MLK Resilience

January 19th, 2018

Group Reading

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr

One- I have walked that long road to freedom.
All- I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way.
One- But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill,
All- one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
One- I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment,
All- for with freedom come responsibilities,
One- and I dare not linger,
All- for my long walk is not ended. Nelson Mandela

Quotes & Readings

“I’ve said to you on many occasions that each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality. We’re split up and divided against ourselves. And there is something of a civil war going on within all of our lives. There is a recalcitrant South of our soul revolting against the North of our soul. And there is this continual struggle within the very structure of every individual life. There is something within all of us that causes us to cry out with Ovid, the Latin poet, “I see and approve the better things of life, but the evil things I do.” There is something within all of us that causes us to cry out with Plato that the human personality is like a charioteer with two headstrong horses, each wanting to go in different directions. There is something within each of us that causes us to cry out with Goethe, “There is enough stuff in me to make both a gentleman and a rogue.” There is something within each of us that causes us to cry out with Apostle Paul, “I see and approve the better things of life, but the evil things I do. So somehow the “isness” of our present nature is out of harmony with the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts us.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr, in a sermon given in Alabama in 1957

“A religion true to its nature must also be concerned about man’s social conditions….A ny religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them is a dry-as-dust religion.
~ Martin Luther King Jr,,

Seed of Resistance

Say together: “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr
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