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Showing posts from January 18, 2009

Inauguration Day

No matter your political leanings, you have to admit that yesterday was an historic and inspiring day as we inaugurated our 44th President. I followed the action on the web and through texts with one of our Legacy members who tried to make it to the mall in time for the ceremony. (He never made it due to the size of the masses.)

I was struck first by the size of the crowd and the stories of those who never thought they'd see the day an African-American would be the President of the United States. One of our staff members grandmother who chopped cotton in the deep south was there to see it for her own eyes. So many proclaimed the impossible had become reality.

I was moved by Rick Warren's prayer that honored God and invited all into saying the Lord's Prayer. If you missed it, go here. I got nervous when Chief Justice Roberts botched the oath of office, but I guess enough was said to make Senator Obama President Obama.

Our new President is an orator, and we are drawn to those…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

For the first time since I have been at Legacy, we have closed the offices to observer Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This decision came out of some conversations we had as a staff last year about the growing diversity of our neighborhood, staff and congregation and why we had not stopped and observed the significance of the day. It also followed Markus Lloyd and my experience at the DEEP Conference a year ago in Nashville. I have begun my day remembering the impact of this preacher on our society and the resulting possibilities that will be realized tomorrow with the inauguration of our first African-American President, Barak H. Obama.

Yesterday, I reminded Legacy that King was first a Baptist preacher, who used his pulpit to mobilize his congregation to action. Popular historians forget this. The civil rights movement was first a faith-based movement that addressed local social and racial injustices in the name of Jesus. The King-led Civil Rights Movement rode on the back of Christ fol…