In accepting the award, Navias said that his work with the UUA allowed him to
meet thousands of wonderful UUs who care deeply for this association. "You have
taught me so much," said Navias. He thanked his parents, Louis and Adelaide
Navias, "because they found the world of Unitarianism before I was born." He
spoke with enthusiasm of this year's Gay Pride March in Boston, which saw 41 UU
churches involved, with 50 ministers, and 800 or more people gathered for
worship in the Arlington Street Church. "The big surprise," Navias said, "was
seeing that not only had the march been televised, but that the announcers read
the name of every single church and read every banner." Navias said that "At
that moment, my hopes for the world began to be restored... That this remnant
could make its voice heard and make its voice for freedom and justice be heard."
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