Today is Human Rights Day, marking the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
I tend to talk about “human rights” in a way that assumes knowledge of what those rights are, that assumes a universal recognition of their importance and inalienability. But how many of us really understand what “human rights” are all about?
If you find yourself among those for whom the concept of human rights is rather vague, I encourage you to take a moment to learn about them. The Swords into Plowshares blog offers a list of resources and a devotion for today. And I just watched this short video, a great summary of the 30 articles of Human Rights.
Let’s celebrate God’s gift of human dignity, and recommit ourselves to the valuing and defense of human rights for all people.
You made us in your image, O God of love and grace;
You treasure every person in every time and place.
You call your world to follow—to see in every one
A person loved and cherished, your daughter or your son.
~Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
“You Made Us in Your Image” stanza 1