Reflections on MLK Weekend Events

1 Samuel 3:1-10: “Here I am, for you called me.” Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

During the past 15 years in my ministry with the youth at St. Peter’s, I have come to cherish the long weekend when this country celebrates and commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, it seems more important than ever to focus on his life and legacy: to continue more vigorously the civil rights work he started 50+ years ago. Many parishioners heeded the call from our Social Justice committee to represent St. Peter’s in the Martin Luther King Day Parade on Saturday. We walked with 2000+ Charlotteans from 100 organizations to remind ourselves and others that our work to eliminate systemic injustice is more important than ever. St. Peter’s also provided hospitality to the very cold parade marchers and viewers!

The readings appointed for this 2nd Sunday in Epiphany and Fr. Jacob’s sermon made me mindful that God’s call to be his hands and feet in the world has never been more important. Monday’s Center City Concert featuring the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble, followed by Holy Eucharist, was a beautiful and hopeful way to complete the long weekend. I am more aware that the work we are doing here at St. Peter’s, in our oasis of love and diversity, is what God is calling us to do.

I am very excited that our youth are embracing this call as well. This summer we will continue the work we began in the summer of 2016 in Ferguson, Missouri: learning about and fighting against inequality and injustice, as we lead four other Charlotte Episcopal churches on a second Racial Reconciliation mission trip to Detroit in June. It gladdens my heart that our youth are focused on keeping Jesus’s call to work for justice, equality, and peace in their hearts and minds and are becoming beacons of hope for the generations who follow them. Stay tuned for a presentation of this continuing mission work from our outstanding youth.

Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation