Dear friends in Christ Jesus:

January 15, 2019 was the 90th anniversary of the birth of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You have already and/or will attend gatherings that invite all of us to remember his life and legacy. Many will see this as a time to give themselves away in some act of service and missional engagement. It is no accident that we United Methodists connect our Human Relations Day and special offering very closely with the National Commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday.

I have had and will have some of the opportunities mentioned above, especially during the month of January. In preparing for these occasions for proclamation and conversation, my reflection led me in part to the following:

Dr. King was a dreamer and his dream for humanity was to live in community marked by justice, peace and sufficient resources to participate fully in life. The dream that King heralded is deeply rooted in God’s eternal yearning for human flourishing. It...continue reading