“Fifty years ago – Christmas Eve 1967 – the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in his pulpit and told the congregation that in order to achieve peace on earth, “we must develop a world perspective,” a vision for the entire planet. “Yes,” he said, “as nations and individuals, we are interdependent.” Then, with a sentence that could easily have been uttered by John Muir or Rachel Carson, Dr. King stated, “It really boils down to this, that all life is interrelated.”
“Best remembered for his work and speeches on civil rights, Dr. King on that morning, in his last Christmas sermon before his assassination, anticipated much of the ecological consciousness and environmental concerns of the next 50 years, and the links between ecology and social justice that are vital to our present and future. Less known is his understanding of existence as unified and the voice he gave to a cosmology of connection.
“His Christmas Eve vision took things further, to encompass the intrinsic interconnectedness of existence itself. “We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,” he preached in his booming voice, “tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly…affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.””
Read the full story and its relevance to our times, by Drew Dellinger, Findhorn Fellow, poet, activist, cosmologist and MLK scholar….
Photograph: Agata Nowicka