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The major presentations of the 2017 Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly (GA) in New Orleans, addressing the theme “Resist and Rejoice!”

Product Code: 6599
ISBN: 9781558968240
Publisher: Skinner House Books
Published Date: 05/14/2018
Price: $6.00

The major presentations of the 2017 Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly (GA) in New Orleans. Addressing the theme “Resist and Rejoice!” this General Assembly, Unitarian Universalists pushed each other to strive for more radical transformation than we’ve ever dared to embrace before. In her foreword, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, the first elected woman president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, writes, “I hope that Unitarian Universalists will continue to do the deep work of personal, cultural, and institutional change so that we might be stronger in the work to build the Beloved Community within and beyond our faith. This is our call and our opportunity.”

The collection includes the Berry Street Essay, which for the first time was multivocal and featured a panel of speakers including Rev. Dr. Kristen L. Harper, Rev. Mel Hoover, Rev. Ashley Horan, Rev. Dr. Adam Robersmith, and Rev. Marta Valentín; the Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture by Dr. Robin DiAngelo; the Ware Lecture by Bryan Stevenson; the sermons from the Service of the Living Tradition (Rev. Cheryl M. Walker) and the Sunday morning worship service (Rev. Mara J. Dowdall).

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Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Berry Street Essay
Rev. Dr. Kristen L. Harper
Rev. Mel Hoover
Rev. Ashley Horan
Rev. Dr. Adam Robersmith
Rev. Marta Valentín

Sermon for the Service of the Living Tradition
Rev. Cheryl M. Walker

Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture
Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Ware Lecturer
Bryan Stevenson

Sermon for Sunday Morning Worship
Rev. Mara J. Dowdall

“The times we live in right now are ripe with the potential for great transformational seeds to be planted. We may not see all of them blossom into the radically inclusive, compassionately welcoming, justice-demanding faith and world we dream of. We may not live long enough to reap the benefits of the work we do together. And there will be times when the work of creating the world we call Beloved Community will seem too hard and we will want to just give up in despair. Times when we tire of preaching the same sermon week after week: “Make the world a better place.” When we wonder if anyone notices the work we are doing, as flawed and as imperfect as it is. Days when if we see one more tweet, one more post, one more headline, we’ll just scream!

When we come to that place, we need to remember the colleagues whose names we heard tonight, who just kept climbing one mountain after another. Speaking not just to speak but to be heard. Not concerned with change but with having an impact. Not caring to make a name but to make a difference. Remember them, and then go out and climb your own mountain. Speak your own truth. Make your own impact. Make your difference. This is what we are called to do. Not just those on this stage, but all of us who call ourselves Unitarian Universalists. We are bound together by an abiding faith in the power of humanity to transform the world. We are bound together by the belief that with these proverbial hands, we can build a future for ourselves and those not born yet that is better than the world we inherited. We are bound together by the knowledge that together, each of us unique and valued for our differences, we can make the dream of a world of peace and justice a reality. And when that day comes and someone calls out our names in remembrance, let it be said of us, you may not know our names, but know this of us, we made a difference.”

—Rev. Cheryl M. Walker, Sermon for the Service of the Living Tradition

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