The. Rev. Waitstill Sharp has gained a measure of global fame for the courageous work by him and his wife that is featured in the documentary “Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War,” but his general philosophies about social justice were carried out at the local level during his tenure in the Quad-Cities.
“How we relate together as human beings speaks to our religion,” says the Rev. Jay Wolin of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad-Cities.
After seeing the movie, he believes the sacrifices made and the service given by the Sharps during World War II have raised the bar for what the church should do regarding social issues today.
“We can make a difference in the world and make it a better world,” he said.
Among the social issues the Unitarian Universalist Church is active in advocating for are civil rights and equality for samesex marriages.
One of the seven principles the church adheres to is: “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations,” and Wolin said that Sharp was an amazing example of that, doing something on a large scale that had a ripple effect which carried down to the local level.
Wolin thinks one of the documentary film’s main messages is a timeless one.
“We all have a choice. We can choose to do the right thing and that will make the world a better place,” he said.
After Wednesday night’s showing of the documentary that is being presented by the Jewish Federation of the Quad-Cities at the Putnam Museum, Wolin says another public showing will be arranged at the Unitarian church.
For more information, visit the church website at qcuu.org or call the church office at 563-359-0816.