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Did your church celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., today?

Did your church celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., today?

Did your church celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today? If so, tell us how. (The post originally asked if you celebrated the feast of Dr. King. But his feast is April 4.)

At Church of the Ascension is Silver Spring, Maryland, we sang the heck out of the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal, and began recruiting people to contribute casseroles to a new feeding ministry. I had a chance recently to visit Central High School in Little Rock and the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated. So much of what we do, any of us, seems inadequate in response to what he and the other martyrs of the civil rights movement did. Yet we need to do something, even if it is not enough.


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honoring his strict adherence to his own tenets of belief and by not conflating him with anyone else



Considering Dr King worked w/ those of all (and no) faiths, I wouldn’t think a celebration of his life in an Episcopal eucharist per se would be objectionable (nor seen as a “conflation”).

It’s honoring him —without also doing the the kind of work he gave his life for— that would ring hollow for him, I believe.

JC Fisher

Bill Locke

St. Paul’s, Pawtucket(RI) remembers Dr. King every year on this Sunday. We do so through music, prayers and the sermon – this year noting one who heard the call from God and responded in ways that have changed our world and call us to make our own response.

Bill Locke+

Cyberia Rune

The “feast day” of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King is a concept which I very much doubt the Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church would find either flattering or applicable to himself, in much the same way that he might take sizable exception to his own words being inserted into a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Dr. King was a man of deep and abiding Faith whose memory might be best served in honoring his strict adherence to his own tenets of belief and by not conflating him with anyone else, regardless of how flattering the intention might be when doing so.


Rev. CW Brockenbrough


PS … The Reverend Susan Russell, All Saints Church in Pasadena


We had gospel music, Stephanie Spelleras was our guest preacher, we had a “Bail Out the Food Banks” food drive as our MLK Day service project and we read this MLK quot for the “epistle” in the Eucharist:

“Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.

John Donne caught it years ago and placed it in graphic terms: ‘No one is an island entire of itself. Every one is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.’ And he goes on toward the end to say, ‘Any one’s death diminishes me because I am involved in humankind; therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.’ We must see this, believe this, and live by it if we are to remain awake through a great revolution.”

Minister: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People: Thanks be to God.

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