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|Monday, January 21, 2013|
"Martin, on that day, you began to melt a nation's heart. You made clearer a moral imperative that was not just your own but, as you said, was "deeply rooted in the American dream." It was a dream of hope. It was a call to action. It was a recognition that racial segregation and discrimination as a way of life was antithetical to American democracy." - Bishop Woodie W. White, reflecting on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
After 50 years, MLK dream nearer to reality
ATLANTA (UMNS) - "Martin, this past year has been on the one hand a time of accomplishment, as we watch the nation moving closer to a full realization of 'The Dream,' " writes Bishop Woodie W. White in his annual letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on King's birthday. "On the other hand, we have also heard ugly, mean-spirited, racist rhetoric that harkens back to days that many had believed were long since gone. Racial prejudice dies hard."
King opposed war, not those who served
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (UMNS) - "To be against war and its destruction of human life does not require insensitivity to and disagreement with those who wore and wear the uniforms of our nation and their families," writes the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell reflecting on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s antiwar activities and his care for veterans. "The intentional acts of concern and care for those who have defended or may defend our nation in war are essential for any of us who claim to be antiwar."
Honoring veterans tribute to King's legacy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be happy with the way The United Methodist Church is celebrating his legacy by honoring veterans, said retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, a friend of the civil rights giant.
Webinar: Teach us to pray
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Join the conversation Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. CT, as the Rev. Tom Albin and other guests talk more about prayer, the power of prayer and developing an active prayer life. Melanie Gordon, director of children's ministries at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, will lead a segment on teaching children to pray. This free webinar is co-sponsored by The Upper Room and Interpreter magazine.
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