One of the areas of work of our Association that I am most excited about is the expansion of our international connections. We have a long and proud history of international work. We also have the opportunity to take it to a new level.
One of the ways we are doing this is expanding our partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) to provide international opportunities for learning and service. When I served as a parish minister I saw for myself how direct experience with other cultures and with issues of justice transforms people. I went on trips to Guatemala and Mexico with members of my congregation and saw them return as human rights activists for life. I also saw how the life of our congregation was changed—from worship to religious education to public witness.
Right now a group of UUs is in Haiti on a JustWorks trip that is a cooperative effort of the UUA and the UUSC. We can follow along in blogs by the participants. I urge you to read what participants have to say about their experience.
I have a dream that all our ministers and religious professionals will have the experience of a culture in the developing world. I also dream that UUs of all ages, especially our youth and young adults, will have the opportunity to learn and serve together. We are taking steps to make that dream a reality.