Sunday, February 9 ~ Long Road to Freedom: Stories of Persistence ~ 10:30am

US Rep John Lewis

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
Nelson Mandela

We continue our February theme of Persistence with examples of activists who led by example and changed history.

At the age of 85, Universalist Olympia Brown walked into a voting booth to cast her very first vote after a lifetime of advocating for women’s suffrage. Beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested for his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, John Lewis went on to be elected to congress, where he is currently serving his 17th term in office. In 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill moved into the branches of an approximately 1500-year-old redwood tree, where she lived for 738 days to protect it from loggers. Join us this Sunday for a service celebrating persistence in pursuit of justice.

Kid-friendly activities also are available for all ages.

Please join us after the service for coffee, tea, refreshments, and fellowship.

Everyone is welcome at UCMH!