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Sermons from First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington Massachusetts

Apr 24, 2023

Sunday Sermon given April 23, 2023
Prayer by Marta Morris Flanagan, Lead Minister

First Parish
A liberal religious community, welcoming to all
First gathered 1739

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About the Sermon: From "Don't Say Gay" bills to the swath of laws criminalizing gender affirming and abortion-related care, attacks on bodily autonomy in the US are escalating at an alarming pace. And, this nation has always targeted certain kinds of bodies as less worthy of protection and freedom than others. How can our UU theologies of bodily autonomy and the sacredness of all bodies serve as an antidote? This year's Alliance Sunday considers the power and resilience of embodiment, intersectionality, radical spiritual imagination, and the liberation of all our sacred bodies.

The Rev. Ashley Horan (she/her) serves as the Organizing Strategy Director at the Unitarian Universalist Association. There, she leads the Organizing Strategy Team that holds all the outward-facing justice work of the Association under the banner of Side With Love and its related campaigns: UU the Vote, Create Climate Justice, Love Resists, and UPLIFT Action for LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice. Prior to her work at the UUA, Ashley served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance, and the Curriculum Developer for Beloved Conversations. She also served congregations in Joliet, Illinois and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her partner, the Rev. Karen Hutt, and their two youngest children--Aspen, 8, and Eden, 3.