On February 29, 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood. He famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” That quotation offered hope as he addressed the symbolic mountains of materialism, poverty, violence, hatred, and racial injustice. Fifty-four years later, we continue to struggle to surmount those mountains. While we can bear witness to the many structural changes that make these mountains scalable, we have yet to change the hearts and minds of obfuscators, break down the structures, divisions, and barriers that make these mountains seem insurmountable. At St. Peter’s we recognize that when we are stand together and advocate for the least among us, we are doing the work that scripture asks us to do. The Prophet Isaiah challenges us to, “Learn to do right. See that justice is done — help those who are oppressed, give orphans their rights, and defend widows. (Isaiah 1:17). Similarly, Proverbs (31:9) tells us to, “Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
On Saturday, January 19, 2019, we will stand together and march in solidarity. We will be a voice for those who suffer under conditions of injustice, racial prejudice, poverty and violence in our communities. Martin Niemoller, an outspoken foe of Nazi rule and a prominent Lutheran pastor in Germany said,
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Let us march together spreading love and hope. We will gather in the church lobby at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 and leave promptly from church at 9:05 a.m. for Hal Marshall Center Parking lot (700 N Tryon St.).
John G. M. Frederick, Senior Warden