We have reserved a space on a pillar in the north aisle of church for a photograph or icon of an inspiring person of recent years. A candle will burn beneath the image at appropriate times. Members of the congregation will choose who shall be commemorated in this way.
The first choice has received great welcome in Church, and has led to much conversation and discussion. She is Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005). Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. In 1955 as an unknown black seamstress she sat down on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, on her journey home. She refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger. This led to her prosecution and a city-wide bus boycott by black citizens which lasted 381 days. She was found guilty amd fined and was dismissed from her work.
Her action changed the course of civil rights in the USA. She became a great campaigner for peace and justice, and received many honours.
Rosa Parks was a role model of courage in the face of injustice. She was a grass roots activist from a humble background. Her example inspires us to be prepared to sacrifice for the sake of our beliefs.
We will change the display every six months or so. You are welcome to nominate someone. We ask that the person not be a living person, and that they be Christian or at least encouraging or supportive of Christian faith. (Thus, for example, if he were no longer living the Dalai Lama would qualify). We will give priority to grassroots ‘saints’.