Our 7th Annual MLK Prayer Breakfast

Our 7th Annual MLK Prayer Breakfast

Welcome!

Arrival

Arrival

Over 300 people joined us this year.

Signing in

Signing in

Those who wanted to keep up on our progress gave us their contact information

Attendees received a warm welcome

Attendees received a warm welcome

Diversity was one of the watchwords

Diversity was one of the watchwords

People from all different backgrounds joined us.

The huge conference space filled up

The huge conference space filled up

Virtually SRO

Virtually SRO

By the time we got started (on time!), we were close to capacity.

Welcome from UMBC

Welcome from UMBC

Rev. Melvin Jones welcomed everyone to Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Rev. Jones

Rev. Jones

Rev. Jones also briefly described the significance of this wonderful community event

Father Fred Thelen

Father Fred Thelen

Fr. Fred led us in a opening prayer and blessing over the meal.

Volunteers set up the delicious meal

Volunteers set up the delicious meal

It was a feast for both the eyes and the stomach

Along with plenty of food...

Along with plenty of food...

there was plenty of drink choices too!

Wonderful volunteers...

Wonderful volunteers...

...made this whole event possible

Folks behind the scene were key

Folks behind the scene were key

...to making the event run smoothly

Our Chef

Our Chef

Ms. Lupe Castillo

People sat down to a wonderful meal

People sat down to a wonderful meal

Including eggs, bacon, oatmeal, muffins, juice, and coffee

The music was fabulous

The music was fabulous

...under expert direction

And the voices of angels

And the voices of angels

...Members of UMBC's amazing choir/Praise team

We had each group of Action's Member

We had each group of Action's Member

...recognized by name.

And at the sound of their name

And at the sound of their name

...each of Action's member congregations stood and cheered.

Action recognized Mr. Bill Cleary

Action recognized Mr. Bill Cleary

...for all his years of service & devotion to the Action Board

Bill received the award...

Bill received the award...

....from his pastor, Rev. Margie Osborn

He then handed off the mantel...

He then handed off the mantel...

...to our new Treasurer, Pastor Dan Nowiksi

The crowd warmly received our Speake

The crowd warmly received our Speake

...Ms. Ana Garcia Ashley, Executive Director of the Gamaliel Network

Ana reminded us all...

Ana reminded us all...

...why were were here

Referencing our common scripture...

Referencing our common scripture...

...Ana called us to "Walk our Talk".

Ana brought a sense of humor...

Ana brought a sense of humor...

..but reminded us of the urgency and importance of working together for social change

And she asked us to be accountable..

And she asked us to be accountable..

...both in active participation and via monetary support.

Ana helped us celebrate...

Ana helped us celebrate...

...the donations of time, talent, and treasure.

Young Poets...

Young Poets...

...Shared moving words of our current disparities

They boldly told it "like it is"

They boldly told it "like it is"

...Gave us a glimpse of their pain..

...Gave us a glimpse of their pain..

...and frustration in facing a world filled with inequitable systems..

...and systemic prejudices....

...and systemic prejudices....

...that we, as Action, are working to dismantle.

A collection was taken up...

A collection was taken up...

...to contribute to the important work Action is doing

And then some final thoughts...

And then some final thoughts...

...were offered by Imam Sohail Chaudhry from the Islamic Center of Greater Lansing

His powerful words reminded all...

His powerful words reminded all...

...of our shared common ground, our one God, and our mutual passion to ceaselessly work for peace with justice

The event ended with...

The event ended with...

...a standing ovation!

We ended with a closing prayer

We ended with a closing prayer

Everyone agreed - -

Everyone agreed - -

--This was a truly wonderful, inspirational event

The media witnessed it

The media witnessed it

And all the moving presentations...

And all the moving presentations...

...were recorded for posterity.

There are so many people to thank...

There are so many people to thank...

Starting with our Director, Aida Cuarado

Our volunteers....

Our volunteers....

..who numbered in the tens of people

Our amazing Board members

Our amazing Board members

Our speaker, presenters...

Our speaker, presenters...

...poets, prayer leaders, and musicians.

And most especially, ...

And most especially, ...

...all of you who attended. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR JOINING US!

Click on a picture to see the slide show.

© 2017 by Action of Greater Lansing

Working for Peace and Justice in Greater Lansing

201 W. Miller Road

Lansing, MI 48911

517-816-8665

ActionOfGreaterLansing@gmail.com

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