Beloved Community: Saint James UMC to Host 3-Day MLK Celebration and Call to Unity


As we embark upon celebrating one of our nation’s most inspiring figures we ask: amidst the racial unrest, pandemic, and political divisiveness, how do we find hope? Saint James UMC Alpharetta invites you to join them in seeking the answer.

This year, Saint James will celebrate MLK, Jr Day through a multi-day virtual experience beginning Sunday, January 17. The theme for the St. James's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service centers around the question: Where Do We Go from Here? The celebration of his life is like an open-ended question, for which we, as a community, must continue to work toward an answer. 
Generation after generation, the answer has presented itself in different ways (marches, legislation, speeches, summits, prayer, etc.), but the work toward racial equality and equity has never been one march, one moment, one action fix. The true answer lies in embracing and building beloved community.  

Dr. King’s vision of beloved community is a global vision where poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. 

Dr. King’s articulation of this dream inspires us to live into our version of the dream through small and large acts. How can we now apply the seeds of change he planted more than 60 years ago and make them a part of our story? What actions can we now take to help our children live into the beloved community they desire?
Day 1 – Sunday, January 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
An ecumenical gathering of pastors will share their perspective as to why Dr. King’s legacy is important to them. 
Day 2 – Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The MLK Day Service will stream live via Facebook. Special guest speaker will be Artis Stevens, incoming CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Day 3 – Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bridging the Gap Men’s Racial Reconciliation Summit – Part II. Special guests include Dr. Crawford Loritts and Dr. Randy Ross

All are invited and members of St. James are praying that you will join them for these inspiring conversations.