1 00:00:00,380 --> 00:00:05,279 we welcome you you leaders from around the world to General Assembly each year 2 00:00:05,279 --> 00:00:10,830 and extend our gratitude towards them many have traveled a long distance to 3 00:00:10,830 --> 00:00:15,599 share their experience their wisdom and their faithful solidarity during 4 00:00:15,599 --> 00:00:19,439 challenging times to introduce them to you 5 00:00:19,439 --> 00:00:34,310 please welcome Reverend Eric cherry the director of the UUA international office 6 00:00:35,760 --> 00:00:41,380 thank you very much and while we say that these leaders are 7 00:00:41,380 --> 00:00:47,949 guests we do so as a reminder to American Unitarian Universalists that 8 00:00:47,949 --> 00:00:55,300 hospitality is our privilege and responsibility when people journey here 9 00:00:55,300 --> 00:01:05,259 in fact our guests are leaders of our global faith your leaders and as we 10 00:01:05,259 --> 00:01:11,979 welcome them please note the commitment that they bring to our faith every day 11 00:01:11,979 --> 00:01:18,880 and we hope you will be inspired to explore how your local uu community can 12 00:01:18,880 --> 00:01:29,259 find itself in the global uu story and engage supportively. Dr. Rica Lamar is a 13 00:01:29,259 --> 00:01:34,690 physician and social activist focusing her energies on issues relating to drug 14 00:01:34,690 --> 00:01:42,640 abuse hiv/aids and the health and welfare of women and children she is the 15 00:01:42,640 --> 00:01:48,910 co-founder and chief functionary of the Manbha Foundation an organization working in 16 00:01:48,910 --> 00:01:53,800 the field of drug abuse she is also a leader of the Unitarian Union of North 17 00:01:53,800 --> 00:02:00,220 East India's women's wing Seng Kynthei. dr. Rica is focusing on a project to 18 00:02:00,220 --> 00:02:06,130 adapt and teach the our whole lives curriculum in northeast India as we 19 00:02:06,130 --> 00:02:08,459 speak 20 00:02:12,020 --> 00:02:17,550 professor Rupaia Lamarr is a church elder of the Unitarian Church of Jowai in 21 00:02:17,550 --> 00:02:23,610 northeast India which is the pioneer church established in 1887 by founder 22 00:02:23,610 --> 00:02:29,580 Hajom Kissor Singh he was born to a second generation Unitarian mother and 23 00:02:29,580 --> 00:02:36,050 an indigenous religion mother practicing practicing father 24 00:02:36,050 --> 00:02:41,130 professionally he has taught political science at government colleges for 30 25 00:02:41,130 --> 00:02:45,240 years recently retiring Roop Rupaia is the 26 00:02:45,240 --> 00:02:50,490 vice chairperson of the church and the chairman of its hymnal committee and he 27 00:02:50,490 --> 00:02:55,410 is one of the five Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist theologians from 28 00:02:55,410 --> 00:03:00,120 around the world who are leading a year-long theological dialogue inspired 29 00:03:00,120 --> 00:03:06,020 by the four hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Edict of Torda 30 00:03:09,050 --> 00:03:14,640 doc-doctor Dipty Das is a retired principal of the government College in Jowai 31 00:03:14,640 --> 00:03:20,730 she has done her MA and PhD in philosophy and her doctrinal doctoral 32 00:03:20,730 --> 00:03:27,150 thesis is Gandhi's doctrine of truth and non-violence a critical study this has 33 00:03:27,150 --> 00:03:31,830 been published recently as a book she has an interest in the philosophy of 34 00:03:31,830 --> 00:03:37,430 religion and she belongs to a faith a school of faith of Hinduism in Assam 35 00:03:37,430 --> 00:03:42,750 through her marriage she came into contact with the Unitarian faith and she 36 00:03:42,750 --> 00:03:47,550 is an active participant in church activities and has also participated in 37 00:03:47,550 --> 00:03:53,010 Unitarian Universalists conferences and pilgrimages abroad she lives with her 38 00:03:53,010 --> 00:03:57,770 husband rupaia and daughter Kheinkor 39 00:04:00,879 --> 00:04:06,170 Reverend Norbert Zsolt Racz is the Minister of the Central Unitarian Church 40 00:04:06,170 --> 00:04:11,239 in Kolozsvar Transylvania he is a graduate of the Hungarian Unitarian 41 00:04:11,239 --> 00:04:15,890 church's John Sigismund College and the Protestant theological Institute in 42 00:04:15,890 --> 00:04:21,229 Kolozsvar before being called to serve the church in Kolozsvar he worked for 43 00:04:21,229 --> 00:04:27,410 the Hungarian Unitarian Youth Association OTA he is married to Maria44 00:04:27,410 --> 00:04:32,120Racz Norbi as he prefers to be called is also 45 00:04:32,120 --> 00:04:36,800 one of the five uu theologians from around the world who are leading the 46 00:04:36,800 --> 00:04:42,169 year-long theological dialogue inspired by the 450th anniversary of the Edict of 47 00:04:42,169 --> 00:04:54,080 torda Reverend Lidia-Emese Bodor was born and raised in Cluj-Napoca Kolozsvar 48 00:04:54,080 --> 00:05:00,139 Romania she finished her high school years at the Janos Zsigmond Unitarian high 49 00:05:00,139 --> 00:05:04,760 school and after that she studied at the Protestant theological Institute and 50 00:05:04,760 --> 00:05:10,250 became a Unitarian minister at the end of her studies she returned to the Janos 51 00:05:10,250 --> 00:05:15,470 Zsigmond Unitarian high school and started work as a religious teacher and 52 00:05:15,470 --> 00:05:21,200 school chaplain for the last eight years most of her work has been related to 53 00:05:21,200 --> 00:05:27,260 children youth and a variety of educational issues she believes in the 54 00:05:27,260 --> 00:05:33,800 importance of education and loves working with students this year Emese 55 00:05:33,800 --> 00:05:40,270 has been the Starr King school for the ministry Balazs scholar 56 00:05:46,110 --> 00:05:52,949 Paul Niyonizigiye is a member of the Allen Avenue uu congregation in Portland Maine 57 00:05:52,949 --> 00:05:59,189 but he is originally from Bujumbura Burundi and served as a leader of the 58 00:05:59,189 --> 00:06:05,819 Unitarian Church there before coming to the United States in Bujumbura he worked 59 00:06:05,819 --> 00:06:10,069 as a high school teacher and administrator and supervised 60 00:06:10,069 --> 00:06:16,500 community-based grants on behalf of the Unitarian Church there he continues to 61 00:06:16,500 --> 00:06:21,960 be involved with Burundian Unitarians especially those who are refugees in 62 00:06:21,960 --> 00:06:28,560 rwanda due to dangers in Burundi and we introduce him to you today at his 63 00:06:28,560 --> 00:06:34,860 request that we all remain in faithful solidarity with Burundian Unitarians in 64 00:06:34,860 --> 00:06:40,400 whatever country they may find themselves living today 65 00:06:46,479 --> 00:06:52,029 Reverend David Clements is excited to be serving as the interim minister to the 66 00:06:52,029 --> 00:06:57,819 Cape Town South Africa Unitarian congregation Cape Town is a beautiful 67 00:06:57,819 --> 00:07:02,770 place to be serving and the Unitarian Church is celebrating all this year 68 00:07:02,770 --> 00:07:11,159 their 150th anniversary ministry is a second career for Dave he was an 69 00:07:11,159 --> 00:07:15,370 organizational and fundraising consultant and he is finding those 70 00:07:15,370 --> 00:07:21,999 skills very useful in his ministry their home base for Dave is Cleveland Ohio 71 00:07:21,999 --> 00:07:27,789 where his partner Jerry resides Dave's a Meadville Lombard alum and in 72 00:07:27,789 --> 00:07:33,009 his spare time enjoys painting and quiet walks along the beach if you have never 73 00:07:33,009 --> 00:07:37,839 been to South Africa come Dave says and discover the 74 00:07:37,839 --> 00:07:43,949 Unitarian Church and the people you will have a life-changing experience 75 00:07:49,300 --> 00:07:57,729 I would invite all of you to visit the global uu story online and find doorways 76 00:07:57,729 --> 00:08:02,860 into it for yourself and your congregations including ways to join the 77 00:08:02,860 --> 00:08:07,810 uu celebration of the four hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Edict of 78 00:08:07,810 --> 00:08:13,360 torta this year and the upcoming reimagining interfaith cooperation event 79 00:08:13,360 --> 00:08:18,460 that will take place in Washington DC from July 29th through August first 80 00:08:18,460 --> 00:08:25,629 welcome into the global uu story and please welcome global uu leaders from 81 00:08:25,629 --> 00:08:36,739 around the world at General Assembly this year thank you