Theme for March: Presence

The Hand-made’s Tale

Featured Film – Pride (2014)
(available on Canadian Netflix)
As a lesbian and gay rights group fights for equality in 1980’s UK, they see that striking miners face many of the same of challenges in seeking dignity and recognition.  This story gives witness to the power of presence – being there – in overcomes prejudice and recognizing the intersectional reality of the struggle for justice.  It also features a Welsh melody to the Bread & Roses hymn that we’re so familiar with.

Unitarian Biography – Julia Ward Howe
Also featured in Pride is the workers’ hymn Solidarity Forever, which uses the same tune popularized by the Battle Hymn of the Republic, penned by Unitarian songwriter Julia Ward Howe as a new anti-slavery anthem, which she set to the tune of an older liberation song, John Brown’s Body.  You can read about her powerful presence in the abolitionist movement in the biography Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, available in our library in the “Minister’s Picks” shelf!

Articles on Artists – Abigail Gray Swartz
In a painting featured by The New Yorker magazine, Swartz represented the importance of hand-made engagement, and intersectional presence, in the pursuit of justice.


Video – What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes
This all-woman band offers a powerful song of search on what it means to be one’s true self, being present with one’s own identity in the larger world.