January 19, 2014
Intergenerational Human Rights Teach-in
1:00pm - 4:00pm / Sanctuary
Scripture says, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.” Such a radical idea that both the prophets Micah and Isaiah describe it. Take the things that do violence, melt them, and reshape them into the tools that give life. We will do just that, as we invite you to join in celebrating the non-violent legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We will collectively witness an artist forge a gun into a farm tool during our 11:15 AM worship celebration. Our modern day plowshare will be presented to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. Mike Martin of Raw Tools has been transforming weapons into strong visual messages since the Aurora and Newtown shootings.
Martin will continue his work throughout the afternoon as we host an intergenerational human rights teach-in honoring the legacy of King from 1 to 4 PM. Both worship and the first hour of the teach-in will be live streamed at middlechurch.org. Communities around the city and the nation are invited to use our resources to host teach-ins in their communities.
At the teach-in, we will be joined by Broadway and television actor Tituss Burgess (Little Mermaid and 30 Rock), who will sing his composition Love Is an Action, and the Village Chorus for Children and Youth.
The Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D., senior minister, will address how race is the undercurrent that impacts gun violence, criminal justice, economic inequality, education disparity, and heath care. Participants will talk about these issues in small groups, learn non-violent communication strategies, and share actions plans for their communities. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights will help frame the discussions.
The worship and teach-in are presented in partnership with the Groundswell Movement at Auburn Seminary, Intersections International, The Middle Project, and the Gray Panthers. Please RSVP to Ellen Matlach, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you can attend the teach-in and plan to join us for worship.
The prophets say reshape the tools for violence into instruments that give life. Join us as we reshape ourselves, so we no longer violate the human rights of one another, but rather, do the things that give life.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday Worship and Teach-In