This weekend we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In the United Methodist Church this is also the weekend of Human Relations Day Sunday. These special days invite us to engage in ministries and relationships that work toward the end of discrimination in all aspects of life and the end of injustice in all its forms.
Nearly every day we are reminded about the increasing polarization of people in our world. Divisions among us grow wider and tensions continue to escalate often to the point of violence. I’m thinking we can do better than that.
Is it possible to create settings where we can actually talk to one another about our differences? Can we have conversations that cross ideology, religion, theology, economics, politics, race, class, sexuality and culture? Can we learn to talk with one another, and also to listen to one another? What difference would this make in our community, in our nation and in our world? Can First United Methodist Church of Boulder be a leader in creating such conversation and in building relationships that embrace our differences?
Our faith tradition says that it a good thing to tear down the dividing walls of hostility between us. Our faith story talks about how Jesus bridged the separations among us. We should do the same. Do you agree?
This Sunday, Joe’s message will be “A Letter to Us from a Birmingham Jail” based on John 1:43-51.
Joe says this about Sunday: “If they were to open the canon of the Bible, I would strongly advocate for Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail to be included. It is calling us to the way of nonviolence just as clearly as Jesus’ calling the disciples to nonviolence.”
Be sure to join us for this special service commemorating Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day, Human Relations Day and our commitment to justice and inclusiveness.
Our January Mission Offering supports the work of Human Relations through the United Methodist Church. For more information follow this link: http://www.umcgiving.org
To read Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail follow this link:
Letter From a Birmingham PDF