Tolling of the bell for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Church,


Last night a group of us gathered at the church to toll the church bell as a way to:

acknowledge the loss of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his murder,

express our appreciation for the great difference he made in this country,

recommit ourselves to working for justice.

In a worship service following the bell tolling, we completed this exercise:

Write one thing you will do to work for justice.

These are the offerings people made, from a group that included children and adults:

*work for food justice through Okra Abbey

*vote for candidates who promote justice

*take equal opportunity training classes at work and teach EE classes

*help people less fortunate and unable to help themselves

*don’t judge people by how they look!

*work to get out the vote


*I will help

*help those in need and continue to treat everyone the same

*I will do what is right when it is right and fight for equality


*I will voice my opposition when prejudicial statements are made

*continue to work for LGBTQI equality in healthcare

*I will look past my usual assumptions and will try to expand my ideas to include more different perspectives and images

*have conversations with family members who post mean things on Facebook

*to continue to notice white privilege and call attention to it. Work through FPC and Rhodes to work towards racial reconciliation

*teach people the meaning of everyone being the same and they should all be treated equally


Wow! Think of the difference we will make if we actually do the things we said we were going to do. If you weren’t here, I encourage you to think of your own commitment.


Grace and peace,


Pastor Kim


Presbyterian Fun Fact

There are about 75 million Reformed/Presbyterian Christians worldwide and about 2.5 million belong to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


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