Here is a pastoral message from Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray.
At this moment, West Fork UUs are watching things carefully. We are paying attention to the CDC and our local health departments. We will still be having service this week, but will post if anything changes.
From Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray’s facebook post
In the Spring of 2017, our association went through a significant institutional rupture that was also intensely personal for many at the heart of those events. Since then, the UUA has recommitted itself to the work of institutional change, to living into the aspirations of our beloved faith community that is anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural and deeply inclusive. At the same time, as a religious community there was also personal repair work that needed to happen, including with the institution of the UUA.
Acknowledging this, a number of people impacted by the events of the Spring of 2017 gathered recently to engage in a restorative conversation. This process was not about expecting agreement nor getting to full resolution, or healing all that was broken. Rather, this was about making space to gather as people – people within a shared faith – to honor and recognize one another’s humanity with all of our feelings and experiences, and to own our own roles as well as our pain.
Together, with our facilitators, we created a statement to describe our gathering, its purpose and character, which I invite you to read. I shared this as part of my recent report to the UUA Board of Trustees and have permission from those who gathered to share it widely with our larger Unitarian Universalist community. I invite you to approach this statement with curiosity and care, and to let the possibility for restorative practices open your heart.
Here is the repair statement
From Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray’s Facebook: “To be a faith of action with love as our doctrine doesn’t mean we live it perfectly, but it does mean we are called again and again to learn, to make amends, to restore relationship, to choose love.
Read more on the essential spiritual and moral value of love in my column in UU World.“
Prelude: Disappear From Dear Evan Hansen
Welcome: All of us are welcome here; all of us are loved By Erika A. Hewitt
Welcome Song: “Enter Rejoice and Come in”
Chalice Lighting: Come we now out of the darkness By Annie Foerster
The Principles: Kidciples Song
The Story for All Ages: You Will be Found from Dear Evan Hansen
Offering and Response (Unison)
For the gifts which we have received—and the gifts which we, ourselves, are—may we be truly grateful. Yet more than that, may we be committed to using these gifts to make a difference in the world: to increase love and justice; to decrease hatred and oppression; to expand beloved community; to share, and to keep sharing, as long as ever we can. Amen.
Hymn: Blue Boat Home
Reading: On this Trans Day of Visibility by Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
“The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) denounces President Trump’s racist and xenophobic decision to declare a national emergency to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.” Read more here
“The policy of this administration to separate children from their parents at the border is immoral, inhumane and indefensible,” says UUA president, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray. “These families arrive desperate for safe-haven, seeking asylum having fled violence and disruption in their own homeland – and instead of safety, they are further traumatized, victimized and criminalized at the hands of the U.S. government.”
This is the April 5, 2018 podcast from the Church of The Larger Fellowship’s talk show the VUU. 216: A Visit With the UUA with Susan Frederick-Gray and Carey McDonald
I hope you enjoy hearing about the exciting things that are going on in UUA right now.
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“We have much work to do,” she told the assembly. “I believe we are up to it. I look forward to working with you on this transformative path ahead.” – Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Yesterday, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray was installed as the first woman president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. UU World’s Christopher Walton wrote this article.