This week I had the distinct honor to be awarded The Richard G. McCauley Transformative Leader Award, which was granted by The Horizon Foundation to the Rev. Dr. Robert A.F. Turner and me for our previous work as Clergy Co-Chairs of PATH—People Acting Together in Howard.
But as I said in my remarks that evening (see below for the full text), the award truly belongs to you, UUCC. Without you, I would not be a leader, nor could any transformative work be accomplished. Thank you, and congratulations for this recognition.
Also… one highlight of the evening’s festivities was viewing this 2-minute Horizon Foundation 20th Anniversary Video, which features our very own Brooks family!
Horizon Foundation Transformative Leader Award
Thursday, September 27, 2018
How appropriate that Rev. Robert Turner and I are being honored together tonight. No true leader stands alone, or goes very far without partners in the grueling work.
Years ago, one of PATH’s former lead organizers predicted that if the two of us walked into a room together, with the combined strength of the congregations we serve and our connections in the county, we would be a powerful force. She encouraged us not to waste that power.
So, thank you, Robert, for being a partner, a colleague, and a fellow leader who holds me accountable.
And thank you, Horizon, for acknowledging the impact that we have had together. Not just Robert and I, but with you, too – thank you for investing some of your bounty in PATH’s effort to cultivate a Howard County that is more equitable, more just, and more well than it would be without our collective investment.
And it would be disingenuous of me to accept an award like this one as if it’s truly my own. In my case, I’m the fortunate one whose name is at the top of the letterhead, but the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia is the one who has earned this award.
Because no one is a leader without a following, either. And the people of UUCC are the ones who have done the work of showing up and getting messy and having difficult conversations. They’re the ones who’ve crossed real and imagined borders to build relationships with other PATH members. They’re the ones who hold me truly accountable to our values of love and justice… who insist that we confront systems of patriarchy and misogyny and racism… and who have trusted me with their stories and their vulnerability and their anger and their disappointment and their greatest hopes and dreams.
So, for UUCC, for PATH, and for our shared commitment to cultivating the well-being of our community, thank you.