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Let Us Love One Another is the theme of Taylor MLK Day

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Taylor University’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will take place Monday, January 18, on the Taylor University campus. The day’s theme is Beloved, Let Us Love One Another, and is based on the New Testament passage 1 John 4:7.

The day begins with chapel in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium at 10 am. The featured speaker for the day is Efrem Smith, President and CEO of World Impact, a ministry based in Los Angeles, Calif. He is passionate about multi-ethnic congregations, reconciliation, and the under-resourced urban church.

The day continues at noon when Smith addresses a Taylor community luncheon.

From 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and from 3 pm to 4 pm, a series of workshops will be presented by Taylor faculty and graduate students covering a variety of topics.

1:30 pm Workshops

  • Efrem Smith, Mitchell Theatre: Continuing the conversation—questions and answers from chapel talk.
  • Dr. Jim Spiegel, Rupp 205: Celebration and Betrayal: Remembering MLK’s Case for Racial Justice—This workshop will summarize King’s case for racial justice and civil disobedience, particularly as articulated in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, show how his argument appeals to natural law and New Testament moral theology, and note how these two rational grounds for the Civil Rights Movement are largely rejected in the public square today in this country, which creates a quandary for contemporary proponents of racial justice.
  • Dr. Tom Jones, Rupp 203: Weaver: An Antebellum African-American Community That Challenged Racial Stereotyping in Grant County, Indiana—This workshop will introduce students to a local African-American community, born in the 1840s and settled by women and men whose faith, vision, hard work, and commitment to family made their settlement a special place.
  • Scott Barrett and Steve Morley, Rupp 222: How I Realized I was White—This workshop explores the idea of racial identity development. Using theory, reflection, and group discussion, participants will learn about racial identity development and how this impacts our faith, our person, and the ways we interact with the world.

3 pm Workshops

  • Jason Koh, Charles Allen, Lauren Oliver, Mitchell Theatre—Diversity is more than Black and White—This workshop presents perspectives on wider issues related to race and diversity.  
  • Dr. Tom Jones—above session repeated.
  • Dr. Jim Spiegel—above session repeated.
  • Scott Barrett and Steve Morley—above session repeated.

Taylor’s celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, began more than 20 years ago. Regularly scheduled classes for the day are suspended and the entire community is encouraged to join for a day of common learning. All events are free and open to the public.