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Dedication

Welcome to Auburn’s Dedication. An event to celebrate and open:

The Janet Prindle Center for Prophetic Leadership

The Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Multifaith Center

The Hostetter-Habib Family Gathering Space

The Lisa Anderson Healing Space

The Macky Alston Media Lab

The Forrest Church Fund for the Advancement of Liberal Religion

Watch the ways we celebrated together.

The music that moved us.

Photos from the event.

See more photos:
Auburn’s Facebook Album

Auburn Dedication Ritual

We belong to the ones before us

We belong to the city light, the light of the world

We belong to the earth, we belong to the rivers

We belong to each other, We all belong

Beloved Ones –

We stand on this land, this land that the Lenape people inhabited long ago, this land near the Mahicantuck River, known to us as the Hudson. We acknowledge these first peoples. We acknowledge the brutal history of colonization that robbed them, and all indigenous people in this country, of what was rightfully theirs.

We humbly ask permission of the ancestors, whose spirits dwell here now, to inhabit this place. We ask them to help us recommit the life of this institution to sowing seeds of justice and peace.

We are ready now to hear the three blessings of dedication. After each one of the three blessings, you who are gathered, our witnesses, are invited to respond with the words:

WE BELONG TO EACH OTHER. WE ALL BELONG.

Blessing 1: Mother Earth

May this be a place where we honor the earth.
The river to the west. The river that runs both ways. May these walls held up on holy land be blessed by our promise to protect, sustain, and honor god’s creation: the land, the soil, the water, the ether.

We call on the earth to bring life to this space, as we commit to healing her suffering.

ALL: We belong to each other. We all belong

Blessing 2: Community


May this be a place of belonging for those we fight for and stand with. From the streets to the pulpit, from the barrio to the city. A place where our communities, neighbors, and strangers may dream together. A place for those we love and those we struggle to love.

We call on our people to come together in this space, to turn vision into action through our collective longing.

ALL: We belong to each other. We all belong

 

Blessing 3: Individual

 

May this be a place of belonging for you.
For each of your loving hearts, for your brokenness, your cries against injustice that long to be heard, your unbridled joy. A place where the spirit of your ancestors may inspire your good work to bring love and justice to the world.

We call on you to fill this space with your passion, presence, and purpose.

ALL: We belong to each other. We all belong

 

Having called upon each of you, our communities and beloved earth, tonight, with you, we dedicate this space:

For doing the work of love & justice.
For connecting to people across divides in the hope of finding common purpose.
ALL: We dedicate this space

To amplify the many voices in our leader-full movements.
To reconnect when we feel pulled apart.
ALL: We dedicate this space

To find resilience when we are broken and burnt.
To rekindle hearts when, after years of labor, we have lost hope.
ALL: We dedicate this space

This space is hereby dedicated with you as our witnesses, our friends, our beloveds!
May the great Creator, and the spirits that inspire us, bless this space, and bless our work.

We belong to the ones before us

We belong to the city light, the light of the world

We belong to the earth, we belong to the rivers

We belong to each other, We all belong

Read more about each space

The Janet Prindle Center for Prophetic Leadership

Janet W. Prindle, a 1958 graduate of DePauw, made possible the construction of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. A Wall Street pioneer for women, Prindle was the first woman to be named partner at the investment firm of Neuberger Berman. She successfully dispelled the idea that socially conscious investing means lackluster performance. She proved that progressive social policy could indeed be a company’s best financial strategy. Thanks to Janet Prindle’s kind contributions, her Institute is poised to aid all students — and the community beyond — in making a more ethical future.

The Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein Multifaith Center

Peter J. Rubinstein,  is the director of Jewish community and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92Y in New York. He is also the rabbi emeritus of Central Synagogue, a Reform congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, where he served as the senior rabbi for 23 years. Rubinstein’s passionate commitment to moving communities beyond tolerance and toward respect and acceptance for religious difference has made him a recognized leader in the changing face of Judaism. He is a bridge builder, linking improbable communities, and deeply connected to other religions’ leaders. In an era of thriving fundamentalism and re-enforcement of boundaries, Rubinstein has devoted much of his life to taking down walls and building understanding.

The Hostetter-Habib Family Gathering Space

The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Hostetter and Alexander N. Habib

Mark Hostetter, Auburn’s former board chair, is the co-President of Vinik Asset Management, a Boston-based money management firm. Earlier in his career, Mark was general counsel for equity markets at Merrill Lynch, a securities lawyer with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and London, and has worked in Washington DC as a tax analyst for the Congressional Budget Office and as a personal and press aide for U.S. Senator Jacob Javits. Mark is a third-generation Presbyterian minister, currently serving as Associate Pastor for Stewardship and Mission to the Corporate World at The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, an innovative practical ministry centering on issues of faith and work, wealth and stewardship. Mark serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including New York Theological Seminary, Ghost Ranch Conference Center, The Living Pulpit Magazine, and the Presbyterian Conference Association; and he is an instructor in Water Safety, Lifeguard Training, and First Aid programs with the American Red Cross. Mark received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1984, and his M.Div. from New York Theological Seminary in 1998. In 1980, he received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.

Alex N. Habib is the Chairman of Summit’s Board of Directors. He works as a consultant in labor relations, specializing in the airline industry, and has held various positions with a number of airlines, including recent work as a Business Agent and a Vice President for the Northwest Airlines local of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Mr. Habib is active with several non-profit organizations, including Sing for the Children, The Beacon Foundation, and Auburn Seminary, and has clinical therapy experience in youth crisis counseling and group residences. Alex received his B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois in 1981.

The Lisa Anderson Healing Space

Lisa Anderson is Vice President, Embodied Justice Leadership at Auburn Seminary, where she works with Auburn’s program team to advance multi-faith movements for justice by creating spaces where faith/spirit rooted leaders intersectional organizing, bridging the divide between theology and activism, equipping and on deepening the spiritually grounding of leaders in a multifaith movement for justice via the creation and curation of worship and liturgical resources. Lisa is also founding director of the Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle (STLC). The Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle, a fellowship program whose mission is to make the ordinary care of the bodies, minds, and spirits of Black and Brown women a priority in their own lives and within the social justice spaces where Black women leaders disproportionately serve. The STLC equips Black and Brown women leaders, seeking to advance movements for justice within their communities, through a methodology that incorporates a vigorous and spiritually grounded practice of self-care as a part of a leader’s public witness.

The Macky Alston Media Lab

Macky Alston is a Senior Vice President at Auburn Seminary, where he works to equip leaders of faith and moral courage to advance justice. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Alston founded Auburn Media in 2002 and since then has directed Auburn’s programs that support leaders to harness the media for prophetic witness, engage in creative activism to capture the public imagination, bridge divides across all kinds of difference, and engage film and other forms of media for justice work. Alston and the Auburn team of trainers have supported over 10,000 leaders, including many of the most influential faith leaders of our day.

The Forrest Church Fund for the Advancement of Liberal Religion

The Rev. Dr. Frank Forrester Church IV (1948-2009) served the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City as Senior Minister since 1978 and as minister of public theology since 2007. Dr. Church was senior minister at All Souls for more than three decades. During his tenure, the Upper East Side congregation, founded in 1819, grew from fewer than 400 members to more than 1,400. Through his books, TV and radio appearances and newspaper columns, Dr. Church was a leading voice of Unitarian Universalism and was one of the nation’s most quotable preachers. Eight of his sermons were selected for inclusion in the annual anthology “Representative American Speeches.” A frequent contributor to UU World, he was the author and editor of 25 books. Rev. Church was a longtime friend and supporter to Auburn. His memory and impact remains a legacy through the work of our current Auburn Board Member Carolyn Buck Luce. Carolyn and her husband Rob Evans lead Imaginal Labs who inspired the DesignShop methodology used in our Auburn convening space.

In his book “Love and Death,” he wrote: “The goal is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for. The one thing that can’t be taken from us, even by death, is the love we give away before we go.”