The Presbyterian Church USA recognizes January 2oth as Race Relations Day. Racial and intercultural justice is important every day but especially the day of worship that precedes our national holiday recognizing Dr. King’s contributions to this cause.
Last year the Presbyterian General Assembly voted to begin the process of considering adding the letter King wrote while incarcerated at the Birmingham, Alabama jail to among the confessions of our church. It is a powerful message.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the son of prominent Baptist preacher in Atlanta, was a graduate of Morehouse College and Crozier Theological Seminary. He received a doctoral degree from Boston University.
He could’ve pioneered academia or the safe confines of a pulpit in a church of his choosing but what he chose was to bring his Bible to the battlefield of civil rights. And in the fray among the contradictions of social justice, he left an indelible mark.
An advocate for change through nonviolent protest, a recipient of the Nobel Peace prize – his home was bombed, he was arrested 29 times, he was stabbed, and he was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee after he marched alongside sanitation workers. He was a champion for justice.
His writing, preaching, living and dying were not in vain though there is still much work to do if we are to – promote the dignity of each person created in the Image of God.
Sunday’s message “DIGNITY” is based on Genesis 1: 26 – 27.
See you then.