The Rev. Canon Jayne Oasin Preaches on MLK

“Martin defined himself as a child of God just doing God's work, and we know that if more of the world would define themselves in that way the this world's ills would be cured.”
The Rev. Canon Jayne Oasin
MLK Service, Jan. 16, 2023

Recorded live at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton at the Diocese of New Jersey’s Service of Commemoration for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 16, 2023.

Martin Luther King Service of Commemoration, recorded live at Trinity Cathedral on Jan. 16, 2023

Photos by Lee Whiteman taken at the MLK Service of Commemoration at Trinity Cathedral on Jan. 16, 2023. Click on each for full-size version.

Each year, the Diocese of New Jersey gathers at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton to commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., icon of the Civil Rights Movement, on the day set aside by the nation to honor him.

On Monday, Jan. 16—Martin Luther King Day—the diocese came together as a community to sing, pray, teach, and renew Dr. King’s work. The program was both in-person and livestreamed to diocesan YouTube and social media channels, as well as the diocesan website at

The featured speaker and preacher was the Rev. Canon Jayne J. Oasin. Canon Oasin is the former program officer for Anti-Racism and Gender Equality at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City. In addition, she has been a consultant for the Economic Justice Committee, was the trainer for the Sexual Boundaries Training and a facilitator for the National Sexuality Dialogues. She was responsible for the implementation of the church’s commitment to anti-racism and the equality of opportunity for women in society and the church. Her principal focus has been the development of the church’s national anti-racism training program and she continues to offer anti-racism training events, today. She is also a priest of the Diocese of New Jersey, where she has resided all her life.

Canon Oasin’s words served both as a tribute to Dr. King and as a call to renew his work. The sermon itself is at the top of this page, with the entire service—featuring stunning music from Dr. Kerry Heimann on organ, Prof. Richard Alston on piano, and Sheila Jackson, Soprano.