KINGSTON – It was a quieter Monday in the region as fewer cars and trucks filled the roadways and school buses were parked as students stayed home on the commemoration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
But at the Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, people of many faiths gathered for breakfast and to think deeply about the messages pushed by Dr. King.
“We thought it would be a great opportunity to make it an interfaith experience,” said Dr. G. Modele Clarke, senior pastor of the New Progressive Baptist Church in Kingston.
“He was about inclusiveness. We wanted to make this inclusive. Years ago this was a predominantly Christian event and we started with the breakfasts on Monday, we thought it would be appropriate to invite members of the faith community. ”
Now clergy and members from all faiths, including Christian, Buddhism, Jewish and Muslim now gather to think about the ideals honored by Dr. King, such as love, courage and inclusiveness.
“The purpose today is to gather and pray on certain themes from his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech,” said Clarke, “all of the major themes in his work and life.”