So so full!

I write this from Portland OR at our UU General Assembly.  Yesterday we got news of the

Prayer Vigil at First Christian Methodist Episcopal Church last Sunday. Photo by Andy Alfaro at Modesto Bee

Prayer Vigil at First Christian Methodist Episcopal Church last Sunday. Photo by Andy Alfaro at Modesto Bee

SCOTUS decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.  Today, on what would have been the 13th birthday of Tamir Rice,  we celebrated the SCOTUS decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, just as the memorial for the Charleston 9 began.   And at General Assembly this morning, we Unitarian Universalists almost unanimously approved the statement of conscience for reproductive justice, a process I have been working on for 4 years.  Talk about being FULL.   What a week, what a year.

The opening ceremony of General Assembly is parade of congregational banners. One of

Board President Elaine Arnold in the Banner Parade

Board President Elaine Arnold in the Banner Parade

our members who is attending General Assembly for the first time spoke about how powerful it was to sit in the convention hall with thousands of UUs watching hundreds and hundreds of banners being carried.  She realized we are far bigger than it sometimes feels in our little slice of Unitarian Universalism in Stanislaus County.

Who we are and what we do MATTER.  I feel this more than ever, sitting in the middle of thousands of Unitarian Universalists, holding the celebrations of this week, and the lament of Ferguson to Charleston.

Delegates nearly unanimously voting to adopt the Reproductive Justice Statement of Conscience.

Delegates nearly unanimously voting to adopt the Reproductive Justice Statement of Conscience.

My weekly reflections will take a four week hiatus as I take 4 weeks of sabbath and study leave, returning on Tuesday July 28th.  Love and blessings to you all!!!

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