On Sunday, January 15, 2017, two historic congregations, Travis Park United Methodist and St. Paul United Methodist Church, will gather for one worship service at 10 am in Travis Park’s sanctuary. The featured speaker will be United Methodist Bishop Woody W. White (retired), a noted episcopal leader and an advocate for social justice and civil rights.
The worship service will honor the amazing life and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate Human Relations Day with a special offering to help all of God’s children realize their full potential.
Bishop White is a retired bishop-in-residence at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. An active leader in the Civil Rights Movement, every January White writes a “birthday letter” to Martin Luther King, Jr., chronicling the strides and missteps in matters of race during the previous year. White has also written extensively for both popular and scholarly publications. Each year, White also takes seminary students to Selma, Alabama to participate in the annual march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in commemoration of Bloody Sunday.
The service precedes the city-sponsored MLK, Jr. Commission yearly march and commemorative program, which is held the following day, Monday, January 16. The march begins at 10:00 am at the MLK Academy located at 3501 MLK Drive, and ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa.
San Antonio hosts the largest MLK, Jr. march in the nation, with approximately 300,000 participants. The parade is made up of families and individuals, corporate and non-profit organizations, schools, churches and civic groups, colleges and universities, and community members. For questions about the march, call 210.207.7084.
On Monday morning, Jan. 16, members of Travis Park UMC are invited to enjoy an affordable breakfast before the March at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 3062 MLK Drive. Park in their Church parking lot, enjoy breakfast, and then participate in the March. Afterward, the Travis Park van will be available to return you to your vehicle at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.
Established in 1846, our church is grounded in history and vision.
Today, the people of Travis Park Church continue seeking to make the world a better place through transformation of self and community.
We serve and learn as brothers and sisters from all walks of life:
rich and poor,
housed and homeless,
gay and straight,
black and brown and white,
secular and sacred,
PhD and GED.
The people of Travis Park Church seek to live and love as God does: passionately and unconditionally.
God calls us on a journey forward, to break down the walls of prejudice, and to embrace all our brothers and sisters.
We believe the basic themes which run through the entire Biblical story and the core values of the Christian faith are God’s unconditional love and justice for all of us and the call for each of us to embody this in our own lives. Our mission at Travis Park is the practice of unconditional love and justice.
Travis Park is unconditional love and justice in action.
Our commitment to unconditional love means that we welcome and affirm without judgment ALL people. Yes, we mean all races, nationalities, ages, genders, marital states, and sexual orientations. We mean the rich, the poor, the brilliant, the ignorant, the irreverent, the powerful, the homeless, the disabled, the uneducated, the illiterate, the religious, the mentally ill, the beautiful, the ugly, the average and the merely above average. We could go on and on, but we really mean everybody, and that includes you, too.
Travis Park's commitment to justice means our congregation strives to remove political, cultural, and societal barriers both in the church and community that prevent people from being who God created them to be. This commitment is not based in anybody's idea of political correctness, but in the actions and teachings of Jesus. The closer our lives mirror his life, the more available we are to experience and become God's new creation.
Travis Park Church is affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network, a group of United Methodist congregations who have adopted statements welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.