Recently Alison attended the Defying Gravity Leadership Day held at the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock on Saturday, November 12, 2016. She is pleased to share with you the message of love and hope she delivered there.
Edge of Hope
I love you. I grieve with you. I am angry with you. I am sad with you. I am scared with you. I am getting ready with you. I will act with you. Will you act with me?
On Friday, October 28, Alison sat down with Tom Schade for an interview to appear on his blog, The Lively Tradition. You can watch the entire interview here.
Ministry across multiple generations is possible when we value the exchange of wisdom that stems from different life experiences and when we are open to different ways of doing things.
Moving towards a more racially just law enforcement system requires that we notice where and how the system is choking life and liberty. It will involve listening to the experiences of people of color and taking them seriously.
If Unitarian Universalism is to be a resilient, robust, and relevant faith, we must take actions to include the perspectives and participation of people who represent the fullness of the diversity of our participants.
Our destinies are intertwined. Therefore, we must protect the sources of all life on Earth, and we must work for the betterment of all people. Our very own lives depend upon understanding and living out these faithful beliefs.
Celebrating milestones is important. They offer us a chance to honor the past, to express gratitude, and to ask what the future can hold. They invite us to reflect on which traditions continue to serve our communities and which changes will allow us to remain relevant and vibrant.
The We Belong Together campaign invited me to join them this week as a chaplain for the Border Pilgrimage for Migrant Dignity in El Paso/Juárez. This is my second pilgrimage with this vital organization.
Tomorrow, I will board a plane to El Paso, where I will once again serve as a chaplain for my sisters from @WeBelongTogether—strong immigrant leaders from around the country who are walking towards just and compassionate immigration reform.
I am honored to be nominated by the Presidential Search Committee as a candidate for president of the UUA. Please, explore the pages of the campaign website, and come back for updates throughout the campaign.
I endorse Alison because she has the ability to call for more from us, so that the Association can meet its potential in these difficult times.
In hearing Alison, talking with her, reading her words, I sense the kind of Unitarian Universalist leader who can help us be relevant and welcoming in the future, not grounded in specific concerns but devoted to inviting, welcoming, and including people from across the whole liberal religious spectrum.
It was people like Alison that helped me stay a part of our faith movement when I was a youth and young adult growing up UU . . . I believe Alison is exactly the type of leader our Association needs to help us grow and thrive.
Intelligence, a deep sense of calling to the ministry, a genuine love of people, the ability to understand systems and mobilize people to serve, and her strength in public speaking are among the great strengths Rev. Alison Miller will bring to our Association.
Alison has the temperament, compassion, and collaborative skills to fulfill the promise of shared ministry among lay and professional leaders. It is a tribute to her leadership skills that in her ministry she has demonstrated best practices to insure excellence.
As a Unitarian Universalist, I believe in light in every person. Alison is like the center candle of a menorah, lighting those around her. She helped me grow into the young woman I am today, she showed me my light as she did for many others. Instead of anger and hatred, I feel hope and gratitude.
Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson
Alison articulates an inspiring vision for the future of Unitarian Universalism. Through her preaching and her public witness, Alison challenges us to be the most and the best of what we are capable of. She reminds us to look to our past, so that we might learn and grow from our history.
Rev. Claire Feingold-Thoryn
She gets systems, fundraising, organizing, and she is also a powerful spiritual leader, grounded in her faith and practice. She understands the value of both institutions and innovation. She’s smart, warm, open, strategic, and decisive.
Rev. Nate Walker
Alison is engaged in the moral issues of our time and has the knowledge and stamina to continue to help Unitarian Universalist build coalitions with other coreligionists and civil liberty groups.
Alison is the real deal, authentic, capable of dealing with nuanced complexity, and deeply committed to walking with us to meet and shape the future. I look forward to her leadership!
Alison is an amazing leader and teacher. While I have over 30 years of institutional leadership experience in my job, I continually uncover new ways to lead, engage and manage through the collaboration that I have with Alison.
Karol Yorlany Ruiz
En mi trabajo de una década como activista, nunca he visto un ministro caminar con la gente, orar con la gente, u alentar la gente de la manera que lo hace la Reverenda Alison. Su dedicación y su afabilidad abren nuestra fe a pueblos oprimidos que de otra manera quizás nunca entrarían a uno de nuestros santuarios.
Karol Yorlany Ruiz
In my decade-long work as an organizer, I have never seen a minister walk with the people, pray with the people, and uplift the people the way Reverend Alison does. Her dedication and affability opens our faith to oppressed peoples that might otherwise never step foot into one of our sanctuaries.
Rev. John Buehrens
“As one who knows the job of UUA President, I enthusiastically endorse Alison Miller. She has all the gifts needed: passionate commitment to social justice, deep spirituality, experience in fundraising and young adult work, and an appreciation of congregational life from fellowships to large urban churches. Best of all, she is a strategic thinker who will get us back on the path to growth.”
“Alison is a tireless advocate for our saving message both inside our faith and outside our denomination. Having grown up Unitarian Universalist, she is committed to vibrant and nurturing religious education for all ages and seeks to retain those Unitarian Universalists already in our midst, our children and youth.”
Rev. Jan Taddeo
“We share a commitment to see our congregations and community ministries, those with and without walls, being places of radical welcome for people of all identities, and building the anti-racist, anti-oppressive world we dream about for our faith and beyond.”
Rev. Marisol Caballero
“Poetic, kind, compassionate, fierce, and determined, Alison Miller has championed the concerns of the historically marginalized within our congregations: youth, young adults, and people of color, and she puts her action where her words are.”
“Unitarian Universalism when practiced at its best exemplifies what it means to be in beloved community through engaging in shared ministry. Rev. Alison Miller is a leader who lives shared ministry in her congregation and in the world.”
Rev. Meg Riley
“Alison has lifted up my eyes from the rubble to the vision in key moments when I was discouraged about getting where we wanted to go. She has been a minister and spiritual leader for the CLF, setting a leadership tone of collaboration and engagement which generates joyful energy vital to sustaining innovation.”
Rev. Clark Olsen
“Alison is simply a dynamic, brilliant leader, with deep roots in Unitarian Universalism which promise great energy and vision. With her leadership I expect we will experience enthusiastic participation from across our denomination among both loyal and long-time members as well as new people from our emerging American population.”