Jul. 29, 2020

Churches invited to “Ring the Bells for John Lewis”

Photo: Melissa Engle Hess/WCC, 2014

29 July 2020

The National Council of Churches (USA) is inviting churches across the country to ring their bells on 30 July for 80 seconds—one for each year of Congressman John Lewis’s life.

“Last week, we lost a hero,” wrote Jim Winkler, president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches (USA). “Congressman John Lewis passed away on Friday.”

Lewis, the son of sharecroppers, was a civil rights icon who was known as a moral compass for the US.

During the funeral on 30 July, in partnership with the Lewis family and office, houses of worship across the country will ring their bells at 11am ET for 80 seconds, one second for each year of Lewis's life.

Houses of worship that do not have bells will mark this time with other remembrances - prayers, moments of silence, and more.