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Jan 13, 2012 | ENS Staff

Episcopalians Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Service

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians across the nation are bolstering their Jan. 16 celebrations of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by adding deeds to words, service to song.


A day camp at St. John’s Church in North Haven, Connecticut, aims to illustrate for young and old that Jan. 16 is no ordinary holiday, but an opportunity to pair fun and games with community reflection, collaboration and service.


In Savannah, Georgia, laity and clergy, children and adults alike, will march as the  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church choir joins those from with other churches to belt out gospel tunes from atop a parade float.


After a Sunday evening “lock-in” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, about 90 youth will join a parade and conclude the day painting, pruning, packing, planting and praying at a variety of local mission projects.


Participants at a Trinity Church in Belleville, Michigan, service will re-enact a freedom march and recall some of the “unsung” heroes of the civil rights movement.


The Peace Fellowship of St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Church, Freeland, on Whidbey Island, about 25 miles north of Seattle, is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, ordinary people who in 1961 rode buses from the north to the south to challenge segregated public transportation.


In Tonawanda, New York, Diocese of Western New York Bishop William Franklin and other local Episcopalians will share personal stories of challenging racial prejudice at the diocesan center.


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