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Celebration of the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted on Riverside Blog January 07, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Morning Worship


The Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, the National Director of Faith Outreach for the Democratic National Committee, will be our guest preacher.
Sermon: The Trouble With Voices
Scripture Lesson: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
10:45 a.m.
Location: Nave of The Riverside Church



Holiday Celebration in Word and Song of the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Music and Spoken Word will fill the nave as The Riverside Church and Park Avenue Christian Church join to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Singer/songwriter Timothy Frantzich will lead us in singing the very words that Dr. King spoke so prophetically. A joint choir consisting of members of Park Avenue Christian Church's Gospel Choir and the various choirs of The Riverside Church will also be lifting their voices in celebration.

Rev. Dr. Alvin Jackson, Senior Pastor of Park Avenue Christian Church will be speaking, along with Rev. Stephen Phelps, Interim Senior Minister of The Riverside Church.

Come join in this program of praise and celebration.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Nave of The Riverside Church






"Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere"

This three-week Open Bible Study series will examine Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," and launch three sessions of theological reflection and discussion of unjust imprisonment.

We will endeavor to place Scripture in dialogue with King's writing, other contemporary case studies such as the pending debate over pardons sought by the Wilmington 10, and explore questions about race and justice raised by The Central Park Five, a 2011 book and documentary written and directed by Ken and Sarah Burns with David McMahon.



January 13 - Theological Reflection on Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From Birmingham Jail"
Time: 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Location: Room 15T


In April of 1963, while in jail for his civil rights organizing activities, Dr. King responded to an op-ed open letter to him from white liberal clergy of Birmingham complaining that the Civil Rights movement was trying to move too fast and was too militant. This letter has become a classic text for understanding the importance of clear, prophetic leadership.

You can read the letter here.

Led by Rev. Julie Johnson Staples, and Laurette Harper



January 20 - Unjust Imprisonment in the Bible - It's not just the Prophets.
Time: 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Location: Room 15T


Our Judeo-Christian tradition has always understood that unjust imprisonment is a form of tyranny. Scriptural texts include selections from the Torah (Gen. 39:20-23); the Prophets (Jeremiah 33:1); the Gospels (Mark 14:3), and the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4:3, 5:18, 12:4-5, 16:24) and Paul (Colossians 4:18).

Led by Rev. Julie Johnson Staples, and Agnes McBeth



January 27 - Reconsidering The Central Park Five
Time: 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Location: Room 15T


The final session will occur in two parts. The OBS session will be a small group discussion reflecting on excerpts from the 2012 Sarah Burns book, "The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City's Most Infamous Crime", in which she examines the 1989 "Central Park Five" case. Five black and Latino teenagers were convicted of raping a white woman in the park. The boys, who spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, were released when a serial rapist confessed to the crime.


January 27 - "The Central Park Five" Film screening and panel discussion
Time: 2:00PM
Location: South Hall


We will present a screening of the 2012 documentary film "The Central Park Five" written and directed by Ken and Sarah Burns with David McMahon.

A panel discussion, Q&A and book signing will follow, featuring:
Sarah Burns (co-director)
Korey Wise (Central Park 5 defendant)
Raymond Santana (Central Park 5 defendant)
Rev. Stephen Phelps
Rev. Bob Coleman


Co-sponsored by the Ministries of Education and Mission & Social Justice, and Movies@Riverside.

Free Tickets available here: The Riverside Theatre Box Office, or call 212.870.6784