January 15, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – As our national sense of decency is assaulted by coarse and disrespectful public discourse, and our sense of unity fractured by words and actions that sow hatred and division, these words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak to us with fresh urgency today:
Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to [hu]mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all [hu]mankind. [April 4, 1967, Riverside Church]
Dr. King’s call to love is at the heart of our Christian faith. It is, as he notes, “the force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life.”
As we honor today the memory of one of our nation’s most prophetic national leaders, we Adrian Dominican Sisters call on ourselves and all people of faith and goodwill to strive to live that all-embracing love.
July 21, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement in solidarity with the people of Detroit.
The Adrian Dominican Sisters join with our brothers and sisters in Detroit in “looking back to move forward” on this 50th anniversary of the four-day uprising that began on July 23, 1967. We recognize that much remains to be done to end the institutional racism that gave rise to the rebellion 50 years ago that tragically left 43 dead and 342 injured – and that continues to do violence to people of color in Detroit and other parts of our nation today.
As Catholic Sisters of predominantly white Euro-American heritage, we acknowledge our own complicity in the sin of institutional racism, which privileges some and dehumanizes others. We pledge our lives and resources – through our literacy centers and individual ministries in social and environmental justice, non-violent peacemaking, education, and local parishes – to do all we can to help build the “beloved community” that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of and Jesus modeled.