Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The theme of our celebration this year is “Making the Invisible Visible” as we celebrate the young leaders who are making the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a reality through their leadership.  

As a community, we are committed to living out Dr. King’s principle # 2 “The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community.”  We focus on how to build the beloved community by taking the conversation deeper in talking about the real issues within the safety of love and empathy, following our speakers.

Martin Luther King Celebration 2018 CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Please join us in the celebration or

Buy an Online Viewing Ticket to watch this event online
Martin Luther King Celebration 2018 Online Viewing <---Click here

First, we start with a…

Soul Food Potluck Dinner
Please bring a dish to share*

* Soul Food Potluck Dinner Details: Please bring a dish with southern soul food flare to share: Gumbo, Chili, Fried Chicken, Cornbread, Greens, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Rice, Sweet Potato Pie, etc.  Your choice!

Dinner hour jazz piano with Ricardo Moncrief.

Special Entertainment:
Cindy Acker and Rev. Elisabeth Middelberg will co-host the evening
As we all reflect and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we listen to the “good ole gospel singing” with Cindy Acker and friends and the incredible Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir.

Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir
Musicians: Louis Burrell- keys, Allen McPherson- drums, Sid Smith- bass

The Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir introduces gospel music to youth ages 13 to 18. The choir first started in 1997, now includes 21 members from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

Gospel Singer Cindy Acker and Friends.

Unity In Marin’s Benny Watson on piano with friends

Special Speakers:

Zared Lloyd, Program Director at Marin City Health and Wellness Center’s Defenders program

A panel of Youth speakers from:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center

http://www.mlkfreedomcenter.org/
and from Marin City Health and Wellness Center’s Defenders program
http://www.marincityclinic.org/marin-city-health-and-wellness-center/youth/the-defenders/

Followed by Q&A from the community

 

Ticket Prices:  
Advance Tickets on sale in Courtyard or Online starting Dec. 10
Advance Ticket pre-sale $25    
At the Door $30     Students: $15
Please help someone by buying an extra guest ticket.

We thank the young artist, Oran Hutson, for the use of his painting of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Courtesy of Beverly Freeman

Please Contact Christy Michaels if you have any questions at 415-879-0155 or by email at grace444christy@gmail.com

Cindy Acker - Co-host

Co-host with Rev. Elisabeth Middlebergh

Main Speakers:

Zared Lloyd, CEO of the Defenders (Youth empowerment program at the Marin City Health and Wellness Center.)

Zared, CEO of the Defenders has a vision of building a social enterprise to change intergenerational dynamics of poverty, and the behavior of young Black teens as they become men. Since The Defenders program launched in 2015, teachers report 92% better behavior at school and 84% increased academic performance; parents and guardians report 95% improved behaviors at home. Of the 50 participants, 98% lack a father figure and all live in poverty or public housing.

 

http://www.marincityclinic.org/marin-city-health-and-wellness-center/youth/the-defenders/

 

Dr. Roy Wilson Ed.D,  Executive Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center 

Roy received a BA in English and Masters in Creative Writing both from the University of Washington. Roy has a Doctorate in Education and is a published author, scholar, and presenter on civil rights, nonviolence, and libratory leadership practices. Roy has received international, state and regional awards for his work in civil rights and confronting racial and socioeconomic disparities. He is widely published and his work has been featured in Life Magazine, the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Oakland Tribune, and in a National Public Radio TV Special “The United States of Poetry” and a National television feature on the Nickelodeon Network.

 

http://www.mlkfreedomcenter.org/about/our-board/

 

Thanks to the UIM Dr. King, Jr. Celebration team:


The celebration is dedicated to our team member

Robert Finney who passed away 11/15/17.

Sarah LeValley, http://unityinmarin.org/about-unity-in-marin/board-of-trustees/#

Christy Michaels http://unityinmarin.org/presenters/christy-michaels/

Debbie Sweeney http://unityinmarin.org/presenters/debbie-sweeney/

Ricardo Moncrief Board member from Marin City Health and Wellness Center and his wife Eleanor.

Cindy Acker(see bio above), Sue Schueler, "Gus" Carol S. Bostick, Beverly Weinkauf, Sara Yousef, and Terhas Sebhatu

Saturday, January 13th
Making the Invisible Visible

The theme of our celebration this year is “Making the Invisible Visible” as we celebrate the young leaders who are making the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a reality through their leadership.  

As a community, we are committed to living out Dr. King’s principle # 2 “The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community.”  We focus on how to build the beloved community by taking the conversation deeper in talking about the real issues within the safety of love and empathy, following our speakers.

Martin Luther King Celebration 2018 CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Please join us in the celebration or

Buy an Online Viewing Ticket to watch this event online
Martin Luther King Celebration 2018 Online Viewing <---Click here

First, we start with a…

Soul Food Potluck Dinner
Please bring a dish to share*

* Soul Food Potluck Dinner Details: Please bring a dish with southern soul food flare to share: Gumbo, Chili, Fried Chicken, Cornbread, Greens, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Rice, Sweet Potato Pie, etc.  Your choice!

Dinner hour jazz piano with Ricardo Moncrief.

Special Entertainment:
Cindy Acker and Rev. Elisabeth Middelberg will co-host the evening
As we all reflect and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we listen to the “good ole gospel singing” with Cindy Acker and friends and the incredible Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir.

Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir
Musicians: Louis Burrell- keys, Allen McPherson- drums, Sid Smith- bass

The Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir introduces gospel music to youth ages 13 to 18. The choir first started in 1997, now includes 21 members from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

Gospel Singer Cindy Acker and Friends.

Unity In Marin’s Benny Watson on piano with friends

Special Speakers:

Zared Lloyd, Program Director at Marin City Health and Wellness Center’s Defenders program

A panel of Youth speakers from:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center

http://www.mlkfreedomcenter.org/
and from Marin City Health and Wellness Center’s Defenders program
http://www.marincityclinic.org/marin-city-health-and-wellness-center/youth/the-defenders/

Followed by Q&A from the community

 

Ticket Prices:  
Advance Tickets on sale in Courtyard or Online starting Dec. 10
Advance Ticket pre-sale $25    
At the Door $30     Students: $15
Please help someone by buying an extra guest ticket.

We thank the young artist, Oran Hutson, for the use of his painting of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Courtesy of Beverly Freeman

Please Contact Christy Michaels if you have any questions at 415-879-0155 or by email at grace444christy@gmail.com

Cindy Acker - Co-host

Co-host with Rev. Elisabeth Middlebergh

Main Speakers:

Zared Lloyd, CEO of the Defenders (Youth empowerment program at the Marin City Health and Wellness Center.)

Zared, CEO of the Defenders has a vision of building a social enterprise to change intergenerational dynamics of poverty, and the behavior of young Black teens as they become men. Since The Defenders program launched in 2015, teachers report 92% better behavior at school and 84% increased academic performance; parents and guardians report 95% improved behaviors at home. Of the 50 participants, 98% lack a father figure and all live in poverty or public housing.

 

http://www.marincityclinic.org/marin-city-health-and-wellness-center/youth/the-defenders/

 

Dr. Roy Wilson Ed.D,  Executive Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center 

Roy received a BA in English and Masters in Creative Writing both from the University of Washington. Roy has a Doctorate in Education and is a published author, scholar, and presenter on civil rights, nonviolence, and libratory leadership practices. Roy has received international, state and regional awards for his work in civil rights and confronting racial and socioeconomic disparities. He is widely published and his work has been featured in Life Magazine, the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Oakland Tribune, and in a National Public Radio TV Special “The United States of Poetry” and a National television feature on the Nickelodeon Network.

 

http://www.mlkfreedomcenter.org/about/our-board/

 

Thanks to the UIM Dr. King, Jr. Celebration team:


The celebration is dedicated to our team member

Robert Finney who passed away 11/15/17.

Sarah LeValley, http://unityinmarin.org/about-unity-in-marin/board-of-trustees/#

Christy Michaels http://unityinmarin.org/presenters/christy-michaels/

Debbie Sweeney http://unityinmarin.org/presenters/debbie-sweeney/

Ricardo Moncrief Board member from Marin City Health and Wellness Center and his wife Eleanor.

Cindy Acker(see bio above), Sue Schueler, "Gus" Carol S. Bostick, Beverly Weinkauf, Sara Yousef, and Terhas Sebhatu

Cost: Online Advance Ticket pre-sale $25, At the Door $30, Students: $15
Contact: Sarah Le Valley and/or Christy Michaels
Email Contact: sarahlevalley@mac.com

Presented By: Cindy Acker - Choir Director

Cindy has studied music theory and piano. She was vocally trained by the late Johnny Land, and has sung with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Glide Ensemble and a regularly featured soloist with the Metropolitan Community Worship and Praise Choir of San Francisco. She has led two choirs: The Amazing Graces Mira Vista United Methodist Church Choir and the River of Praise Choir of The MCC of the Redwood Empire, whom she has led in music for social justice, including Cancer Race for the Cure, a Marriage Equality performance in the Governor’s chambers, at Glide Memorial Church and at the Sir Frances Drake Hotel. She also championed the ‘small choir tour in Los Angeles and has led workshops regarding how to use a small choir to make community impact. Cindy was requested to conduct a citywide faith choir for Marriage Equality in Alameda and wrote and conducted a musical regarding the voices of youth, entitled, In Our Hands, for which she received a commissioned piece of art.
She had led 25 young people on a mission trip to El Tamarindo, where they rebuilt a school and directed a play. She speaks Dutch and Spanish, has 3 children: 30, 33 and 36, and two granddaughters 2 and 4 years (one who lives in Germany). Living with her are the youngest two children, her granddaughter, her daughter’s dog (a beagle-dalmation mix) and 2 cats. She loves the impact of social justice work, walking, live theater and concerts, especially Colors of Christmas at the SF Symphony, Zumba and having things organized.
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Celebration Leader: Priestess, Rev. Christy Michaels, M.A

She has been involved with New Thought churches since the early 70’s—either as a member of a Science of Mind Church or Unity. Since 2005, she has been an active member of Unity In Marin and a prayer chaplain since 2014. She received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Her master’s thesis was on the impact of Eastern Religions on Transformative Psychotherapy.
Ordained as a Priestess of the Lyceum of Sophia, which provides her with legal status as a Reverend in the State of California. She was ordained by Lady Olivia at Isis Oasis Temple and Elizabeth Kelley. In addition to the Lyceum of Sophia, Elizabeth Kelley is an ordained Priestess from the Holy Order of Mary Magdalene originating in Southern France. The Order claims succession from Mary Magdalene herself and has survived, mostly in secret, by the careful selection of candidates and until recently ordaining only women. You can learn more about the order at http://gnosticsanctuary.org/lineage.html
She offers regular Divine Feminine talks and book-studies on the Gospel of Mary. Since 2011 when she first envisioned the annually Moonrise Service, where she along with other scholars like Dr. Marguerite Rigoglioso, Elizabeth Kelley, etc. tell the story of Easter through Mary Magdalene’s eyes. Over 200 people participate in walking the six-station ritual of Mary’s journey from the anointing to her realization of her oneness with God while sacred music is playing. Many people are moved to tears. Christy discovered in Mark 14 v 9 that Jesus predicted that there would come a time when Mary would be remembered and discussed for what she has done.
Christy is a serious student of A Course In Miracle(ACIM) since 1998. It was during her study of the Gnostic texts and (ACIM) that she discovered that there were passages that were word for word in A Course In Miracles and in Gnostic text of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Gospel of Thomas, showing the original intent.
She lives in Marin County and travels teaching and offering seminars on a variety of topics on Divine Feminine and Mary Magdalene. One of her more popular ones is called "Ancient Mystic Women Who Seeded the Ideas of Consciousness Evolution."
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