“Life, Liberty, and Everything”

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Unalienable rights. We fought for them, or our ancestors did; we won them, or claimed victory at least; we celebrate them every year around this time, and much political rhetoric is framed in terms of theĀ demand for them. But what areĀ these things exactly? Is liberty something we either have or donā€™t, or is it a matter of degree? Can one personā€™s liberty get in the way of someone elseā€™s, and what should happen then? What are rights, how do we get them, how do we know for sure if we have them? We are a church, this sermon should not and will not be partisan; it is intended as a general examination of some of the words and especially theĀ  moralĀ conceptions we so often fight over.