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In 1852, the great orator Frederick Douglass was invited to give a speech in his hometown commemorating the 4th of July. In his speech, Douglass spoke of the aspirations for freedom central to the founding of the nation – and then he asked, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Few can match Douglass as an orator, and I am not one of them – but I would like to consider Douglass’ questions: how can the nation and the religious community be true to its promise of freedom and fulfillment for those long excluded? And how might Unitarian Universalism become more of a faith home for Black, Indigenous and People of Color Unitarian Universalists? What does Unitarian Universalism have to offer to BIPOC communities?
Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore is Lead Minister and Minister of Lifespan Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock.
This is the sixth sermon in our 10-part sermon series “Listening to Black Preachers,” featuring Black UU preachers from all over the country. Our preachers are invited to speak on any topic of their choosing.
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