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November 16 – Rev. Phil Sweet

Rev. Phil Sweet
Rev. Phil Sweet

Pete Seeger, the folksinger, died this past January at the age of 94. His career spanned seven decades and he gave his voice and life to environmental, civil rights, labor, and anti-war movements. His banjo had emblazoned on it: “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender”. “I figure my main function in life is that of a catalyst, bringing some good people together with some good songs”. In his younger days he traveled with Woody Guthrie whose song “This Land Is Your Land” became a national anthem of the folk movement. With 13 musicians, 10 of Seeger’s favorite songs sung by the congregation and others, and a sermon recounting who he was, we’ll honor his life and work.

Phil Sweet is a long-time friend of UUFDC, and a marvelous and insightful story-teller. He served as minister of Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay and two rural churches in western Minnesota.

Music: Katie Dahl and Rich Higdon; Sugar on the Floor
Service Leader: Sheila Saperstein