Mass Bay District banner in the convention center.)
First, I'll tell you about the rest of my day yesterday, Thursday. In the afternoon, I went to a discussion by the UUA President, Rev. Peter Morales, called "Our Future Depends on Three Things". What are the three things, you ask? He believes that we must 1.) Get Religion. 2.) Grow Leaders 3.) Cross Borders. By "get religion", he means figuring out what we're passionate about, using our experiential tradition. When people experience something together, it can be very powerful. "Grow leaders" is fairly self-explanatory. And "cross borders" means crossing borders of class and culture, intentionally.
Next, I went to a lecture called "The UU Great Commission", by Rev. Howard Dana and Tandi Rogers, both very dynamic. Rev. Dana is the senior minister of the congregation in which I grew up, the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA (UCH). He made me proud.
The day ended with the Service of the Living Tradition, a time to honor religious professionals. I was moved when, among those UU ministers who died last year, there were two that I knew and loved. One was Rev. Jean Cook Brown, who was the chair of my intern committee. The other was Rev. Nancy Haley, with whom I attended Harvard Divinity School. They are missed... May they rest in peace.
This morning (Friday), I started out in plenary where we passed the Ethical Eating Statement of Conscience. That was good news! Then, off to a workshop called "Views from the Pews: Race and UU-ism". The panel was moderated by Rev. Clyde Grubbs, and the speakers were Jacqui Williams, Karin Lin, and Gregory Boyd (who is a member of the UCH!). Their stories were very moving and powerful... a powerful reminder of the importance of anti-racism work in our congregations.
Dr. Welch (pictured here) was also one of the speakers at the next workshop I attended, "Implementation Year for Creating Peace Statement of Conscience". This workshop was put on by the UU Peace Ministry Network. I learned a lot about what some other UU congregations are doing. I wonder if the UUCiA could work toward becoming a Peace Advocate Congregation.... something to think about!
link to a news piece and video on the rally. Here's a link to the front page article in the Charlotte Observer.]
Phew! I'm beat!