Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Unarmed truth and unconditional love

Some thoughts from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK at the Lincoln Memorial
"I believe that unarmed truth and
unconditional love will have
the final word in reality.
That is why right, temporarily defeated,
is stronger than evil triumphant."
Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speach, December 10, 1964

"Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve.
You don't have to have a college degree to serve.
You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets
even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music,
or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well
that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."

"The church was not merely a thermometer
that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion;
it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society."
Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."

"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men."
Strength to Love, 1963

"All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality."

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period
of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people,
but the appalling silence of the good people."

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered
something he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
Speech in Detroit, June 23, 1963

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia,
the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners
will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood."

the rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • At 1/16/2006 8:12 AM, Blogger Celeste said…

    "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia,
    the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners
    will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood."

    I think this dream has come true. Perhaps more slowly than some would like, but it is that way for me in my job and in my church. Thanks for the blog, Frank.

  • At 1/16/2006 12:46 PM, Blogger St Michael's Episcopal Church said…

    I just left Waynesboro's MLK rally at the town park (St Michael's happens to sit on the town park...I didn't know there was going to be a rally until I heard the singing) - four white people were there - two were working (EMT and a reporter) and the remaining two were the United Methodist pastor and myself - and I didn't even know there was a rally.

    Lord, have mercy.

    Steve +

  • At 1/16/2006 6:34 PM, Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said…

    I agree with you 100% about love changing enemies to friendship coz you can create an oasis of love in the midst of a harsh and uncaring world by grinding it out and sticking in there.
    I also do believe that success is to be measured not by wealth, power or fame, nor education, but by the ration between what man is and what he might be.

  • At 1/17/2006 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dr. King's dream remains just that, an unfulfilled vision of true equality. There are a great many people who, on the surface, say they believe everyone to be equal no matter the skin color. But in reality we are still two separate races inhabiting the same space and time. The prejudice may be covert but it very much still exists. All you have to do is drive down MLK Boulevard in Kingsland and you'll see how the other half lives. Dr. King had the unique abilities of putting the feelings of his generation into eloquent words and the ability to make others believe what he knew to be true: You cannot conquer love. It's what Christ taught. It's what Dr. King taught. Too bad it remains a dream deferred.

  • At 1/19/2006 4:44 PM, Blogger Celeste said…

    In reply to Anonymous: MLK blvd in Kingsland actually has some very nice big houses on it, along with some older run down houses. I don't get your point about the "other half". That seems to separate us in itself. :( I am sorry you don't experience the improvements and celebrate the differences in our races as I have had the privilage to. Don't get me wrong, I do see some areas that need improvement, as I do within my own race and the stereotypes that are within it. I also see the changes for the good and they are happening. If I am called gullible or ignorant, then that's what I would rather be than hopeless.

  • At 1/20/2006 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What I meant by "the other half" is the poor African Americans that live in Camden County that the white well-to-do don't even know exist. I'm hopeful that one day we will live in a world of true equality. But to look at it with rose colored glasses and call it something it's not is as big a disservice as ignoring the problem.

    I do celebrate diversity and believe that in that diversity we find our greatest strength. I work in a profession where we see the sometimes ugly reality of life and the consequences of decades of white dominated government and culture up close and personally. Make no mistake about it, racism exists in Camden County. Ask an African American who was born and raised here.

    We are all equal. God is colorblind, it's some of his creations that are the problem.


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