Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Lecture

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Join us at Claremont School of Theology
for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Lecture
Featuring Professor of Systematic Theology, Dr. Karen Baker-Fletcher, Perkins School of Theology, SMU

Realizing Resurrection

Description: Whether Oscar Romero in El Salvador or Martin Luther King, Jr in the United States, charismatic leaders for justice frequently meet violent deaths at the hands of assassins. We remember the names of the most prominent dead. What about the others? What about the living? What about resurrection?

Worship Service lead by Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Senior Pastor, Holman UMC

Schedule of the Day:

4:00 p.m. Worship Service in Kresge Chapel
5:30 p.m. Dinner in Haddon Conference Room
7:00 p.m. 40th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Mudd Theater.

Tickets:

General admission tickets for dinner are $20
Student tickets for dinner are $10
The worship and lecture are free of charge.

 

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Organized by Pan-African Seminarian Association (PASA).

About our Preacher

About our Guest Lecturer

 

The Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship

Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan has been called “an empowerer of people; a tireless human-rights advocate; and a doer of the Word.” For decades, he led local churches, global initiatives, and various general boards of the United Methodist Church. After serving as resident bishop of the Iowa Area for eight years, Bishop Jordan retired from active episcopal assignment, and joined Claremont School of Theology as Bishop-in-Residence until May 2016. With his blessing, CST is establishing the Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship. Bishop Jordan has been a leader among leaders, yet remained grounded in his deep passion for lifting up others. For 15 years at CST, he empowered future pastors and through them he will continue to shape our future churches. With your generous contribution, the Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan Scholarship will be awarded yearly to an African American student who intends to go into pastoral ministry.

The minimum amount needed to endow the scholarship is $50,000; our goal is $150,000. 

Please prayerfully consider joining his family, colleagues, churches, and friends in honoring Bishop Jordan and empowering future generations of students who will continue his legacy of bold pastoral ministry.  Contact Sharalyn Hamilton at shamilton@cst.edu or (909) 447-2535 to make a gift to Bishop’s Scholarship or contribute online: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/bjordan

  • Rev. Kelvin Sauls

    Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Rev. Kelvin Sauls brings to Holman

    United Methodist Church years of experience in, and passion for multi-racial, and multi-generational congregational vitalization for meaningful community transformation. Living and working at the intersection of South Los Angeles and South Johannesburg, Rev. Sauls is an intentional bridge-builder for multi-cultural and multi ethnic congregational development in racially diverse communities. He understands his purpose and call in life to create innovative and transformative platforms that will facilitate life to the fullest for all of humankind and creation, beginning with the least of these.  Leveraging intersectionality, his visionary leadership has repositioned Holman as a moral hub of hope and healing, and a prophetic center for wellness and wholeness in the promotion of a more just and fair society locally, regionally and globally. With over thirty ministries for all ages and a robust community engagement system, Holman Church is not just historic, but strives to be relevant and impactful with cutting-edge and ingenious partnerships.

    In his 21 years of ordained ministry, he has served both local congregations and general agencies in the United Methodist Church. Prior to his appointment to Holman, he served as Executive Director for New Ministries in the California-Pacific Conference, Assistant General Secretary for Congregational Development & Racial Ethnic Ministries at the General Board of Global Ministries in New York, and Director for Congregational Transformation at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN. Prior to these regional, national and international positions, he served congregations for 10 years in northern California (San Francisco and Oakland).

    Rev. Sauls is the co-founder, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors
    of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). He is the co-founder, and currently
    serve on the Steering Committee of the Priority Africa Network (PAN). His passion for
    the protection and empowerment of young people resulted in co-founding the South Los Angeles Transition Age Youth, Foster-care and Homeless Collaborative. Through his long-standing commitment to restorative justice by ending the mass incarceration
    industrial complex, he serves as the co-convener of Justice not Jails, a program of the
    Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. He was appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles to serve as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA), a city and county agency to invoke and implement strategies to end homelessness.  He lives out his passion for the prevention of, and intervention around HIV/AIDS and STIs locally and globally by serving on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

    His love for music and arts are demonstrated in his love for jazz, reggae, gospel and
    afro-soul music. A published poet and percussionist, Rev. Sauls loves reading
    autobiographies, live music festivals, movies and travel.  Whether behind the pulpit or on the pavement, in the streets with protesters, or the suites with business and elected leaders, Rev. Sauls is a progressive and prophetic intersectionalist, courageous and collaborative catalyst committed to realizing God’s beloved world house characterized by racial justice, economic equity and gender equality. His understands his purpose to be facilitating life to the fullest for all humankind and
    creation.

  • Karen Baker-Fletcher

    Professor of Systematic Theology at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

    She is the author of Dancing with God: Womanist Reflections on the Trinity (Louisville, KY: Chalice Press, 2007) and Sisters of Dust, Sisters of Spirit: Womanist Wordings on God and Creation (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1998).

  • Rev. Kelvin Sauls

    Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Rev. Kelvin Sauls brings to Holman

    United Methodist Church years of experience in, and passion for multi-racial, and multi-generational congregational vitalization for meaningful community transformation. Living and working at the intersection of South Los Angeles and South Johannesburg, Rev. Sauls is an intentional bridge-builder for multi-cultural and multi ethnic congregational development in racially diverse communities. He understands his purpose and call in life to create innovative and transformative platforms that will facilitate life to the fullest for all of humankind and creation, beginning with the least of these.  Leveraging intersectionality, his visionary leadership has repositioned Holman as a moral hub of hope and healing, and a prophetic center for wellness and wholeness in the promotion of a more just and fair society locally, regionally and globally. With over thirty ministries for all ages and a robust community engagement system, Holman Church is not just historic, but strives to be relevant and impactful with cutting-edge and ingenious partnerships.

    In his 21 years of ordained ministry, he has served both local congregations and general agencies in the United Methodist Church. Prior to his appointment to Holman, he served as Executive Director for New Ministries in the California-Pacific Conference, Assistant General Secretary for Congregational Development & Racial Ethnic Ministries at the General Board of Global Ministries in New York, and Director for Congregational Transformation at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, TN. Prior to these regional, national and international positions, he served congregations for 10 years in northern California (San Francisco and Oakland).

    Rev. Sauls is the co-founder, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors
    of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). He is the co-founder, and currently
    serve on the Steering Committee of the Priority Africa Network (PAN). His passion for
    the protection and empowerment of young people resulted in co-founding the South Los Angeles Transition Age Youth, Foster-care and Homeless Collaborative. Through his long-standing commitment to restorative justice by ending the mass incarceration
    industrial complex, he serves as the co-convener of Justice not Jails, a program of the
    Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. He was appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles to serve as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA), a city and county agency to invoke and implement strategies to end homelessness.  He lives out his passion for the prevention of, and intervention around HIV/AIDS and STIs locally and globally by serving on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

    His love for music and arts are demonstrated in his love for jazz, reggae, gospel and
    afro-soul music. A published poet and percussionist, Rev. Sauls loves reading
    autobiographies, live music festivals, movies and travel.  Whether behind the pulpit or on the pavement, in the streets with protesters, or the suites with business and elected leaders, Rev. Sauls is a progressive and prophetic intersectionalist, courageous and collaborative catalyst committed to realizing God’s beloved world house characterized by racial justice, economic equity and gender equality. His understands his purpose to be facilitating life to the fullest for all humankind and
    creation.

  • Karen Baker-Fletcher

    Professor of Systematic Theology at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

    She is the author of Dancing with God: Womanist Reflections on the Trinity (Louisville, KY: Chalice Press, 2007) and Sisters of Dust, Sisters of Spirit: Womanist Wordings on God and Creation (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1998).