2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Celebration

Where Do We Go from Here?
Visions of Beloved Community

Scripture: Exodus 3:7-15

As we embark upon celebrating one of our nation’s most inspiring figures we ask: amidst the racial unrest, pandemic, political divisiveness, how do we find hope? The theme for the St. James UMC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service centers around the question: Where Do We Go from Here? The celebration of his life is like an open-ended question in which we, as a community, must continue to work toward an answer.  

Generation after generation, the answer has presented itself in different ways (marches, legislation, speeches, summits, prayer, etc.), but the fight for racial equality and equity has never been a one march, one moment, one action fix. The true answer lies in embracing and building beloved community. Dr. King’s vision of beloved community is a global vision where poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Dr. King’s articulation of this dream inspires us to live into our version of the dream through small and large acts. How can we now apply the seeds of change he planted over 60 years ago and make it a part of our story? What actions can we now take to help our children live into the beloved community they desire?

This year’s MLK, Jr Day celebration will be a multi-day virtual service streamed via St. James UMC’s Facebook page. Each day will build upon the next ending in a re-broadcast of a the 2020 Bridging the Gap Men’s Summit – a powerful conference held in November bringing together more than 150 men (including pastors) from 12 states across the country to discuss race and reconciliation.

Day 1 – Sunday, January 17

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6:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunday Program

Pastors from the North Georgia churches will share their perspective on the importance of Dr. King’s legacy.

Day 2 – Monday, January 18

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10:00am - 11:30am

Monday Program

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service

Welcome
Re-cap Day 1
Original Composition
Montage
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Dr. MLK, Jr. Award Presentation
Intro Guest Speaker
Song of Preparation
Speaker – Artis Stevens
Original Composition
Next Steps
Benediction
A Look at Day 3 – Men’s Summit Rebroadcast

Artis Stevens

President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Day 3 – Tuesday, January 19

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7:00pm - 8:30pm

Tuesday Program

2020 Bridging the Gap Men’s Summit Broadcast