A testimonial by UUFP member Mason Moseley.
I agree with Rev. Andrew’s message from last Sunday: I want more than being a member of the “Fellowship of the Peninsula”. The UUFP has a long history of supporting the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Patricia and I were invited to a Sunday morning service in the Fall of 1986 and we haven’t looked back. The following Spring, we attended a District meeting and started learning about other UU congregations in the region. In 1990, I attended Leadership School for a week at the Mountain in Highlands, NC. That experience was a turning point in my life for both helping me realize my talent to serve and solidifying my dedication to Unitarian Universalism. Patricia attended Leadership School a few years later with Judy Remsberg, and Mary-Elizabeth Cotton. Others from the congregation have attended as well.
Soon, I was serving on the District Board, and I attended my first General Assembly (GA) in 1993 in Charlotte, NC. By 1996, I chaired the Thomas Jefferson District’s Board. Planning for that 1993 GA by a denominational committee included holding a Costume Ball with the theme of coming in the garb of Thomas Jefferson’s time. At the opening plenary of GA, as I remember the situation, that event was questioned from the point-of-view of minorities who in Jefferson’s time could have been slaves. It was a wake-up call. This is why I am a UU. I have been challenged to think. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, WOW, they are people too and they need allies. Hetero white privilege, that’s the identity I wore for years without knowing. Religious freethought has a long history that I keep learning about. I and others spent over a year reading the Bible with Ray Baker, something I had not done as a Christian youth.
I fully admit that there are many congregations that inspire the best of those who attend and are actively involved, but I am a contributor here at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula. The UUA and all it represents makes the UUFP an important part of a larger whole. I encourage your support of our denomination and thank you for all you do here at the UUFP.
Mason Moseley, you can call me Commish.
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