As we continue to heal after the Marathon tragedy, members of the community respond with words of hope, love and resilience.
Dr. Walter E. Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, Boston University School of Theology, editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, and renowned speaker and author, is the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr., lecturer at Claremont School of Theology. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of this annual event.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 (7-8pm)
Boston University Marsh Chapel (735 Comm. Ave., Boston, MA)
Boston’s ten seminaries and schools of theology are partnering together in a “Choirfest” in recognition of the week of World Interfaith Harmony and in light of the pioneering work of The Common Word Initiative. They will be joined by the Islamic Noor Ensemble for Spiritual Music in this unique Boston area performance.
Organized by the ecumenical and interfaith Boston Theological Institute (BTI), the performance will take place at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel with a welcome from the Dean of the BU School of Theology, Mary Elizabeth Moore. This pioneering performance will begin at 7:00 PM with a reception to follow. Each BTI school will provide a choir or soloist. Several will have CDs available for purchase, such as soloist Sujin Park of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, The Byzantine Choir of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and the choir of Saint John’s Seminary.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIFHW) and the The Common Word Initiative which it celebrates, was initiated at the United Nations in 2007 and calls for religious leaders to engage in a dialogue based on the two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbor, without compromising their own religious tenets.
BTI Mission Statement
The Boston Theological Institute is a consortium of ten theological schools and seminaries in the Boston area. It seeks to enrich each member school’s mission, advance intentional collaboration, and share resources in order to advance interreligious and ecumenical learning; to strengthen teaching, learning and research; to maximize the stewardship of resources; and to engage the member schools in building interreligious community.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture
Given by Academy Award-Winning Actor, Director, Producer and Humanitarian Forest Whitaker
Monday, January 21, 2013 4:00 P.M.
Metcalf Ballroom , George Sherman Union , 775 Commonwealth Avenue Second Floor
Free and Open to the Public
The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series is to bring speakers to the Boston University community who serve as leaders in the quest for maintaining social justice, human rights, peace and reconciliation.
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The RoxVote Coalition’s Commemorative MLK Day / Presidential Inauguration Watch Party Brunch!
On Monday, January 21, 2013, The RoxVote Coalition is hosting a commemorative MLK Day / Presidential Inauguration Watch Party Brunch at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119). Join us at our community celebration as we hear from guest speakers about civil rights and the ongoing fight for social justice today, enjoy live performances from community members, and find out information on how to get involved in social justice causes in your own neighborhood! Free
Where: Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119
When: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Keeper of the Dream, A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
Program will focus on some of Dr, Martin Luther King’s work with some discussion featuring Gospel, Spoken Word and Testimonies. Event is open to the Public, no charge
Where: United States, 1850 Washington St., Boston
When: 12 Noon – 4:30PM
The Ties that Bind Martin Luther King Celebration
Opera unMet brings their critically acclaimed performance The Ties That Bind to Lexington on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 4PM. Through music, readings and interactive participation, this celebration has drawn diverse audiences together in Boston for over 20 years to reflect on the great works of Dr. Martin Luther King. Featuring Alan Rias, Marta Rymer, Mark H Rooney, Ron Murphy, Marisol Green, Cliff Blake, Ellen Polansky and Marshall Hughes. The performance is family friendly, thought provoking and inspiring. It has been called ‘one of the brightest lights to shine on MLK Day’. $15, $10 for Students and Seniors
Where: First Parish Church, on the Green, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA
When: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Contact: 617 445 7669
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The Rev. Dr. Romeo L. del Rosario
The Rev. Dr. Romeo L. del Rosario (Romy) is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as Country Director of the United Methodist Mission in Cambodia. As Country Director, he administers mission programs with a team of workers that includes Cambodians and nine missionaries from different parts of the world.
The Cambodia Mission is part of the emerging Methodist Church of Cambodia. Since 1998 the Methodist Church in Singapore, the Korean Methodist Church, the United Methodist Church in France, Switzerland and the United States, and the World Federation of Chinese Methodist Churches have been cooperating and coordinating their mission efforts toward one autonomous Methodist Church in Cambodia by 2016. Romy teaches at the Cambodian Methodist Bible School and chairs the theological education committee, which supervises the school and oversees the continuing theological training of pastors and church workers.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Romy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Philippine Christian College (now Philippine Christian University); a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia; and a Ph.D. in theological and religious studies, with a major in ecumenics and mission, from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Rev. Nizzi Santos Digan
The John Wesley’s quote, “The world is my parish” is very evident in port ministry. Ships from around the world come to the Port of Boston with crew speaking different languages and coming from different cultures. I do not have to travel far to be in ministry. Aboard the ship, I welcome the strangers as our brothers and sisters in the name of Christ and I am blessed doing this ministry for nine years, not expecting anything in return and not knowing when I will see most of them again.”
Rev. Nizzi Santos Digan is a fourth generation Methodist from Manila, Philippines whose father and grandfather were United Methodist pastors. She graduated cum laude with a BSE degree from the University of Santo Tomas. After teaching in a Boston Christian school for five years, she entered the BU School of Theology and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2002. Nizzi was the first Filipino to be ordained an Elder in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and the first Chairperson of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Clergywomen Association (2008). Nizzi has been a port chaplain at the Port of Boston since 2003. She serves as Senior Pastor of the Good Shepherd UMC in Malden, Massachusetts.
Bishop Sally Dyck
“Wherever I am in ministry, I envision a community of people studying scripture, exercising the disciplines of our faith, and discovering the joy of sharing faith with others through word and deed,” says Bishop Sally Dyck, spiritual leader of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. “As a result, my vision is that the United Methodist Church and its membership will become a spiritually vital and energized body of believers who make a difference in every community as well as the world.”
Bishop Dyck, ordained as a United Methodist clergywoman in 1981, was consecrated a bishop in 2004 and assigned to lead the Minnesota Area of the Church beginning in September of that year. Her leadership priorities are based on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission: to guide people to love God with their whole selves and daily practice spiritual disciplines and to share God’s love with those who do not know God. She has devised a “spiritual pyramid,” based on the FDA food pyramid, which illustrates the spiritual practices that build healthy people of faith. Believing that God wants people to experience wholeness in all parts of their lives, she also encourages the faithful to take up disciplines of nutrition and exercise that support physical health.
She received theological training from Boston University School of Theology (M. Div., 1978), University of Geneva/World Council of Churches (graduate certificate, 1978), and United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio (D. Min., Black Church Studies, 1989). Her upbringing in a Mennonite home instilled in her the understanding that personal piety is inextricably woven to peace and justice advocacy.
Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling
Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling is the first woman pastor of Union United Methodist Church in Boston, MA, a first in the church’s 190-year history.
Rev. Easterling was born into a United Methodist family; her mother served as a Certified Local Pastor for several years. She joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1991, where she received her call into ordained ministry. She was ordained a deacon in 1995 and an elder in 1997. During this time, she served on numerous Boards and Commissions within the AME Church.
Rev. Easterling attended Boston University School of Theology, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004 with her Master of Divinity. In 2004, she transferred into the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.
She currently serves as a member of the District Committee of the Metro Boston Hope District, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the New England Conference, the Anna Howard Shaw Board at Boston University School of Theology, and the Multi-Ethnic Center of the Northeast Jurisdiction. Rev. Easterling is passionate about social justice and attempts to open the scriptures in a way that will encourage others to become passionate as well. She is married to the Rev. Marion Easterling, Jr., the pastor of Old West Church, United Methodist, in Boston, MA. They are the proud parents of two teen boys.
The Rev. Dr. HiRho Park
Rev. Dr. Park is the Director of Clergy Lifelong Learning with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. She gives leadership to the continuing education and spiritual formation of pastoral leaders for continuing leadership development. She also provides support and resources for United Methodist women, racial, and ethnic pastors in areas of scholarship and professional development. She coordinates the Women of Color Scholarship program with the Office of Loans and Scholarships, and the Georgia Harkness Scholarship program; and she works with a Division team to give direction to the development of the Orders for ministry.
Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey
Bishop Deb is Bishop of the Dakotas Conference and the President of the General Board of Church and Society. She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she graduated with honors in 1973 with a double major in Religion and Piano Performance. She was named Outstanding Alumna of the Year for Morningside College in 2004. Bishop Deb first felt a calling to the ordained ministry while a student at Boston University School of Theology and earned her Master’s of Divinity degree there in 1976. Bishop Kiesey has also served on Boards of Trustees for multiple UMC colleges.
Bishop Deb was ordained Deacon in 1974 and Elder in 1977. She served the following Iowa churches: Richland / Ollie,Washington, Mt. Pleasant, and Iowa City. In 2001 she was appointed to the Waterloo District and served there until her election to the episcopacy in 2004.
Bishop Deb has been a delegate to General Conference since 1988, and was the first elected clergy from the Iowa Conference in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004.