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In "Resistance and Transformation," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite a participant to light the chalice while you lead a unison reading of Reading 449 from Singing the Living Tradition: "We hallow this time together by kindling the lamp of our heritage."
Lead the group in singing the hymn you have chosen.
After the song, go around the circle and invite everyone to share their names. Ask if any followed the suggestion in the Workshop 2 Faith in Action activity, reaching out to someone with a different social justice interest and discovering their social justice strategy. Invite participants to share any good or unexpected conversations that resulted.
Then read the following words, written in 1833 by Unitarian Lydia Maria Francis Child in her book, An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans:
The personal liberty of one can never be the property of another. All ideas of property are founded upon the mutual agreement of the human race and regulated by such laws as are deemed most conducive to the general good. In slavery there is no mutual agreement for in that case it would not be slavery. The negro has no voice in the matter—no alternative is presented to him—no bargain is made. The beginning of his bondage is the triumph of power over weakness, its continuation is the tyranny of knowledge over ignorance. One man may as well claim an exclusive right to the air another man breathes, as to the possession of his limbs and faculties. Personal freedom is the birthright of every human being. God himself made it the first great law of creation; and no human enactment can render it null and void.
Tell participants that this workshop will explore how different strategies for social justice work were developed and practiced during the struggle to end slavery.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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