Tag Archives: July 4

What do I see by the dawn’s early light? July 4, 2020

My neighbor’s sign, surrounded by little flags, says, “Black Lives Matter.” The parade planned few streets away organized by the folks who live on that block — decorated bicycles and a kazoo band — is advertised by door hanger fliers … Continue reading

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“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass | July 5, 1852

It is often the tradition to read this speech at noon on July 3, in public places and that is a very good thing. If you did not attend such an occasion yesterday, would you take the time today to … Continue reading

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The Eve of the Fourth of July

I’ve loved the parades of other years with bicycles decorated, and children banging coffee-can drums, with cars decorated with streamers carrying the oldest citizens, with the well-rehearsed middle school band the cub scouts and blue birds daisy girls and a … Continue reading

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Ghosts reading people stories

(Having a hard time with the 4th this year suite — poem 2) I have a sweatshirt with little ghosts — the kind like white water droplets with faces and they’re sitting around a campfire with a grandma ghost reading … Continue reading

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Why I was turned down for the DAR

(Having a hard time with the 4th this year suite poem 1 — sometimes I just know there will be more) I only asked as a joke, you know — but it was true. Though most of my ancestors came … Continue reading

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July 4, 2018, This Land is Made for You and Me

Chorus This land is your land This land is my land From California to the New York island; From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and Me. As I was walking … Continue reading

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O God we pray for America

O God we pray for America beautiful for spacious … schools and hospitals and homes, for amber and ebony, chalk and mahogany waves of immigrants, for purple grapes of California where those without undocuments labor, even for mountains of landfill … Continue reading

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Credible claim of bona fide relationship

I am a child of God, a refugee like Jesus, a neighbor to anyone who walks down anybody’s Jericho road, a seeker of sanctuary in a country with churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, stacked three deep on every block, a lover … Continue reading

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Claustrophobia and the Statue of Liberty

Several times I have taken church youth groups to New York City, my home for years when I was a young adult. Of course, I didn’t climb the Statue of Liberty when I lived In Manhattan, but all the teenagers … Continue reading

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July 4, 2015 … Some worship resources, without the jingo

I offer some worship resources for people in the United States who are less than happy with the twisting of a celebration about freedom into a championing of an unthinking and uncritical nationalism. I always find that there is a … Continue reading

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