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January 20, 2009
January 18, Rev. William G. Sinkford, who leaves the office of Unitarian
Universalist Association President in June, was honored by Unitarian
Universalists from the Washington, D.C. area at an “Inaugural Ball” at All Souls
Church, Unitarian. Sinkford,
accompanied by his wife, Maria, was deeply moved by the event which celebrated
his ministry and faithful witness as leader of the UUA.
front of the Lincoln Memorial that
afternoon, UU folk singing icon Pete Seeger was one of the performers at an
Inaugural Concert attended by hundreds of thousands. Seeger joined his son and Bruce
Springsteen, near the end of the concert, in leading the crowd in “This Land is
January 19, the Olive Branch Partnership sponsored an interfaith celebration at
All Souls Church, Unitarian, which Sinkford and All
Souls Senior Minister Rob Hardies participated in. The event also included
remarks by Rev. James Wallis and Rev.
James Forbes, Rabbi Michael Lerner, and Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, among
January 20, Rev. Sinkford and Maria Sinkford attended the inauguration ceremony
of Barack Obama. Also taking part
in the festivities were Rev. Meg Riley, UUA Director of Advocacy
and Witness, and Rev. David Pettee,
UUA Director of Ministerial Credentialing.
said, “Despite getting
in line at 7:30am and having a ticket to the event, the crowd was so vast (and
the crowd control so completely nonexistent and complicated by a power failure
at the security checkpoint which held everything up) that we never got into the
area where people could watch the ceremony. I ended up watched the Inauguration
on TV in (U.S. Rep.-MA) Barney Frank's office.”
Even so, Pettee said, “sitting in the
Rayburn building and hearing the crowd explode in joy after Obama took the oath
of office, the noise was so loud that it sounded like a sonic boom, which
came three or four seconds before the oath ended on TV because of the tape
Pettee said he was particularly moved by Rev. Joseph
Lowrey's benediction that began with the words from "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
and “knowing that this hymn, once known as the Negro National Anthem, was such a
source of pride for African Americans during Jim Crow; watching the tears of joy
on the faces of the elderly and dignified women of color from Alabama, dressed
in their Sunday best, with whom we sat in Frank’s office.”
Tonight, Sinkford, Rev. Rob Hardies, and UUA Director of
Identity Based Ministries Taquiena
Boston have tickets for the Peace Ball, which may include an
appearance by Obama.
Adam Gerhardstein, Acting
Director of the UUA’s Washington Office, expects to attend the Peoples’
On January 21, Sinkford will attend the National Prayer
Service being held at Washington National Cathedral, before returning to
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