Remembering Rep. John Lewis
August 1, 2020
We express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and all those touched by the life and legacy of Rep. John Lewis (1940-2020). May the work he began in holding this country accountable to its ideals of democracy come to fruition in new Voting Rights legislation and through other acts of advocacy for those marginalized in our society.
In his New York Times Op-Ed, published posthumously on the date of his funeral service (July 30, 2020), Rep. Lewis said the following as he reflected on his life:
“Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.”
We honor the memory of Rep. Lewis and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Join us as we bear witness to the transformative power of God’s compassion and love, and continue to fight for freedom and justice for all. For more information on how you can get involved, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or consider joining us for Bible study on Wednesdays at 7 pm:
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