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In the first of three lectures named for great figures associated with Union Theological Seminary, visiting guest lecturer Dr. Eboo Patel will look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work as an interfaith leader. Dr. King is of course widely known as a civil rights pioneer and a symbol of nonviolence. What is commonly missed is the central role that religious diversity played in his formation and imagination. Dr. Patel will highlight the role that other faith traditions played in Dr. King’s spiritual formation, trace the interfaith themes in Dr. King’s sermons, and make a case that Dr. King’s legacy as an interfaith leader has great relevance to our nation at this historical moment. This lecture will also serve as a book launch for Dr. Patel’s Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America.
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