Schedule of Events

January 24, 2022

Legacy March

Time: 10 AM

Location: Swasey Chapel to Doane Library (outdoors)

Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a march from Swasey Chapel to the Library stairs. Faculty, staff and students are invited to join for the march and a short program at the library stairs including music and readings. Breakfast will be available at the library stairs.

Keynote Address by Dr. Victor Anderson: “Between King’s Arch of Justice and the World House: How Shall We Then Live?”

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Swasey Chapel

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ranks high in the history of American Public Theology, co-joining the social critical work of the “public Intellectual” and the prophetic work of the “public theologian.” He showed a complete comprehensive confidence that the “personality” of the world teleologically bends towards justice, on the one hand, and on the other, envisioned its fulfillment in a World House. The key to this fulfillment was his moral principle of the “Beloved Community.” A wonderful vision. Yet, 54 years after his death, “we are not yet saved” (Derek Bell, We Are Not Yet Saved, and many others have lost confidence in King’s vision). And our contemporary cultural milieu gives little impetus for honoring King’s “Dream” that Justice will prevail, and through concrete forms of the beloved community, we will come to recognize our interdependence as a “world house.” This lecture situates King’s visions in an era when public theologians from Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, and Dorothy Day to David Buttrick held faith in a High Religion and a High Morality in confronting the polarization of society and culture. But the question I am asking is, “How Shall We Then Live” in the absence of a High Religion and High Morality to ameliorate the polarizations of our postmodern era.

Evening Events:

There will be a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. beginning at 7 PM in Slayter Student Union.

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