1 00:00:00,560 --> 00:00:06,230 eleven months ago the UUA board on behalf of its member congregations 2 00:00:06,230 --> 00:00:11,639 entered into a new leadership relationship that was intended to model 3 00:00:11,639 --> 00:00:16,470 what it means to have a beautiful way to work together and provide a pastoral 4 00:00:16,470 --> 00:00:22,710 presence as a way to help lead our faith we heartily approved co-moderators of 5 00:00:22,710 --> 00:00:27,269 the board of the Unitarian Universalist Association with the goal of shared 6 00:00:27,269 --> 00:00:32,880 leadership in collaboration having seen the benefits since then in accordance 7 00:00:32,880 --> 00:00:38,430 with our bylaws and in the true spirit of covenant we ask this General Assembly 8 00:00:38,430 --> 00:00:43,680 to bless Mr. Bob Greve and Elandria Williams as they continue their 9 00:00:43,680 --> 00:00:49,829 journey and leading us to lead and lift up this faith that we love please join 10 00:00:49,829 --> 00:00:54,420 us in these words adapted from Gina Whitaker the co-moderators and the 11 00:00:54,420 --> 00:00:57,899 search committee will read the words and bolt together and the assembly will read 12 00:00:57,899 --> 00:01:01,280 the words in italics 13 00:01:12,020 --> 00:01:18,509 we gather here this week a community of leaders within a larger community of 14 00:01:18,509 --> 00:01:25,009 faith our work before us we are called to deliver the goods with commitment 15 00:01:25,009 --> 00:01:32,189 reason and foresight remembering that we are a religious community we strive to 16 00:01:32,189 --> 00:01:38,670 set our goals develop our policies and express our opinions with love at the 17 00:01:38,670 --> 00:01:47,039 top of all agenda items remembering we hold open the door to welcome the 18 00:01:47,039 --> 00:01:54,329 multitudes who may yet enter we set the pace teach by example and encourage 19 00:01:54,329 --> 00:02:01,909 growth sustaining a spirit of abundance and a connection to the greater good 20 00:02:01,909 --> 00:02:06,200 remembering that we hold the lamp to illumine 21 00:02:06,200 --> 00:02:09,869 we pledge our service listening to each other 22 00:02:09,869 --> 00:02:15,630 and our stakeholders and pool our individual gifts with transformation as 23 00:02:15,630 --> 00:02:21,829 our overreaching goal and together serving together we are building 24 00:02:21,829 --> 00:02:31,819 Unitarian Universalism we are bonding in unity and love we are blessing one 25 00:02:43,410 --> 00:02:48,760 in the spirit of citation I offer that these are the words of the Reverend 26 00:02:48,760 --> 00:02:54,190 Sofia Betancourt from our laying on of hands last year when we installed our 27 00:02:54,190 --> 00:03:00,880 president the Reverend Susan Frederick Gray in our tradition the authority of 28 00:03:00,880 --> 00:03:08,230 leaders of ministers lay leaders and presidents or co-moderators is granted 29 00:03:08,230 --> 00:03:15,190 by the people by the people we hold in community the call to serve may 30 00:03:15,190 --> 00:03:20,800 originate within a person or within whatever holy conversation has grounded 31 00:03:20,800 --> 00:03:29,020 their conviction but in our polity that call must be recognized and can only be 32 00:03:29,020 --> 00:03:36,220 ratified by the congregation by the people ours is an embodied faith through 33 00:03:36,220 --> 00:03:41,740 which the sacred finds voice in our own communication and moves in the world 34 00:03:41,740 --> 00:03:47,680 through actions the practice of laying on of hands and ordinations and 35 00:03:47,680 --> 00:03:53,130 installations and circles of healing and blessing reminds us of the sources and 36 00:03:53,130 --> 00:04:00,370 context of our power leaders do not serve alone and ours as always a 37 00:04:00,370 --> 00:04:09,610 partnered ministry I invite you to come forward Barb and Elandria a little bit 38 00:04:09,610 --> 00:04:12,870 more to the center there we go 39 00:04:20,600 --> 00:04:27,290 we would not simply install you in your office but we wish to bless you on this 40 00:04:27,290 --> 00:04:36,350 journey we invite you to be still to close your eyes and be held in trust by 41 00:04:36,350 --> 00:04:44,330 our physical presence here the literal touch of our hands you are companioned 42 00:04:44,330 --> 00:04:52,010 most closely now and will be in the days to come by your family I asked the 43 00:04:52,010 --> 00:05:01,250 families of Barb and Elandria come forward now join us and gather here and 44 00:05:01,250 --> 00:05:10,300 lightly lay your hands upon Barb and Elandria we hold in our hearts 45 00:05:10,300 --> 00:05:16,280 others whom you love not able to be present with you this afternoon yet 46 00:05:16,280 --> 00:05:19,750 present in your spirit 47 00:05:23,860 --> 00:05:31,500 into this circle we draw on the still others present only in beloved community 48 00:05:31,500 --> 00:05:44,190 allow those names to come to your mind now breathe deeply remember who you are 49 00:05:44,190 --> 00:05:53,470 remember where you come from remember where you live where your heart is most 50 00:05:53,470 --> 00:06:06,370 at home remember what you have come here to do and whose work you are doing you 51 00:06:06,370 --> 00:06:14,170 are companion in this call by a long line of worthy predecessors we invoke 52 00:06:14,170 --> 00:06:19,750 the spirit of all moderators that have come before you and invite them into 53 00:06:19,750 --> 00:06:31,420 this circle now you are companion by strong leaders of our association called 54 00:06:31,420 --> 00:06:39,100 to serve and elected by our people just as you have been you will be partnered 55 00:06:39,100 --> 00:06:43,510 by comrades who would challenge and support you who will draw your strength 56 00:06:43,510 --> 00:06:50,890 forward and look to draw out what is best in them I now invite the members of 57 00:06:50,890 --> 00:06:56,770 the UUA board of trustees to come forward and lightly place your hands on 58 00:06:56,770 --> 00:07:01,230 the families of Barb and Elandria 59 00:07:07,409 --> 00:07:15,719 you are companion also by your beloved colleagues in shared ministry I ask 60 00:07:15,719 --> 00:07:20,279 religious professionals here on stage or out here in the general session hall now 61 00:07:20,279 --> 00:07:25,259 to rise and body or in spirits and extend a hand forward 62 00:07:25,259 --> 00:07:37,259 I asked ministers seminarians musicians and administrators in the congregation 63 00:07:37,259 --> 00:07:49,169 to rise and body or in spirit and extend a hand forward I invite our uua staff to 64 00:07:49,169 --> 00:07:54,659 rise in body or in spirit and extend a hand forward you are companioned by all 65 00:07:54,659 --> 00:08:02,999 of these people and most importantly you are companion in this work by our people 66 00:08:02,999 --> 00:08:08,629 the countless lay leaders who will serve their congregations and our movement 67 00:08:08,629 --> 00:08:14,729 there is no one else no ecclesiastical body no bishop who can 68 00:08:14,729 --> 00:08:21,869 recognize and authorize this naming of you as our co-moderators the very hands 69 00:08:21,869 --> 00:08:26,219 and hearts that embody our faith beyond this place in every congregation large 70 00:08:26,219 --> 00:08:30,869 and small midsize and in between in worship and peacemaking and in justice 71 00:08:30,869 --> 00:08:37,229 seeking an institutional commitment and the day-to-day celebration of life the 72 00:08:37,229 --> 00:08:43,949 very hands that hold our faith are laid upon you now I ask those on stage to 73 00:08:43,949 --> 00:08:50,970 come forward and lay your hands and I invite those in the congregational body 74 00:08:50,970 --> 00:09:01,620 now to rise and body or in spirit and extend a hand forward it is from their 75 00:09:01,620 --> 00:09:07,500 trust and their vision that your authority derives you are called 76 00:09:07,500 --> 00:09:14,160 specifically by this people called out and chosen to lead and to listen to lean 77 00:09:14,160 --> 00:09:32,170 on them on us for wisdom clarity and courage open your eyes look 78 00:09:32,170 --> 00:09:41,889 around at all the people whose love is beaming right out at you who grant you 79 00:09:41,889 --> 00:09:47,470 this sacred trust this spiritual authority that only they have the right 80 00:09:47,470 --> 00:09:50,040 to grant 81 00:10:01,880 --> 00:10:04,960 let us pray 82 00:10:06,670 --> 00:10:18,750 Barb and Elandria we grant you sacred authority your office is a holy office 83 00:10:18,750 --> 00:10:27,430 we remind you never to forget who you are or who's you are what you have come 84 00:10:27,430 --> 00:10:35,110 here to do and why you must do is Barb and Elandria the days have already been 85 00:10:35,110 --> 00:10:42,990 long sometimes hard and occasionally thankless we call to mind gratitude 86 00:10:42,990 --> 00:10:51,220 community the youth caucus from which you have both served we know that this 87 00:10:51,220 --> 00:10:57,610 is a multi-generational trust and that you two are in a long line along an 88 00:10:57,610 --> 00:11:11,370 unceasing line of holy leaders we want you to know we are here when you need us 89 00:11:11,370 --> 00:11:23,650 we want you to know we need you we want you to know yours is sacred work and we 90 00:11:23,650 --> 00:11:31,330 entrust all of this to you in the name of all that is holy and beyond all 91 00:11:31,330 --> 00:11:39,520 naming that space that connects each and every one of us to all of us and beyond 92 00:11:39,520 --> 00:11:44,050 throughout all space and all time we say together 93 00:11:44,050 --> 00:11:53,940 blessed be Amen and Ashé thank you for your service