I refuse to believe that we are unable to influence the events around us.
I refuse to believe we are bound by racism, war, and injustice.
I believe those around me are my brother and my sister.
I believe in dignity every day and that our brokenness can be healed.
I believe we can overcome oppression and violence, without resorting to it.
This means I seek to reject revenge and retaliation.
I remember, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can.”

~ drawn from the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Abigail Reichard, a student at Christian Theological Seminary.  Posted on  the Disciples of Christ Council on Christian Unity website.