by Jeremy Sierra
Trinity has been celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for more than 30 years. On Sunday, several generations once again considered Dr. King’s legacy at a forum following the 11:15am Eucharist. Eleven members of the Trinity youth group read quotes they had chosen from Dr. King’s speeches and answered questions from parishioners.
“There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us,” recited Nicolette Jones. She then grappled with the question of how to mend damaged relationships.
Madison Eve chose the quote, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” She connected it with bullying and standing by your friends.
“There is a lot of injustice in the world. What are we doing as youngsters and grownups to create justice in our world?” Gabriel Bonadie asked the youth.
“If you’re not going to stand up for what you believe in then nothing is going to happen,” said Shamiso Tunduwani, who had chosen the quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“Martin Luther King Jr. wants us to unite as one: to carry his dream on is to not hold on to hate, but to have the courage to take the first step,” said Samantha Stevens.
“To carry on the dream is to be the best version of yourself,” added Eve.
The Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, who preached at the Sunday service, also participated in the forum. “What the young people are giving us today is the opportunity to take these quotes home and live with them,” he said.
They also thoughtfully grappled with the challenges of being black in the United States—how being educated is often associated with being white, for example, and how social media can spread stereotypes.
“Faith is calling us to step out when things are tough, when things are uncertain, when things are dark, when we don’t have all the answers,” said Bozzuti-Jones. “Faith in God reminds us we always have more choices to get it right, more chances to do good.”