Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker preaching. Music from Roomie Wood and Stephanie Galloway. In his book, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue In A World of Choice, published back in 2001, social critic Alan Wolfe asks: “What is the difference between right and wrong? What does it mean to lead a good life? How binding is the marriage vow? What are your obligations to an employer? To your friends? To yourself? Is it always immoral to tell a lie? Alan Wolfe asked Americans around the country such questions in his intriguing exploration of our collective character, testing prevailing notions of the culture war. Twenty years later, we’re facing an even broader divide regarding notions of “moral freedom” and this murkiness threatens the stability of our nation. In this sermon, in the wake of riots in Washington DC and the inauguration of President Joe Biden, we’ll check the vital signs of our society’s ability to “whoosh up” to access our best selves in moments of decision and action (and we’ll discover how to activate this process, too).
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