2016 Berry Street Essay
Thursday, April 27, 2017
April 27 2017
We are writing to share that modifications have been made to Rev. Gail Seavey’s Berry Street Essay, If Our Secrets Define Us, delivered on June 22, 2016. These modifications do not change the meaning of Rev. Seavey’s message, nor diminish the impact it has had and will continue to have upon our professional association.
There will be some redactions from the original Essay and the following statement will be placed at the beginning of both the written and video presentations:
The following Berry Street Essay has been edited by agreement. The editing is reflected below where “[REDACTED]” is indicated. The editing was done by agreement because a person claimed they were described inaccurately. To avoid any disputes, and without any party changing their personally held views, the person and all parties related to the authorship or publication of the Berry Street Essay agreed to the editing and redactions. With the redactions, all parties agree that this edited Berry Street Essay may be used by any party for any purpose.
We know many of you are receiving this information with deep emotion. We affirm your reactions and share them. Yet, we also know the work to which we are committed, of continuing to put light into the darkest parts of our history so that all our members and lay leaders may live their lives with love and trust, is of the utmost importance for our larger faith.
We will continue to offer relevant and challenging essays delivered by colleagues who hold to our highest standards.
Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker, Scribe of Ministerial Conference at Berry Street
Rev. Cheryl M. Walker, President, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Board of Trustees
Rev. Gail Seavey, 2016 Essayist