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Moravian to Celebrate MLK with Interfaith Service and Lecture

Scholar James H. Cone to discuss the crisis in the human family and the earth

Due to inclement weather this event will be rescheduled for a later date.

James H. ConeBethlehem, Pa., January 5, 2011 -- Moravian College will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an interfaith service and lecture by scholar James H. Cone, Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary, who will present "Linking the Earth's Crisis with the Crisis in the Human Family." Both events are open to the public and admission is free of charge.

An Interfaith Service will be held on Tuesday, January 18 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the United Brethrens Room, Haupert Union Building, that will feature selected readings and prayers from members of the Moravian community.

Dr. Cone, a revered scholar and speaker around the world on issues of injustice, oppression, racism, and inequality, will speak at Moravian on Thursday, January 27 at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. Cone has written a dozen books and over 150 articles and has lectured at universities and community organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. His talk will focus on his recent essay titled, Earth Habitat: Eco-Injustice and the Church's Response.

Cone is best known for his groundbreaking works, Black Theology & Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation, author of the highly acclaimed God of the Oppressed (1975), and of Martin & Malcolm: A Dream or a Nightmare? (1991). Cone's research and teaching are in Christian theology, with special attention to black theology and the theologies of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as twentieth century European-American theologies. His current research focuses on "The Cross and the Lynching Tree," exploring the relationship between the two theologically.

The MLK programs are sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Chaplain's Office, and IDEA. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Gloria Guth at 610-625-7847.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.