Places of worship will honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with holiday events


From an anti-racism program at the church to an annual event presented by a Jewish temple and the NAACP, places of worship across the metro area will offer special activities during and around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. .

One of the most recent events is a “community-wide MLK worship service” offered by the Oklahoma Conference of the Multiethnic Initiative of the United Methodist Church.

Reverend Bessie Hamilton said the theme of the service was “Breaking Stained Glass: Restoring Prophetic Vision,” with Reverend Vance Ross, a prominent African-American preacher and leader of the United Methodist denomination, as the guest speaker. The service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at Quayle United Methodist Church, 5001 N Everest. Ross is senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hamilton serves as Quayle’s co-pastor with her husband Elvyn and also serves as associate director of connectional ministries for multi-ethnic initiatives for the Oklahoma Methodist Conference. She said she came up with the idea for the holiday service which will include a discussion on how to “break through the stained glass” of racism in The United Methodist Church, the ecumenical community and the community as a whole.

“He’s very bold and unapologetic,” Hamilton said of Ross.

A panel discussion takes place during the OKC Martin Luther King 2019 Holiday Program at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.

“There’s an energy and an enthusiasm he has for addressing the system around The United Methodist Church and he just has a heart for the community.”

Hamilton said Monday’s service is just another part of multi-ethnic initiatives and its mission to explore topics important to United Methodist ministers who are African American, Hispanic and Asian, and the people they serve. serve.

She said Multi-Ethnic Initiatives also offers a magazine and video series featuring ministers. A webinar featuring four African American pastors discussing topics like racism will take place on February 1.

Here is a list of local holiday events planned by places of worship:

Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley, Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Program, 3 p.m. Sunday, theme is “Challenges Beyond the Dream,” with Reverend DeSean A. Jarrett, Pastor-Teacher of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Tulsa, as guest speaker.

Senator George Young, an ordained Baptist minister, preaches during the Virtual Martin Luther King Day 2021 Annual Celebration Program at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

B’nai Israel Temple, 4901 N Pennsylvania, “One Mic, One Voice” Cross-Cultural Virtual Program, 6 p.m. Sunday via live stream, Angela Monson will be the guest speaker. For a link to the virtual program, go to the temple’s website at

Midwest City Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast, Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center, 5750 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, tickets are $25. Information/tickets:

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7, OKC Martin Luther King Vacation Program, 12:15 p.m. Monday, Rev. Michael McDaniel, senior pastor of Northeast Missionary Baptist Church, will be the keynote speaker.

Quayle United Methodist Church, 5001 N Everest, “Breaking Stained Glass,” 3 p.m. Monday.


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