Our 7th Annual MLK Prayer Breakfast
Over 300 people joined us this year.
Those who wanted to keep up on our progress gave us their contact information
Attendees received a warm welcome
Diversity was one of the watchwords
People from all different backgrounds joined us.
The huge conference space filled up
By the time we got started (on time!), we were close to capacity.
Welcome from UMBC
Rev. Melvin Jones welcomed everyone to Union Missionary Baptist Church.
Rev. Jones also briefly described the significance of this wonderful community event
Father Fred Thelen
Fr. Fred led us in a opening prayer and blessing over the meal.
Volunteers set up the delicious meal
It was a feast for both the eyes and the stomach
Along with plenty of food...
there was plenty of drink choices too!
...made this whole event possible
Folks behind the scene were key
...to making the event run smoothly
Ms. Lupe Castillo
People sat down to a wonderful meal
Including eggs, bacon, oatmeal, muffins, juice, and coffee
The music was fabulous
...under expert direction
And the voices of angels
...Members of UMBC's amazing choir/Praise team
We had each group of Action's Member
...recognized by name.
And at the sound of their name
...each of Action's member congregations stood and cheered.
Action recognized Mr. Bill Cleary
...for all his years of service & devotion to the Action Board
Bill received the award...
....from his pastor, Rev. Margie Osborn
He then handed off the mantel...
...to our new Treasurer, Pastor Dan Nowiksi
The crowd warmly received our Speake
...Ms. Ana Garcia Ashley, Executive Director of the Gamaliel Network
Ana reminded us all...
...why were were here
Referencing our common scripture...
...Ana called us to "Walk our Talk".
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..
...both in active participation and via monetary support.
Ana helped us celebrate...
...the donations of time, talent, and treasure.
...Shared moving words of our current disparities
They boldly told it "like it is"
...Gave us a glimpse of their pain..
...and frustration in facing a world filled with inequitable systems..
...and systemic prejudices....
...that we, as Action, are working to dismantle.
A collection was taken up...
...to contribute to the important work Action is doing
And then some final thoughts...
...were offered by Imam Sohail Chaudhry from the Islamic Center of Greater Lansing
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...
...a standing ovation!
We ended with a closing prayer
Everyone agreed - -
--This was a truly wonderful, inspirational event
The media witnessed it
And all the moving presentations...
...were recorded for posterity.
There are so many people to thank...
Starting with our Director, Aida Cuarado
..who numbered in the tens of people
Our amazing Board members
Our speaker, presenters...
...poets, prayer leaders, and musicians.
And most especially, ...
...all of you who attended. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR JOINING US!
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