Two Mid-South churches hold service to honor MLK's dream

(WMC-TV) - Two Memphis churches came together Sunday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's dream of racial unity.

Raleigh Assembly of God Church held a joint service with Greater Imani Christian Center.  The service was aimed at addressing one of King's most repeated messages.

"He said that 11 o'clock Sunday is the most segregated hour in America," said Pastor Matt Anzivino of Raleigh Assembly of God Church.

Pastors Anzivino and Bill Adkins of Greater Imani Christian Center are working to develop a new level of racial understanding.  While both churches have interacted before, Sunday's joint service took things to a higher level.

"We're coming under the word of God to set the true theological mission, which is to reconcile any things of the past, to move ahead in the future and build this raceless understanding of salvation," said Adkins.  "That salvation is not according to race, that salvation is according to Jesus Christ."

Both churches hope their actions can start a new dialogue in Memphis.

"If we have a political agenda, it won't work," said Adkins.  "If we even have a social agenda, it won't work.  This is a theological agenda where we are coming under the word of God."

Both pastors said for people to put aside their differences and come together would be one fulfillment of King's dream.

"It's an exciting day," said Anzivino.  "We're living the dream.  We are absolutely living the dream and celebrating the message."

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