Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service and Celebration
Monday, January 18, 2016
Nazarene Congregational UCC Church
506 MacDonough Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233
Our guest preacher on this spirit-filled day was Onleilove Alston, a leader who is passionate about justice and communities of faith
Alston, pictured here (third from the left) is the Executive Director of PICO Faith in NY, a board member and contributing writer for Sojourners, and founder of Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny. She lives in Harlem, NY. She is a featured blogger on Your Black World, NPR’s On Being, and her writing has appeared in The Black Commentator and CONSP!RE magazine.
Inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign, Alston has co-written a series of Bible studies and devotionals with The Poverty Initiative titled, “The Last Week of Jesus, Last Year of King” in English and Spanish.
Having experienced poverty, foster care, and homelessness, she has developed a compassion for people fueled by her passion for justice, and knows that the gospel is truly “good news to the poor.” God has used communities of justice to aid Onleilove in her personal healing by showing her that God doesn’t just care for the poor, but that God wants the poor to play an active role in building the kingdom.
Our day was enhanced by the music of the Nazarene Choir, pictured here with their director, Mr. Alan George.
Nazarene’s liturgical dancers, “Jehovah’s Children”, performed a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. through dance and poems.
Our day began at 9 AM with coffee and bagels and ended with our 12:30 PM lunch. Thanks to all at Nazarene Congregational UCC Church for your warm hospitality.
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