Sunday, January 18, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream

Today I had the pleasure of attending the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Keneseth Israel in Allentown. They sponsored a diversity fair and I met many new friends from various faith communities in our locality, including the Catholic Diocese, the Lehigh County Conference of Churches, the Muslim Assocation of the Lehigh Valley, the Center for Jewish Christian Understanding, and many more.

While researching Martin Luther King's writings, I came across the following quote which sums up the day for me:

This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a big house, a great "world house" in which we have to live together - black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interests who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other.

This means that more and more our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. We must now give an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in our individual societies.

This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men.
-Dr. Martin Luther King

Please enjoy the historic "I Have A Dream" speech in memory of this great man.


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