1 00:00:35,008 --> 00:00:38,761 >> Perhaps the most important role of the religious community 2 00:00:38,762 --> 00:00:40,762 is to mark the transitions of our lives and the transitions of 3 00:00:42,018 --> 00:00:46,509 our lives in community. We have gathered to witness and to 4 00:00:46,510 --> 00:00:51,267 bless those who have bridged this evening. We mark their 5 00:00:51,268 --> 00:00:56,505 passage into young adulthood with gratitude for the 6 00:00:56,506 --> 00:00:59,261 leadership they are already providing our community and 7 00:01:04,022 --> 00:01:07,028 and [Applause] 8 00:01:14,267 --> 00:01:17,272 And prepare ourselves to welcome of the new leadership we hope 9 00:01:17,273 --> 00:01:19,273 they will offer. 10 00:01:22,759 --> 00:01:24,763 you can applaud for that. That's good. 11 00:01:25,515 --> 00:01:28,268 [Applause] And the leadership of our 12 00:01:28,269 --> 00:01:30,269 larger community is also continuing its 13 00:01:33,006 --> 00:01:35,010 transition. My Interim Co-President colleagues and I 14 00:01:38,017 --> 00:01:40,271 are completing our short period of service, deeply grateful for 15 00:01:45,257 --> 00:01:49,512 both for the support we have received and the opportunity to 16 00:01:49,513 --> 00:01:51,513 make a contribution. 17 00:01:54,272 --> 00:01:56,505 It is time for the results of the Presidential election to be 18 00:01:56,506 --> 00:01:58,506 announced. 19 00:02:00,512 --> 00:02:04,270 announced.Is the secretary of the association in the house? 20 00:02:46,509 --> 00:02:49,766 >> Beloved friends, will you pray with me? 21 00:02:54,526 --> 00:03:03,768 Holy one, source of radiance and reason, thou whose love 22 00:03:04,771 --> 00:03:12,762 he know dowels and animates our lives. Be with us now as we 23 00:03:12,763 --> 00:03:21,256 pledge ourselves anew. As we welcome into partnership our new 24 00:03:21,257 --> 00:03:23,257 president 25 00:03:24,515 --> 00:03:32,256 . As we comet ourselves to live into the promises we have made, 26 00:03:32,756 --> 00:03:39,267 the promises which we will inevitably break, and renew. 27 00:03:39,767 --> 00:03:48,262 Help us, we pray, to support our new president and to support as 28 00:03:49,014 --> 00:03:53,268 well all those with the bold ness to risk stepping into 29 00:03:53,269 --> 00:04:03,017 leadership. Hold us accountable to one another. Make us 30 00:04:03,018 --> 00:04:06,272 instruments of love in the healing of this broken and 31 00:04:06,273 --> 00:04:15,269 beautiful world. May it be so. And amen. I have the honor to 32 00:04:16,271 --> 00:04:18,776 announce that Susan Frederick-Gray 33 00:04:23,513 --> 00:04:26,517 has been elected the ninth president of the Unitarian 34 00:04:26,518 --> 00:04:31,277 Universalist association. [Applause] 35 00:04:57,007 --> 00:05:00,265 Thank you. Thank you. You'll have another opportunity to 36 00:05:00,266 --> 00:05:06,025 cheer for Susan, I promise. You may have many opportunities to 37 00:05:06,026 --> 00:05:10,260 cheer for Susan. Before we hear from Susan, let's hear from 38 00:05:10,261 --> 00:05:16,020 Alison and from Jeanne, please, and let's thank both of them. 39 00:05:18,524 --> 00:05:20,524 [Applause] 40 00:05:35,260 --> 00:05:39,014 >> So first I want to say congratulations to Susan 41 00:05:39,015 --> 00:05:45,757 Frederick-Gray, and I wish Susan all the best and I wish all of 42 00:05:45,758 --> 00:05:53,021 us all of the best in our shared future together. And "am 43 00:05:53,022 --> 00:05:56,505 committed to leadership in this association and to supporting 44 00:05:56,506 --> 00:06:00,014 your leadership in our association. 45 00:06:00,515 --> 00:06:10,507 [Applause]>> I also want to take the 46 00:06:10,758 --> 00:06:17,520 time to thank all of my supporters here and virtually, 47 00:06:17,521 --> 00:06:23,261 here at the General Assembly, and to really say thank you for 48 00:06:23,262 --> 00:06:28,521 your confidence in my leadership and to say thank you for being 49 00:06:28,522 --> 00:06:35,259 with me on this journey of learn ing and growth. I hope that my 50 00:06:35,260 --> 00:06:40,768 team and I have been able to lift up ideas for our 51 00:06:40,769 --> 00:06:44,004 association that will be supportive for the new 52 00:06:44,005 --> 00:06:49,263 administration, and I look forward. The Good News to my 53 00:06:49,264 --> 00:06:58,258 congregants is that I look forward to running to more * * 54 00:06:58,259 --> 00:07:01,514 Morristown. [Applause] 55 00:07:04,018 --> 00:07:10,257 To the good ministry there. So thank you, everyone here, for 56 00:07:10,258 --> 00:07:15,267 all the ways that you support our faith. It makes a 57 00:07:15,268 --> 00:07:17,268 difference. [Applause] 58 00:07:28,771 --> 00:07:34,008 >> I want to also thank Susan Frederick-Gray. It's a nice 59 00:07:34,009 --> 00:07:39,269 thing to have this thing settled so well and we wish Susan every 60 00:07:39,520 --> 00:07:43,527 good thing. [Applause] 61 00:07:46,757 --> 00:07:54,269 I had some notes, but I can't find them. I must begin by 62 00:07:54,270 --> 00:07:59,759 thanking Rob Eller-Isaacs, the secretary of the association; 63 00:07:59,760 --> 00:08:04,771 the election Committee, chaired by Reverend Manish 64 00:08:04,772 --> 00:08:08,758 Mishra-Marzetti. And he want to thank all of those folks who 65 00:08:08,759 --> 00:08:12,266 worked so hard in the tech Division of the UUA to make this 66 00:08:12,768 --> 00:08:15,522 first election and runoff possible, and they did a great 67 00:08:15,523 --> 00:08:17,526 job. So we want to thank them. 68 00:08:17,527 --> 00:08:26,763 [Applause]I want to thank my campaign team, who worked very 69 00:08:26,764 --> 00:08:32,255 hard, very Harden deed, and they did a great job. Too bad you 70 00:08:32,256 --> 00:08:34,256 didn't have a better candidate 71 00:08:36,516 --> 00:08:39,523 . What can I tell you? No, they did a great job and I want 72 00:08:39,524 --> 00:08:42,779 to thank all of them. Thank you , friends. 73 00:08:43,279 --> 00:08:52,019 [Applause]I also would like to offer some thanks to the 74 00:08:52,020 --> 00:08:58,256 supporters and donors to my campaign and the most important 75 00:08:58,257 --> 00:09:02,514 supporters of my campaign, the first Unitarian Universalist 76 00:09:02,515 --> 00:09:05,771 church of Richmond, Virginia. Thank you. 77 00:09:05,772 --> 00:09:08,005 [Applause] 78 00:09:16,772 --> 00:09:19,526 I want to note that four congregations were held in 79 00:09:19,527 --> 00:09:23,759 suspended animation as to what the outcomes would be here. 80 00:09:23,760 --> 00:09:28,768 Not just the candidates' own congregations, but also we 81 00:09:28,769 --> 00:09:32,255 should name that Susan's husband's congregation as well 82 00:09:32,256 --> 00:09:38,267 was there. Four congregations waiting for the best outcome. 83 00:09:38,268 --> 00:09:43,278 Generous of all of you. And I want to thank, most of all, the 84 00:09:43,279 --> 00:09:51,262 person in my life who didn't want to do this and did it 85 00:09:51,263 --> 00:10:00,013 anyway. Regina, everything I do is a reflection of the love 86 00:10:00,014 --> 00:10:04,022 that sustains me, that you give. Thank you, my love. 87 00:10:04,023 --> 00:10:06,023 [Applause] 88 00:10:31,274 --> 00:10:35,509 >> Beloved friends and partners, I give you the ninth 89 00:10:35,510 --> 00:10:37,763 president of the Unitarian Universalist association, the 90 00:10:37,764 --> 00:10:41,521 Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray. [Applause] 91 00:11:02,262 --> 00:11:04,262 >> Thank you. 92 00:11:09,758 --> 00:11:16,776 I want to begin by thanking my colleagues, Alison Miller and 93 00:11:16,777 --> 00:11:20,006 Jeanne Pupke. It hasn't an incredible honor to be in this 94 00:11:20,007 --> 00:11:23,513 process with both of you and your campaign teams. I am proud 95 00:11:23,764 --> 00:11:26,769 of the way that we have worked intentionally on a collaborative 96 00:11:27,521 --> 00:11:32,510 and uplifting campaign. [Applause] 97 00:11:38,519 --> 00:11:42,528 We have, on occasion, joked that we spend more time with each 98 00:11:42,529 --> 00:11:45,261 other than we do with our families in these last few 99 00:11:45,262 --> 00:11:49,267 months, and it truly has been a privilege. Thank you. Thank 100 00:11:49,268 --> 00:11:54,027 you to everyone who supported, contributed, volunteered, gave 101 00:11:54,028 --> 00:11:58,514 me advice along this campaign trail. I could not have done 102 00:11:58,515 --> 00:12:02,772 this journey without you and your enthusiasm, and it 103 00:12:02,773 --> 00:12:10,265 supported and buoyed me in times of difficulty. I want to thank 104 00:12:10,266 --> 00:12:14,775 the members of the community of Phoenix, Arizona, and in 105 00:12:14,776 --> 00:12:19,032 particular, the leaders and the staff and the members of the UU 106 00:12:19,033 --> 00:12:24,275 congregation of Phoenix for being all in on this journey, 107 00:12:24,276 --> 00:12:28,282 even as it means bringing an end to our shared ministry. 108 00:12:29,034 --> 00:12:31,034 [Applause] 109 00:12:38,779 --> 00:12:41,783 those of you who are in this room and far away, I love you, 110 00:12:41,784 --> 00:12:45,269 and you know how much you have shaped who I am in my ministry. 111 00:12:45,270 --> 00:12:50,278 Thank you. And finally, I want to thank my family, my parents, 112 00:12:50,779 --> 00:12:54,537 my extended family, and most especially my husband Brian and 113 00:12:54,538 --> 00:12:57,520 son Henry who said a big yes to support this call. I'm grateful 114 00:12:58,021 --> 00:13:01,777 for your supported and love. And to everyone who participated 115 00:13:01,778 --> 00:13:06,034 in this election, got he had other skated, voted no me or one 116 00:13:06,035 --> 00:13:09,771 of the other fabulous candidates, thank you, thank you 117 00:13:10,022 --> 00:13:16,781 for your commitment and your dedication to this, our shared 118 00:13:16,782 --> 00:13:21,270 faith. Now the campaign is done and we go back to the hard work 119 00:13:21,771 --> 00:13:28,031 of building a new way in our faith as an association in our 120 00:13:28,032 --> 00:13:33,267 congregations. I want to ask all of my supporters to remove 121 00:13:33,268 --> 00:13:37,527 their buttons, to turn your T-shirt inside out, to put away 122 00:13:37,528 --> 00:13:42,036 the campaign gear, because we are all one faith and we are all 123 00:13:42,286 --> 00:13:44,286 in this together together. [Applause] 124 00:13:57,770 --> 00:14:03,029 So I want to be clear right up front. I am not the first 125 00:14:03,030 --> 00:14:09,270 female president of the UUA. [Applause] 126 00:14:33,527 --> 00:14:39,036 But I am honored to follow her, the Reverend Sofia Betancourt. 127 00:14:39,037 --> 00:14:45,525 And I'm humbled and grateful to our co-presidents: Sofia, bill 128 00:14:45,526 --> 00:14:48,281 Sinkford, and Leon Spencer, the first layperson to serve as 129 00:14:48,282 --> 00:14:50,535 president of the UUA. [Applause] 130 00:15:00,786 --> 00:15:05,544 And you have ministers to me and all three of us this week. 131 00:15:05,545 --> 00:15:08,024 You have minister today all of us in these months and 132 00:15:08,025 --> 00:15:12,031 especially so presently in these last few weeks and this week. 133 00:15:14,034 --> 00:15:18,542 Thank you. [Applause] 134 00:15:18,793 --> 00:15:22,530 And I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our 135 00:15:22,531 --> 00:15:28,545 co-presidents so that I and we, and by we I mean the collective 136 00:15:28,546 --> 00:15:34,277 we of Unitarian Universalism, may carry out the work that you 137 00:15:34,278 --> 00:15:37,533 have begun. In particular, I'm grateful to continue to work 138 00:15:37,534 --> 00:15:42,540 with Sofia as she continues for the next few months in establish 139 00:15:42,541 --> 00:15:45,025 and go launching the commission on institutional change. 140 00:15:45,777 --> 00:15:55,043 [Applause]You all have 141 00:15:57,776 --> 00:16:04,288 left big shoes to fill. Six shoes to fill. But there is no 142 00:16:04,538 --> 00:16:12,279 way I could fill Bill, Leon, and Sofia's shoes. But I do 143 00:16:12,280 --> 00:16:14,532 hope to continuer the collaborative leadership that 144 00:16:14,533 --> 00:16:17,037 you have modeled and the commitment to do things in new 145 00:16:17,038 --> 00:16:22,530 ways in our association. Friends, this truly is a 146 00:16:22,531 --> 00:16:26,789 defining moment and the stakes are very high. We have deep 147 00:16:26,790 --> 00:16:30,045 work to do within our association and our tradition 148 00:16:30,046 --> 00:16:34,530 and critical work to do beyond the association and no president 149 00:16:34,781 --> 00:16:42,540 can do this work on her own. Truly, as Mel hoover said to the 150 00:16:42,541 --> 00:16:46,779 ministers earlier this week, the real change must be owned, 151 00:16:46,780 --> 00:16:51,539 pushed, and lived by all of you, by all of us. It is not the 152 00:16:51,540 --> 00:16:56,274 president's job alone to move the change. We all have to own 153 00:16:56,275 --> 00:16:58,529 this institutional change. [Applause] 154 00:17:07,043 --> 00:17:12,531 I am truly grateful. I am truly grateful to be the next 155 00:17:12,532 --> 00:17:19,547 president of the UUA, and I am inspired by your support for a 156 00:17:19,548 --> 00:17:22,780 new vision for our faith and a way of living that is deeply 157 00:17:22,781 --> 00:17:29,543 grounded in partnership and clear about impacted. I will do 158 00:17:29,793 --> 00:17:35,280 any best to carry out this presidency with compassion and 159 00:17:35,281 --> 00:17:39,790 with courage, with strength and with humility humility. And 160 00:17:39,791 --> 00:17:45,777 with a practice of collaboration and a willingness to risk and 161 00:17:45,778 --> 00:17:48,533 change in order to have a greater impact in the lives of 162 00:17:48,534 --> 00:17:51,539 our people, our congregations, and communities, and in the 163 00:17:51,540 --> 00:17:59,281 larger world. We have much work to do. I believe that we are 164 00:17:59,282 --> 00:18:06,542 up to it. And I look forward to working with you on this 165 00:18:06,543 --> 00:18:09,026 transformative path ahead. Thank you. 166 00:18:09,527 --> 00:18:11,527 [Applause] 167 00:18:47,030 --> 00:18:49,283 >> Thank you, friends. We'll see you back here at 8:00 168 00:18:49,284 --> 00:18:51,787 o'clock for singing before the Ware lecture. Don't miss this.