Joint Worship With Mt. Zion Jan. 20

Rev.Mary Kay Totty, Rev. David Wilson, Rev. Johnsie Cogman

A Native American church leader stressed the interdependence of his people with all others at a joint service with predominantly white and African-American churches in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20.

On the day before the Martin Luther King holiday, the Rev. David Wilson repeated King’s quote: “If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt and in the healing. If one part flourishes every other part enters into the exuberance.”

Wilson and other members of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference had demonstrated two days before at the Indigenous People’s March near the Lincoln Memorial. Referring to an angry confrontation by Right-to-Life marchers the same day, Wilson said, “We have a long way to go toward justice and respect for one another. And unfortunately, for many, of us here, incidents like these are just another day in our lives.”

Wilson spoke at a joint service of the predominantly white Dumbarton United Methodist Church and predominantly African-American Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Both churches and the Oklahoma Indian conference provided choirs at the event.

On Friday, Wilson and his group also met with the two new new Native American members of Congress and talked with the General Board of Church and Society about the rise in abduction of indigenous women from reservations, health care access and environmental justice.

A text of Rev. Wilson's sermon can be found here.