Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

FELLOW FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY

Guthrie@fortwashingtonchurch.org

 

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is the faith outreach consultant for the National Immigration Forum and Fellow for Social Justice Ministry at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in New York City. Prior to his consulting work, Guthrie worked full-time for the National Immigration Forum mobilizing evangelical Christians to advocate for the value of immigrants to America. He provided strategic communications, field organizing, film production management, coalition building and logistical support to a broad coalition of religious groups. He also developed the digital strategy for the Forum’s Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network. Prior to joining the Forum, Guthrie worked for a variety of non-profit and government organizations including the White House, Faith in Public Life and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. He is also a Zumba fitness instructor and pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.