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Next Service: Sunday, February 18

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A Crown Placed Over Our Heads: Following Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr. From Epiphany to Easter

Just a few days after Easter this year, this nation will mark fifty years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination (April 4, 1968). Institutions as diverse as local unions, church denominations, colleges and universities, peace groups, Civil Rights Organizations, and even our national government will pause to honor his life. Because his contributions were so wide ranging, he will be remembered in a number of different ways by these different groups. Some will remember him for his work as a radical Black political activist, others will remember him as a social reformer, quite a few will remember him as an international peacemaker, while many others will remember his contributions to the labor movement, African decolonization, and interfaith relations. As all of these other groups remember him 50 years after his death, we seek to ask, “How should the church remember him?” This holy season spanning Epiphany to Easter, we will remember Dr. King by lifting up his embodied theology—a theology of justice, love, mercy, mutuality, and beloved community. We will pair King’s familiar words with stories about Jesus—his baptism, transfiguration, ministry, life, death, and resurrection. In our lives and our liturgy, we will be challenged by these two Kings to stretch towards “the crowns placed over our heads,” in the words of the theologian and mystic Howard Thurman, as we aspire to live into our own Belovedness and claim it for the world.