From this morning’s President’s welcome:
Rev. Diana told us that Easter is the most difficult day for a UU minister. If that’s true – and I have no doubt it is – then I think perhaps the Fourth of July is the most difficult day for a UU lay person. We grow up bathed in patriotism: we’re taught to salute the flag and say the pledge of allegiance, to sing The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America, to wave flags and shoot fireworks on the Fourth of July.
But then we get a little older and we learn that our country hasn’t always lived up to its promise. We learn about slavery and the Trail of Tears, we see leaders quick to use military force and to deny full equality to all for political gain. We see those who wrap their theology in the flag and who baptize nationalism and call it God’s will and we wonder if we really want to be a part of it all.
Where our country is wrong, let us speak out in the prophetic tradition which is part of our religious heritage. But where it is right, let us speak out in the patriotic tradition which is part of our national heritage. Today, let’s celebrate what’s right about America. Today, let’s wave some flags and shoot some fireworks.