Father David’s post of July 16, 2021 — Please join me in supporting the “Last Stop to Freedom” organization.
“Last Stop to Freedom” is what Wilmington, Delaware was called by Harriet Tubman and the enslaved Africans who escaped with her leadership. The underground railroad brought the enslaved seeking freedom to Wilmington and then they were transported to Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, the first stop outside of a slave state.
The Rev. Lyle Dykstra is a retired Presbyterian minister living in Delaware. Lyle and his wife Terry have been regular attendees at our monthly peace walks from First and Central Presbyterian Church to SsAM. Recently Lyle approached me about this movement that he is quite passionate about and wanted to know if we at SsAM would be interested in joining other churches in Wilmington to support “Last Stop to Freedom”.
The last Sunday in August service will coincide with the 208th year celebration of the oldest continuously celebrated black religious festival in the U.S. — the August Quarterly which the Union Church of Africans started and continue in Wilmington, Delaware.
If you are interested in learning more about this movement as well as participate, please visit the LSTF web site: LastStoptoFreedom.org. There you can find more about the mission of the movement and sign up to participate. I hope you will join me and many others from other Wilmington churches this summer as we continue to stand up for freedom for all people.
My hope is that our involvement with this important movement will continue in the fall at SsAM as small listening groups are formed so that together we might discern the Spirit of God at SsAM during this time of transition. Click here to learn more about these small listening groups.
Fr. David+, OA