The Episcopal Church’s “Holy Women, Holy Men” supplemental resource for individual devotion and corporate worship explores the lives of all sorts and conditions of beloved daughters and sons of God. The Church commends them as examples of what each Christian has the capacity to be and do faithfully in the name of the Gospel. Thursday, January 15, is the feast of Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights leader who died in 1968; Monday, January 19, marks a national holiday legislated in 1983 to commemorate King’s collaborative commitment to hope and healing.
This year, St. Peter’s will observe Dr. King’s ministry through “A Multicultural Celebration: Civil and Human Rights through Music and Poetry.” On Monday, January 19 at noon, all are invited to gather at St. Peter’s for this community event sponsored by Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s (CCCSP), a new non-profit organization that has been offering “free” concerts since 2013.
This CCCSP offering is aligned with words from The King Center in Atlanta, which states that “we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation…not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream…No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit.”
One aspect of our parish vision is to become “a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte.” May all that we are and all that we offer bless us and those who might join our journey to be reconciled with God and one another.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector