September 15, 2011
(BOSTON) The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), has issued a statement in recognition of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). His statement says, in part:
"The official end today of our armed services' 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy is an important milestone in the long struggle for civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Finally, our gay and lesbian friends, family, and loved ones are granted the basic right to serve in our country's military with dignity and integrity."
The UUA has assembled a collection of resources related to the DADT repeal, below, including a new prayer for use in congregational worship, a UU World article on DADT, video, and information about Bless All Who Serve, which is a UU military handbook available to members of the military free of charge, thanks to the generosity of UUA donors.
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By the Rev. Sarah Lammert, UUA Director of Ministries and Faith Development
Silence, chosen, deepens prayer, opens the window of the soul.
Silence, imposed, denies the truth of life.
Dear One, God of Love,
On this 20th Day of September 2011, we give thanks for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a life-denying prison of silence.
We celebrate with the GLBT men and women who serve our nation who may now speak about home and hearth, love and sorrow without fear of reprisal.
We celebrate every step towards justice, and today is a leap!
Imagine this: two soldiers stand together, hearts turned towards home in the dawning hours of the morning. She carries the burden of waiting for lab results which will reveal whether her spouse Joy has breast cancer. He imagines his partner Mark dressing their small son for his first day of school, aching to be present for this life passage. Yesterday they could not speak of such things and keep their jobs, but today they shyly open up to one another, testing the waters of a new freedom. Something twisted and gnarled inside each of them relaxes, smoothes out, and a life friendship is born in their shared tears and hopes.
We pray that the fate of DADT will lead to the overwhelming of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, which continues to perpetuate unequal access to marriage recognition and benefits.
Though the road has been paved with pain, we give thanks for those for those who refused to be silenced, and left a life in the military that they cherished. May no one be forced again to choose between love and truth, and fulfilling a call to service.
You who are Truth and Beauty, shine upon us all, make us wise and open-hearted. In the name of Love we pray.
Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Equality
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Last updated on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.
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