Feb 17, 2013
The sermon was delivered on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister.
Three of the most controversial and significant figures of the 19th century celebrate birthdays this week. Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on the same day in the same year - Feb. 12, 1809. Frederick Douglass was born Feb. 17, 1818. Darwin was born into a family with money; Lincoln was born into poverty; Douglass was born into slavery. Growing up, Darwin had ample opportunities for formal education, Lincoln had few, and for Douglass all opportunities for education were illegal. Yet, despite their enormously varied backgrounds, these men profoundly changed the way we understand human relations, religion, politics, and science. Here we are, 200 years later, and their words and deeds continue to inspire greatness and controversy.
Come celebrate these men and the ways their thinking and values evolved throughout their lives. Like them, each of us is evolving in our understanding and our values. Their lives still have much to teach us.
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