Tag Archives: oppression

The Arc of the Universe–MLK Jr. Day (text & audio)

Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
The figure of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, the Civil War colonel who collected this beautiful spiritual you just heard the choir sing, evokes the kind of story that we Unitarian Universalists like to tell ourselves about our historical engagement with civil rights. (Click on the sermon title to continue reading.)

Forgiving Ourselves and Each Other (text & audio)

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Assistant Minister
I was standing in the line waiting to go through security at the Wake County Justice Center when I overheard a young woman behind me say, “We’ll just follow her!” I turned around and smiled, wondering if she was talking about me, since most of the people standing near me were men. She smiled back, and gestured at the young man standing with her, then looked toward my clerical collar – and said, “We’re getting our marriage license. We figured that’s where you are going, too.” I smiled again and held up my folder of Moral Monday paperwork, saying “Actually, I’m here for court.” The couple looked surprised – and then puzzled. Never one to pass up an opportunity to educate people about what’s going on in Raleigh these days, I explained the circumstances of my arrest, and we all moved through the line and on to our various appointments. (Keep reading by clicking on the sermon title above.)