Triangle Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
The Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church and former bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, gives the keynote address at the 2021 version of the annual Triangle Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.
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You are actually part of history this morning and we thank you for joining us while we are not in person this year, in order to protect public health, we have the privilege of joining together virtually to pause and honor the life of a great America and leader of the American civil rights movement, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. You know, there are a lot of holidays that I really enjoy. Enjoy Thanksgiving getting together with family members and friends and all the wonderful cakes and pies and turkey's and ham Christmas. I like the gifts and I'm telling you, I would like to add this year, Dr Martin Luther King Day. I think this day is a special day, not simply because I'm a diabetic and not simply because we don't have any cakes and pies State on Dr King's Day. But I like this particular day because it allows us to focus on our better angels. It allows us to focus. There's something bigger than I and you allows us to focus on a man that was the epitome of faith, justice and hope, a man that gave his life so that individuals might be free if there's ever been a time when America needs to focus on unity and peace and harmony is January 2021. Last year we had the unprecedented attack on our nation's capital not by a foreign adversary but by individuals who lived here in America. I felt citizens that insurrection because of hate and distress. Democrats versus Republicans. So we are so glad and thankful Toe have a day set aside in our history to celebrate a man like Dr King, a man that said We must put a into war war will put an end to mankind. Calling Kennedy this particular 2020 year brought us face to face with grievous death due to global pandemic, brutal examples of sustained systemic balance, economic collapse, voter suppression and, most recently, an assault on our very own democracy As an armed domestic, terrorists storm the U. S. Capitol in a year when so many of us of our trusted institutions faltered and failed the triangle Martin Luther King committed. And this event stands resolute to our essential work of creating a better community for all. As we look ahead at the challenges that still plague us as a nation, our commitment and our committee chose a thing for this for today's event, that reflects hope and serves as a call to action. Love is the way overcoming chaos with the radical action of love. This is the belief that Dr King fought for more than a half a century ago, and yet it still remains the guiding light by which we will walk together, toe overcome darkness, Dr King said. Darkness? Can I put out darkness on Li like can do that? He also said, Yes, it is love that will save our world and our civilization, civilization, love, even for our enemies. While this event kicks off today's commemoration this past Friday we held the wreath laying ceremony at the MLK Memorial Gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina, in partnership with the Raleigh Interdenominational Ministerial Lines. You can watch this ceremony on the triangle. McKay committed Facebook or YouTube pages immediately following this event, starting at 9 a.m. Families in need of food assistance are invited to participate and to stop the hunger one family at a time, a Cove it safe drive thru event at the Southeast Raleigh Y. M. C. A. How partners making this event possible are the Year of the Black Entrepreneur, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and marketing with a twist at noon today we invite you to join us for a virtual conversational Siri's presented in partnership with the United Way of the Greater Triangle. The topic of discussion is community resiliency doing Cove it 19. You don't wanna miss this event. We have some wonderful speakers, Ah, panel of not only state but worldwide leaders. And we are just so excited about the knowledge and information we can glean from these individuals. North Carolina MLK Commission chair Reverend James White will convene clergy and social activists to discuss Dr King's teaching in light of present day civil rights movement we are witnessing. Panelists include William Barbara, the Third Father, German Taylor, Reverend Lisa, your Bore and Dr Dumas, a hotshot junior. Be sure to watch this live on the triangle MLK committed Facebook Page or YouTube pages starting at noon. You don't wanna miss this rich and powerful virtual discussion. And finally, this evening it's time to rejoice with the MLK Evening virtual musical celebration, featuring national recording artist Markus Anderson, Kill McDonnell Person, Kimberly Prince and voices of a Montana. Both are also here this morning to minister to us through music and a host of others. Now a sincere thank you toe. All of our supporters. We like to give a very special acknowledgement to our friends and capital broadcast and company for 35 years of support for this event. Let me say that again. Capital Broadcasting For 35 years of support for this event, Capital Broadcasting is the parent company for WRL and Fox 50 and both stations also broadcast this event right. We also have a host of other generous supporters. Now, little let us say a world prayer to prepare our hearts and minds for today's program. And also I would like to start the prayer just with a moment of silence to remember they almost 400,000 Americans and their families who lost their lives to covert 19 this year and also remember those who died doing the insurrection and our very own Capitol building. God of all that is Waas and Shelby. Thank you for our space in this place today. Thank you for giving us the peace today that we need. Thank you for giving us the love today that we need Thank you, God, for giving us the enduring power that we need. Thank you, God, for continue to lead and God us in your wheel in your way to truly make this world the beloved community touch each person that participates in this program. Today we thank you for continuing and leave and guide them so we might glean from their words of knowledge and wisdom as we continue this program I'm in. At this time, I'm gonna ask if everyone will recite the Pledge of Allegiance with me. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. See, Thank you, E. Thank you. Oh, sadly, we lost a number of great leaders in 2020 and one of those was a towering figure of the civil rights movement. Congressional Congressman John Lewis, in his honor. They trying on MLK committee is pleased to represent the inaugural John Lewis Student Activists Award to elevate a young activist leader making a positive impact through social justice. We could not have thought of ah Mawr audible tribute for a person like John Lewis who had a very young age before he was 20 years old, stood on the Edmund Pettus Bridge and said that I am a man and I won't back back. Even though he was looking at horses and billy clubs, he had the fortitude to continue to fight for civil rights as his legacy continues to live. We want to continue to motivate and encourage our young activists those individuals that saying that we are somebody and they stand up for justice and equality. We want those individuals to be honored, and that's why are committed. Has decided to give this award to a young activist leader. Presenting the John Lewis Student Activists Award is Miss Nicole Rogers Community and Diversity engagement program manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Good Morning. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is proud to sponsor a new award this year that recognizes the importance of youth in the work of social justice. The Triangle Martin Luther King Jr committee established the John Lewis Student Activist Award to honor the late civil Rights bureau in U. S Congressman John Lewis by acknowledging current day leaders that exemplify his spirit as a protege of Dr King John Lewis began his life's work as an activist leader when he was barely out of his team. His selfless contributions at an early age had a profound effect on social change. Good trouble. He called this work, and throughout his life, Louis challenged other young people to carry on the cause were inspired by the good trouble that young leaders air getting into here in our community. Honorable mention goes to show University student Jamelia Pender Jamelia spent last year organizing voter registration and engagement across campus. Jamelia will receive a $100 honorarium. Congratulations, Jamelia. The first John Lewis Student Activists Award goes to an extraordinary young leader who inspires with his words. Indeed, Greer WEBS awakening. The public policy began after the Parkland Florida school shootings in 2018, with guidance from his local N Double A C. P chapter, he hosted the North Carolina Town Hall at his high school to dialogue with elected officials regarding gun violence in schools. This forum lead The conversation in the North Carolina General Assembly centered on the community stake in policy decision. Last summer, he helped lead protests and sit in to force NC officials to take strong stances against racial injustice. As the Morehead came, Scholar, a UNC Chapel Hill's Greer, was elected to the U. N C. Student Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity outside of campus, where Serves is one of the youngest members of the governor's Crime Commission. And as the youngest member of the Raleigh Police Advisory Board, We're states that I hope that in leading by example, I allow young Americans to realize their voices matter and should be used for good. Greer is rising as a young leader. Nationally. He is a youth voter ambassador through Harvard Making Caring Common Program, which teaches appears across the country. How to mobilize and organize Greer, Web, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Triangle Martin Luther King Jr Committee. Honor your work. Support your ongoing efforts with a $500 honorarium, and we implore you to keep up the good trouble. Congratulations. The Triangle MLK committee is also pleased to continue our tradition recognizing and an outstanding Trailblazer who exemplifies Dr King's teachings, principles, philosophical beliefs. This award highlights a leader who is a force for good and a social justice change agent presenting the 2021 King Leader award is Creighton Blackwell, senior vice president, chief cultural and impact officer with Coastal Credit Union. Special thanks to Crazy Crazy and Coastal Credit Union for their significant financial support to make this work possible. And this historic, painful year Coast of Credit Union is proud to sponsor the 2021 King Leader award. Has there ever been a year that crowd out is clearly for leaders who demonstrated active commitment about the king's vision off overcoming chaos with the radical action of Love? Though it was a difficult decision, The Triangle M Okay Junior committee has selected two finalists. In addition to this year's award recipient, Congratulations to Our Finalists. Reggie Edwards of The Encouraging Place in Raleigh, which has for decades brought together diverse groups to work toward racial healing. And to Monica Day of Stand Up, Speak Out and Dural, a nonprofit providing art therapy to Children and mothers who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. You will each receive a $500 grant for your organization to support your ongoing efforts. Now let's continue by sharing a question what's posed by the poet Langston Hughes? What happens to a dream deferred. Fortunately, in the case of Kirby Jones, in multiplies and Manifest as a labor in With and Through the love, creating the kinds of opportunities that will set Children on paths to better and brighter futures. Though Kirby did not fulfill his personal dream attend college, he never lost sight off the difference that education makes in transforming lives after serving decades in the U. S. Marine Corps, working as a take mechanic then, as a police officer, Kirby became pastor of the Whims Grove Church in Southeast Raleigh. In 2010, Kirby founded the Daniel Center for Math and Science with the soul and soulful purpose of educating, motivating and guiding Children to achieve better success in school and to imagine larger futures with careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Daniel Center enrolls Children at the beginning of their schooling, keeps them engaged and supported and, through mentoring, motivates them to work hard towards their own dreams. Curious, gone from a vision to an institution that serves more than 30 students with staff volunteers in the annual budget approaching a half million dollars. The true marker of his success, though, is that the Daniel Centers first students are now in college, thereby enabling Kirby's deferred dream to be fulfilled through the many lives that he has profoundly impacted. The students and graduates of the Daniel Center are soaring because Kirby Jones pit love into action to transform the lives of others. Costa Credit Union and the Triangle Martin Luther King Jr Committee salute you and celebrate you Kirby Jones with the 2000 and 21 King Leader Award and a $5000 grant to the Daniel Center. Congratulations. Now we will have our welcomed by Dr Warren Herndon of the Durham Monitor Junior Steering Committee. Following Dr Herndon is our very talented youth speaker, Lauren Cornelius, a freshman, and night, their high school and member of the Lychner Y M C M C. A Achievers program. After Lauren, this morning's musical guests will be introduced by none other than the one and only Melissa Wade of the Light Radio Station one or 3.9, followed by greetings from the triangles, mayors and remarks from our sponsors. Well, greetings. My name is Dr Warren L. Herndon, chairperson for the Special Events Committee and the Durham Martin Luther King Steering Committee. I bring you greetings for the 30 41st Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. And I'm excited this year because we have come through the year of 2020. Ah, year off pandemic Ah, year of police brutality and a year of one of the greatest economic crisis in modern time. So we encourage you as we seek to recognize the life and legacy of Dr King Toe, look deep within our heart and find a way by which we can realize the dream of Dr King. God bless you. Good morning. My name is Lauren Cornelius. I'm a freshman. At night, they'll high school. I'm the current 2021 family career and community Leaders of America President, also known as F. C. C L A. And a member of the Student Government Association and Nightingale High School. I also serve as a teen advisory council member with the Lightner Wide Tubers program. I am also an active member of ST Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. What I have involved and served on the Youth Usher Board, our team this morning is love is the way When you google what love means feeling and affection comes up. Love doesn't always have to be that way. When you break down the word, it can mean different things. For example, El Camion leadership Okun be for open minded. We can be for valiant and e can mean to empower by breaking down the white love. I just gave love a whole new meaning. Many people have done this, but there is one person who did this in an even bigger way. And that person waas, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. One thing that you said about love is I have decided to stick with love. Hey, too great a burden to bear Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Dr King had a vision that he knew was going toe work. Today in 2021. I believe that love is the vision that we, as Americans need to hold on to now more than ever. During these troubling times, it goes without saying all the things we're dealing with, an adjusting to Kobe 19 high unemployment rates, remote learning politics. I'm just the killings of people such as George Boyd, Rianna Taylor and Ahmad Avery on Lee, to name a few demand for our basic essentials and state curfews. As long as I can remember. I have only learned these things by talking to my parents and grand parents, if not being told by family members and want tours about the civil rights movement. I have learned even more by reading and watching documentaries about events that took place during this air. It amazes me. The African American leaders such as Dr King, Rosa Parks, John Louis and Jesse Jackson have done to lay a foundation for many generations. We cannot sit back and let everything they did be in vain. We must do our part. Now is the time. As I reflect on everything I've recently witnessed, these events play out on daily news and social media platforms. What is going on now is history in the making. Hopefully, one day I'll be able to tell these stories to my kids and grandkids. Being young in America, you can sometimes get caught in thinking that you are invisible. You think that something like this cannot happen to us. But as we can see, 2020 and 2021 have proven us wrong. I've seen so much in the past year that I thought was not possible. I think the number of deaths related to Covitz skyrocket. I've had hard talks with my family and friends about surviving in these troubled times. I've heard leaders in our community tell us what to do in certain situations and how we must present ourselves. I've been in use summit where we discussed the world around us and the effect that it has on us. Whether it's socially, mentally and or physically, it's truly been a huge transition, not only for me, but for everyone. If Dr King was here today, I'm sure he would tell us that love truly is the way some ways that I think we can execute. This is by practicing the three W's, which are wearing a mask waiting 6 ft apart and washing our hands, often being respectful and mindful toe others. For me, that would be my parents, my teachers, my friends and everyone that crosses my path, practicing your right to vote so that your voice can be heard. Last but not least, oh, have faith, faith, the size of a mustard seed, faith in the vaccine faith and the doctors treating all patients faith in our new president elect and faith in our first black woman vice President elect. We should have overall faith. And this too shall pass. As I close today, I want to leave you one of my favorite quote by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. And that is the time is always right to do what is right. Thank you. Good morning, everyone. It's me, Melissa Wade in the water. And I am truly blessed to join you all once again for this MLK prayer breakfast. The very first virtual MLK breakfast. And it's been absolutely awesome, hasn't it? I mean, really, just Congratulations to the Triangle MLK Committee. You've done an awesome job. A wonderful job at this time. We're gonna take a little praise break. Is that alright with everybody? But you all know the scripture. Okay, so in 1 50 praise him with the sound of the trumpet. Praise him with the harp in the Liar with Timberland, the dance, the strings and the pipes, The clash of the symbols, The resounding symbols Let everything that hath breath Praise the Lord. I knew you knew that Scripture. Well, this young lady definitely took that to heart. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, singer songwriter classically trained violinist, 34 year old Kimberley Michelle Prince is an up and coming contemporary gospel artist playing the violence, and she was five years old and singing in front of thousands. At a young age, she discovered her God given passion and gift. She studied music at U. N C. G, and she went on to grow and learn under the tutelage of Pastor Kenneth Hagen. She currently serves as full time worship pastor at Hungry Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, and she just recently released a single Yep, recently December of last year titled Speechless Y'all Please Help me. Welcome, Miss Kimberly. Michelle Prince E E O E O E O. Yeah, yeah, Good morning. My name is Doug Riddle, and I service 5th 3rd Bank's triangle market executive on behalf of 5th 3rd, we are proud to once again participate as a legacy sponsor for the annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in Celebration of the Life of Dr King. We're here to celebrate our share of humanity, our commitment to justice and peace and the call to love one another. That's why we celebrate. We celebrate Dr King and others who were strong enough toe love when it would have been easier to hate this past year and unfortunately, the events of recent weeks have revealed the divisions in our country and world which still played us after all of these years. However, we have also seen examples of light and grace as people have come together to address injustice and challenges and provide care for those in need. During this pandemic, frontline workers, health care professionals and others have ministered to our needs and risk their well being in order to help others. I believe they're example will be one of the positive narratives that emerges from this time of crisis, and I honor and thank them for their service. Today we have the privilege of coming together as friends and neighbors who are invested in the future of our communities and the education and empowerment of the next generation. The seeds of hope, determination, perseverance and strength have been planted so we can continue to move forward. It is up to each of us to nurture that growth with opportunity and encouragement, so the community, the entire community, can thrive. 5th, 3rd bank is committed to this community and to the cause of equality, equity and inclusion in a very visible way. We are expanding our footprint and the triangle with the addition of several branches. We are also have also announced a corporate wide $2.8 billion commitment focused on the areas of access to capital, strategic investments, financial inclusion and education, and social justice and advocacy. We're very proud of the bank's commitment to provide support to a segment of our community that needs it and, more importantly, deserves it. We're working with leaders here in the triangle to understand where banking services, air lacking and how we can expand access both the new branches and by other means. Together we can tackle the tremendous work that must still be done. We must remember the common threads that unite us as we are called to this righteous cause. If we choose love and we continue toe build one another up, we will be honoring Dr King's legacy and in so doing, building a better future. Thank you. And God bless. Good morning. My name is Nick Allen, and I am the chief program officer of the United Way of Greater Triangle, where we have a bold mission to eradicate poverty and increased social mobility through the power of partnerships with that mission. We serve before county region, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wait Counties. For 133 years, United Ways across the country have served those crushed under the weight of impoverished environments that service has looked, felt and sounded like charity direct social services in response to existing immediate needs. Yet the issues have not gone away. They have gotten worse. And that's especially true for black and brown communities. The future demands Mawr United Way. The greater triangle is up to the challenge Toe Orient to justice, an orientation where we look for solutions that attack root causes and don't just deal with the effects of poverty. We believe in an acknowledgement that the burden of poverty does not rest on the shoulders of the poor, but on the systems with which they interact. In the people that hold those systems up, we believe in a re imagination. Philanthropy were authentic. Partnerships with marginalized communities mean that they retain the right to design the solutions for their lives rather than have those solutions imposed on them. We believe in an anti racist community. For me, today represents the opportunity to reflect on the way that we show up for people who need us the most are reserving people, Or are we serving their problems? The way to liberation, the way to justice, the way to the eradication of poverty is love. Love is seeing the humanity and others love is finding the humanity in yourself. Love is the resiliency to push through the discomfort of growth. Love is action. It is by loving people more than we love their problems that we can realize a triangle or success for everybody is inevitable. Love is the way on behalf of the United Way's board staff, and there's thousands of donors across the triangle. Thank you. Hello. I'm Steve Shul, the mayor of Durham, and I wanna welcome you to this 41st annual prayer breakfast on Martin Luther King Day. I'm so sorry we can't be together in person this year. It's been a tough year, but it's great to be with you on video. The theme of today, Today's breakfast celebration is love is the way, and I just want to talk a little bit about the fact that we've seen so much of the opposite that this year we saw the racist murder of George Floyd and the terrible, terrible violence of that act was an act of hatred and an act of cold brutality. And then, in Washington, we saw recently the takeover, our capital by people who were just really it was. It was violent and hate filled. I think about Dr King. Dr. King also had demonstrations in Washington, and one of them, of course, was 1963 when ah, quarter of a million people came to the stand in front of the Lincoln Memorial and hear his I have a dream speech you can't even imagine Dr King leading a group of people to try to violently take over the capital. He worked through love and he worked through Nonviolence. Yes, he believed in forceful demonstrations, but he believed in non violent demonstrations, loving demonstrations and even in in the South in Birmingham, when Bull Connor turned the water hoses and the dogs on the demonstrators. They try it through love and they try it through non violence. And that's got to be how we went and we will win that way. The people that violently took over the capital, they're not going to win the people that do the kind of racist acts like the murderer of George Floyd. They're not going to win. We are going to overcome. We're going to do it together, and we're going to do it in the way that Dr King wanted us to do it, to create a beloved community the way love is the way that's today's theme. And it's the theme we need to carry with us always. Thank you so much for having me this morning. Good morning, everyone. On behalf of the town of Chapel Hill, I'm pleased to welcome you to this morning's breakfast. This year is, I think about where we are as a nation. It's hard to know where to start or even what to say. But once again, Reverend King's message that love is more powerful than hate urges us forward in the example set by the late John Lewis shows us the way. Over the past 30 years as a public servant, I've been fortunate to witness the transformation that comes when people work together collaboratively and with compassion for one another. This past year has been no exception. No matter the challenge, people have stepped up to support one another. Whether is the health care workers and scientists fighting the pandemic, individuals of all races and colors peacefully protesting injustice or voting rights advocates empowering people to vote not just in one but two elections. We've seen this in our communities to in the ways that people have been supporting one another through the pandemic. All the acts of kindness, distributing food, checking on neighbors, donating funds are making such a difference to those so impacted by this virus. Love is the only way forward, and I'm grateful to each of you for being here today. Together we will continue to make our region and our world, and we're welcoming, inclusive, safe and just place for everyone. Thank you all for coming together today and for all you do to advance equality and justice for all. Have a wonderful morning and please stay safe. Hello, I'm Raleigh Mayor Marion Baldwin on behalf of the Raleigh City Council. I think all of you for being part of this year's Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration, Dr King dreamed of a day that America would be a country of equals, a dream that many recognized and supported during his lifetime. and that so many of us support now you know, one of my favorite quotes from Dr King is written on a bridge in Atlanta near where my daughter lives, but says hatred cannot drive out hate Onley. Love can do that. And that quote, it's so fitting because this year's MLK theme is love is the way okay. Approaching challenges with love and kindness is so important now as we work to move beyond the challenges of 2020 and into a new era while keeping our physical distance to the pandemic. It's even more important after seeing the violence that shook our capital last week, as so many people look for ways to work together and advanced Dr King's dream. All of our dream We're announcing a new initiative today that will help us build our fluency in the areas of anti braces, practices, programs and policies. This initiative is called a better wake. Okay, in honoring the victims of racism both past and present, Ah, better Wake seeks to support our community and advocating in building a better future for all of us. Welcome to the 41st annual Martin Luther King Jr Triangle Interfaith Prayer, breakfast proudly presented by Capital Broadcasting Company Good Morning, I'm Gerald Owens with W. R. A L. For more than 40 years, the Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast has brought together people from across the region to celebrate the legacy of a great humanitarian and civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. While today's in person breakfast was canceled because of the pandemic, the celebration continues with recorded messages from diverse faith leaders to include Reverend Shelly's Overbey of pulling Memorial Baptist Church, Imam Mohammed Abu Talib of the Islamic Association of Raleigh and Rabbi Eric Solomon of Beth Myers Synagogue. Finally, we have a very special keynote address delivered by the presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church. The most Reverend Michael Curry, 2020 brought us face to face with many challenges as a nation. In response. The theme of today's program Love Is the Way reflects a message modeled by Dr King more than half a century ago. Yet it still remains a guiding light. Our program begins with inspiring remarks from a father, Marcos Leon of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. Let's listen and reflect on why we celebrate today. Reverend Marcus Leon from the Catholic diocese rally. I just want to reflect a little bit about the meaning off. Why? We are here standing today to honor Dr Martin Luther King. And we all know that 50 years later the struggles and tribulations still within us we know that the progress have to continue to be made and each of us are called to do so. So I would like to reflect today just a part off the great speech or doctor kill about. I have a dream. Just remember that not too long ago, Dr Martin Luther King said to us. So even though we face the difficulties off today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It isn't really deeply with it in the American tree. I have a dream that one day this nation will raise up and live out the true meaning. Office Street. We hold these truths to be self evident as all men I created it. And we can say today the people of our nation are just rising up and demanding to be treated equally as we are created equal. We are still coming together and looking for justice and equality for Dr Kill said, I have a dream that my four little Children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color or their ski, but by the content of their character. And today we say you dream Dr Key is still our dream. We do hope that were judged by the context off our character ignored by our color skin. Just a little reflection. Sometimes when we go to the doctor's office and we have toe sign up an application for the first time you arriving, they always want to ask you for your race. And I always have the question by asking me for my race where I belong. Toe that will be different kind of treatment, different kind of medicine, or what is the reason toe have this to me makes no sense. But there is one of the things that I believe that by saying our race. Sometimes we have created a little stuff for people to think twice about how they can treat us, and I noticed that sometimes it's appropriate, Dr King said. I have a drink. The one day everybody shall be exalted. Every healing mountain shall be made law. The rough places will be made playing and they crooked places we make straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. And we say here we are still standing and fighting for justice and equality. We hope that our path is a straight for our Children and grandchildren. And we know that God is in our site because his love endures forever. This is still our hope. This is our faith here in the South. And with this faith, we hope to be able to embrace each other as brothers and sisters. With this faith will hope to that we're able to continue to transform a jingle discourse off our nation at this moment in the great nation that we all dream off. Yes, this is our faith. We're able to work together to pray together, to continue to struggle together, if necessary overall, to stand up together as brothers and sisters, knowing that we will be recognized equally a citizens for this great nation that we call the United States off America. May God bless you God. We recognize that there are many people who are vulnerable throughout the world because of war terrorism, greed and the ecological devastation that causes drought and therefore hunger, pollution and illness, disaster and death across the planet. Still, it is important to remember that we need not cross a C or even a border to meet the vulnerable, for they are among us in the richest nation in the world. Even before the pandemic, 13 million Children were food insecure. 10 million were homeless or on the brink of homelessness. Companies led by billionaires wouldn't pay what we now know to be the most essential workers a living wage. So we find that we're rich and resource is yet bankrupt and compassion. We have become content with ever growing wealth gaps, income gaps, health gaps and education gaps. We are rich in innovation and productivity and bankrupt in equity. We see parents desperately trying to keep their Children safe from gun violence, where skyrocketing policing and incarceration rates have rendered these young people even more vulnerable. And so we find that we are rich and punishment and bankrupt in preventative policy and restraint, and a pandemic has rendered us all just a little more vulnerable in some way or another vulnerable to illness, death, job loss, and homelessness over and over got in your holy scriptures. You call our attention to the most vulnerable among us to those on the margins so that we would remember them, not Onley in prayer, but also in providing for their well being. As Dr King reminded us, true compassion is mawr than flinging a coin at a beggar or, in this case, flinging a prayer at the vulnerable may we recognize that there are structures that render certain people more vulnerable. May we not only recognize but repent turn away from structures and institutions that harm structures and institutions that work by keeping people sick or poor or ignorant? Let us invest in those institutions that promote life and life more abundantly that promote liberty and justice for all where these institutions do not exist. God give us imagination to create them so that every one of us has enough to eat so that every one of us has adequate and stable shelter so that every one of us has a living wage and basic healthcare and equal protection under the law. With your guidance by the power of your spirit and our collective action, may we make it So Ashi. Good morning, distinguished guests and honored friends Um, Mohammed Abu Talib, the mm and religious director of the Islamic Association of Raleigh. And it's my distinct honor and privilege to be with you this morning on behalf of the Triangle Muslim community. You know, on this day last year, none of us could have imagined the hardships and the realities that would occur in 2020 a devastating pandemic that would change every facet of our lives, the reckoning of our country, which social injustice and with the fault lines that remain all too riel, particularly along racial lines after 400 years in these lens. Or that this morning, instead of our customary gathering and breakfast that has occurred for 40 years, that I would be addressing you from this sacred space as you tune in from your homes or wherever you might be. Even though our physical presence is driven apart by this horrible pandemic, I pray that our hearts are closer than ever in this important our and in fact, it is a statement of the urgency and importance of this work that it continues. Despite these unusual circumstances, the means of connection might be different the technology perhaps a little bit unusual and unfamiliar. But what is necessary is that we continue on for this work is as urgent as it ever was, and perhaps more important than ever before. We continue to commemorate the legacy of the Reverend Doctor, Martin Luther King Jr and the sacrifices that he and so many others made that we might live in a more perfect union, connecting to our faith, tradition and sharing something with you. Today, I want to encourage each and every one of us to reach deep into our hearts our spirituality, our morals and our values. And as we feel the tug of forces all around us driving us apart, I want us to be the hands and the hearts that bring people together. In fact, the prayer I share with you today is a prayer from the tongue of our prophet Mohammed. Peace and blessings be upon him and all the profits. During a very difficult moment in his life, where under persecution from his native people, his hometown of Mecca, he went to a neighboring town off a cliff who met him in a very difficult way, stoned him and threw filth and trash and cast him out. In this moment when so many hearts would be driven to vengeance, he turned his heart to prayer. And I turned my heart also to God Almighty and prayer saying to you, my Lord, I complain of my weakness, lack of support and the humiliation we receive it the hands of some people, most compassionate and merciful one. You are the Lord of the Week and you are my lord. To whom would you leave me to a distant person who receives me with hostility or to an enemy? You have given power over me as long as you are not displeased with me. Lord, I do not care what I face. I would, however, be much happier with your mercy. I seek refuge in the light of your face by which all darkness is dispelled and both this life and the life to come are put in there, right course against incurring your wrath or being the subject of your anger to you. I submit until I earn your pleasure and everything is powerless without your support. God unite our hearts and said, All right, our mutual affairs guide us upon the path of peace and liberate us from darkness by your light and save us from danger. Whether open or hidden, our Lord, master of the universe. In you we have placed our trust. And to you we turn in humble repentance For unto you is the end of all journeys. Oh, Lord, you are the source of all peace and from you emanates all peace. Blessed are you owner of majesty and glory. Amen. And may peace be with all of you. Shalom. Good morning. This is Rabbi Eric Solomon here in the synagogue sanctuary of Beth Meyer Synagogue here in Raleigh. I am deeply honored on behalf of our congregation toe. Offer this prayer to be invited once again to this extraordinary time, this virtual gathering in honor of the great righteous, righteous Sadiq righteous man, Dr Martin Luther King. May he rest in peace and particularly to focus on his teaching that love is the way love is the way towards justice And love is the way towards peace. Here's how I want to frame this prayer. Ellie was l, the great Holocaust survivor survivor of Auschwitz who sadly died just a few years ago. May rest in peace as well. Great humanitarian and human rights activist in the Jewish community, he once taught that the opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference. Essentially, the opposite of love is not to care. He said that because he saw in the society surrounding Auschwitz that there are people who could smell the ashes, who heard the screams, who saw the crematoria and they didn't care. Essentially, they didn't love their neighbors. They let things happen. Horrific things on their watch. When Dr King teaches, love is the way from the Jewish perspective what we hear from our Torah. Deuteronomy 22 Verse three lo to Halle Tulum. You are forbidden to be indifferent when someone is suffering. When something is on someone in the challenges facing challenges, you can't have a blind eye. You have to tap into your heart. You have to care when we see in a society that certain people, because of their skin color, sexual orientation, faith, immigration status are treated poorly. Bigotry rises, hatred comes to the fore. Scared, oppressed. Elie Wiesel, Dr King, We have to love them or we have to care for them or we cannot be indifferent in our society today. Sadly, we see, based on Dr King's message, we have not fully learned that even based on skin color, there are those in the eyes of law enforcement, government officials, all kinds of institutions. Sometimes even religious institutions, to my sadness, still have a long way to go. When we see suffering, we see innocents, people of color hurt, killed lane by law enforcement or other. We can't be indifferent. We can't say we don't care if we do that, then we're not loving our neighbors as ourselves because toe love means to care. We in the Jewish community know this sorely. Sadly, those people of color understand it sorely, and our country is still waiting toe. Learn that message. Love is the way, because to care is the way and Onley through that we create a society that is just we're all are seen as equal in the eyes of the law and the eyes of every human being. Every citizen and only then we achieve peace. It's in that spirit in honor of Dr King on a really was L into both rest in peace that I offer this prayer for the country that they in world that they've always dreamed off. Hello. Hey, Nouvelle aware of Latino DeMartino Oh God, the God of our foremothers and God of our forefathers. Della Valle, Acidic God of love, Overflowing love and God of justice Help us! The holy one to on this holy day to bring our brother Dr King Toe Heart help us to hold his message not only in side of our souls to care and toe love, but help us to implement those ideas into society. Help us to push away the desire to be indifferent. Help us not to be blind to the suffering off our brothers and sisters of all races, creeds, orientations, religious backgrounds Help us to face head on the ISMs in our society which are rotting. It's to its core. Help us to care and to love. And through that Karen love bring us to the promised land of a society filled with justice and filled with peace. You stay together. I'm in. Yeah, yeah E Thank you. This morning we have the distinct honor of lifting the message of the most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop, president and chair of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. We North Carolinians take pride that prior to his election is presiding. Bishop Curry served in North Carolina as bishop of the state, the descendants of enslaved Africans brought to America by ways of transatlantic slave routes. Presiding Bishop Curry grew up deeply connected to faith, his father and Episcopal priests and a devout mother. As a youngster, Curry learned about social activism and his father's hand and committed to his own course of writing a broken world. Bishop Curry has a lauded history, is a student with an undergraduate degree from Hobart College. A master of divinity from Yale University and Postmaster studies at Princeton and Wake Forest. Curry was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 and has served congregations in North Carolina in Ohio and Maryland before being appointed in the year 2000 and in 2000 and 15 to become bishop and then the first African American to service presiding bishop for the Episcopal Church. Bishop Curry is well known for his warm and charismatic personality. His homily at the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Can Harry introduced the world to Curry's expansive healing theology off love, Bishop Curry lives, that theology and his commitment to the dignity of every single soul to justice and to raising a moral voice in the church and beyond. Curry has published articles and books, including his latest book, Love Is the Way, Holding on to Hope in Troubling Time, which adds a 21st century dimension. The Doctor Martin Luther King's commitment to building the beloved community. Bishop Curry captivates through his charisma, and he motivates through his message that unite across all boundaries. Get ready to be riveted on the edge of your seat as we welcome the most reverent presiding bishop, Michael Curry. Allow me to offer some reflections in this context of our moment in American history. And on this weekend, when we observe the birth and remember the teachings the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr toe offer two quotes for reflection. One well known, the other less so. Dr King said. Darkness cannot cast out darkness. Onley liken, do that, and hatred cannot cast out hatred. Only love can do that. He also said. On other occasions we must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. When we discover that we shall make of this old world a new world. Love is the way love is the way forward. It is the only way forward. Love, unselfish, sacrificial, not superficial or sentimental, unselfish and sacrificial love that seeks the good and the welfare and the well being of others as well as the self. That kind of love is the way it may be the only way because that kind of love can help and heal when nothing else can. It can lift up and liberate when nothing else will. Love is the way and this is not. I would hasten to say, the province of any one religious tradition or anyone. Philosophical outlook, authentic love, if you will. That is unselfish, sacrificial that seeks the good in the welfare of others. This is not the precinct of anybody. This is a universal truth. Love is ecumenical. Love is interfaith. Love is not just bipartisan, it is multi partisan. Love is pluralistic. Love is inclusive because we are not the source of love. We are participants in it. The source of love is God, the God who made all of us and all things. First John. Chapter four says it this way in the New Testament beloved. Let us love one another because love is of God and those who love are born of God and know God because God is love. Love is the the only way it can lift up and liberate it can help and heal. Now I know for well that there is a sense among us that we're not always sure that love can, that love can truly guide us. That love can truly inspire us. That love can truly set us free. And I know that I have experienced that even in my own soul some days. But the truth of the matter is, love is the only way and is the power that can help and heal us because the alternatives are unthinkable. We have in recent memory seeing those alternatives, and they are unthinkable. We've seen moments of the abyss, the rising of the abyss of chaos and nightmare. We've seen it. We saw it in 2017 in Charlottesville, when neo Nazis march through the streets of an American city holding tiki torches in their hand wearing khaki pants, young men mostly in their thirties twenties and thirties, young people shrieking like crystal, not in Germany in the Second World War. Shrieking Jews will not replace us or we have seen the obits. We have seen the alternative to love. We cannot go there. We saw it. We saw it when George Floyd's life was snuffed out when he was murdered by an officer of public safety, cried for his mother. We cannot go there. The alternative is unthinkable. And we saw it just this past week. We saw it in January, the sixth, the capital of the United States Place where the House of Representatives and the Senate of this country, Temple of Democracy, symbol of democracy, of our democracy was violated by an attempted insurrection in the United States of America. My brothers and sisters, we have seen the nightmare of the abyss. We have seen what it looks like. We must not. We cannot. We will not go there. Love is the way. It is the only way to save us all. Dr. King, in between 1965 and the eventual year of his death often said over and over again, we shall either learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will perish together as fools. The choice is ours, he said. Chaos or community? I believe we must choose and labor for community. You who have come to this virtual breakfast believe that we must choose chaos community instead of chaos. We must choose community, as Dr King called it, beloved community, where there is, as the old slaves used to saying plenty good room, plenty good room for all of God's Children. And love is the only way that can guide us to a true justice. That is not mere revenge that can lead us in the pathways of peace and justice and goodwill and liberty for all. We must choose community. The truth is, yeah, we must choose community and labor for it. You know, the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that that choice may not be assed difficulties. We think we may already have some guidance on how to move in that direction. We have some values that we actually share in common, and if we build on them, we may find that we are beginning to build towards that kind of beloved community. Now, for example, there is much diversity of opinion on a variety of public issues and on a variety of things. We have religious differences. We have political differences. We have ideological differences. We have personality differences, and all of these are part of the variety and diversity and the wondrous tapestry that makes American democracy. In fact, the Bill of Rights protects diversity of religious opinion and expression and protects the right for differences of opinions and actual expressions and freedom of the press. But there are some shared values in all that diversity. Some of them are simple and ordinary and common sensical. Some years ago, I remember the publication of a book by Robert Program that was entitled. Some of you may have read it all. I needed to learn to know. I learned in kindergarten, and in that book he talked about the things he learned when he was a child in kindergarten. And here are the nine that he listed. Share everything, play fair, don't hit people, clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody, wash your hands before you eat flush, and when you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together. The old slaves used to say, Walk together, Children. And don't you get weary because there's a great camp meeting in the promised land? Those simple values principles not complex, not high and lofty and lifted up just those simple values of human decency and kindness and social living that they become a basis, if you will. Ah, small but significant step in the direction of moving beyond the chaos of un enlightened self interest to the beloved community, where we make plenty good room for all God's Children. We saw a little bit of that this not long ago. I I grew up in Buffalo, New York, and and now live in Raleigh, North Carolina, where my mother's people come from and having grown up in Buffalo. I am a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan since they were founded in the old A FL. So we had a long standing rivalry with the old Boston Patriots and then, by extension, to the New England Patriots. But Bill Belichick, I must say a word in his defense or honor on his honor. He was offered No. He was to be awarded the Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest award and honor for civilian and he declined to accept it. And this is what he said recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what? The honor represents an admiration for prior recipients, but subsequently the tragic events. January the six occurred, and I made the decision not to move forward. I am an American citizen. I hold great reverence for our nation's values, freedom and democracy, and I could not accept the award values matter. We in this country holds some shared values, basic human values of decency. But we have some shared values that make it possible. Toe live in human community makes e pluribus unum from many diverse people. One nation makes it possible. If you don't believe me, ask Thomas Jefferson. We hold these truths to be self evident. All men are created equal that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have some shared values in this American experiment. If you don't believe me and you don't believe Thomas Jefferson, maybe you'll believe old Abe Lincoln. Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers brought upon this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. And if you still don't believe Jefferson or Lincoln, maybe you'll believe what we were all taught in elementary school when we stood up and face the flag and put our hands over our hearts. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands. Listen to this one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. This nation has not always lived up to it. To be sure, let there be no question. But the fact that we have not always lived off to it does not invalidate the values themselves. It is those values, those ideals, those moral principles that we can stand on an e pluribus unum from many diverse people. One people becomes possible where the chaos is banished and something resembling the beloved community that God intends for all humanity becomes a possibility. 1963. I was in public school, Public school number 76 in Buffalo, New York, Miss Lenny's fifth grade class. We were, uh, recently had been transferred from what was it? Predominantly black, uh, school. And we were reassigned to another school that was predominantly Italian. It was part of some kind of desegregation effort. Anyway, this was 1963. It was the year of the struggle in Birmingham, Alabama. It was the year of the march on Washington. It was the year that President Kennedy was assassinated in November of that year. This particular day in miscellaneous, fifth grade class, we were studying in social studies. I believe about the great seal of the United States of America. You may remember that on the great seal there's the image of the eagle within his Italians holding olive branches and on this side and one side and arrows on the other. And above the eagle in Latin, the words E pluribus unum, the official motto of the United States of America defying the goal of the American experiment e pluribus unum. And we had a little thing. We got the color in the eagle and, you know, color it in. And then we learned about the words e pluribus unum and learned that the words e pluribus unum or Latin, and that they mean from many one from many diverse peoples. One people, one nation. That's the motto of this country. But I don't remember learning in the fifth grade where that came from. I knew that the Founding Fathers decided that, but I didn't know where the actual words e pluribus Unum came from except that they were Latin. This past September, I started doing a little research and digging, and I discovered that the words e pluribus Unum, that the concept goes back to Cicero off the Roman Republic. And this is what Cicero said and where that motto comes from, when each person loves the other as much as he loves himself. Then one from many e pluribus unum becomes possible when each person loves the other as much itself. E pluribus unum one from many America, these United States democracy, community, beloved community becomes possible. Love is the way, the only way that can help and heal when nothing else can, and that can lift up and liberate when nothing else will. Dr. King was right. We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. For then we will be able to make of this old world A new world Love is indeed the way God love you. God bless you May God hold us all He knows all mighty hands of love. What a powerful word we heard today. Let us close this time of celebration and this time of edification And this time of challenge with a prayer please join in your spirit in your heart with what we have heard and allow it to be a guide to what we shall do Shall we pray together the eternal God? We thank you for this message today and we thank you for your messenger. And we thank you for this opportunity for us to gather once again to pay tribute to your servant and your servant leader, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. We thank you for the dedication of his life. We thank you for the power of his message. We thank you for the extent of his mission. And we thank you for the meaning of his life and his sacrifice and help us as we process what we have heard about the way of love toe apply it to our lives personally, our relationships and especially our society. Today and especially our nation today, let us do more than just envision. But let us engage what made Dr King's life so exemplary and made such a difference in so many people's lives? And he has called us and Sir Monix style to have the strength and even the courage toe Lau. Let us leave this time together, determined to be participants in the kind of transformation and social change that we need as we lean toward one another and as we commit ourselves to a common good, knowing that the way of love is the answer, the same love that took our Lord to the cross and the same love that will bring us together as a people as a nation, for it is in the name of one indeed, who has taught us toe love. Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen. Thank you for watching Capitol Broadcasting companies presentation of the 41st annual Martin Luther King Jr Triangle Interfaith Prayer, Breakfast