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Join me on Martin Luther King Day

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3 Responses

  1. Tyler says:

    Thanks for the link.

  2. Steve Spreitzer says:

    The King Holy Day and Obama inauguration bring hope, which we in Detroit have been celebrating. Thanks for the hope and collaborative premium you share on your blog. I am pasting a media release about a Litany people of all faiths will read at service this weekend along with a challenge to keep their sanctuary lights on…
    Peace be with you,

    Michigan Roundtable, local congregations suggest symbolic lighting for President Obama inauguration, Martin Luther King holiday

    The Michigan Roundtable’s Bridging the Congregational Divide Working Group, comprised of religious leaders throughout the metro Detroit region, is calling for places of worship to leave a light on from Friday, Jan. 16 through Tuesday, Jan. 20, to recognize the historic election of President Obama and the Jan. 19 Martin Luther King holiday.

    “The Dr. King Holiday and the President Obama Inauguration provide a unique convergence of events that offer hope for all who care about diversity and inclusion,” said Steve Spreitzer, director of Community Inclusion at the Michigan Roundtable. “Our working group thought that by encouraging places of faith to leave a light on during this period, we could help all Americans reflect about the progress we have made in diversity, pray about the work we all face, and renew our hope for the future.”

    The working group also encouraged religious leaders to read the following litany during their liturgies the weekend of Jan. 16 to 18.

    Litany for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
    and President Barack Hussein Obama Inauguration

    Leader: Creator, Giver of Life and Divine Spirit awaken each life to the calendar
    of the historical and the celebration of the unprecedented. In symbolism
    of the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the blessings for our nation we illuminate our faith community.

    People: May this day inspire hope and light, not insult and doubt. Despite past
    strife we strive to rise above our struggles. Contrary to engineered
    conflict and division we journey toward healing and restoration.

    Leader: Standing in both good light and bad times hope sustains us, faith secures us
    and unity stabilizes us. Let us abolish all pride and every prejudice that
    prevents coalition building.

    People: As citizens of faith and freedom we ignite our lights to demonstrate
    support for the success of this country’s unprecedented change of
    governmental leadership.

    We petition our Ultimate Being for safe passage and honorable celebration
    for country and communities of the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama, the
    44th president of these United States of America.

    The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion is a nonprofit, human relations organization that seeks to eliminate discrimination and racism by working proactively across racial, religious, ethnic, and cultural boundaries. The Roundtable helps build sustainable, inclusive communities, businesses and institutions through diversity training, advocacy, conflict resolution, interfaith collaboration, youth leadership training, and community dialogue. For more information, visit .

  3. brianrcorbin says:

    Thanks Steve….your work is greatly appreciated

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