The Importance of the Martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: April 7, 2022

Last night the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, canon to the Presiding Bishop for evangelism, reconciliation, and creation care, explored the theme of kenosis in a riveting talk that combined singing with audience conversation. It was an appropriate challenge to the Seminary: What does it mean for the Seminary to live the values of the Gospel? What would it mean for us to “empty” of ourselves out of love for others?

Today the themes of her talk will be discussed in Formation groups. Tonight the Rev. J. Lee Hill, D.Min, missioner for racial justice and healing in the Diocese of Virginia, will be preaching. Taken together, the invitation is to really reflect on the significance of the themes embodied in the ministry and life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for our continuing life together.

This is vitally important work. We need to continue to be appropriately self-reflective and self-critical as we allow the Holy Spirit to truly help us create “the Beloved community.”

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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