Today, April 16, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail.'' As you know, Dr. King’s letter was a response to a letter from several Birmingham-area clergymen (including two Methodist Bishops) urging an end to the nonviolent demonstrations that were happening in Birmingham.
This morning I had the privilege of gathering with Conference staff, the Cabinet and guests for our time of weekly worship. Together we reflected on Dr. King’s words and on God’s call on our lives to “do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.” We concluded with a prayer of confession and a prayer for our church and all people in our communities and our world – especially those who are hurting and facing oppression.
I invite you to join me as we continue to pray and act for justice in our world. I also invite you to remember those who are hurting now – including those affected by yesterday’s bombings in Boston.
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett