The service typically includes a message by a speaker from an ethnic minority group plus interfaith music, readings, and prayers for the world. Refreshments and conversation follow. A free will offering is received to support the CRC’s Family-to-Family Partnership Program, which helps newly arriving families settle successfully in our area.
Here is the information on our 2014 celebration.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is:
What are you doing for others?
The Consultation of Religious Communities' annual M.L. King, Jr., interfaith service will be at 7:00 pm on Sunday, January 19, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2675 E. Washington St., Iowa City. The theme for this year's community-wide celebration of the Rev. Dr. King's life and work is, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” taken from a speech King gave in 1957 called,
"Conquering Self Centeredness."
The service will include readings and music from several faith traditions and a reading from Dr. King’s work. The reflection will be given Frederick Newell, who is the founder and director of the Dream Center, which strengthens families primarily by serving fathers and boys, and a Community Advocate for Partnership for Safe Families. Newell, who earned a BSW from the U of I, is also a deacon in the interdenominational (Christian) Kingdom Center.
A free-will offering will be received during the service to support the CRC’s Family2Family Program, which matches support families with families just getting established in the area.
All are invited to attend and a reception will follow