Past Sermon Brief
February 15, 2015
Rev. Bruce Southworth
… One of the more challenging elements of our lives is this matter of love in action that we describe as forgiveness. At the national convention of the Democratic Party in 2012 in Charlotte, NC, Congressman John Lewis began his speech this way:
I first came to … [Charlotte] in 1961, the year Barack Obama was born. I was one of the 13 original "Freedom Riders." We were on a bus ride from Washington to New Orleans….
We continued on to Rock Hill, South Carolina, about 25 miles from here. When my seatmate, Albert Bigelow, and I tried to enter a white waiting room, we were met by an angry mob that beat us and left us lying in a pool of blood….
Since then, America has made a lot of progress. We are a different society than we were in 1961. And in 2008, we showed the world the true promise of America when we elected President Barack Obama.
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