Use Me, God

A Church Looks at the Intersection of Race + Faith

Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be and what I can do and use it for a purpose greater than myself.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


April 4, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our nation focused on the contribution and sacrifice of this great leader but our civic appreciation often omits a vital dimension of the civil rights story. Dr. King and the other early leaders were shaped and motivated by the liberating good news of Jesus Christ, and Second-Ponce gave attention to the essential role of faith in this movement.

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God’s Dream

By Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams and LeUyen Pham

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has a vision of God’s dream that everyone will see they are brothers and sisters. People will reach out and hold each other’s hands. And when they are angry and hurt each other, they say they’re sorry and forgive.

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

By Bonnie Bader

With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history, this book celebrates the vision and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. .

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

By Doreen Rapport

This picture-book biography is an introduction for young readers to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the words of Dr. King into a narrative about his life.


Who is My Neighbor?

This Bible study from New Baptist Covenant explores the parable of the Good Samaritan in the light of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the current context of racial justice in our nation.

Selma: Faith & Family Guide

We are surrounded by distractions, worrying over things that will ultimately pass away and ultimately ignoring what really matters. Selma and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encourage us to discern what is important in life and to keep it our main focus. And maybe, we can make a difference in the world.