Local faith and fellowship communities are offering varied programs in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday will be observed this coming Monday, January 15. All members of the public are invited to take part in the events below.
On Sunday, January 14, Media Fellowship House, the Media NAACP, and local houses of worship collaborate to honor the life and work of Dr. King in a program beginning at 4 p.m. at First Church, State and Lemon Streets in Media. Guests are asked to arrive by 3:45 p.m. to enjoy the musical prelude and the procession of clerics and speakers. Featured guest speaker will be Laurie Levenson, Esq., law professor and director of the Center for Legal Advocacy at Loyola Law School.
In addition to the stimulating speakers and musicians on the program, Media Fellowship House will induct the first ten selections into its Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame. A reception at First Church’s Fellowship Hall will follow. For information, call Susan Serbin at 610-565-1747.
The Chester Children’s Chorus will sing in a special concert on Sunday evening, January 14, in honor of Dr. King. Directed by director Dr. John Alston, the 130 talented students in the Chorus will share the good news in a performance at the Lang Music Building, with guest speakers Crystal J. Lucky, Ph.D. and Rabbi Jeremy Gerber.
The concert is free and open to the public, but ticket reservations are required. Please call 610-328-8286 in advance to reserve your seats. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and show time is 7 p.m. in Lang Concert Hall at Swarthmore College.
On Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, Trinity Episcopal Church Swarthmore will conduct its 4th annual Day of Service in the newly-refurbished Trinity Parish Hall. The session includes activities for all ages and skill levels. Volunteers from the Episcopal Church and the community can take part in projects including packing breakfast bags, preparing packaged meals for “Aid for Friends,” and creating cards with messages of hope and friendship for area shut-ins.
In advance of the assembly efforts, the church is accepting donations of the items that will comprise the packages, including individuals serving boxes of cereal, oatmeal, applesauce, tea and coffee packets, raisins and fruit, juice boxes, breakfast and protein bars. Drop off items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays at the church office, Chester Road and College Avenue. Call the office at 610-544-2297 with questions.
On Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church will host “Building the Beloved Community,” an interfaith celebration involving clerics of different faith traditions. Following a 6 p.m. choral prelude by the Philadelphia Catholic Mass Choir, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput will preside over a prayer service and deliver a homily. He will be joined by co-leaders Asheq Fazlullah of the Islamic Networks Group, Rabbi Nathan Martin of Congregation Beth Israel in Media, and Reverend Joyce Shin of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. A dessert reception will follow the service at 7:30 p.m.
The service is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and hosted by St. John Chrysostom, 615 S. Providence Road in Wallingford, Father Edward Hallinan, Pastor. Information is available from Mary Chollet, 610-874-3418 x 106.