WASHINGTON, D.C. – In celebration of Human Relations Sunday on Jan. 17 and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) presents the blog series, "All My Relations." GCORR invites the church to reflect on how in turbulent times, when division is prevalent both in the church and the world, cultivating unity in the midst of diversity still remains a worthy aim.
"Dr. King spoke often about the inescapable network of mutuality," said Erin Hawkins, GCORR general secretary and one of the writers for the series, "so our hope is that the words of Dr. King and the writers who reflect on them from their current context spark authentic conversations that inspire action and a re-commitment to standing together against all forms of oppression, hatred and inequity."
In addition to Hawkins, writers in the series include:
•Matt Barlow, pastor, Cottbus and Eberswalde, Germany
•Fred Day, general secretary, General Commission on Archives and History
•Willis Johnson, pastor, Well Spring UMC, Ferguson, Missouri
•Alka Lyall, chairperson, Asian American and Pacific Islander Clergywomen Association
•Forbes Matonga, pastor-in-charge, Nyadire Mission Centre, Zimbabwe
•Tim McClendon, pastor, St. John's UMC, Aiken, South Carolina
•Anita Phillips, executive director, Native American National Plan
•Mariana Vega, student, UCLA Wesley Foundation
The theme for the week, "All My Relations," derives from the Lakota phrase "Mitákuye Oyás'i? (All Are Related)," and emphasizes shared respect, honor, and love for all of people and for the Earth, leaving no one out. Follow along daily and share reflections on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #AllMyRelations..