1 00:00:06,220 --> 00:00:08,800 - Hello Unitarian Universalists. 2 00:00:08,800 --> 00:00:10,330 I'm Susan Frederick Gray, 3 00:00:10,330 --> 00:00:13,870 President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. 4 00:00:13,870 --> 00:00:17,580 And as so many of our congregations celebrate 5 00:00:17,580 --> 00:00:21,320 in gathering this weekend, I wanted personally to say 6 00:00:21,320 --> 00:00:24,980 how grateful I am for your ministry, your passion, 7 00:00:24,980 --> 00:00:28,370 and your commitment to Unitarian Universalism. 8 00:00:28,370 --> 00:00:32,330 Thank you to the members, ministers, religious educators, 9 00:00:32,330 --> 00:00:37,010 musicians, administrators, support, and building staff, 10 00:00:37,010 --> 00:00:41,360 everyone who make this and every Sunday as a time 11 00:00:41,360 --> 00:00:44,920 to gather and community possible. 12 00:00:44,920 --> 00:00:48,040 This is a defining time in our world marked 13 00:00:48,040 --> 00:00:50,360 by heartbreak and uncertainty, 14 00:00:50,360 --> 00:00:55,230 but also by an increasing commitment to organize and engage. 15 00:00:55,230 --> 00:00:58,210 To protect human rights and and human dignity. 16 00:00:58,210 --> 00:01:01,040 And in this time, we as Unitarian Universalists 17 00:01:01,040 --> 00:01:05,800 have a vital role to play to be beloved communities 18 00:01:05,800 --> 00:01:09,090 dedicated to love and justice. 19 00:01:09,090 --> 00:01:12,540 Our congregations matter and they are needed. 20 00:01:12,540 --> 00:01:16,280 Our communities can and need to be places of connection 21 00:01:16,280 --> 00:01:20,710 and collective inspiration, of resiliency and courage, 22 00:01:20,710 --> 00:01:23,580 places of inclusive welcome and care. 23 00:01:23,580 --> 00:01:25,930 Where we can bring our heartbreak and be held 24 00:01:25,930 --> 00:01:27,950 in a community of love. 25 00:01:27,950 --> 00:01:31,420 And find sources of joy, rejuvenation, and courage 26 00:01:31,420 --> 00:01:35,470 that will inspire us to keep showing up proudly, boldly, 27 00:01:35,470 --> 00:01:39,690 and effectively for justice and our values in the world. 28 00:01:39,690 --> 00:01:42,080 As I mentioned in my sermon at general assembly, 29 00:01:42,080 --> 00:01:43,830 two things are clear to me. 30 00:01:43,830 --> 00:01:46,990 Number one, this is no time for a casual faith 31 00:01:46,990 --> 00:01:49,820 or a casual commitment to your community. 32 00:01:49,820 --> 00:01:53,340 And number two, this is no time to go it alone. 33 00:01:53,340 --> 00:01:56,460 The strength and mission clarity of our congregations 34 00:01:56,460 --> 00:02:00,890 is vital in offering a life saving, life giving message 35 00:02:00,890 --> 00:02:03,240 so needed in this time. 36 00:02:03,240 --> 00:02:05,290 So I wanna leave you with a challenge 37 00:02:05,290 --> 00:02:07,540 as you begin this year. 38 00:02:07,540 --> 00:02:11,550 How are you and how is your congregation being called 39 00:02:11,550 --> 00:02:15,600 to answer the need and the challenges of this time? 40 00:02:15,600 --> 00:02:18,810 And how can this calling, your mission, 41 00:02:18,810 --> 00:02:21,520 guide your congregation this year? 42 00:02:21,520 --> 00:02:24,120 How will your community manifest and build 43 00:02:24,120 --> 00:02:27,240 the beloved community and who will be your partners 44 00:02:27,240 --> 00:02:28,083 in the work? 45 00:02:29,210 --> 00:02:32,500 Because our congregations matter in this world, 46 00:02:32,500 --> 00:02:36,770 because our faith saves and enriches lives every day, 47 00:02:36,770 --> 00:02:40,900 and I know it does because it certainly saved my life. 48 00:02:40,900 --> 00:02:43,630 I know that together we're gonna continue 49 00:02:43,630 --> 00:02:46,480 to make a difference in the lives of one another, 50 00:02:46,480 --> 00:02:48,750 and the lives of our communities, 51 00:02:48,750 --> 00:02:51,120 and together in our larger world. 52 00:02:51,120 --> 00:02:55,990 I am grateful to share this faith and to be with you 53 00:02:55,990 --> 00:02:59,530 both in the struggle and in the joy. 54 00:02:59,530 --> 00:03:02,460 Many blessing to you, your congregation, 55 00:03:02,460 --> 00:03:03,933 and community this year.