On Monday, January 17, our nation will celebrate the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will commemorate many sacrifices made in his short life as led the fight for equal justice and civil rights in America. We honor and celebrate King- not because his life was taken as he sought the common good – but because he dared to be a voice which cried out in a wilderness of injustice, disenfranchisement, and legal discrimination.
For many of our churches, this federally recognized holiday serves as an unofficial-official kick-off for Black History Month. This period, January 17 through February 28. Our denominational movement was founded by a man, who spiritually, fought for the freedom to preach and teach a radical message of holiness and divine healing.
On behalf of Senior Bishop Vernon E. Kennebrew, our Board of Bishops, and the entire community of believers who make up the general body of the Church of Christ (Holiness) USA, we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and look forward to commemorating and celebrating the history and contributions of African Americans in the U.S., and Africa’s people across the diaspora.
Bishop Lindsay E. Jones
Thank you for sending this Special MLK Message Out!.
I would like to share what was sent out to our PNW Diocese
Folks as we send out the COCHUSA Weekly Messages.
With this being MLK Jr. Birthday Weekend, here are some words from Dr. King to ponder on, especially when you think of these times and our 2022 COCHUSA Theme, “Living Out Loud!”
All that is said here grows out of a tragic misconception of time. It is the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively.
I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Birmingham, Alabama—1963