MLK Jr. Commemoration
January 19, 2015

For a number of years SUMC has been participating, either in a breakfast held in Boston and most recently, in addition, an interfaith gathering of service at Brandeis University to honor the legacy of MLK Jr. To prepare for these events, the Social Justice Commission invites readers to consider the topic of racism and societal and economic inequality. We plan to post messages for your introspection weekly. The following is from Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners Magazine:

White people need to stop talking so much, stop defending the systems that protect and serve them, and stop saying “I’m not a racist.” If white people turn a blind eye to systems that are racially biased, we can’t be absolved from the sin of racism. Listen to the people the criminal justice system fails to serve and protect; try to see the world as they do. Loving our neighbors means identifying with their suffering, meeting them in it, and working together to change it. And, for those of us who are parents, loving our neighbors means loving other people’s kids as much as we love our own.

Do we believe what we say about the unity of “the body of Christ” or not? In the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of one body with many members.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…. For the body does not consist of one member but of many… As it is, there are many parts, yet one body… that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
(RSV)

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