This Sunday we’ll be exploring the second station of Joanna Macy’s Spiral ~ Honoring our Pain for the World – following last week’s station Coming from Gratitude.
It’s worth noting that two and a half weeks after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his infamous “I Have a Dream” speech (exemplary of Coming-from-Gratitude sensibility), he then bore witness to a backlash against the Civil Rights nonviolent movement he championed when four children were killed in a church bombing in Birmingham.
Atlanta Journal Constitution ~ Sunday, January 20, 2013
Martin Luther King Day of Service
If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive. ~ MLK
On Martin Luther King Day, the Monday after our call (1/21/13), President Obama To Use MLK, Lincoln Bibles During Oath At Presidential Inauguration
I decided early to give my life to something eternal and absolute. Not to these little gods that are here today and gone tomorrow, but to God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~ MLK
I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. ~ MLKFrom an address given in Memphis the night before his assassination, April 3, 1968
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
“And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.” ~ MLK
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” ~ MLK
Sunday, January 20, 2013 ~ I Have a Dream…
If MLK had survived, it’s astonishing to imagine that he could have born witness to an African-American president.
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 of their skin but by the content of their character.
“I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations.”
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. ~ MLK
Step Two ~ Honoring Our Pain for the World
“To be alive now in this time of global crisis, what is particularly hard for me is…”
“What I appreciate about living in this time of crisis is…”
“As I look at my life, it seems that some of the ways I take part in the healing of my world (or the Great Turning) are…”
“The refusal to feel takes a heavy toll. Not only is there an impoverishment of our emotional and sensory life, flowers are dimmer and less fragrant, our loves less ecstatic but this psychic numbing also impedes our capacity to process and respond to information. The energy expended in pushing down despair is diverted from more creative uses, depleting the resilience and imagination needed for fresh visions and strategies. ” ― Joanna Macy
1. I think the condition of our society is becoming…
2. I think that the condition of our environment is becoming…
3. What concerns me most about the world today is…
4. When I think of the world we will leave future generations, it looks like…
5. Feelings about all this that I carry with me, are…
6. Ways I avoid these feelings are…
7. Ways I use feelings are..
From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only that: Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. ~ MLK
|The question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. ~ MLK
From “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963
|We are not makers of history. We are made by history. ~ MLK
From Strength to Love, 1963
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