This year as we remember, commemorate, and observe the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the African Descent Lutheran Association Delaware-Maryland Synod Chapter is encouraging members of ELCA congregations to participate in the official day of service. In the past, ADLA has sponsored commemorative programs that focus on worship, learning, and dialogue. These experiences have been uplifting, but most of them involved us gathering in one place, behind closed doors, ministering to ourselves. This year we are following the goals of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, which focuses on us going out into the community to show and live the values within Dr. King’s philosophy of love and non-violent protest.

Here are some resources to help you, your congregation, your ministry or your program consider how to serve on January 21. We encourage all congregations to acknowledge Dr. King’s work and legacy during your regular worship services as well.