 --> 00:16:00,670 color young as I was so many years ago and maybe louder they should be angry we 130 00:16:00,670 --> 00:16:10,930 should be angry they should be loud we should continue to be loud because my 131 00:16:10,930 --> 00:16:16,750 beloved's although we have come a very long way the road is long and hard and 132 00:16:16,750 --> 00:16:25,450 it is uphill in both directions when I was angry and loud my community was 133 00:16:25,450 --> 00:16:29,680 being decimated by the racism within Unitarian Universalism 134 00:16:29,680 --> 00:16:36,190 and if I named all who were lost pushed out or left of their own accord I would 135 00:16:36,190 --> 00:16:42,940 use all of my four minutes listing them I beg you 136 00:16:42,940 --> 00:16:49,900 do not do not make that mistake again you will not have another chance and 137 00:16:49,900 --> 00:16:54,940 this is your second chance to make an incredible difference not a little 138 00:16:54,940 --> 00:17:01,180 difference but to transform our faith listen to those young angry loud people 139 00:17:01,180 --> 00:17:06,160 of color listen in here with your hearts wide open because you are given another 140 00:17:06,160 --> 00:17:13,530 chance and you may never never get it again 141 00:17:21,189 --> 00:17:27,439 listen and more importantly follow open your eyes in your height and close your 142 00:17:27,439 --> 00:17:36,470 mouths and follow so that we can be part of and build together the beloved 143 00:17:36,470 --> 00:17:46,390 community I am again deeply deeply grateful and moved for this on honor I 144 00:17:46,390 --> 00:17:53,450 will for the remaining years humbly continue to serve you thank you very 145 00:17:53,450 --> 00:18:15,609 very much