July 1, 2018: “America Was Never Great: Owning Our History and Responding Faithfully to Our Present”

Speaker: Niala Terrell-Mason

Worship Associate: David Early

photo of Niala Terrell-Mason

“America Was Never Great: Owning Our History and Responding Faithfully to Our Present”

As our country experiences a series of moral crises related to politics, foreign policy, and social justice, we attempt to reassure ourselves by insisting that this “isn’t us/who we are,” but the truth is this IS us and always has been. To respond to these issues as people of faith committed to real and lasting change, we have to see our past and our future clearly and be committed to a liberative theology that understands that America was never great, but with commitment, love, and hope it could one day deliver on its promises of being the land of the free and home of the brave.

Niala Terrell-Mason has been a member of Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside since 2009. In the past she has served on multiple committees, including Worship Arts and the Board. She is currently the new chair of Membership, a member of the Social and Environmental Justice Committee, Website Committee and a regular speaker and service leader at the church. She is a third-year seminarian at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont. She is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree with an interfaith chaplaincy concentration. Niala is a Universalist Christian UU who believes that despite everything people really are Good inside.

 

 

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