“In Praise of Weeds,” by Rev. Peter Friedrichs

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The phrase associated with one of America’s most famous symbols, the Statue of Liberty, reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This phrase has become a part of the collective American consciousness and seemingly invites all to partake in the American Dream. How do we reconcile this sentiment with the current climate surrounding our immigration policy?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs recently retired as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County. In his work as the pastor of a religiously liberal and socially progressive church, he was privileged to build and sustain relationships of deep meaning with others of diverse backgrounds, and to witness the full range of human experience. These interactions shape and inform his writing, through which he hopes to make sense of the struggles and the successes of our daily living. He is the author of the novel And the Stars Kept Watch. He lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with his wife and biggest supporter, Irene. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters and grandparents of three elementary-aged boys.