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Rev. Joy Utter with John Lewis
Thanks to my dear spouse I have a picture in my office that I treasure… We were at Harvard Commencement ceremonies and Daehler literally forced me to have my picture taken with one of my great personal heroes, John Lewis, who had just given a magnificent address. Those who have heard my sermons know the stories of John Lewis and the blood shed for equal rights… and how essential it is for all of us to claim the moral courage to stand up against racism and work FOR peace, equality, freedom and justice for all!
 
John Lewis was a man who was "a champion of the civil rights movement whose dignity, character, goodness, grace, faith, fearlessness, hope and bravery transformed our nation "

Rev. Daehler heard his speech 57 years ago during the March on Washington, standing in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial saying: ‘Our minds, souls, and hearts cannot rest until freedom and justice exist for all the people.’
 
John Lewis was truly a one-of-a-kind, a moral compass who always knew where we need to continue to grow …not with hatred but with love… and in moments when I need extra courage…and there are many, I try to remember his words of wisdom when he said “Courage is fear saying its prayers!”
 
May we all … in whatever generation we find ourselves…. Dare to be activists and 'speak up and speak out' and as John Lewis said: ‘get into 'good trouble' to continue bending the arc toward justice and freedom." As God’s people….This is a mandate of our faith… to do justice, to love with all our heart soul mind and strength , and to honor all people of every race and diversity.
 
Peace be with you!
Rev. Joy
The Rev. Joy Utter is pastor of Seekonk Congregational Church in Seekonk, MA.
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