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The message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: January 15, 2024

Monday is the annual observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The message of justice and non-violence seems especially poignant as we watch death, war, and injustice shape our country and the world. For the King Center, the strategic theme for 2024 is “Shifting the Cultural Climate through the Study and Practice of Kingian Nonviolence.” This seems a very appropriate commitment at this time.

It is important to use a day such as this as an opportunity for prayer. The tragedy of war in the Holy Land and the Ukraine (and elsewhere) fill our TV screens every night with injuries, death, squalor, and pain. Finding ways for justice and peace needs to be a global priority. Listening to the wisdom embedded in the ministry of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. needs to be part of the way forward.

Pausing this day to think of anguish other people are feeling as they navigate this day, remembering those lives in prayer, and committing to doing everything we can to be agents of peace and justice should be the work of this day.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of the General Theological Seminary

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