A question posed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

A question posed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett

Dear Friends,

Monday, January 16 we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. A hero of the U.S. civil rights movement, Dr. King is remembered for many admirable qualities including his emphasis on justice, love, forgiveness, and action.

In reflecting upon Dr. King’s life, I discovered a question attributed to him which is applicable to each of us. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

What a great question! What are you . . . what am I doing for others?

This weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., I invite you to join me in spending some time considering what we are doing for others. If your list is short, think about expanding it. If your plans are so many that they immobilize you, prioritize one or two actions that will make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Also, I encourage each of us to choose a way to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a reminder of how much one person can affect their community, nation and world.*

What are you . . . what am I doing for others?

As always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.

Blessings,
 
Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
Holston and North Alabama Conferences 
 
*Examples of ways to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day are listed below.
  • Many local churches and non-profits throughout the Holston area are organizing days of service for people to come together and serve others.
  • Communities are sponsoring marches, parades, breakfasts/banquets and essay contests for students to uplift unity and the legacy of Dr. King.
  • Colleges, universities, and community groups across our Conference are hosting lectures, programs, and educational events.
  • Many inspiring and informational books and articles by or about Dr. King are available to read.
 
 
 

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Debra Wallace-Padgett

The Reverend Dr. Debra Wallace-Padgett was elected a Bishop of the United Methodist Church at the 2012 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. At the time of her election, she was the lead pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Lexington, ...