Watch the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber’s General Assembly address.
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II addressed the Thursday morning session of General Assembly. © 2016 Nancy Pierce/UUA
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II spoke three times Thursday at the UUA General Assembly in Columbus. “We must mourn and protest violence,” he said in his morning address to a general session, whoever the victims are. He drew especially strong applause for his criticism of the NRA and his praise for Rep. John Lewis’s congressional sit-in demanding gun reforms. “Those of us who have in our history the commonality of suffering from hate, we know that those who won the day are those who chose love in the midst of hate.”
Barber also spoke about the “third reconstruction” during a Thursday afternoon workshop, and then joined racial justice activists and interfaith leaders at the State of Emergence rally.
(UU World published an excerpt from Barber’s book, The Third Reconstruction, last year.)
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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