Fund established in memory of young adult delegate

Friends and family took to the plenary hall stage Saturday evening to remember Katie Tyson, a 21-year-old UU who was killed in a car crash returning from the 2009 General Assembly where she had served as a delegate. Tyson, a 2009 graduate of Boston University, was active as a youth at her home church in Virginia and as a young adult member of Arlington Street Church in Boston. She had aspirations of entering the UU ministry.

UUA Moderator Gini Courter recalled a friendly interaction she’d had with Tyson, and said, “I did not know Katie well, but our paths crossed often and she was someone I wanted to know better—someone anyone would want to know better.”

The Rev. Kate Walker, minister of Tyson’s home church, the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Va., spoke to an emotional crowd about Katie’s life and about a fund in her honor. The Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries is “dedicated to kindling the sparks of leadership among UU youth and young adults.” It will support scholarships, grants, and programs for youth and young adult projects, conferences, outreach, and more.

“With your generosity, young leaders will be empowered to live out their dreams, to weave our UU principles into the fabric of their expanding lives, and to encourage others to do the same,” Walker said.

During a collection for the Katie Tyson Fund, Tyson’s father, Herb, sang a song he wrote; local musician Ann Reed performed several songs as well. Contributions for the Katie Tyson fund will continue to be collected throughout the weekend at the Stewardship and Development booth in the hall.

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