“The Right to Read”
Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum
September 24th begins Banned Book Week. We’ll talk about the values of the freedom to read, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech, and how they intersect with our religious values. And, yes, we will read some from banned books on this Sunday! Do you know what the most banned book was last year?
I was in my 40's, a young widow, children had moved on with their lives, I had a fulfilling teaching career and a wonderful group of friends. I began to feel, however, that I was missing something, hard to define really, but came to understand was spiritual camaraderie. I thought a Unitarian church might be a good fit as my Christian viewpoint I had been brought up with had shifted considerably. I thought I would drive to Ann Arbor to attend but bumped into a former student who mentioned she was a member of a Unitarian Universalist church right here in Jackson County. I went there the next Sunday and was pleased and overwhelmed with the spiritual camaraderie I sought. That was eighteen years ago. It has enriched my life.