What an event!
To all who attended, it was an amazing afternoon and evening! We want to sincerely thank all who made it possible. Make sure to check back here for pictures and video of the event.
At the reception, with delicious food provided by Gwen's Specialty Cakes and floral arrangements designed by Blossom and Leaf, nearly 200 people had the opportunity to meet old friends, make new acquaintances, and to converse with our honorees, Rev. Cecil Murray and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Dr. Grace Dyrness (ICUJP Board) introduced special guests and two short videos, one about Rev. Murray and one that featured our Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Luis Rivas, speaking about his time as our second Regas intern.
The main program, in the beautiful Holman Church Sanctuary, was inspiring. With choral music provided by Holman's award winning choir Jubilant Voices and a Hindu bell and chant performed by Paul Borracchia, we were on our way. We were welcomed to Holman by Pastor Sauls and to the event by Rev. Jerald Stinson (ICUJP Vice Chair).
Jane Olson and Stephen Rohde (ICUJP chair) gave an introduction to and awarded Congresswoman Lee the ICUJP Special Leadership Award.
The Congresswoman shared a little about her commitment to the issues of justice and peace, and exhorted us all to stay the course in the struggle.
After a short pitch by ICUJP Board member Marium Mohiuddin and two songs with the choir and congregation joining voices, ICUJP founder, the Rev. Dr. George F. Regas, shared his thoughts on ICUJP, the award and the event; culminating in a rousing introduction to Rev. Murray.
Reverend Murray brought the appreciative audience to its feet several times as he spoke of his own trials, tribulations and triumphs. He spoke of his challenges and the support and inspiration he received from God and the people around him. But mostly he spoke of the future we face--how we all have to continue struggling on through the dark times--with the loving community that includes us all. He left us with an indelible phrase for all of us to use as a guide and beacon: