Truth, Reconciliation, and Solidarity for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 18, approximately 45 people gathered at St. Cyprian’s, San Francisco, for a Service of Truth, Reconciliation, and Solidarity in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The service was sponsored and coordinated by the Urban Peace Collaboration, Trinity + St. Peter’s, San Francisco, and St. Cyprian’s. The Rev. Patricia Cunningham and the Rev. Thomas Jackson presided. The Rev. Susan Napoliello was the deacon for the service. Sandra Manning was the lay assistant.

After the processional hymn, the assembly prayed a “Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing” from Race and Prayer before hearing readings focused on justice and love. Following each reading — and in place of a sermon — someone shared a testimony of their experience of white privilege, being called to activism, or how a call to act has been lived. The Rev. John Kirkley, the Rev. Patricia Cunningham, and Logan Rimel each shared stories from their lives.

 

About protesting, Rimel said, “I’m out there because when Pastor Zachary Carey of True Vine Ministries spoke at the St. Francis Day Convocation and Walk, he said, ‘If you can’t hear the pain of the dead in the streets, of the mothers wailing, of the communities torn apart, then you need to examine the relationship you have with the One you claim to follow.’... I’m out there because when I’m not, I feel like I can see a bloodstain spreading on my white alb.”

The Coventry Litany of Reconciliation, which begins by praying for the forgivness of “the hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class” was used as the confession. All of the music for the service was from Wonder, Love, and Praise or Lift Every Voice and Sing II

Em Kianka, an Episcopal Service Corps intern, coordinates the ongoing work of the Diocese of California’s Urban Peace Collaboration. She can be reached for more information at emk@diocal.org.

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