MLK Sunday 2022

Evolving Beloved Community,

I want you to know how I marvel at your perseverance and resilience. In the midst of challenge, you find ways to show up and be there for one another. You continue to withstand difficult times. You adapt and celebrate. Do not underestimate these gifts.

The artist, poet, and minister Jan Richardson wrote:

To all that is chaotic
in you,
let there come silence.

Let there be
a calming
of the clamoring,
a stilling
of the voices that
have laid their claim
on you,
that have made their
home in you,

that go with you
even to the
holy places
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you
hear your life
with wholeness
or feel the grace
that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you

Let what divides you

Let there come an end
to what diminishes
and demeans,
and let depart
all that keeps you
in its cage.

Let there be
an opening
into the quiet
that lies beneath
the chaos,
where you find
the peace
you did not think
and see what shimmers
within the storm.

This Sunday we commemorate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  – a modern prophet who sought justice and peace within chaos. He spoke then, and his words remind us now, that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Change takes a long time, but it does happen. God, help us to hold out until our change comes.

I invite you to invite a friend and join Island United this Sunday as we celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. King.


Rev. Michael Cronin

P.S. Don’t forget to join us 8:30 am – 11:30 am on MLK Day of Service, Monday, January 17, via our weekly zoom link as Alexis Lewis presents an educational moment on the 1963 March on Washington!

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