Fitted for This Day

We are the ones we have been waiting for.*
We are not perfect, but we are perfectly fitted for this day.
We are not without fault,
but we can be honest to face our past as we chart a new future.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.
May we be bold and courageous to chart that new future
May we have faith in a future that is not known
We are the ones we have been waiting for.*

*the words of June Jordan in “Poem for South African Women,” which she presented at the U.N. on August 9, 1978

This benediction was written for The Promise and the Practice.

About the Author

Kimberly Quinn Johnson 

Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson is minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork. Among her specialties are anti-racism and youth ministry.

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What is The Promise and the Practice? It's a turning moment; a choice to listen deeply to the stories in our movement that have not been heard, and taken to heart, by all Unitarian Universalists.

It’s a lamenting of what our Unitarian Universalist tradition and congregations have lost by being unable – or unwilling – to center people of color (or even, at times, to merely include them).

The Promise and the Practice is a celebration of our shared commitment to live into a new chapter in the story of our UU faith.

A full set of worship & RE materials is available for your Promise & Practice Sunday!