calendar January 18, 2021 in anti-racism

Seeking Unity and Justice

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18- 25) whose cry for unity is “That they all may be one” John 17:21 and whose theme this year is: “Abide in my love…you shall bear much fruit.”, begins this week. We also celebrate on Monday, January 18th the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his life, impact, and legacy. I offer the following quote from The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his fellow clergymen who questioned his activities.

“But more basically, I am here in Birmingham because injustice is here…..Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” from Letter From a Birmingham Jail – April16. 1963

As we seek unity, may we also stand for justice.

This Wednesday, January 20, 2021 President-elect Joseph Biden will be sworn in as 46th President of the United States. Prior to this swearing in, Kamala Harris will take the oath of office for Vice President of the United States and in doing so, history will be made. She will be the first woman and the first Person of Color (she is the daughter of two immigrants from Jamaica and India) to ever hold this office since the office came into existence in 1789. Let us pray for both President-elect Biden and for Vice President – elect Harris, that they too will stand for justice, while seeking unity in a country, which is currently very much divided.

– Rev. Gwendolyn King, co-chair, SEPA Anti-Racism Team