Saint Martin of Birmingham

Luther Place Memorial Church is located at 1226 Vermont Ave. NW, on Thomas Circle. This church has previously been featured for its mural of St. Francis. Following are the words given by the Rev. Karen Brau during the dedication of this mural:

We welcome to the 14th Street side of the Sacred Commons at Luther Place Church The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., painted by Amanda Weber. We honor Dr. King, born January 15, 1929, as a preacher who led a movement to bring civil rights to African American people, fulfilling this nation’s vision that all people are created equal. Using the powerful biblical theme of God’s love that liberates and sets free all who are in bondage, Dr. King appealed to a deep place of faith that called forth holy imagination from all manner of people. Dr. King was a strong and prophetic voice for change, knowing that it would be non-violent organized effort that would transform the degrading laws and policies that kept some people partial citizens in our nation. We learned again about dreaming from Dr. King, and we learned to reach out across barriers that kept us apart in order to move together towards that holy mountain where all God’s children live in harmony. The task is still not complete, so we life up a Saint whose guidance we still require and who teaches us that we need each other.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech just south of here in DC. In that speech he proclaimed passionately, “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.”

St. Martin of Birmingham, you gave your life to a dream of reconciliation and peace, may we not endlessly defer that dream, instead may we keep marching towards it strengthened by love and sustained by hope.

St. Martin of Birmingham joins the St. Francis of Assisi Door on the Thomas Circle side of the Sacred Commons at Luther Place. Look for the 3rd in our door triptych on the Vermont Ave side of the Sacred Commons in Spring, 2011.

The Rev. Karen Brau
Senior Pastor
Luther Place Memorial Church,
January 15, 2011

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