2018-07-01 The Unwoven Garment of Freedom

 

Rev. Beth Banks, Worship Leader; Tamara Range, Worship Associate.; Stefan Harvey & Robin Datel, Social Justice Co-Chairs

July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass, was invited to Rochester, New York to give an oration as a freed slave. Instead of celebrating the independence of this country, he reminded his audience of those who did not benefit from the hard-won freedom from England’s rule. The slave trade was booming, and its presence, “makes [America’s] name a hissing bye-word to a mocking earth.” Yet, Douglass didn’t despair for this country. He felt there was hope. We will honor this national holiday, honestly consider our present moment, and hope. Music: Andrei Baumann and Chase Spruill (violin)