1 00:00:00,030 --> 00:00:05,330 so the sound we heard was the Amber Alerts I did not get it some of you did 2 00:00:05,330 --> 00:00:10,050 so maybe at some point you can tell us what it is then we can all be on the 3 00:00:10,050 --> 00:00:14,549 lookout so it is now time for their presidency for it please everyone give 4 00:00:14,549 --> 00:00:18,150 it up for the president of the UUA Susan Frederick-Gray and executive 5 00:00:18,150 --> 00:00:22,550 vice president - woowoo! - Carey Macdonald 6 00:00:23,960 --> 00:00:33,780 it's been a pleasure for all of us to work with them this year oh it is good 7 00:00:33,780 --> 00:00:43,460 to be here today and it is good to be together I want to shout out a 8 00:00:43,460 --> 00:00:48,480 congregation and some people in the audience that are important to me my mom 9 00:00:48,480 --> 00:01:00,610 and dad are here they raised me you know on lifelong uu 10 00:01:06,180 --> 00:01:12,190 later I'll introduce you to Elandria's parents because they're here too and and 11 00:01:12,190 --> 00:01:17,530 I understand that Elliott Chapel I'm a Missouri and Missouri native grew up on 12 00:01:17,530 --> 00:01:21,130 the other side of the state in st. Louis at Elliott Chapel and that there's like 13 00:01:21,130 --> 00:01:29,290 57 people from Elliott Chapel so thank you all for supporting the UUA and being 14 00:01:29,290 --> 00:01:44,860 here what a time this is a time when we are all being called into a deeper 15 00:01:44,860 --> 00:01:51,460 practice of our theology living into the call at the heart of Unitarian 16 00:01:51,460 --> 00:01:57,940 Universalism for Beloved Community a community that practices a radically 17 00:01:57,940 --> 00:02:03,300 inclusive and deeply compassionate anti-racist anti-oppressive 18 00:02:03,300 --> 00:02:10,510 multicultural multi-generational faith within and acts powerfully in 19 00:02:10,510 --> 00:02:22,690 partnership and solidarity for justice and liberation for all this call to our 20 00:02:22,690 --> 00:02:29,019 faith comes to us in the midst of a time marked by toment 21 00:02:29,019 --> 00:02:38,739 and tremendous pain last year in the months leading up to General Assembly 22 00:02:38,739 --> 00:02:45,910 our association went through a major disruption uua president Peter Morales 23 00:02:45,910 --> 00:02:51,790 and several other senior leaders resigned and we grieved for the death of 24 00:02:51,790 --> 00:03:00,400 our moderator Jim Key our our interim co-presidents the Reverend Sophia 25 00:03:00,400 --> 00:03:06,310 Betancourt the Reverend bill Sinkford and dr. Leon Spencer provided unbelievable 26 00:03:06,310 --> 00:03:11,340 pastoral presents stable leadership 27 00:03:16,430 --> 00:03:22,920 stabilizing leadership and a call for deeper transformative action a call to 28 00:03:22,920 --> 00:03:28,500 renewal and change for the UUA and for all of our congregations and 29 00:03:28,500 --> 00:03:34,980 communities GA 2017 was a time of truth-telling 30 00:03:34,980 --> 00:03:41,190 about the past and the present we wrestled with and named the heartbreak 31 00:03:41,190 --> 00:03:47,120 the mistrust the broken promises and unfulfilled dreams of our faith and we 32 00:03:47,120 --> 00:03:52,920 were also confronted with an increasingly dangerous and dehumanizing 33 00:03:52,920 --> 00:04:01,170 political situation in our country and our world last year was not the 34 00:04:01,170 --> 00:04:05,360 beginning of these challenges and 35 00:04:05,420 --> 00:04:10,790 wrestling with them has been painful and difficult but it has also been 36 00:04:10,790 --> 00:04:23,780 profoundly faithful in a culture such as ours that loves debate but runs from 37 00:04:23,780 --> 00:04:31,110 conflict that can transform us and runs from discomfort being faced with our own 38 00:04:31,110 --> 00:04:37,770 distance from the Beloved Community that we espouse is an invitation to real and 39 00:04:37,770 --> 00:04:47,419 transformative change and yes we have many examples of both succeeding and 40 00:04:47,419 --> 00:04:52,040 falling short of this work 41 00:04:53,389 --> 00:05:03,189 my friends there is pain in change and growth there is pain and childbirth 42 00:05:03,189 --> 00:05:10,849 there is pain in the resetting of a bone there is pain that comes and building 43 00:05:10,849 --> 00:05:19,039 new muscles but the most painful wounds are those that go unattended and unnamed 44 00:05:19,039 --> 00:05:26,000 and so we are called to do the attending that these times necessitate because the 45 00:05:26,000 --> 00:05:38,240 stakes are too high if we don't right now right now the liberating 46 00:05:38,240 --> 00:05:42,550 achievements that generations have won are being rolled back the extrajudicial 47 00:05:42,550 --> 00:05:47,779 killing of black lives by police continues the assault on the rights of 48 00:05:47,779 --> 00:05:52,430 gay lesbian bisexual people on transgender and queer people on folks 49 00:05:52,430 --> 00:05:56,930 living with disabilities the repeated attempts to ban Muslims the growing 50 00:05:56,930 --> 00:06:01,460 anti-semitism the rolling back of reproductive and healthcare access the 51 00:06:01,460 --> 00:06:07,520 separation and jailing of children at the border up front our values and all 52 00:06:07,520 --> 00:06:12,139 of this is fueled by a rising nationalist movement that is proud to 53 00:06:12,139 --> 00:06:19,099 claim the symbols and ideology of Nazis and the Confederacy I witnessed this all 54 00:06:19,099 --> 00:06:25,009 too clearly in Charlottesville Virginia last August a story that I will tell 55 00:06:25,009 --> 00:06:30,979 more about on Sunday morning we are living in a time in this country when 56 00:06:30,979 --> 00:06:37,039 mass shootings are becoming normal and our global climate is in chaos last 57 00:06:37,039 --> 00:06:43,550 summer was a devastating season of storms and fires it moved us to 58 00:06:43,550 --> 00:06:50,599 establish a general disaster relief funding fund knowing that this will 59 00:06:50,599 --> 00:06:56,560 continue and I am grateful to all of you who donated to that fund and helped us 60 00:06:56,560 --> 00:07:01,849 collectively as a covenant advice show up and support one another in these 61 00:07:01,849 --> 00:07:05,720 times of crisis and trauma 62 00:07:23,650 --> 00:07:32,250 as this external heartbreak continues our internal heartbreak also continues 63 00:07:32,250 --> 00:07:37,060 Unitarian Universalists have been examining the ways that a culture of 64 00:07:37,060 --> 00:07:42,759 white supremacy continues to inhibit the fullness and the practice of our 65 00:07:42,759 --> 00:07:50,770 theology and each of our liberation and the ability of people of color to thrive 66 00:07:50,770 --> 00:08:00,190 in this faith this year we have seen how the burden of this institutional change 67 00:08:00,190 --> 00:08:06,940 work does not fall equally on all shoulders this year we've seen a record 68 00:08:06,940 --> 00:08:11,080 number of religious professionals of color faced challenges and conflicts in 69 00:08:11,080 --> 00:08:16,630 their ministries each context is different but the overall number is 70 00:08:16,630 --> 00:08:23,860 troubling and heartbreaking it is also important to acknowledge the number of 71 00:08:23,860 --> 00:08:28,360 religious professionals of color in our movement and how that has been growing 72 00:08:28,360 --> 00:08:32,050 and there are wonderful stories of success 73 00:08:32,050 --> 00:08:36,940 this year's attendance at finding our way home the uu A's annual gathering of 74 00:08:36,940 --> 00:08:41,680 religious professionals of color for collegial and professional support and 75 00:08:41,680 --> 00:08:46,920 education was the largest in its history 76 00:08:52,129 --> 00:08:59,339 to Unitarian Universalists of color and Unitarian Universalists with identities 77 00:08:59,339 --> 00:09:05,069 that have been marginalized dismissed or ignored in this faith I want to say 78 00:09:05,069 --> 00:09:12,230 first and foremost that I am sorry for the hurt that continues to be done the 79 00:09:12,230 --> 00:09:17,600 microaggressions and practices that diminish and discount your leadership 80 00:09:17,600 --> 00:09:26,579 your presence your dignity your humanity are real and the work of changing this 81 00:09:26,579 --> 00:09:33,239 reality is for every single one of our leaders and congregations to take up and 82 00:09:33,239 --> 00:09:41,069 as white leaders and members in this faith we have to shoulder and lift this 83 00:09:41,069 --> 00:09:50,879 work it is not okay for it to rest unequally and unfairly on leaders of 84 00:09:50,879 --> 00:09:53,809 color in our movement 85 00:10:00,730 --> 00:10:06,620 to Unitarian Universalists of color to Unitarian Universalists who hold 86 00:10:06,620 --> 00:10:14,380 identities that have been marginalized diminished and dismissed in this faith 87 00:10:16,270 --> 00:10:28,790 this is your faith you know it's deep liberating theology and you see who and 88 00:10:28,790 --> 00:10:36,820 what Unitarian Universalism can be if we live into the fullness of our calling to 89 00:10:36,820 --> 00:10:43,760 each of you I'm committed to being a partner and an ally so that you see 90 00:10:43,760 --> 00:10:50,839 yourself recognized at the center of this faith and it is felt with a clarity 91 00:10:50,839 --> 00:10:55,540 that no one can ever question 92 00:11:04,670 --> 00:11:16,410 what does it take to really live into bold and transformative change first of 93 00:11:16,410 --> 00:11:21,840 all it requires a clarity of direction and a commitment to the values that must 94 00:11:21,840 --> 00:11:28,680 always guide the work and it also requires diverse leadership and the 95 00:11:28,680 --> 00:11:33,690 centering of the margins and a commitment and knowledge about the work 96 00:11:33,690 --> 00:11:40,920 of change requires skill building and muscle building for this work at the UUA 97 00:11:40,920 --> 00:11:45,060 we are committed to institutional change work that we are calling the work of 98 00:11:45,060 --> 00:11:51,120 inclusion equity and change and we are approaching this work on three levels at 99 00:11:51,120 --> 00:11:56,760 the associational level at the UUA at the institutional level across the 100 00:11:56,760 --> 00:12:03,500 broader uu landscape and at the congregational level so first 101 00:12:03,500 --> 00:12:08,460 organizationally and internally here are some of the first moves that we're 102 00:12:08,460 --> 00:12:15,300 making to change the uu A's internal workplace culture and spirit this fall 103 00:12:15,300 --> 00:12:20,070 we completed a thorough review of hiring practices to implement the diversity 104 00:12:20,070 --> 00:12:25,410 hiring goals set by the interim co president's last spring these changes 105 00:12:25,410 --> 00:12:30,030 this is one of my favorite parts my friends these changes include putting 106 00:12:30,030 --> 00:12:37,800 our theological values in our personnel manual in our job postings so people 107 00:12:37,800 --> 00:12:43,550 know who we are in the vision we seek to live in to 108 00:12:46,570 --> 00:12:52,010 it also means changing requirements for job openings to allow for a broader 109 00:12:52,010 --> 00:12:56,750 range of experience to be considered and creating diverse hiring teams and 110 00:12:56,750 --> 00:13:02,690 training hiring managers we've also embraced collaborative leadership models 111 00:13:02,690 --> 00:13:06,110 including the co-directors for the ministry and faith Development 112 00:13:06,110 --> 00:13:14,750 Department Sarah Lambert and Jessica York and co directors in the 113 00:13:14,750 --> 00:13:22,520 Southern Regional lead position Connie goodbread and Natalie Briscoe we've put 114 00:13:22,520 --> 00:13:28,490 diversity of leadership as a foremost priority including professional 115 00:13:28,490 --> 00:13:33,680 diversity promoting religious educators and lay leaders into top-level positions 116 00:13:33,680 --> 00:13:43,220 at the Association I invited Taquiena Boston to serve a special advisor to 117 00:13:43,220 --> 00:13:48,140 the president for inclusion equity and change recognizing that in order to live 118 00:13:48,140 --> 00:13:53,360 into a multicultural religious community the commitment needs to live not as 119 00:13:53,360 --> 00:13:59,680 a Department of the UUA but at its center and drive all the work that we do 120 00:13:59,680 --> 00:14:06,710 and I want to say that one of the lessons that has emerged in this work is 121 00:14:06,710 --> 00:14:13,100 a reminder that we can do big things at the UUA the justice GA created in 122 00:14:13,100 --> 00:14:20,450 response to the boycott in Arizona is one example the move from 25 beacon to 123 00:14:20,450 --> 00:14:27,080 24 farnsworth is another this was a major change and it was guided by the 124 00:14:27,080 --> 00:14:31,730 values of collaboration accessibility innovation and environmental 125 00:14:31,730 --> 00:14:38,330 sustainability our values guided the move and I am grateful to the leadership 126 00:14:38,330 --> 00:14:45,500 of President Peter Morales for guiding and seeing the innovation and the 127 00:14:45,500 --> 00:14:50,690 leadership that was needed to move us and help open up new ways of being in 128 00:14:50,690 --> 00:14:53,140 our faith 129 00:14:55,460 --> 00:15:01,970 and here's one more piece so just like our work of dismantling a culture of 130 00:15:01,970 --> 00:15:07,010 white supremacy within our faith the question was not whether we were gonna 131 00:15:07,010 --> 00:15:13,779 move but how right that's the same right now it's not whether we are gonna move 132 00:15:13,779 --> 00:15:24,529 but how at the larger institutional level reaching beyond the staff and the 133 00:15:24,529 --> 00:15:28,730 organization of the UUA we are supporting broader institutional change 134 00:15:28,730 --> 00:15:33,110 first and foremost is the support for the vital work of the Commission on 135 00:15:33,110 --> 00:15:38,240 institutional change which is examining the breadth and the depth the culture of 136 00:15:38,240 --> 00:15:43,940 the culture and practices of Unitarian Universalism and our congregations and 137 00:15:43,940 --> 00:15:50,089 how we continue to see a real difference in outcomes for members leaders and 138 00:15:50,089 --> 00:15:55,310 religious professionals based solely on identity and that is not right 139 00:15:55,310 --> 00:15:59,450 the supportive relationship between senior staff and the Commission is 140 00:15:59,450 --> 00:16:04,580 essential to guiding the work of change of the UUA to the members of the 141 00:16:04,580 --> 00:16:12,650 Commission Leslie Takahashi chair Dereau Farrar Natalie Fenimore Mary Byron and 142 00:16:12,650 --> 00:16:18,500 Elias Ortega aponte and Caitlin Breedlove I say thank you thank you for 143 00:16:18,500 --> 00:16:21,490 your leadership and support 144 00:16:25,480 --> 00:16:36,860 and to the congregation's that you serve and in which you lead I say thank you to 145 00:16:36,860 --> 00:16:41,750 those congregations and leaders for supporting you in this work because we 146 00:16:41,750 --> 00:16:46,910 recognize the way that whenever our leaders support the larger Association 147 00:16:46,910 --> 00:16:52,790 there is sometimes a sacrifice by the congregation's in that so thank you for 148 00:16:52,790 --> 00:16:59,050 your support of the broader mission and the institutional change at the UUA 149 00:17:02,440 --> 00:17:08,510 number two is the funding of the board's 5.3 million dollar commitment to black 150 00:17:08,510 --> 00:17:13,550 lives of Unitarian Universalism this is another bold investment in institutional 151 00:17:13,550 --> 00:17:19,459 change and has been a key priority this year Blue is one of the most innovative 152 00:17:19,459 --> 00:17:24,640 and exciting ministries in Unitarian Universalism committed to providing 153 00:17:24,640 --> 00:17:30,290 spiritual care for black you use supporting and amplifying the leadership 154 00:17:30,290 --> 00:17:37,360 of black you use and providing spiritual uu spiritual sustenance to grass roots 155 00:17:37,360 --> 00:17:43,490 justice movements nurturing within and beyond you'll hear more about blue and 156 00:17:43,490 --> 00:17:48,020 have throughout this assembly but I want to share that we have raised in gifts 157 00:17:48,020 --> 00:17:57,820 and pledges already 3.1 million dollars towards this fund for blue 158 00:18:06,760 --> 00:18:11,210 so if you haven't done a promise in the practice collection at your congregation 159 00:18:11,210 --> 00:18:15,020 I invite you to go back home and get it on the calendar and it will be matched 160 00:18:15,020 --> 00:18:19,730 your gifts will be matched let's get there to five million dollars let's get 161 00:18:19,730 --> 00:18:24,530 there next year right let's find blue and get that money there and help them 162 00:18:24,530 --> 00:18:29,680 do this innovative ministry support the innovative ministry that they're leading 163 00:18:29,680 --> 00:18:36,770 and over the next few years we need to be building and investing right 164 00:18:36,770 --> 00:18:42,470 alongside the commitment to blue the resources for the UUA and congregational 165 00:18:42,470 --> 00:18:48,800 change work as well as support for the ministries of drum and trust and equal 166 00:18:48,800 --> 00:18:54,260 access to make sure that we are funding institutional change at the broadest 167 00:18:54,260 --> 00:19:07,220 level it's time to dream big and invest in this faith and its promise all right 168 00:19:07,220 --> 00:19:17,690 congregations the most important part yes this year has been one of a lot of 169 00:19:17,690 --> 00:19:23,420 transition at the UUA and we are diving deep into examining and shifting our 170 00:19:23,420 --> 00:19:29,630 culture but the truth is if this change doesn't happen in our congregations our 171 00:19:29,630 --> 00:19:36,820 faith will not be transformed because it is in our congregations that people find 172 00:19:36,820 --> 00:19:45,140 Unitarian Universalism and are ministered by it or are not right so 173 00:19:45,140 --> 00:19:50,840 that's where the change has to grow so here's how we're beginning to bring this 174 00:19:50,840 --> 00:19:55,010 work into congregations this year but you know what it's not just the work of 175 00:19:55,010 --> 00:20:01,790 the UUA we want to be partners in it but it really belongs to all of you but 176 00:20:01,790 --> 00:20:07,010 here's how we're beginning we've created a cross staff team including the faith 177 00:20:07,010 --> 00:20:11,720 development office and the outreach and public witness to curate helpful 178 00:20:11,720 --> 00:20:16,910 resources and skill building for congregations on dismantling a culture 179 00:20:16,910 --> 00:20:21,049 of white supremacy I recommend this page to you videos 180 00:20:21,049 --> 00:20:26,270 articles all kinds of things to help deepen your understanding and skill 181 00:20:26,270 --> 00:20:31,700 building in your congregation the office of church staff finances has put 182 00:20:31,700 --> 00:20:37,429 together a resource on staffing for diversity in congregations and we're 183 00:20:37,429 --> 00:20:41,929 also strengthening our commitment to the annual finding our way home retreat 184 00:20:41,929 --> 00:20:47,600 support for a trust gathering of transgender religious professionals for 185 00:20:47,600 --> 00:20:53,000 thrive leadership school for young adults of color in all these ways we are 186 00:20:53,000 --> 00:20:59,419 trying to build this work we're also doing an audit of the uu as many 187 00:20:59,419 --> 00:21:05,330 scholarships grants and assistance funds for congregations and leaders making 188 00:21:05,330 --> 00:21:11,720 sure that they have a lens of equity inclusion and change at the center of 189 00:21:11,720 --> 00:21:14,620 those grants 190 00:21:17,570 --> 00:21:23,070 next year we have put fun so this coming fiscal year we have put funds to invest 191 00:21:23,070 --> 00:21:29,340 in training on cultural competency race gender identity and power dynamics for 192 00:21:29,340 --> 00:21:33,660 you you a staff in particular you you a staff who work directly with 193 00:21:33,660 --> 00:21:39,270 congregations so that we are skilled partners the skilled partners that you 194 00:21:39,270 --> 00:21:44,610 need to nurture the change efforts in your own congregations and we're looking 195 00:21:44,610 --> 00:21:49,410 to invest more in ministerial startups particularly for congregations who are 196 00:21:49,410 --> 00:21:53,550 calling or hiring religious professionals of color now these are 197 00:21:53,550 --> 00:21:58,830 just the next steps in the long haul work of nurturing cultural and 198 00:21:58,830 --> 00:22:06,780 institutional change but the work is not just internal one of the things I 199 00:22:06,780 --> 00:22:11,100 learned serving in the ministry in Phoenix was that the cultural change 200 00:22:11,100 --> 00:22:17,370 work in our congregation was about educating and building skills internally 201 00:22:17,370 --> 00:22:22,500 but also partnering directly beyond our own congregation with communities 202 00:22:22,500 --> 00:22:26,790 directly impacted by oppression that work of following showing up in the 203 00:22:26,790 --> 00:22:32,340 streets understanding the realities of the racial and systemic oppression in 204 00:22:32,340 --> 00:22:38,040 our country was critical to actually changing culture within one of the most 205 00:22:38,040 --> 00:22:42,600 important ways that the UUA serves the mission of Unitarian Universalism is by 206 00:22:42,600 --> 00:22:48,240 amplifying a national voice moral voice for our values in the world this year 207 00:22:48,240 --> 00:22:52,350 we've invested in a strategic review of our public witness work and made the 208 00:22:52,350 --> 00:22:57,210 intentional decision to Center our justice work in solidarity with 209 00:22:57,210 --> 00:23:02,040 grassroots organizing that is led by people of color indigenous people and 210 00:23:02,040 --> 00:23:08,010 folks directly impacted by impression and injustice interfaith work continues 211 00:23:08,010 --> 00:23:13,680 but we are really prioritizing grassroots organizing and collaboration 212 00:23:13,680 --> 00:23:18,510 I want to share a few highlights as well in collaboration with equal access we 213 00:23:18,510 --> 00:23:23,250 responded to the call to change the ablest language of standing on the side 214 00:23:23,250 --> 00:23:27,610 of love and have dude our justice initiative to be side 215 00:23:27,610 --> 00:23:39,220 with love you can get your new t-shirts and souls at the unlined I bet there's 216 00:23:39,220 --> 00:23:44,500 some in the exhibit hall as well the UUA in the Unitarian Universalists the UUA 217 00:23:44,500 --> 00:23:48,610 and you use across the country have been showing up and organizing with the Poor 218 00:23:48,610 --> 00:23:53,380 People's Campaign in unbelievable numbers a national call for a moral 219 00:23:53,380 --> 00:24:02,110 revival a campaign with a broad moral agenda that addresses poverty access to 220 00:24:02,110 --> 00:24:07,270 health care and quality education sovereignty rights sub sovereignty 221 00:24:07,270 --> 00:24:12,970 rights for indigenous communities climate justice LGBTQi rights women's 222 00:24:12,970 --> 00:24:16,210 rights in the fight against criminalization deportations and 223 00:24:16,210 --> 00:24:21,400 expanding militarism bringing all of these issues together to create a moral 224 00:24:21,400 --> 00:24:28,120 revival last month I was arrested along with 19 other you use as well as other 225 00:24:28,120 --> 00:24:34,179 religious leaders on the first day of 40 days of action with more than 100 you 226 00:24:34,179 --> 00:24:38,740 use across the country taking direct action with that campaign since that 227 00:24:38,740 --> 00:24:43,740 first Monday it's incredible and it needs to just keep building this work 228 00:24:43,740 --> 00:24:49,870 the examples of our justice work this year go on but one final one we see this 229 00:24:49,870 --> 00:24:54,250 centering in our justice work centering with grassroots organizing in the 230 00:24:54,250 --> 00:24:58,360 growing response of Unitarian Universalists to the work of expanding 231 00:24:58,360 --> 00:25:03,190 sanctuary through the love resist campaign combatting criminalization of 232 00:25:03,190 --> 00:25:10,419 immigrants and communities of color so love resists is our justice campaign 233 00:25:10,419 --> 00:25:16,360 that is specifically focused on fighting criminalization and through love resists 234 00:25:16,360 --> 00:25:20,440 we are working to end the money bail system which is the highlight of the 235 00:25:20,440 --> 00:25:25,410 public witness this year led by black lives of uu 236 00:25:28,620 --> 00:25:34,450 we also offer education resources coaching and spiritual sustenance for 237 00:25:34,450 --> 00:25:39,160 those engaged in sanctuary policies community support networks and 238 00:25:39,160 --> 00:25:45,130 accompaniment programs currently across the country over 80 congregations are a 239 00:25:45,130 --> 00:25:51,970 part of the uu sanctuary movement nine congregations this number changed as of 240 00:25:51,970 --> 00:25:57,460 this GA nine congregations are currently providing physical sanctuary to 241 00:25:57,460 --> 00:26:02,710 individuals or families and more are ready if asked and more are accompanying 242 00:26:02,710 --> 00:26:07,000 immigrants through the immigration criminalization system through the court 243 00:26:07,000 --> 00:26:17,740 system and this spring through the side with love campaign when the US president 244 00:26:17,740 --> 00:26:23,560 threatened a caravan of refugees coming to the US border many you use open their 245 00:26:23,560 --> 00:26:30,310 homes to sponsor refugees and to show that as hate tries to close our borders 246 00:26:30,310 --> 00:26:35,010 we will open our hearts and our homes 247 00:26:42,299 --> 00:26:49,629 this means that right now as we see children separated from their parents at 248 00:26:49,629 --> 00:26:54,399 the border that we must be clear that the criminalization of immigrants 249 00:26:54,399 --> 00:27:00,549 migrants and refugees is the source and the system of the injustice to be 250 00:27:00,549 --> 00:27:05,139 cleared the decisions over the last few days by the president's administration 251 00:27:05,139 --> 00:27:12,460 is not a when it is not a win instead it is clear that their intention is to 252 00:27:12,460 --> 00:27:19,779 erect tent cities to detain families indefinitely without access to legal 253 00:27:19,779 --> 00:27:29,070 counsel without basic rights criminalization is what we must fight 254 00:27:39,610 --> 00:27:46,430 and we must recognize that the US has been separating families and taking 255 00:27:46,430 --> 00:27:56,660 children from their parents for a long time black families have been separated 256 00:27:56,660 --> 00:28:01,520 and art continue to be separated by the police state and criminalization in this 257 00:28:01,520 --> 00:28:07,690 country indigenous families separated ajun family separated and housed in 258 00:28:07,690 --> 00:28:15,200 camps this has been happening throughout our history this is not new but it is 259 00:28:15,200 --> 00:28:21,130 also urgent and we have to be careful when we talk about what the growing 260 00:28:21,130 --> 00:28:27,200 authoritarianism in our country I hear people use the language of Nazis 261 00:28:27,200 --> 00:28:33,200 and fascism and some of those terms are accurate but what I want to be clear on 262 00:28:33,200 --> 00:28:38,630 is that what's happening in this country is deeply rooted in the history of this 263 00:28:38,630 --> 00:28:43,430 country it's a realtor a growing embolden of the 264 00:28:43,430 --> 00:28:56,030 Confederacy and the genocide and the enslavement of black people okay so it's 265 00:28:56,030 --> 00:29:07,310 not foreign but it's urgent right now and it's moving quickly as we all 266 00:29:07,310 --> 00:29:12,920 experience so there are two mobilizations that are being organized 267 00:29:12,920 --> 00:29:16,670 right now and we've been working with partners on these efforts and i want to 268 00:29:16,670 --> 00:29:21,800 share them in the UUA and the UUSC through love resists is amplifying these 269 00:29:21,800 --> 00:29:25,040 call outs so if you have your calendar in your 270 00:29:25,040 --> 00:29:31,690 pocket and your phone you take it out and one should write these dates down 271 00:29:31,690 --> 00:29:42,430 july 2nd in san diego we have been asked to show up in mass numbers with longtime 272 00:29:42,430 --> 00:29:47,120 immigrant rights partners including Puente Arizona who we worked with on 273 00:29:47,120 --> 00:29:51,309 justice a longtime partners to show up on July 274 00:29:51,309 --> 00:29:57,250 2nd in San Diego to call for the end of this criminalization of immigrants and 275 00:29:57,250 --> 00:30:07,330 migrants and June 30th June 30th in DC a national day of action so there's going 276 00:30:07,330 --> 00:30:12,340 to be a mass mobilization in DC but there will also be events happening 277 00:30:12,340 --> 00:30:16,679 across the country on June 30th through families belong together 278 00:30:16,679 --> 00:30:23,950 again calling for a change to these this zero-tolerance criminalization of 279 00:30:23,950 --> 00:30:39,490 migrants and refugees July 2nd San Diego June 30th DC the foundation of our 280 00:30:39,490 --> 00:30:51,820 justice work is the deep call to keep our hearts open open in the midst of 281 00:30:51,820 --> 00:30:57,820 policies and politics that tell our hearts to be afraid and to cut off from 282 00:30:57,820 --> 00:31:02,890 one another to keep our hearts open in the context 283 00:31:02,890 --> 00:31:09,669 of a daily onslaught of trauma anxiety and heartbreak to keep our hearts open 284 00:31:09,669 --> 00:31:15,490 to one another from love resist aside with love we are showing up again and 285 00:31:15,490 --> 00:31:23,650 again for Humanity and for our own humanity with a spirit of bold and 286 00:31:23,650 --> 00:31:32,860 courageous love all of this internal and external work and the work to come in 287 00:31:32,860 --> 00:31:41,370 the years ahead is the work of a tremendously faithful group of people a 288 00:31:41,370 --> 00:31:47,799 tremendously group tremendously faithful group of people that includes you all in 289 00:31:47,799 --> 00:31:57,549 your congregations showing up faithfully for your values it also includes an 290 00:31:57,549 --> 00:32:00,740 incredible team of people that I get to work with at the 291 00:32:00,740 --> 00:32:09,770 you a the amazing staff of your uua I want to take a moment to introduce the 292 00:32:09,770 --> 00:32:14,510 person that I have the great privilege to work most closely with at the UUA 293 00:32:14,510 --> 00:32:20,380 the newly appointed executive vice president of the Unitarian Universalist 294 00:32:20,380 --> 00:32:36,289 Association mr. Carey McDonald 295 00:32:45,300 --> 00:32:51,070 Carey's experience and background in public policy education government and 296 00:32:51,070 --> 00:32:57,120 economics bring so much to the UUA his skills in strategic thinking 297 00:32:57,120 --> 00:33:02,920 organizational detail management and his obvious love for Unitarian Universalists 298 00:33:02,920 --> 00:33:08,980 unitarian universalism and his commitment to the way our faith is being 299 00:33:08,980 --> 00:33:15,520 called into transformative work make him an excellent EVP and i am so fortunate 300 00:33:15,520 --> 00:33:21,720 we are also fortunate to have Carey macdonald as EVP 301 00:33:24,820 --> 00:33:31,600 thank you it is such an honor to be working at the UUA at this moment 302 00:33:31,600 --> 00:33:40,080 especially side-by-side with the you you as first elected woman president Susan 303 00:33:44,250 --> 00:33:50,020 everyday I am grateful to have such a talented committed and courageous group 304 00:33:50,020 --> 00:33:55,060 of colleagues if you see them in the hall with that staff ribbon on their 305 00:33:55,060 --> 00:34:01,510 nametag feel free to stop them and say thank you and I'd like to ask the uua 306 00:34:01,510 --> 00:34:06,070 staff who are here in the hall to rise in body or spirit so that you can show 307 00:34:06,070 --> 00:34:10,660 your appreciation for their service to our thing thank you all colleagues we 308 00:34:10,660 --> 00:34:13,140 love you 309 00:34:27,500 --> 00:34:35,220 and on behalf of Carey and myself we are grateful for the leadership of the UUA 310 00:34:35,220 --> 00:34:41,820 Board of Trustees and especially the co moderators who we work very closely with 311 00:34:41,820 --> 00:34:47,280 barb greve and Elandria Williams what a pleasure it is to serve with both of 312 00:34:47,280 --> 00:34:58,200 you and we are grateful for the work that we are doing as a whole to invite 313 00:34:58,200 --> 00:35:03,270 Unitarian Universalists into a larger conversation about our mission and 314 00:35:03,270 --> 00:35:08,670 purpose and calling and how we can be organized not only for impact 315 00:35:08,670 --> 00:35:14,580 but to live more fully into our values it is a pleasure to work with each and 316 00:35:14,580 --> 00:35:21,890 every one of you thank you for your service and leadership to the UUA 317 00:35:25,900 --> 00:35:31,910 as uua president my priorities for this first year have been to strengthen the 318 00:35:31,910 --> 00:35:36,619 relationships across our faith and to put mission at the heart of all we do 319 00:35:36,619 --> 00:35:42,529 I've been blessed blessed to show up in witness and worship with you use and uu 320 00:35:42,529 --> 00:35:46,880 congregations all across this country it's one of the things I love the most 321 00:35:46,880 --> 00:35:51,200 about my job is being in your congregations and seeing you all across 322 00:35:51,200 --> 00:35:57,410 the country and guess what I'm finding as I travel good news comes when we live 323 00:35:57,410 --> 00:36:02,569 in to our mission in the last in the past year congregational giving to the 324 00:36:02,569 --> 00:36:11,739 UUA has increased an adult membership has grown for the first time in years 325 00:36:17,380 --> 00:36:23,600 we are not social clubs right we're deeply rooted faith community answering 326 00:36:23,600 --> 00:36:30,200 the call to love this is the power of mission and being mission focused and 327 00:36:30,200 --> 00:36:35,330 how it unleashes vitality in our communities the messages of decline in 328 00:36:35,330 --> 00:36:39,050 religion are a testament to the ways that religious communities have 329 00:36:39,050 --> 00:36:45,380 succumbed to cultural and consumerist values and lost sight of a greater 330 00:36:45,380 --> 00:36:50,450 mission to heal the world to side with the poor the imprisoned the oppressed 331 00:36:50,450 --> 00:36:56,000 and offer all people a way of living liberated from systems that seek to 332 00:36:56,000 --> 00:37:00,230 define and confine us and our relationships and I want to be clear 333 00:37:00,230 --> 00:37:04,640 that as a white person I am in this work for my own liberation from those systems 334 00:37:04,640 --> 00:37:10,280 right we are all in this for our liberation our collective liberation so 335 00:37:10,280 --> 00:37:17,240 that we can all be free the key to growth and health for our congregations 336 00:37:17,240 --> 00:37:23,210 is a recommitment not to be conformed to the dehumanization that infects our 337 00:37:23,210 --> 00:37:29,330 society but to transform it in ourselves and organize to liberate our society 338 00:37:29,330 --> 00:37:35,930 from its destructive exploitation of the life of life and the planet in this 339 00:37:35,930 --> 00:37:40,790 moment we are being called to imagine and experiment new ways of living our 340 00:37:40,790 --> 00:37:44,780 faith as Sophia Betancourt said last night to give those 341 00:37:44,780 --> 00:37:50,360 dreams wings we can be a faith where those who have been marginalized see 342 00:37:50,360 --> 00:37:56,540 themselves centered we have to be a faith where those who have been 343 00:37:56,540 --> 00:38:03,850 marginalized thrive we have to be a faith that encouraged is the fullness 344 00:38:03,850 --> 00:38:11,030 unfolding of every person and indeed our values our theology call us to this 345 00:38:11,030 --> 00:38:16,640 future we are called to manifest our Unitarian Universalism has deep 346 00:38:16,640 --> 00:38:23,300 spiritual compassion and meaningful resistance in these times it must we 347 00:38:23,300 --> 00:38:28,970 must develop a practice of protecting each other you're hearing that again and 348 00:38:28,970 --> 00:38:31,980 again from the safety committee it got a safety team 349 00:38:31,980 --> 00:38:39,790 protecting each other and become a source of the practice of the world that 350 00:38:39,790 --> 00:38:50,890 we know is possible and that is longing to be born this is a time to invest in 351 00:38:50,890 --> 00:38:55,050 your faith and your values like never before 352 00:38:55,050 --> 00:39:00,070 this is a time to keep our hearts our spirits our commitment our generosity 353 00:39:00,070 --> 00:39:05,500 open while the forces of fear and scarcity and dehumanization swirl around 354 00:39:05,500 --> 00:39:09,640 us this is a time to invest in your faith your congregations your 355 00:39:09,640 --> 00:39:13,840 communities like never before this is a time for each of us to answer 356 00:39:13,840 --> 00:39:22,560 how are we going to answer the call and the challenge of this moment how are you 357 00:39:22,560 --> 00:39:29,650 how are you going to answer this call the way ahead my friends my faithful 358 00:39:29,650 --> 00:39:35,340 faithful companions will not be smooth 359 00:39:36,390 --> 00:39:42,760 the challenge is ahead internally and externally are serious their life and 360 00:39:42,760 --> 00:39:52,810 death and pain is always a part of growth we will make mistakes and fall 361 00:39:52,810 --> 00:39:59,160 short forgiveness and grace will be needed 362 00:40:02,480 --> 00:40:10,010 I know for me some of answering the call will be on the streets on the streets 363 00:40:10,010 --> 00:40:15,560 and neighborhoods in Florida and Ohio canvassing for ballot initiatives that 364 00:40:15,560 --> 00:40:19,700 expand voting rights that give voting rights back to people who have been 365 00:40:19,700 --> 00:40:27,680 criminalized expanding democracy for you I hope you might show up in Florida and 366 00:40:27,680 --> 00:40:31,760 Ohio on some of these ballot initiatives that are critical for expanding voting 367 00:40:31,760 --> 00:40:36,080 rights and democracy it may also be for showing up for candidates that you are 368 00:40:36,080 --> 00:40:43,070 so excited for I hope for some of you it will be in direct action resisting 369 00:40:43,070 --> 00:40:51,980 criminalization and militarism like on July 2nd and on June 30th it may also be 370 00:40:51,980 --> 00:41:00,040 in creating rituals of resilience and sustenance that we all need to survive 371 00:41:00,040 --> 00:41:07,340 creating music that inspires us to joy tending the spiritual community that is 372 00:41:07,340 --> 00:41:17,690 a sanctuary of both rest and resistance and resilience wherever you are wherever 373 00:41:17,690 --> 00:41:25,490 you are whatever your passion your gift the feeling of calling in your home in 374 00:41:25,490 --> 00:41:34,790 your own heart say yes to that call we all need to show up not all in the same 375 00:41:34,790 --> 00:41:38,930 ways but in ways that we haven't shown up before with more risk with more 376 00:41:38,930 --> 00:41:45,220 courage with more care for one another 377 00:41:46,660 --> 00:41:52,400 and I want to thank each and every one of you for how you are already doing 378 00:41:52,400 --> 00:41:58,150 this because I know that you're already doing this 379 00:42:08,410 --> 00:42:17,500 and my heart breaks with your hearts and this time and my heart is emboldened by 380 00:42:17,500 --> 00:42:28,180 your hearts and your leadership and your faith and how I see you showing up these 381 00:42:28,180 --> 00:42:40,030 times are challenging but we have been readying for them I think about how when 382 00:42:40,030 --> 00:42:51,720 we can't know what's ahead when we live in times of deep uncertainty and 383 00:42:51,720 --> 00:42:58,960 promises of wins and a brighter day right around the corner are hard to 384 00:42:58,960 --> 00:43:05,380 imagine and cannot be promised for me the question is well what am I going to 385 00:43:05,380 --> 00:43:11,290 do I can't control the outcomes but I can control how I live and where I show 386 00:43:11,290 --> 00:43:15,070 up and where I give my money and where I invest my heart in my time and that is 387 00:43:15,070 --> 00:43:19,890 my choice and my power and is your choice in your power 388 00:43:25,920 --> 00:43:31,749 focusing on the outcomes may bring us despair focusing on what we can do right 389 00:43:31,749 --> 00:43:35,619 now and the call from our neighbor and caring for one another that's what gives 390 00:43:35,619 --> 00:43:43,630 us hope hope is being able to respond out of our values despite the systems 391 00:43:43,630 --> 00:43:47,709 that we live in and work for them in small ways in big ways every day so I 392 00:43:47,709 --> 00:43:54,449 thank you Unitarian Universalists across this land 393 00:43:54,449 --> 00:44:00,609 thank you for your commitment your risks and your generosity to your faith to 394 00:44:00,609 --> 00:44:08,459 your local congregation into the UUA and to how you live your values every day as 395 00:44:08,459 --> 00:44:16,569 your president it is my unbelievable honor and great pleasure to serve with 396 00:44:16,569 --> 00:44:21,150 you in this time thank you