Today we celebrate Juneteenth. We celebrate it as people of faith.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, was an lifelong abolitionist of enslavement. He wrote a number of letters and even a book attacking the evil. Here is one of his more famous quotes:
“Give liberty to whom liberty is due, that is, to every child of man, to every partaker of human nature. Let none serve you but by his own act and deed, by his own voluntary action. Away with all whips, all chains, all compulsion. Be gentle toward all men; and see that you invariably do with every one as you would he should do unto you.”
While the road to justice is long, we celebrate the small milestone that is the new national holiday- Juneteenth. With hope we will continue the work of ensuring that all people are treated with dignity.