Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Monday, January 21, 2019 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel

Luke Powery PhotoThe annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture emphasizes the continuing struggle for civil rights. This year lecture will be provided by the Rev. Dr. Luke Powery.

Powery is the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. A national leader in the theological study of the art of preaching (homiletics). 

His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written three books: Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in PreachingDem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope; and his latest book Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals. He has also co-authored an introductory textbook on preaching, Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place, and is currently working on the second in the series of meditations on the Spirituals, this time for the season of Lent. He is also a general editor of a forthcoming nine volume lectionary commentary series for preaching and worship titled, Connections.

Powery was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada and the United States. In 2014, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for his ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society.

Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.

This events is sponsored by the Chaplains Office, Diversity Center, Peace Studies Program, President's Office, and Target.
The event is free and open to the public.
 
The lecture will be livestreamed and archived.
 

Class Modification Schedule
Classes that normally meet at or after 10:30 a.m. will start (and end) one hour later than they normally would. Thus, classes that begin at 10:30 AM will start at 11:30 a.m., classes beginning at 11:30 a.m. will begin at 12:30 p.m., and so on.