Below are some of the things I continue to think about in the days since attending General Assembly:
Baptist minister Kojo Nantambu, who is also president of the Charlotte branch of the NAACP, reviewed the North Carolina political situation and the Moral Monday movement. We are encouraged to attend a conference and gathering in Mississippi, March 5-8, 2015, to honor the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign. http://www.uulivinglegacy.org/re-visting-selma-2015.html
One of the conversations during a plenary session highlighted the importance of large meetings which provide a safe and accepting environment for LGTBQI folks, particularly those whose gender presentation isn’t typically male or female. How many people who are exploring the areas between rigid gender boundaries, or are in a process of shifting gender identity, find a supportive and open home in their home congregations? Just their visibility at GA (thank you to many who have the courage to be seen and heard!) is educative and empathetic for those of us who are not going through similar journeys but who need our consciousness raised.
I attended a powerful and brief presentation on what climate change is and what it means for the future of humankind and the planet. I’m energized for the September 21 march about the climate crisis. http://www.ucsummit.org/wordpress/climate-march-in-nyc-september-21/#.U8GGwvldV1Y and http://greenfaith.org/resource-center/coming-events/people-of-faith-the-people2019s-climate-march.
There is energy and enthusiasm among young UU ministers, some of whom are ministering to young people in creative and non-traditional ways. Some of us may not have fully resonated with the worship service sponsored by The Sanctuaries in Washington, D.C., http://www.thesanctuaries.org/, but it’s educational for us to experience creative new directions in our religious movement.