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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 in 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, explain that this workshop focuses on the idea of free speech and uses a case study from the 1950s, when a national fear of Communism, the enforcement of loyalty oaths, and the publicized hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities reached deep into the heart of our religious life.
Share this quote from a resolution passed by both the UCA (Universalist Church of America) and the AUA (American Unitarian Association) at their respective meetings in 1951:
Whereas certain men have persecuted many innocent persons with accusations of disloyalty, and in their fear, many are trying to censor free speech, free teaching, and communication, we resolve to affirm loyalty to the freedom of the mind to believe and of the tongue to speak what the mind believes. We condemn all persecution of persons for belief without evidence of treason, all enforced submission to doctrine, religious or political. And we assert that national security is guarded more through freedom and constructive criticism than could ever be through the silence of conformity and fear.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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