1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:04,455 2 00:00:04,455 --> 00:00:07,140 Speaker 1: People often say that we've always 3 00:00:07,140 --> 00:00:09,210 been Unitarian Universalist, but we just 4 00:00:09,210 --> 00:00:10,655 didn't know what to call it. 5 00:00:10,655 --> 00:00:13,480 Speaker 2: We were a mixed marriage, Jewish 6 00:00:13,480 --> 00:00:14,840 and Congregationalist. 7 00:00:14,840 --> 00:00:21,050 And we just tried Unitarianism and we came for our children 8 00:00:21,050 --> 00:00:22,955 and we stayed for ourselves. 9 00:00:22,955 --> 00:00:26,330 Speaker 3: I grew up in Texas to a Muslim community. 10 00:00:26,330 --> 00:00:28,830 And so a lot of the community life 11 00:00:28,830 --> 00:00:30,540 was centered around the mosque. 12 00:00:30,540 --> 00:00:33,610 I feel like with Unitarian Universalism, 13 00:00:33,610 --> 00:00:37,140 I'm able to get that really strong and important, I think, 14 00:00:37,140 --> 00:00:39,220 feeling of building beloved community. 15 00:00:39,220 --> 00:00:41,380 Speaker 4: Everyone here knows who I am. 16 00:00:41,380 --> 00:00:43,930 They know who the woman I've been in a relationship 17 00:00:43,930 --> 00:00:45,390 with 15 years is. 18 00:00:45,390 --> 00:00:48,170 They appreciate that relationship and they 19 00:00:48,170 --> 00:00:49,030 respect it. 20 00:00:49,030 --> 00:00:52,950 And I'm encouraged to come and be me. 21 00:00:52,950 --> 00:00:58,855 And that is the first place I've ever been able to be me. 22 00:00:58,855 --> 00:01:01,330 Speaker 5: I invite you to join me 23 00:01:01,330 --> 00:01:07,290 in appreciating the unspeakable beauty of what happens here 24 00:01:07,290 --> 00:01:09,610 week after week. 25 00:01:09,610 --> 00:01:24,520 [SINGING] 26 00:01:24,520 --> 00:01:26,770 Speaker 6: So when people ask me, 27 00:01:26,770 --> 00:01:28,500 what is Unitarian Universalism? 28 00:01:28,500 --> 00:01:32,460 I like to pull out the first principle of the inherent worth 29 00:01:32,460 --> 00:01:33,670 and dignity of every person. 30 00:01:33,670 --> 00:01:36,620 Speaker 7: We have a spectrum theologically 31 00:01:36,620 --> 00:01:39,510 that runs from Christianity and Judaism 32 00:01:39,510 --> 00:01:41,610 to atheism, agnosticism. 33 00:01:41,610 --> 00:01:44,720 Speaker 8: We're not the kind of church that says, 34 00:01:44,720 --> 00:01:47,382 if you don't believe in our God, you're going to hell. 35 00:01:47,382 --> 00:01:49,590 Speaker 9: People who come out of a variety of faiths 36 00:01:49,590 --> 00:01:53,530 can come together here, knowing that their particular way 37 00:01:53,530 --> 00:01:55,380 of understanding truth and meaning 38 00:01:55,380 --> 00:01:57,015 will be appreciated and accepted. 39 00:01:57,015 --> 00:01:59,410 Speaker 10: This is a place where you're welcome, 40 00:01:59,410 --> 00:02:01,860 where you're invited into a fuller 41 00:02:01,860 --> 00:02:05,110 relationship with yourself, with the spirit of life, 42 00:02:05,110 --> 00:02:07,960 with other people, to build a better world 43 00:02:07,960 --> 00:02:10,145 and to build a better you. 44 00:02:10,145 --> 00:02:13,290 Speaker 11: You walk in the door and it's like, hi, who are you? 45 00:02:13,290 --> 00:02:13,910 Come in. 46 00:02:13,910 --> 00:02:16,070 And immediately, you feel that you have 47 00:02:16,070 --> 00:02:17,290 inherent worth as a person. 48 00:02:17,290 --> 00:02:19,123 Speaker 12: It's just the most amazing thing 49 00:02:19,123 --> 00:02:22,311 to be nourished, body and soul, by a community. 50 00:02:22,311 --> 00:02:23,810 Speaker 13: People in my generation, 51 00:02:23,810 --> 00:02:27,420 they'll say they're spiritual but they're not religious. 52 00:02:27,420 --> 00:02:29,290 They don't like organized religion. 53 00:02:29,290 --> 00:02:32,000 In the UU church, I mean, yeah it's a church, 54 00:02:32,000 --> 00:02:34,400 but it's non-creed-oriented. 55 00:02:34,400 --> 00:02:35,545 It's open. 56 00:02:35,545 --> 00:02:36,170 It's welcoming. 57 00:02:36,170 --> 00:02:38,420 Speaker 11: I can bring my atheist mother 58 00:02:38,420 --> 00:02:44,510 here and my Catholic ex-husband, my modern Orthodox-trained 59 00:02:44,510 --> 00:02:45,670 Jewish children. 60 00:02:45,670 --> 00:02:47,915 And we're just all loved. 61 00:02:47,915 --> 00:02:50,220 Speaker 7: This liberal religious tradition 62 00:02:50,220 --> 00:02:52,560 has a very distinctive message, and it 63 00:02:52,560 --> 00:02:54,780 is attracting people that haven't been hearing it 64 00:02:54,780 --> 00:02:55,410 elsewhere. 65 00:02:55,410 --> 00:02:56,780 Speaker 2: It was liberating. 66 00:02:56,780 --> 00:02:57,910 It was freeing. 67 00:02:57,910 --> 00:03:00,640 It was challenging-- all those things 68 00:03:00,640 --> 00:03:03,110 that I was looking for in a religious place 69 00:03:03,110 --> 00:03:11,322 and a religious community. 70 00:03:11,322 --> 00:03:13,430 Speaker 14: Once you start to have children, 71 00:03:13,430 --> 00:03:16,740 it's nice to have someone else trying to teach them 72 00:03:16,740 --> 00:03:18,387 similar moral values. 73 00:03:18,387 --> 00:03:19,970 It's really nice to have it reinforced 74 00:03:19,970 --> 00:03:22,210 by a community in which you feel comfortable 75 00:03:22,210 --> 00:03:25,287 and you feel like these values are truly shared and important. 76 00:03:25,287 --> 00:03:27,120 Speaker 15: My oldest is now in third grade, 77 00:03:27,120 --> 00:03:29,680 so she's starting to get into more of the conversations 78 00:03:29,680 --> 00:03:34,130 about social justice, about neighboring faiths, about what 79 00:03:34,130 --> 00:03:36,220 other people believe, about starting 80 00:03:36,220 --> 00:03:41,315 to identify what is important to her and what is her beacon. 81 00:03:41,315 --> 00:03:43,040 Speaker 8: We believe in community 82 00:03:43,040 --> 00:03:45,550 outreach and helping us become better 83 00:03:45,550 --> 00:03:47,272 by helping the community. 84 00:03:47,272 --> 00:03:49,650 Speaker 16: In Unitarian Universalism, 85 00:03:49,650 --> 00:03:52,620 we have a responsibility, which is to provide people 86 00:03:52,620 --> 00:03:56,440 the opportunity to do the work that it takes to figure out 87 00:03:56,440 --> 00:03:57,770 what their beliefs are. 88 00:03:57,770 --> 00:04:00,450 Speaker 17: We also want them to have 89 00:04:00,450 --> 00:04:03,100 respect for the interdependent web of all existence. 90 00:04:03,100 --> 00:04:05,540 So that will be a part of our religious education. 91 00:04:05,540 --> 00:04:08,780 We want them to have respect for themselves 92 00:04:08,780 --> 00:04:10,230 and for their bodies. 93 00:04:10,230 --> 00:04:12,887 So we do do comprehensive sexuality education 94 00:04:12,887 --> 00:04:14,470 with children, which we feel is a part 95 00:04:14,470 --> 00:04:15,970 of their spiritual growth. 96 00:04:15,970 --> 00:04:17,820 Speaker 18: Gives you a whole perspective 97 00:04:17,820 --> 00:04:20,290 of how other people think and how other people feel. 98 00:04:20,290 --> 00:04:24,170 And I think it just makes you a nicer person. 99 00:04:24,170 --> 00:04:26,160 Speaker 19: The trend more recently 100 00:04:26,160 --> 00:04:30,960 is for us to name our religious education, lifespan, faith 101 00:04:30,960 --> 00:04:32,080 development. 102 00:04:32,080 --> 00:04:35,790 Because we recognize that it's a process that 103 00:04:35,790 --> 00:04:47,724 occurs throughout our lives, regardless of our agent stage. 104 00:04:47,724 --> 00:04:50,140 Speaker 20: One of the things that people don't understand 105 00:04:50,140 --> 00:04:51,920 about our movement is that it does really 106 00:04:51,920 --> 00:04:54,250 have a very rich historical past, 107 00:04:54,250 --> 00:04:56,990 not only roots that go back to the beginning 108 00:04:56,990 --> 00:05:00,730 of the Reformation in Europe, and a very rich history 109 00:05:00,730 --> 00:05:03,584 in the United States and colonial America. 110 00:05:03,584 --> 00:05:06,000 Speaker 21: I think what I want folks in our congregations 111 00:05:06,000 --> 00:05:07,940 to know is that if there's a candidate 112 00:05:07,940 --> 00:05:09,860 for the great American faith, it is us. 113 00:05:09,860 --> 00:05:12,710 Take a look at who signed the Declaration of Independence, 114 00:05:12,710 --> 00:05:14,460 and you see our names there. 115 00:05:14,460 --> 00:05:17,480 Three of the first six American presidents were Unitarian. 116 00:05:17,480 --> 00:05:20,560 And I'm pretty proud of the country that we helped build. 117 00:05:20,560 --> 00:05:23,630 Speaker 22: This faith, the more I learn about it and discover, 118 00:05:23,630 --> 00:05:27,650 is ingrained in the values that the American Constitution is 119 00:05:27,650 --> 00:05:28,410 put together with. 120 00:05:28,410 --> 00:05:31,180 It's about acceptance and tolerance and liberty 121 00:05:31,180 --> 00:05:32,410 and freedom to believe. 122 00:05:32,410 --> 00:05:34,950 I think it's inherent in who we are 123 00:05:34,950 --> 00:05:37,080 as citizens of this country. 124 00:05:37,080 --> 00:05:39,960 Speaker 20: Most of the idea of Universalism, 125 00:05:39,960 --> 00:05:43,170 although it had some roots in England, 126 00:05:43,170 --> 00:05:45,810 is really indigenous to our own country. 127 00:05:45,810 --> 00:05:50,110 Very simple, plain folks, mostly farmers and tradespeople, 128 00:05:50,110 --> 00:05:54,650 who really did believe that a loving God wouldn't damn people 129 00:05:54,650 --> 00:05:56,090 to hell. 130 00:05:56,090 --> 00:06:00,230 Unitarians, although they also believed in a benevolent God, 131 00:06:00,230 --> 00:06:02,690 put more stress on what William Ellery 132 00:06:02,690 --> 00:06:05,015 Channing called character. 133 00:06:05,015 --> 00:06:07,340 He called it salvation by character. 134 00:06:07,340 --> 00:06:09,830 He said, what matters isn't what you believe. 135 00:06:09,830 --> 00:06:11,440 It's how you live your life. 136 00:06:11,440 --> 00:06:14,405 And Ralph Waldo Emerson and all those other luminaries 137 00:06:14,405 --> 00:06:18,110 from the 19th century in the Unitarian side of our movement 138 00:06:18,110 --> 00:06:19,375 made that kind of assertion. 139 00:06:19,375 --> 00:06:21,070 Speaker 21: For both the Unitarians 140 00:06:21,070 --> 00:06:24,330 and the Universalists, people in the church 141 00:06:24,330 --> 00:06:27,160 had a moral obligation to reform society. 142 00:06:27,160 --> 00:06:31,010 And so it wasn't simply about getting your soul 143 00:06:31,010 --> 00:06:31,820 right with God. 144 00:06:31,820 --> 00:06:36,810 It really had very much to do with helping your society live 145 00:06:36,810 --> 00:06:38,480 up to its highest principles. 146 00:06:38,480 --> 00:06:41,960 So by the mid-20th century, the Unitarians and Universalists 147 00:06:41,960 --> 00:06:44,300 saw that had more and more in common. 148 00:06:44,300 --> 00:06:48,410 And in 1961, they formed the Unitarian Universalist 149 00:06:48,410 --> 00:06:51,500 Association and brought their two traditions together. 150 00:06:51,500 --> 00:06:59,660 [SINGING] 151 00:06:59,660 --> 00:07:02,960 Speaker 7: Our philosophy is, be out into the world six days 152 00:07:02,960 --> 00:07:04,960 a week and then come in here and tell us 153 00:07:04,960 --> 00:07:10,385 how that informs your faith. 154 00:07:10,385 --> 00:07:13,420 Speaker 22: We are about trying to improve 155 00:07:13,420 --> 00:07:16,760 the conditions in which a lot of people live and make the world 156 00:07:16,760 --> 00:07:18,960 and our community a much better place. 157 00:07:18,960 --> 00:07:20,640 Speaker 21: The Unitarian Universalists 158 00:07:20,640 --> 00:07:23,840 sent more ministers to Selma to join Martin Luther 159 00:07:23,840 --> 00:07:28,396 King in the civil rights march than any other denomination. 160 00:07:28,396 --> 00:07:29,896 Speaker 23: That's one of the things 161 00:07:29,896 --> 00:07:34,500 I love about my church is that activism and social justice 162 00:07:34,500 --> 00:07:37,360 are part of the principles, but then they are really lived out. 163 00:07:37,360 --> 00:07:40,760 Speaker 3: Fighting classism, sexism, homophobia, 164 00:07:40,760 --> 00:07:42,730 working on environmental justice, 165 00:07:42,730 --> 00:07:45,045 really kind of creating the world we want to create. 166 00:07:45,045 --> 00:07:45,960 Speaker 21: I think that there are 167 00:07:45,960 --> 00:07:48,190 folks who are coming to us right now in larger 168 00:07:48,190 --> 00:07:51,780 and larger numbers because they're looking for faiths that 169 00:07:51,780 --> 00:07:53,840 really respect the earth and have 170 00:07:53,840 --> 00:07:56,040 a stake in the environmental movement. 171 00:07:56,040 --> 00:07:59,000 And that's always been one of our values. 172 00:07:59,000 --> 00:08:02,890 Speaker 24: Our elected leaders will 173 00:08:02,890 --> 00:08:07,720 be able to hear us if we can speak from our hearts. 174 00:08:07,720 --> 00:08:09,730 Speaker 25: We're really trying to move forward 175 00:08:09,730 --> 00:08:12,270 as a congregation or as a community. 176 00:08:12,270 --> 00:08:14,600 And so it's really exciting to be a part of something 177 00:08:14,600 --> 00:08:17,890 that is very progressive and that is engaged and active. 178 00:08:17,890 --> 00:08:20,820 Speaker 26: This church, from its inception, 179 00:08:20,820 --> 00:08:24,320 has been interested in changing the world. 180 00:08:24,320 --> 00:08:28,410 Speaker 7: I don't have a minute to hate, she cried. 181 00:08:28,410 --> 00:08:34,720 I'll pursue justice for the rest of my life. 182 00:08:34,720 --> 00:08:41,283 May we go and do likewise. 183 00:08:41,283 --> 00:09:05,235 [SINGING] 184 00:09:05,235 --> 00:09:06,920 Speaker 10: If you want a tradition, 185 00:09:06,920 --> 00:09:10,270 a religious tradition, that respects you and challenges you 186 00:09:10,270 --> 00:09:13,780 at the same time to be your best self in everything you 187 00:09:13,780 --> 00:09:16,490 do in your life, then this is a tradition for you. 188 00:09:16,490 --> 00:09:21,890 Speaker 27: us commit ourselves to living out our theology. 189 00:09:21,890 --> 00:09:24,140 Let us celebrate being part of a reasonable 190 00:09:24,140 --> 00:09:28,420 and a passionate faith, a faith that requires us to engage 191 00:09:28,420 --> 00:09:31,240 deeply with moral questions. 192 00:09:31,240 --> 00:09:34,610 This work is difficult. And the discoveries 193 00:09:34,610 --> 00:09:37,170 will be different for each of us. 194 00:09:37,170 --> 00:09:39,800 But we must always remember that it 195 00:09:39,800 --> 00:09:44,980 is through our most human quality, the ability to love, 196 00:09:44,980 --> 00:09:48,600 that we can touch the divine. 197 00:09:48,600 --> 00:09:51,481 So may it be, and amen. 198 00:09:51,481 --> 00:09:59,433 [SINGING] 199 00:09:59,433 --> 00:10:04,902 [MUSIC PLAYING] 200 00:10:04,902 --> 00:13:56,405