Multifaith ceremony to honor MLK

Community gathering will include songs, readings, free Bangladeshi food to celebrate world neighbors



Rev. Steven Dublinski of Sacred Heart Parish discusses Martin Luther King Jr.’s interfaith influence Wednesday at Sacred Heart Parish.

SAM SCHMITKE, Evergreen reporter

The Sacred Heart Parish Catholic Church will hold their Interfaith Service celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday. Leaders will provide an all-religion-inclusive meal from Mela’s in Moscow.

Rev. Steve Dublinski said he hopes the event will bring Pullmanites together.

“The theme of the event is ‘Who is my neighbor?’ ” Dublinski said. “We are going to be incorporating different religions throughout Pullman for this event.”

Dublinski said this is the second year they will provide the service after a gap period, and everyone is very excited to bring the service back.

First the service will hold an “Azaan” which translates to “Call to Worship” performed by the Pullman Islamic Center. The entrance song “We Shall Overcome” will follow for all to sing.

The church will follow the songs with an opening prayer and read sections of the Letter from the Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.

“I chose these sections because they focused on how you can protest without violence,” Dublinski said. “It was a very prickly letter that was a response from white moderate religious leaders.”

Dublinski said he would like to focus on Dr. King’s call for bravery.

“Dr. King works on how people were too cautious rather than courageous,” he said. “Dr. King writes beautifully and his letter in the end basically said, ‘sorry the letter was so long, but there was nothing else to do.’ ”

After readings, the interfaith clergy will have each religious leader light one candle and place it in the front.

The leaders will invite everyone to light a candle. Ellen Schreiber, a member of the Jewish Community of the Palouse, will sing the ceremony’s closing song.

As a part of this service for Dr. King the church will support the World Relief Foundation. This foundation helps refugees make their mark on the world when they wouldn’t have been able to without the help.

Dublinski has been a participant in helping World Relief in the past.

“I remember helping a woman who was a refugee that came to the United States,” he said. “She didn’t know how to read, she only spoke French and her native tongue, and she had a child. Now who would make it in the world like her without some form of help?”

Dublinski’s passion for the World Relief Foundation will color the service, as he hopes Pullmanites will focus on their neighbors. He said he hopes that everyone will think of their neighbors not only in this town, but all over the nation and all over the world.

The service will be held on Sunday, January 20th, from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Church located at 400 NE Ash St.