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Harry Potter and Child Slavery in Social Justice Sermon

August 24, 2013

On this day when the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is being celebrated with many Unitarian Universalists present, as was true 50 years ago, I am reminded of last week’s service. How does it tie in with Harry Potter? Read on.

Martin Luther King’s speech with the much known quote, “The arc of the universe…” was borrowed from a sermon by Unitarian minister, Theodore Parker who said in 1850:

“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see, I am sure it bends towards justice.”

Singers in witch costumesThe sermon last week was about justice and to tie it to Martin Luther King’s struggle that continues, African Americans are still being oppressed – many speakers during today’s march have mentioned all that still needs to be done. In Prince George’s County, a primarily African American county, there is a human trafficking problem now that people should know about. Human trafficking of children is a type of child slavery.

The sermon last Sunday was not about the problem here, but instead it was about the problem in Africa and other parts of the world. Ghana is the country the two speakers were particularly concerned about since they are a member of a council there.

Singers in witch costumesYou can hear the sermon on our audio podcast here, “Dobby and the Dark Side of Chocolate by Mac and Susan Goekler“. The service included some fun – photos here are by Marguerite Warner, one of our youth graduates and a talented artist, as it was a service for all ages, including young children. The connection to child slavery in Harry Potter comes from the second book with the character, Dobby. You can hear about it in the service where they advocate against the child slavery that makes chocolate and for the purchase of fair trade chocolate instead.

Singers act out stirring a cauldronPhotos by Marguerite Warner

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