However, it has come to My attention that July 1 is celebrated in The Episcopal Church as the Feast Day of Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote the book Uncle Tom's Cabin. You may have heard of it?
Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Her 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin depicted slavery and reached millions as a novel and play. It energized anti-slavery forces in the North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. She was an ardent critic of slavery, and the Stowes supported the Underground Railroad, temporarily housing several fugitive slaves in their home.
So today I beseech you to read Uncle Tom's Cabin, if you haven't already. It may surprise you.
Gracious God, we offer thanks for the witness of Harriett Beecher Stowe, whose fiction inspired thousands with compassion for the shame and sufferings of enslaved peoples, and who enriched her writings with the cadences of The Book of Common Prayer. Help us, like her, to strive for thy justice, that our eyes may see the glory of thy Son, Jesus Christ, when he comes to reign with thee and the Holy Spirit in reconciliation and peace, one God, now and always. Amen.