There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity; the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream. — Archibald MacLeish
The Jewish festival of freedom is the oldest continuously observed religious ritual in the world. Across the centuries, Passover has never lost its power to inspire the imagination of successive generations of Jews with its annually re-enacted drama of slavery and liberation. — Jonathan Sacks
I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation. — Theodore Bikel
“Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”
― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
“Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”
― Henry David Thoreau
To become familiar with some historical liberators
To consider what it takes to personally promote freedom
Taking it Home
Learn more about some of the topics we covered this month.
Modern-Day Slavery and the Chocolate Industry
Read the sermon “Contemporary Slavery: You Can Make a Difference,” by Rev. Kathryn Ellis, on the UUA online WorshipWeb. “Bitter Harvest” is an article on the modern-day slavery problem, by Kimberly French in the November/December 2004 issue of UU World.
UUSC Guest at Your Table
Check out the recipients of this year’s campaign together. http://www.uusc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/UUSC-Stories-of-Hope-2017-18.pdf
Then, each evening when you have a meal together, set aside the amount of money it took for one person to be fed. You can use a UUSC box picked up at Live Oak, or just a basket. On Easter Sunday, bring that money to Live Oak to be sent to UUSC.
Read a story about the history of the UUSC and Martha and Waitstill Sharp, Unitarians who helped smuggle refugees out of Czechoslovakia during WWII, and were founders of the Unitarian Service Committee.
Check a picture book bible out of the library and look for stories of liberation to tell your children.
Find more stories on modern day liberation – Nelson Mandela, women’s movement, Gay Rights Movement, Civil Rights Movement. As a family, discuss why Unitarian Universalists believe that it is our responsibility to help promote freedom and justice (our 6th principle.)
Our RE Stories for March
“Miriam Sister, Prophet, Dancer” as told in Toolbox of Faith, Tapestry of Faith, UUA