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Annual MLK Shabbat Service With The Temple and Historic Ebenezer Baptist



Join Lapidus & Myles, The Temple and Historic Ebenezer Baptist--  for an annual MLK Shabbat on Friday, January 12th. We’re looking forward to the combined choirs singing some of our favorite Lapidus & Myles tunes, but we’re even more looking forward to the fellowship that comes with being together. We’d love for you to join us (in person!) or via livestream for MLK Shabbat. It’s really not-to-be-missed. You’ll also be able to hear Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock preach from the bimah of The Temple in his capacity as the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer. Here’s the info:


When: Jan 12, 2024 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: 1/12/24 Friday Evening MLK Shabbat Worship

 Please click the link below to join the webinar:


MLK Shabbat is the weekend that we celebrate not only the legacy of MLK Jr., but also the anniversary of Lapidus & Myles. The two first met at MLK Shabbat in 2016. A spiritual light bulb “went off” when Micah heard Melvin sing “Praying with our Feet” backed by those two incredible choirs. As with many spiritual light bulbs, the life changing implications didn’t reveal themselves to either of us until a few years later. After the brutal murder of George Floyd they yearned to create new music with the implicit understanding that they could be stronger together and bring a message of hope and empowerment to People of Conscience near and far. They wrote a more in depth version of our origin story a few years ago.

 

Before sharing a few Lapidus & Myles goings’ on we want to offer a teaching from MLK Jr. In a sermon he wrote entitled “A Tough Mind and A Tender Heart” he penned the following words: 

Violence brings only temporary victories; violence by creating many more social problems than it solves, never brings permanent peace. I am convinced that if we succumb to the temptation to use violence in our struggle for freedom, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and our chief legacy to them will be a never-ending reign of chaos. 

Given the widespread violence we see in the world today, both near and far, these are painful words to read (especially if we agree with them). We share them here, in honor of MLK Jr., because Truth (with a capital T) isn’t always easy to hear. But for one moment, let’s all pause and envision a world free from violence; free from the violence we casually inflict on ourselves and our loved ones; free from the violence we inflict upon those with whom we disagree and distrust; free from the violence we inflict and justify because the target of our violence represents, to us, Pure Evil; free from the violence we inflict and justify upon those we dehumanize; free from the violence we sometimes unwittingly or anonymously inflict having conveniently forgotten that we can commit acts of violence even without raising our hand or having our “finger on the button”; free from the violence we inflict upon all creation and Mother Earth. Let’s build that world together.

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