1 00:00:03,500 --> 00:00:09,780 once again please join me in welcoming our president Susan Frederick gray for 2 00:00:09,780 --> 00:00:23,250 the presentation of the president's annual award for volunteer service the 3 00:00:23,250 --> 00:00:28,380 president's annual award for volunteer service to the Unitarian Universalist 4 00:00:28,380 --> 00:00:35,670 Association is given to the person or organization designated by the president 5 00:00:35,670 --> 00:00:40,500 as having given extraordinary and vital service to the UUA 6 00:00:40,500 --> 00:00:49,219 as a volunteer I am proud to recognize the liberal religious educators 7 00:00:49,219 --> 00:01:18,670 Association as the recipient of this year's Service Award 8 00:01:24,060 --> 00:01:32,340 I'd like to read with you some of the inscription that is here since 1955 9 00:01:32,340 --> 00:01:37,450 LREDA has been committed to promoting professional standards in religious 10 00:01:37,450 --> 00:01:42,460 education LREDAs partnership with the UUA to 11 00:01:42,460 --> 00:01:47,740 create a religious education credentialing program set a key standard 12 00:01:47,740 --> 00:01:53,350 for religious educators nationwide and through the development of a common code 13 00:01:53,350 --> 00:01:58,630 of ethics good offices and continuing professional development resources and 14 00:01:58,630 --> 00:02:04,420 training LREDA has continually invested in and supported the highest 15 00:02:04,420 --> 00:02:11,350 professional standards in religious education LREDA and its leaders have 16 00:02:11,350 --> 00:02:18,459 long charged our association to live and lead at the margins of our faith from 17 00:02:18,459 --> 00:02:23,739 the diversity and inclusion team to focusing on the spiritual dimensions of 18 00:02:23,739 --> 00:02:31,360 tough topics of race human sexuality death and our relationship to money from 19 00:02:31,360 --> 00:02:36,040 the initial conversations and leadership that created the about your sexuality 20 00:02:36,040 --> 00:02:42,850 and later our whole lives curricula to commissioning their own anti racism 21 00:02:42,850 --> 00:02:51,330 audit to becoming the first welcoming organization in our faith and 22 00:02:51,819 --> 00:02:57,519 and most recently members of LREDA leading the call and developing 23 00:02:57,519 --> 00:03:02,670 curriculum resources and trainees for a white supremacy teaching in which over 24 00:03:02,670 --> 00:03:08,849 700 congregations participated lorena 25 00:03:12,930 --> 00:03:20,530 LREDA has exemplified how courageous conversations create spaces where all 26 00:03:20,530 --> 00:03:26,019 are truly welcome throughout its history and in this 27 00:03:26,019 --> 00:03:31,389 moment LREDA and its members have been bold and fearless and challenging our 28 00:03:31,389 --> 00:03:37,000 faith to be more inclusive and to deal with the issues of the time with honesty 29 00:03:37,000 --> 00:03:41,769 and courage through an unwavering commitment to developmental learning and 30 00:03:41,769 --> 00:03:44,310 growth 31 00:03:44,909 --> 00:03:52,450 now this award this isn't on the award itself but this award also comes with a 32 00:03:52,450 --> 00:03:57,400 one-thousand dollar financial award to be given to the charitable organization 33 00:03:57,400 --> 00:04:03,459 of one's choice LREDA has selected the promise and the practice campaign for 34 00:04:03,459 --> 00:04:07,949 black lives of Unitarian universalists 35 00:04:12,359 --> 00:04:18,699 once again LREDA is centering the work of anti racism and anti oppression and 36 00:04:18,699 --> 00:04:23,680 leading our faith and you know that's gonna happen more and more in this room 37 00:04:23,680 --> 00:04:29,650 so it is my honor and great privilege to 38 00:04:29,650 --> 00:04:35,490 introduce the president of LREDA Annie Scott 39 00:04:43,150 --> 00:04:50,600 thank you wanna bordis our Fahs lecturer this year called us to honor 40 00:04:50,600 --> 00:04:57,800 our ancestors before you our current and past LREDA board members we represent 41 00:04:57,800 --> 00:05:05,860 70 years of LREDA audacity seventy years of being served by and serving 42 00:05:05,860 --> 00:05:11,960 liberal religious educators association seventy years of building a world of 43 00:05:11,960 --> 00:05:18,170 equity justice and love we stand on the shoulders and build on the efforts of 44 00:05:18,170 --> 00:05:24,440 those who have gone before us back in the 2000s my mentor friend and colleague 45 00:05:24,440 --> 00:05:29,600 dr. Helen bishop gave a lasting contribution to LREDA when serving as 46 00:05:29,600 --> 00:05:34,310 a member of the LREDA diversity and inclusion team she told us we needed a 47 00:05:34,310 --> 00:05:40,040 more respectful way of inviting people into song and then please stand she 48 00:05:40,040 --> 00:05:46,730 suggested rise in body or spirit LREDA adopted the phrase and invited 49 00:05:46,730 --> 00:05:51,860 our members to take it home to their congregations rise in body or spirit now 50 00:05:51,860 --> 00:05:59,840 lives as common practice in our congregations and here at GA religious 51 00:05:59,840 --> 00:06:04,280 educators are collaborators once the credentialing program was firmly 52 00:06:04,280 --> 00:06:10,970 established some someone asked Pat Ellen would then LREDA president when will 53 00:06:10,970 --> 00:06:14,720 credential religious educators be recognized at the service of the living 54 00:06:14,720 --> 00:06:20,380 tradition and Pat said when pigs fly 55 00:06:20,540 --> 00:06:25,860 pat was worn-out discouraged by all the efforts to get the credentialing program 56 00:06:25,860 --> 00:06:31,110 instituted and when one of us gets discouraged worn out or runs out of hope 57 00:06:31,110 --> 00:06:38,070 we hold one another and we hold one another accountable colleagues took on 58 00:06:38,070 --> 00:06:42,780 the efforts and credentialed religious educators are now recognized at that 59 00:06:42,780 --> 00:06:49,170 beloved ceremony lastly the religious the LREDA board 60 00:06:49,170 --> 00:06:53,360 wants to reiterate Brittany Packnett's words from last night 61 00:06:53,360 --> 00:07:00,960 ask yourself after every sermon you're right every song you play every post you 62 00:07:00,960 --> 00:07:07,560 share every donation you make every strategic plan you write every higher 63 00:07:07,560 --> 00:07:15,780 you do every cause you pick up every bit of attention you seek every piece of 64 00:07:15,780 --> 00:07:21,870 knowledge you share every lesson you teach every word you speak and every 65 00:07:21,870 --> 00:07:28,500 action you take did I just uphold supremacy or play my 66 00:07:28,500 --> 00:07:34,320 part in its destruction the LREDA board is committed to a practice of 67 00:07:34,320 --> 00:07:41,220 asking ourselves and our members does LREDA action uphold supremacy or does 68 00:07:41,220 --> 00:07:47,460 a play a part in the destruction of supremacy we will not do it perfectly 69 00:07:47,460 --> 00:07:54,380 and LREDA has always been and will continue to be imperfectly audacious and 70 00:07:54,380 --> 00:08:03,419 courageous when you please join me in honor of the youth could the youth rise 71 00:08:03,419 --> 00:08:06,320 in body or spirit 72 00:08:12,409 --> 00:08:23,599 could you join us in a little peel peel peel banana peel peel peel 73 00:08:23,599 --> 00:08:41,519 banana thank you very much