“LEARNERS WELCOME HERE: Embodying Unitarian Universalism”
By Rev. Caitlin S. Cotter | Preached May 28, 2017
On the 14th of September in 1997, at the Emmy Award Night in Pasadena, Rev. Fred Rogers was awarded a lifetime achievement award. You may remember his show, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, that long running public television program that reminded its viewers again and again that we are special and have worth.
If you ever have the urge to watch a masterful acceptance speech, I recommend looking up the video online (see below) of Rev. Rogers receiving this award. He gets up to the microphone, smiles gently and joyfully out at the gathered audience of glamorous shiny folk, says some words of gratitude, and tells them, “All of us have special ones who have loved us into being.” Then he asks “Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Those who have cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life. Ten seconds of silence.”
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