Jul 5, 2015
The sermon was delivered on Sunday, July 5, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.
Traditionally, prophets see and speak about a future we hardly dare to dream about. Through their sight, their words, and their actions, prophets promote change as they proclaim the possibility of a more just world. Our faith tradition looks to prophetic men and women through the ages as sources of wisdom and inspiration. This July 4th weekend, with a presidential election just sixteen months away, we will remember the prophetic women who fought for a future in which women–all women, white and black and brown women–would have the right to vote. Many states are passing new laws requiring voters to show identification cards, restricting early-voting hours, and prohibiting more and more of our poorest citizens and our citizens of color from voting. With this in mind, we will turn to the life of Diane Nash, civil rights activist and leader, prophet of equal rights, voting rights, and non-violence. When faced with serving time in jail while pregnant Nash said, “I believe that if I go to jail now, it may help hasten that day when my child and all children will be free — not only on the day of their birth but for all their lives.”
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