In Loving Memory: John Lewis

Posted on July 26, 2020

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Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. –John Lewis

Good Sunday Morning, Freethinking Friends! Welcome to the Sunday Service.

I hope you are in good health and in good spirits on this fine day.

My focus is on remembering a great American freedom fighter, John Lewis.

I’m thankful, in a very deep way, for this man and his life’s work.

This week’s episode of On Being with Krista Tippett is a rebroadcast of an interview with Congressman John Lewis.

An extraordinary conversation with the late congressman John Lewis, taped in Montgomery, Alabama, during a pilgrimage 50 years after the March on Washington. It offers a special look inside his wisdom, the civil rights leaders’ spiritual confrontation within themselves, and the intricate art of nonviolence as “love in action.”

What a beautiful life. Thank you, John Lewis, for loving us, for showing us how to love freedom, how to love the People, how to make “good trouble.”

“Love Is Powerful.” –John Lewis


I am filled with gratitude for the “love in action” of all the People who are in the struggle to make the USA be a nation of “liberty and justice for ALL.” BIG LOVE to you, dear, dear reader.

One organization in the fight is The Equal Justice Initiative:

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons.

If you donate to EJI or any social justice organization, campaign, or candidate for office, here’s Stevie Wonder’s “As” to play in the background, as the “offertory,” if you like….

Just as hate knows love’s the cure,

you can rest your mind assured

that I’ll be loving you always….”

Thanks for coming to today’s edition of the Sunday Service at Citizen Teacher, friend.

Peace & Love. See you next week! Be well.


Related Links

John Lewis appearances on Democracy Now!

My blog about March: Graphic Memoir by John Lewis


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