Open Sea Spirituality

UUFA welcomes Rev. Tet Gallardo to the virtual pulpit this Sunday. Since the age of 14, she has advocated for the rights of LGBT, women, farmers, and indigenous communities in her native Philippines.

She is one of the first openly lesbian ministers in the non-Western world and currently serves as the president of the UU Church of the Philippines, which includes twenty congregations and two Fellowships.

Worship begins at 10:30am

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For all of their history, Filipinos have been a people who reached out across the sea. A country of 7,600 islands could only see the sea not as a barrier but as a medium of exchange among its more than 100 indigenous groups.

Descended from Polynesians who traveled farther and longer than the Vikings, Filipinos are among the most skillful seafarers in the world, yet Unitarian Universalist churches in the Philippines are mostly composed of farmers, and their cultural ethos is an affirmation of what it means to have UU values.

UUFA's guest speaker, Rev. Tet Gallardo, has been advocating for the rights of LGBT, women, farmers, indigenous communities, and the environment since she was an activist fighting against the Marcos dictatorship at age 14. She is one of the first openly lesbian ministers in the non-Western world. She is a mystic believing in the divine energy of the vast unknown and currently serves as the president of the UU Church of the Philippines, which includes twenty congregations and two Fellowships.

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Beautiful music, Dan Reed! Thank him for us, Clela and Lee.

Love this centering music! Thanks Chris & Mike.

Thank you, Michelle Leebens-Mack, for putting this service together, and to all those who had a part. It's lovely to share with UUs across the globe.

Thank you, Dan Reed for your gift of music!

Please define "scrubbing capabilities." Yes I know I could google it. And is there a way to know beforehand that the service is pre-recorded? I would have watched earlier this morning if I'd known. Thanks.

My personal thank you to all who helped to shape and create this worship service! I get by with a little help from my friends!

Good morning, everyone!

Good job, Erica, putting everything together late on Saturday!! Many, many thanks for your time and talent. You are a treasure!

I love the music that you have created Chris and Mike!

Wonderful story, Michelle Leebens-Mack and EUUie!

You should scrub ahead to 15:40 in the video to get to the beginning of the service with Michelle's welcome.

Wow! “When I Rise” is so lovely.

Service is also on YouTube

Thank you UU Bicutan Congregation of the Philippines

I am in the Getting To Know UUFA room for anyone to join me after the service!

If you are new to UUFA or UUism and want to have the opportunity to ask questions following the service, please join me at the Getting to Know UUFA program following the worship service. We do this the second Sunday of every month, so if you can't be there today, visit next month!

Great composition, Chris Hayden ! You are a terrific composer. ❤

Good morning. I think Barb Leisner will knock on my door soon.

I appreciate the great teamwork!! <3

Thank you, Rev. Tet.

Friendly reminder that this service is pre-recorded, so you'll have scrubbing capabilities on Facebook.

Scrubbing means clicking on the bar at the bottom of the video and sliding it to the right.

Good morning!

Good morning.

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