WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People of every race, religion, and class gathered together at the Bnai Israel Synagogue on Chestnut Street to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the fifteenth annual Ecumenical Service.
The service included readings from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic texts. The congregation spoke through song and prayer to celebrate the progress for civil rights and to dream about the progress that is still to come, both locally and on a national level.
“We are all brothers and sisters together, so in an ecumenical gathering such as this you see humanity at its best,” said Pastor Wayne Johnson Sr.
“It’s about coming together to show that civil rights and human rights is not an issue of black and white, or black or white, it’s black and white. It’s everyone together,” said Rabbi Robert Waxman.
The clergy agreed that events like this are important to bring the community together.