St. Vincent's House remembers Martin Luther King Jr. with annual prayer circle

The Galveston Heritage Chorale, under the directions of Izola Collins, performs “Lift Every Voice and Sing” on Jan. 18, 2016, during the annual Martin Luther King Day Unity Prayer Circle at St. Vincent’s House in Galveston.

St. Vincent’s House will once again host its annual MLK Day Unity Prayer Circle for the Galveston community from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at 2817 Alfreda Houston Place (Postoffice Street) in Galveston.

This event is ecumenical in its scope and purpose by bringing members of various faith traditions in Galveston for the sole purpose of offering prayers on behalf of the community and in memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year’s theme is “Unity in the Community,” and will be represented by leaders of various faith denominations on the island, who will speak on topics of peace, hope, unity and community.

Justice is a pillar of a civilized and prosperous community. Dr. King, a champion for justice for the dispossessed in America, envisioned the great dream of God’s Kingdom as the Beloved Community, whose foundation and sustenance is love and well-being for one another. He understood that the lack of economic and educational opportunity was a systemic evil and a perpetuated injustice within God’s good creation.

At 11 a.m. Monday, people from all walks of life are invited to gather at St. Vincent’s House to honor Dr. King’s wisdom in the quote, “the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice.”

At St. Vincent’s House we acknowledge the injustices that remain in our society and those who suffer the most from them. We, too, are champions of justice for all people — but especially for the poor and working poor. In this, we are in solidarity with Dr. King whose work was cut short by a sniper’s bullet these many years ago. We are honored and privileged to continue this work and to partner with others who believe in the dream of Unity and Peace.

For more information, call 409-763-8521, or contact Angela Hill, ahill@stvhope.org or 409-765-2223.

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