Feb 16, 2020
The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Barbara Prose, Executive Director of Ministry.
In an election year, 32 years ago, John Wolf preached this sermon and said, “If the people of this country do not feel manipulated, if their basic instincts for fair play and for justice are not confounded, then something ominous has to have happened. Human nature being what it is, as Emerson says, we have a natural affinity for truth. But we smother those natural instincts when we are so offended by what we hear being said that we despair that anything we do makes any difference, that the truth doesn’t matter, that the powers that be are in control and the ends justify the means. And when no one rises up to challenge the offenses, apathy can turn to bitterness. And bitterness easily turns to hate.”
Join me this President’s Day weekend, to hear how John found his way, from there, or here—back to faith, hope and love—back to freedom, reason and tolerance.
We have lived through perilous times before. No one said it better than the poet Langston Hughes, who John quotes in this sermon.
“We the people must redeem America. We the people must redeem the land, the mines, the plants, the rivers. The mountains and the endless plain.
All, all the stretch of these great states. And the faith, the great faith we have lost—and make America America again!”
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