Happy belated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, everyone!
The Sunday before MLK Jr. Day hosts my favorite church service of the year. I know, it should be Easter. Or even Christmas. It's not.
Martin Luther King said that the most segregated hour of the week in the United States is on Sunday:
We must face the fact that in America, the church is still the most segregated major institution in America. At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation. This is tragic. Nobody of honesty can overlook this. Now, I'm sure that if the church had taken a stronger stand all along, we wouldn't have many of the problems that we have. The first way that the church can repent, the first way that it can move out into the arena of social reform is to remove the yoke of segregation from its own body.
The church to which I belong employs gay ministers, has a sister synagogue, and a partnership with an African Methodist Episcopal church--which was where I was grooving this past Sunday. Can I get an Amen?
We make it a point to make sure that in that hour, on that day, our two churches are least segregated.
This past Sunday, I greeted friends that I rarely see, rocked out to an extremely moving (literally, and emotionally) church service, and understood that just by being there--just by carrying this day in my heart--I was doing something.
Not that it is enough.
How do you celebrate?
On the writing side of things, I am plunging through revisions, and attempting to make a lot of headway this week. Has anyone tried yWriter? It looks like an interesting program.
With the help of an assistant, I am printing things out today, because, as much as I try to do everything on the computer, sometimes, I need to see the hard copy. Free waffles for all my assistants!
I threw in a few more dollars into the coffer this weekend--happily I might add. It is not too late to join us in our Resolution 2011, if you feel so inspired!!
What are your goals for the week?