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Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant, we pray, that we and all the peoples of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Ann Fontaine

The Hon. Byron Rushing, VP of the House of Deputies, writes every year:
My annual 4th of July collect e-mail:
Let me take this opportunity to remind Episcopalians in the United States that many of us do not consider the words--"the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us"--in the Independence Day collect to be accurate. Look around your congregations and reflect if all the ancestors of the "us" got their liberty then.

Listen to the words of Collect (BCP, p.242) for Independence Day July 4th
Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this
country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the
torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and
all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our
liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This phrase is only possible because slavery was forgotten—or the “us” was not meant to include me. A better and approved BCP collect for the 4th is "For the Nation" (p.258 or 207):

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your
glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace:
Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of
forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your
gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Also the Canadians’ Canada Day collect (July 1) also works for us in the USA and all the other countries in which TEC is.

Almighty God,
whose wisdom and whose love are over all,
accept the prayers we offer for our nation.
Give integrity to its citizens and wisdom to those in authority,
that harmony and justice may be secured in obedience to your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
--Byron Rushing

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Bob McCloskey

That's right, Pepper. I have always called it the great Feast of American Civil Disobedience, perhaps excepting the Civil War... lest we get too critical of later and current civil disobedience in our nation.

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Pepper Marts

"Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us . . .",
though not, I submit, for Native Americans, people of color or for women. We forget that to our peril.

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Philip B. Spivey

Thank you for this heads-up, Pepper. The great experiment called the republic of the United States of America, although 240 years old today, is not yet complete. In the name of freedom-- only for some---our founding patriarchs lived in a bubble of self-congratulatory patriotism. But in the society they envisioned, even to this day, there is barely oxygen enough for universal suffrage.

Our societal rejects, continue to push the envelope for a democracy-of-equals: These include all our communities that are not white, adult male and heterosexual. Even after 240 years, this remains a stumbling block to the successful completion of this experiment.

Our's is a cautionary tale: Every society believes is will endure forever. But a house divided will not stand and its center will not hold. The swift and powerful emergence of a demagogue on the national political scene this year should alert us all to the maxim that, 'nothing's promised'. Least of all, the future of our republic.

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