DioCal youth, young adults, and Bishop honor MLK Day

Posted on January 19, 2011

 On Monday, January 17, the nation remembered the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To mark that remembrance, young people from around the Diocese of California gathered at Grace Cathedral to worship, remember, and witness those saints who “dreamed,” especially Dr. King.


As an overnight experience, Nightwatch gives youth an experience of Grace Cathedral in shadow and lights, and through both prayer and play, to connect more deeply with each other and the mission of the Episcopal Church. Several DioCal congregations brought their youth groups, and other young people, who were the sole representatives from smaller congregations, found an enriching group experience.


After a night in the cathedral, the young people connected with the Bay Area interfaith community in a re-enactment of the civil rights era march in Selma, Alabama, over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The march ended at Yerba Buena Plaza, San Francisco’s location for a Martin Luther King memorial, with an interfaith service and program called “Sustaining the Dream: Through Community and Service.”

Bishop Marc Andrus, joined Representative Nancy Pelosi, Archbishop George Niederauer, the Rev. Cecil Williams, and other dignitaries in the program at Yerba Buena to remember Dr. King and to honor the Rev. Amos Brown of San Francisco’s Third Baptist Church.


Also attending the march and interfaith service were nine young adult members of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC, Americorps, Team Gold 3), who are currently working at St. Dorothy’s Rest to build new gardens and compost systems. Following the program at Yerba Buena, the AmeriCorps group distributed 120 sack lunches to hungry people in the Tenderloin neighborhood and Golden Gate Park.