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MLK Celebration & John Lewis Good Trouble Discussion

January 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

On your own time view HBO viewing of John Lewis Good Trouble https://www.johnlewisgoodtrouble.com/ to prepare for a virtual discussion group on Saturday, January 16 at 11 am.

11AM Opening welcome and prayer
11:10 Song
11:15 Video of Dr. King (6 min.)

Followed by 5 three-minute reflections

11:40 Prayer in the words of Dr. King

O God, we thank you for the fact that you have inspired men and women in all nations and in all cultures. We call you different names: some call you Allah; some call you Elohim; some call you Jehovah; some call you Brahma; some call you the Unmoved Mover. But we know that these are all names for one and the same God. Grant that we will follow you and become so committed to your way and your kingdom that we will be able to establish in our lives and in this world a brother and sisterhood, that we will be able to establish here a kingdom of understanding, where men and women will live together as brothers and sisters and respect the dignity and worth of every human being. In the name and spirit of Jesus. Amen.

11:50 Video of John Lewis on Good Trouble (6 min)

30 minute break out discussion groups

  • Share your initial feelings regarding the HBO video or this video.
  • Do you feel any need to act justly in the work of Antiracism?
  • How can the Church demonstrate a movement toward Antiracism?
  • What can you personally do to demonstrate movement toward antiracism?

12:30 Closing remarks
12:35: Call to action candle lighting ceremony
12:55 Closing Prayer

  • By Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce


Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the injury & the depth of the wound.
Let us not rush to offer a bandaid, when the gaping wound requires surgery & complete reconstruction.
Let us not offer false equivalencies, thereby diminishing the particular pain being felt in a particular circumstance in a particular historical moment.
Let us not speak of reconciliation without speaking of reparations & restoration, or how we can repair the breach & how we can restore the loss.
Let us not rush past the loss of this mother’s child, t his father’s child…someone’s beloved son.
Let us not value property over people; let us not protect material objects while human lives hang in the balance.
Let us not value a false peace over a righteous justice.
Let us not be afraid to sit with the ugliness, the messiness, & the pain that is life in community together.
Let us not offer clichés to the grieving, those whose hearts are being torn asunder.

Let us mourn black & brown men & women, those killed extra judicially every 28 hours.
Let us weep at a criminal justice system, which is neither blind nor just.
Let us call for the mourning men & the wailing women, those willing to rend their garments of privilege & ease, & sit in the ashes of this nation’s original sin.
Let us be silent when we don’t know what to say.
Let us be humble & listen to the pain, rage, & grief pouring from the lips of our neighbors & friends.

Let us decrease, so that our brothers & sisters who live on the underside of history may increase.

Let us pray with our eyes open & our feet firmly planted on the ground.
Let us listen to the shattering glass & let us smell the purifying fires, for it is the language of the unheard.
God, in your mercy…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Show me my own complicity in injustice.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Convict me for my indifference.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Forgive me when I have remained silent.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Equip me with a zeal for righteousness.⠀⠀⠀⠀
Never let me grow accustomed or acclimated to unrighteousness.”

~ Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce


January 16
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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