Speaker: Rev. Ted Tollefson
Worship Service Coordinator: Paul Thompson; Music: Anne Waltner
It is sometimes tempting to identify political conservatives with patriotism, but it’s dangerous fun. I will suggest ways that liberals and progressives can reclaim our patriotism by drawing a few lessons from American Founders. What principles can we claim to make love of our country and clear thinking mutually empowering?
Conversations across the Fence Rev. Ted Tollefson Noon – 1:30 pm.
Do you have friends, neighbors or family who keep voting’the wrong way’? Welcome to the club! I will be share five field-tested ways to deepen conversations with those whose politics and/or religious views differ from our own. We’ll test these strategies face-to-face and revise them accordingly.
American founders and co-authors of the Declaration of Independence all had strong ties to American Unitarianism: Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson helped establish First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, PA, with Rev. Joseph Priestley as its minister. John and Abigail Adams are co-founders of the Unitarian Church in Braintree, MA. All were influenced by American Unitarianism and Deism.