Martin Luther King, Jr—Day of Service

Today is MLK Day, and it has also become our national Day of Service. It is a day to honor the Right Reverend by embodying what he held above all else—people reaching out to others. The theme of the movement is “MAKE IT A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF”

Doctor King said so many notable things in his addresses to crowds, including: “We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.”

Celebrity “Ambassadors of Service” like Usher, Bob Weir, Edward Norton, and many others are helping get the word out that today is a day to get busy. Need something to do? The website for the day: has an easy feature where you enter your zip code and can find listings of volunteer projects needing your heart and hands today.

With Haiti sitting so heavily on our spirits, it is important not to succumb to charity burnout. People are giving and giving and giving, money and prayer and meditation and volunteer effort. As the saying goes, Nobody ever grew poor from giving.

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