MLK

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Preaching, Learning, Serving

This January, as the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination approaches, Trinity will enter a month-long observance of his life, featuring a Sunday speaker series, a special Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday preacher, and opportunities for volunteer service.

The series, “Going Beyond the Dream: Three Epistles on Race in America,” will explore contemporary black/white relationships using writings that, while perhaps lesser known than King’s famous March on Washington oratory, resonate powerfully today.

Trinity’s pulpit on Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday (January 14) will be given to Ruby Sales, a social activist, scholar, public theologian and educator in the areas of civil, gender, and other human rights.

Service opportunities include work with Trinity’s Brown Bag food ministry, Kianga House Family Shelter, and Habitat for Humanity.

 

Schedule

All events take place in Trinity Church, Broadway and Wall Street

January 7, 10am

Errol Louis, journalist and host of NY1’s Inside City Hall, on Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

 
 
January 14, 10am

Fred Moten, poet and NYU professor, on James Baldwin’s Letter from a Region in My Mind

January 14, 11:15am Holy Eucharist

Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday preacher: Ruby Sales, social activist and scholar

January 21, 10am

Phil Jackson, vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street, on Thomas Merton’s Letters to a White Liberal

 

Speakers

Errol Louis is a New York City journalist and the host of Inside City Hall, a program about New York City politics that airs nightly on NY1. Prior to joining NY1 in November 2010, Louis was a columnist for the New York Daily News, where he also served on the editorial board. On June 23, 2008, Louis became host of the Morning Show, a three-hour talk program on radio station WWRL; in 2009 he was succeeded by Mark Riley. Louis is the Director of the Urban Reporting program at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is also a CNN contributor and has made frequent appearances on Lou Dobbs Tonight and other CNN news programs.

Ruby Sales is a highly-trained, experienced, and deeply committed social activist, scholar, administrator, manager, public theologian, and educator in the areas of civil, gender, and other human rights.

In August 1965, Sales, along with other SNCC workers, joined young people from Fort Deposit, Alabama, who organized a demonstration to protest the actions of the local White grocery store owners who had cheated their parents. The group was arrested and held in jail and then suddenly released. Jonathan Daniels, a White seminarian and freedom worker from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts was assassinated as he pulled Sales out of the line of fire, when they attempted to enter Cash Grocery Store to buy sodas for other freedom workers who were released from jail.

Sales has preached around the country on race, class, gender, and reconciliation, and she has done ground-breaking work on community and non-violence formation. She also serves as a national convener of the Every Church A Peace Church movement.

Ruby Sales recently spoke on a variety of topics in an extensive interview with the Rev. Winnie Varghese of Trinity Church Wall Street. Watch the video below.

 
 

Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition; Hughson’s Tavern; B Jenkins (Refiguring American Music); The Feel Trio; The Little Edges; The Service Porch; and Black and Blur (consent not to be a single being). He is co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study and A Poetics of the Undercommons and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? Moten lives in New York with his partner, Laura Harris, and their children, Lorenzo and Julian. He teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University.

Phil Jackson is the Vicar of Trinity Church Wall Street, where he leads ministry programs that touch on every aspect of parish life, including liturgies, music, faith formation, the Trinity Preschool, and membership. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Amherst College, his alma mater, as well as the Downtown Alliance, Episcopal Charities, and the Seamen’s Church Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Amherst College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

 

Service Opportunities

January 11, 12, 13, 9am-5pm | Kianga House
Construction of New Children’s Library

RSVP to Trinity.Kianga@gmail.com.

Friday, January 12, 10-11am | St. Paul's Chapel
Brown Bag Lunch Packing

Pack non-perishable lunches to be distributed to people in need of a meal. RSVP to Kyle Folk-Freund at kfolk-freund@trinitywallstreet.org.

Friday, January 12, 12:15-1:15pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Brown Bag Lunch Serving

Distribute free brown bag lunches to those in need of a meal. Sign up at trinitywallstreet.org/brownbag.

Saturday, January 13, 12:15-1:15pm | St. Paul's Chapel
Brown Bag Lunch Serving

Distribute free brown bag lunches to those in need of a meal. Sign up at trinitywallstreet.org/brownbag.

Sunday, January 14, 12:45-1:45pm | Trinity Church
Brown Bag Lunch Packing

Pack non-perishable lunches to be distributed to people in need of a meal. RSVP to Mandy Culbreath at mculbreath@trinitywallstreet.org.

Sunday, January 14, 1:30-2:15pm | Trinity Church
Sunday Brown Bag Serving

Distribute free brown bag lunches to those in need of a meal. Sign up at trinitywallstreet.org/brownbag.

Monday, January 15, 12:15-1:15pm | Trinity Church
Martin Luther King Jr. Monday Brown Bag Serving

Distribute free brown bag lunches to those in need of a meal. Sign up at trinitywallstreet.org/brownbag.

Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with Habitat for Humanity

Trinity is partnering with Habitat for Humanity’s “Brush with Kindness” to beautify a community space at the Hamilton Houses on the Lower East Side. In addition, we will be making and delivering lunch for all the “Brush with Kindness” volunteers. The day begins at 9:15am and ends at 4pm. For those making lunches, we will meet at the Trinity Parish Center at 10:30am.Space is limited. Please email Jennifer Chinn at jchinn@trinitywallstreet.org to sign up and for more information.