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Here it is folks: My candidates forum speech, that apparantly made some people think I was “wierd” and some think “fabulous”.
I am Donald Wilson, member of the Church of the Larger and Younger Fellowships.
General Assembly is billed as the Gathering of Congregations. I come to GA as a hunter and gatherer of ideas. I am an Idea Junkie. General Assembly is where UU leaders of all kinds come together, share ideas, and learn from each other. General Assembly is a sacred space, where the spirit and passion of each of us to do the good work of our faith is amplified, showing what we can do for each other, and in the wider world.
Every year when I leave GA, it’s that amplification of spirit that drives me through the rest of the year, and helps get that good work done in my UU communities, and in the Heartland district where I work. In Heartland, and in the re-combination of the the districts of Michigan and Ohio Valley before, it has been my job to take the ideas of those I work with, those I serve, and those I minister to, consume those ideas, build them, and make them Real.
Those ideas have dealt with youth and young adult ministries being built from scraps, conferences, working to design and redesign an entire district structure, and events anywhere from under a hundred to ten times that, from small group ministries to district assemblies.
I work daily with the same technologies that bring GA to our congregants back home, and helping those that DON’T understand these technologies be aware of how to use them. Donald Wilson is tech support. I manage your mailing lists, websites, I’ve also worked in the theatre, in publishing, and truly dabble in all of the communication arts, and beleive in making the ideas we dream at GA available and accessible to as many people as possible, so our dreams become Real.
A few years ago, I heard a sermon that has followed me. Just as the Heartland District was born, with the prospect of still more hard work before us, the Velvateen rabbit asked the skin horse “What is Real?”
To which the skin horse replied “Real isn’t how you’re made. It’s a thing that happens to you.”
The good work we do makes us real. We make Real things happen.
I beleive the role of the GA Planning Committee is simple: What you dream, be ours to do. The GA Planning Committee makes things Real.
Make me Real. Let me take your dreams for our General Assembly and its Gathering of congregations, and make Them Real too. Be Real, and Keep the Faith.
Thank you.

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