President Ray Nacanaynay of Chapter 134 of Veterans for Peace in Tacoma will be featured among five selected Social Justice Honorees on Sun., Jan. 15, at the annual "Redeeming the Prophetic Vision" Martin Luther King Jr. event at Urban Grace Church in downtown Tacoma.[1]  --  Join the community of people of conscience and commitment to the ideals of Dr. King to show appreciation for Ray's tireless work for peace and against war.  --  Ray Nacanaynay's name will be added to an Honor Roll which has been accumulating for each of these past six years of the event....

WHAT:  Redeeming the Prophetic Vision -- an annual event celebrating the life, work, and vision of Martin Luther King Jr.
WHO:  Associate Pastor Annie Jones-Barnes of Urban Grace Church; Rev. Chris Morton, Executive Director of Associated Ministries; Steve and Kristi Nebel; Fab 5; C. Rosalind Bell; Dr. Dexter Gordon; five selected Social Justice Honorees, including President Ray Nacanaynay of Chapter 134 of Veterans for Peace in Tacoma; and many others
WHEN:  Sunday, January 15, 2012 -- 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Urban Grace Church, 902 Market Street, Tacoma, WA 98402


The 6th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision 2012 Interfaith Service will, again, be held at Urban Grace Church on Sunday, January 15th from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.  The event is open to the general public and is free of charge. The church is located at 902 Market Street, Tacoma, WA 98402. The phone number at the church is(253) 272-2184.

Four varied faith traditions will be represented with interfaith blessings being given.  Associate Pastor Annie Jones-Barnes of Urban Grace Church will welcome all to the event.  Two representatives from the Buddhist and Hindu communities, respectively, will deliver the interfaith blessings.  Rev. Chris Morton, Executive Director of Associated Ministries, will give the message.

This year’s event has an intergenerational focused program featuring performances by Steve and Kristi Nebel, Fab 5, and others.  A creative rendition created and directed by C. Rosalind Bell will be presented, as well.

On this, the sixth year of the event, Dr. Dexter Gordon, our keynote speaker, will speak to this year’s theme “A New Vision of America” highlighting the necessity for authentic racial, educational, and economic justice in America.

An awards ceremony for social justice leadership called The Conversation Social Justice Award will, again, present five local people with acknowledgement for at least ten years each of varied continuous service in Tacoma.  Following the service in the sanctuary, organizations focused on social justice will be providing information and sharing ideas at tables in the lower level of the church.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision 2012 project is a product of The Conversation.  Part of the event mission is to address social malaise in the redeeming of Dr. King’s vision.  To quote him, “Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.”

The ecumenical location was chosen in part because of the aspects associated with Dr. King, himself, in his civil rights and social justice leadership.  Were it not for pastors providing bus transportation, the boycotts of public transportation could not have happened, as African-Americans in the South, by and large, lacked automobiles to get to work.

The event is sponsored with private donations.  In past years, the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council has been a contributor.  The Conversation is a grassroots group of Tacoma and South Sound residents committed to the building of a diverse, critically engaged social justice community.  The group convenes weekly on Sundays at 12:00 noon at the REACH Center located at S. 27th and Tacoma Ave. in Tacoma.  All ages are welcome.  More information is available at