Letter from a Birmingham Jail: An Invitation from Bishop Jeff
2013 marks a number of special 50th anniversaries, including the
assassination of John F Kennedy (Nov.) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr`s
“I have a dream” speech (Dec.) However, this marks a year of many other
significant events of the civil rights movement. One that certainly
should not be missed is MLK`s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, which is
one of his most power writings, one which provided a call and a
challenge to the church of his time.
I have been reading that letter and realize that it also speaks to the
church of our time. Many of the issues of injustice which were
important challenges 50 years ago have not gone away.
So here`s the deal. I have reserved Our Savior`s Lutheran on
Wisconsin Ave. for the evening of April 16th. I have asked Ken Wheeler
to preach. I have asked Elijah Furquan to write one of his fabulous
poems. I am committed to listen. If that`s all that happens on that
night it will be worth the three of us gathering.
However, many have expressed interest in being a part of a larger
celebration. We are gathering in about a week to put some flesh on the
rest of the evening. I hope many of you will choose to be involved.
This is hardly a celebration simply of looking back. It is a chance to
share the torch of justice as it is remembered and handed over to a
new generation. Please save this date and plan to be there on Tuesday,
April 16. Details to follow.
Date: April 16th, 2013
Time: Worship begins at 6:30p.m. Pre-celebration Dinner begins at 5:00p.m.
Location: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Milwaukee
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