Let Freedom Ring Honolulu!

The Cathedral of Saint Andrew will pay tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21, 2013, the national holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. King.  A daylong reading of King’s writings and speeches will take place at the Cathedral. In light of the fact there are many activities occurring on that day and over the weekend, some might ask why the Cathedral is doing this.

I believe that there are a variety of ways to honor Dr. King, but what is lacking in many communities, including Honolulu, is the opportunity to be transformed by the power of King’s word. In particular, apart from the excerpt of his speech in 1963 at The March on Washington, many people have never read or heard much of Dr. King’s actual words. This daylong tribute is an opportunity to address this deficit.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What we seek is to create a way for Dr. King’s own words to re-enter our consciousness and continue to transform us today. We hope this event will become an annual event and a catalyst for the Cathedral to be a light for our City on the path to becoming (in Dr. King’s words) a “Beloved Community”.

The readings will take place continuously from 9:00 am to 12 noon, and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  There will be a 12:15 Sung Eucharist with the combined Cathedral choirs in the Cathedral. Following the reading at 5:00 pm a concert of spiritual music will be sung by guest soprano, Georgine Stark.  The daylong tribute will conclude with prayers at 5:30 pm.

The entire Honolulu community is invited to take part in this tribute to Dr. King.  Please feel free to come and go at any time throughout the day.