The Dream Today: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
Dr. Allan Boesak, Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Dr. Rufus Burrow, and Dr. Frank Anthony Thomas
Friday, April 12, 2013
1:30 – 8:30pm (1 pm registration)
Shelton Auditorium, CTS
In 1963, thousands of ordinary Americans marched on Washington, gathering at the Lincoln Memorial to call on the country to live up to the founding American principle that all are created equal. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., drawing from the deep well of African-American Christianity, crystallized that struggle in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech – and his words echoed across the country and around the world. Fifty years later, we will ask: How far have we come? How far do we have yet to go? What do the legacies of the speech, the march, and the movement offer in our time to people struggling to live faithfully in a world still riddled with injustice and despair? Join us as we gather to remember that dream, consider how it has inspired liberation movements around the world, and reflect on how it still resonates and challenges us today.
1:oo - 1:30 Registration and Gather in Shelton Auditorium
1:30 - 3:30 Welcome
Spoken word presentation: Rae Karim, Sheila Spencer
Video of “I Have a Dream” speech
Session I: The Dream in Context: Dr. Rufus Burrow, Jr.
Panelist conversation led by President Boulton:
Dr. Boesak, Dr. Brueggemann, Dr. Burrow, Dr. Thomas
3:30 - 4:00 Break for coffee and conversation
4:00 - 5:30 Special music: Rosemary Davis
Session II: The Dream Around the World:
Dr. Allan Boesak
Continuing conversation w/panel
Special music: Sharon Moore, Jeffery Thomas
5:30 - 7:00 Dinner Buffet– Common Room
7:00 - 8:30 Session III: The Dream Today:
Lessons for Preaching and Living the Gospel of Liberation:
Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Dr. Frank A. Thomas
Continuing discussion w/panel
Allan Aubrey Boesak, a native of S. Africa, received his PhD in Theology from the Protestant Theological University in Kampen, the Netherlands. He has served the church and the ecumenical movement in various capacities, including as the youngest ever president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and the first from the global South. He led the WARC to declare apartheid to be a heresy. In 1983, Dr. Boesak called for the formation of the United Democratic Front, which became the largest organized anti-apartheid movement in the history of South Africa. He continues to be passionately involved in global struggles for human rights and justice for all persons. Dr. Boesak is the author of numerous books, including most recently Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, with Paul DeYoung. He has received numerous awards, including the Robert Kennedy Human Rights award and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award. He also the recipient of twelve honorary degrees, including from Yale University and the University of Geneva. Dr. Boesak is a visiting professor at CTS for the spring term.
Rufus Burrow Jr. is Indiana Professor of Christian Thought and Professor of Theological Social Ethics at CTS. He majored in Criminal Justice at Anderson College (now Anderson University), and received his PhD in Social Ethics from Boston University. Dr. Burrow is the author of numerous articles and books, including God and Human Dignity: The Personalism, Theology, and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Burrow is an active member in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Walter Brueggemann is a retired Old Testament scholar, prolific author and professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He has devoted his life to a passionate exploration of Old Testament theology. He has authored more than 58 books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on books of the Bible. He is also a minister of the United Church of Christ. Brueggemann has a ThD from Union Theological Seminary, New York and a PhD from St. Louis University.
Frank Anthony Thomas is the senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis. He teaches preaching at McCormick and North Park Seminaries and is the author of many books, including The Lord’s Prayer in Times Such as These, focusing on the events of September 11, 2001. Thomas holds a BA, two Master’s degrees, two DMin degrees and a PhD in Communications from the University of Memphis. He has been honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree from CTS. In 2013, he will join the faculty of CTS as professor of Homiletics and will lead an institure dedicated to preaching and worship.