Listening to a portion of Michael Moore's story "The Blessing" will begin this Sunday's Gathering, and it will be followed by a conversation about forgiveness. You are invited to bring brief readings about forgiveness to share with the larger Gathering. The offering is still to be determined, and there will not be a potluck meal.
In her e-mail Karen issued the following invitation (which has occurred)
Please remember and participate in the Martin Luther King Junior Celebration this Saturday, August 25:
WHAT? March from MLK Park to City Hall to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the March on Washington in 1963.
TIME? Gather at 9:15 a.m. at the park to walk to City Hall. Shortly after 10:00 a.m. we will have a brief but powerful service of prayer, music and speakers.
PURPOSE? The work of Dr. King, and all those nameless people to create a nation that is just and equitable for all, needs to be celebrated and the challenges that lay ahead in that work need to be presented and accepted if the work of the Dream of Dr. King is to be carried on toward completion.
WHY NOW? Golden Anniversaries, 50th remembrances, are always a time for celebration. But time is only a tool for good if it is used. In this 49th year, we need to set specific goals, personal tasks, and corporate commitments to continue bringing about change between now and next year’s 50th anniversary.
WHO? We invite everyone who is committed to the goals of community marked by unity, compassion, justice and equality. We invite young people and church youth groups to come as groups representing their churches. We invite individuals to join in. We urge churches in the community to make members aware of these opportunities. We ask churches to provide opportunities for older or infirm members to come in cars and ride in the procession if they cannot walk. We will have ways for people who walk to get back to their cars after the program.
PROMISES? We promise that you will be reminded of very specific work that has been going on right here in San Angelo to realize our dreams. We promise you will be presented an opportunity to see where you can commit to making a difference. We promise that you will leave the event proud of who you are, and aware of what we can become together.