Martin Luther King Day of Service Around the Diocese – 2018


Opportunities across the Diocese for action and reflection on the legacy of Martin Luther King.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields/First UMC in Germantown

Saturday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. Community Forum in Pilling Hall

Sunday, January 14 at 9:45 a.m. Adult Academy in Cassell Parlor

Sunday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m. Worship in FUMCOG Sanctuary

Featuring The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and speaker at Trinity Institute 2016. Dr. Townes’ is a prophetic voice for people of all faiths with a prophetic voice for people of all faiths with a commitment for dismantling racism and all expressions of injustice in our society today. Her work and witness honor the life and witness of Dr. King. Learn more at


The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas at 10 a.m.: A celebration of the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. with guest speaker the Rev. William Gipson, associate vice provost for equity and access at the University of Pennsylvania; Chaplain for the Rho Chapter; and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 6361 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151.


Church of the Holy Apostles and The Mediator from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: In partnership with Heeding God’s Call for Ending Gun Violence, will erect a Memorial installation in remembering those in our West Philadelphia community senselessly lost to gun violence. Dress for the weather and come meet your friends and neighbors in this labor of respect to our fallen neighbors. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields from 9 a.m. to noon: Climate Action Team MLK Day of Service at Buttercup Cottage. SIGN UP NOW

St. Martin-in-the-Fields: MLK Day: A People’s Call to Action Rally and Teach-Ins with POWER and the MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition. 1:00-4:00 P.M.

Dobbins High School (2150 W Lehigh Avenue Philadelphia, PA) 
Join POWER for our “People’s Call to Action” rally as we continue building a movement of strategic advancement, faithful confrontation, and intentional connection with one another. The rally will take place from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and will be followed by campaign issue teach-ins from 2:30-4:00 p.m., listed below. Visit for more information.

Green Jobs/Climate Justice Teach-In: This presentation after the rally is called “Environmental Racism, Inequality, and Climate Crisis” with discussion and interactive activities to follow. For more information please contact Rabbi Julie Greenberg (
Philadelphia Live Free Strategy Team Bail Reform Teach-In

St. David’s Episcopal Church  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.:  All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to a Day of Service in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.! In the morning, we will be working with various outreach partners doing several volunteer projects. Then we will come back to St. David’s to eat lunch, and watch the movie Selma! Put your day off from school to good use and join us on Monday, January 15th! Please bring a packed lunch. Register now.

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas at 2:30 p.m.: Discover how Philadelphia and St. Thomas Church have played a pivotal role in social justice issues over the past 225 years in this one-hour program. Hear historical speeches, original writings, and music, with communal singing throughout. Following the event, share your experiences and questions during a 30-minute audience talkback.