Process Theology and
the Statue of Liberty
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
With these words inscribed inside the pedestal, the Statue of Liberty has welcomed immigrants to America since 1903. But the statue itself is older than that, and with another meaning, and is in itself an immigrant. Born and raised in Paris, it was shipped across the Atlantic in 214 separate crates, a present to the American people from the French. The Monumental Woman is a token of transatlantic friendship forged in the fire of twin revolutions, and expressed in the shared language of liberty.
- Melvyn Bragg, In Our Time, BBC