Community Celebration

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will be taking place. It will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at Minnesota State University Mankato Reception, with an address by Rev. Dr. Powery, and presentation of the 2019 Pathfinder Award.

The 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration is sponsored by the following organizations: Rasmussen College, Gustavus Adolphus College’s Diversity Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, YWCA of Mankato, Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., South Central College, Creative Ad Solutions, Inc., Halverson Law Offices, Mankato and Greater Mankato Diversity Council.

FREE FOR MNSU Students using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/1doZTaNnNQ2PSFoA3
About Rev. Dr. Luke Powery
Rev. Dr. 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 Preaching; Dem 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.

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