That was Then; This is Then
Susan-Lynn Johns, Worship Leader of First Universalist Parish of Derby Line, will present a reflection on the topic of civil rights in her native region. “Being from the South, I always take an interest in what’s going on down there. The recent moves by North Carolina to ‘insure against voter fraud’ are particularly heinous and so pointedly aimed at disenfranchising blacks, students, and the elderly that the prospect of the state getting away with it simply boggles my mind. The insistence of some people that racism is dead is given lie by far too many actions being taken by state governments. Discrimination among individual citizens is rampant all over the country. Where are the religious leaders of all faiths who rose to the challenge in the ‘60’s? Is there any hope at all in expecting Congress to do something? What can we do as people who embrace social justice? Will we have to start all over again?”
To recognize Labour Day, Mark Twain will also be on hand, as performed by famous Twain impersonator Ed Helm, to deliver the historical “New American Dynasty Speech” which was used by the Labour movement as a labour tool.
Both will speak at this Sunday’s service which begins at 10:00 am.
The First Universalist Parish of Derby Line, the first church in the Northeast Kingdom to be solar-powered, is located at 112 Main Street.