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Sermon Quotes

Equality

 Maya Angelou 

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

Bartolomé de las Casas

The entire human race is one … all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Clement of Alexandria

We admit that the same nature exists in every race, and the same virtue.

Dharius Daniels

Yes, we should treat everyone right, but treating everyone right doesn’t mean we treat everyone the same. Jesus didn’t. Relating to people properly should not be confused with treating them equally.

Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want, Zondervan, 2020.

William Golding

I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Equality is not only a matter of mathematics and geometry, but it’s a matter of psychology…It is possible to have a quantitative equality and qualitative inequality.

Quoted in Jeff Chang, Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America

Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little Black boys and little Black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

Justin Martyr

We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of another race or country. Now, because of Christ, we live together with such people and pray for our enemies.

A Love without Condition,” History of the Early Church (blog),

Elizabeth Perkins

We the people of this new generation highly resolve that those who sacrificed before us shall not have sacrificed in vain. Let justice roll on.

Let Justice Roll Down

Sojourner Truth

Children, who made your skin white? Was it not God? Who made mine black? Was it not the same God? Am I to blame, therefore, because my skin is black? ….Does not God love colored children as well as white children? And did not the same Savior die to save the one as well as the other?”

Nicholas Wolterstorff

The lower classes  of society are “not only disproportionately vulnerable to injustice, but usually disproportionately actual victims of injustice. Injustice is not equally distributed. One has to decide where lie the greatest injustices and where lies the greatest vulnerability. Other things being equal, one focuses one’s attention on those.”

Justice: Rights and Wrongs, Princeton University Press.