Pastor's Alliance virtual MLK commemoration service

The Greater Lafayette Pastor's Alliance will be hosting it's annual Martin Luther King Day service online this year. A panel of scholars will be discussing Dr. King and recent events.

Posted: Jan 16, 2021 8:47 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2021 10:43 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Pastor's Alliance will be hosting it's annual Martin Luther King Day commemoration service virtually January 17 from four to six p.m.

The event is called "The beloved community MLK envisioned", and will have an extension of last year's theme of chaos or community. Rev. Rodney J. Lynch of the Baptist Student Foundation at Purdue will be a part of the event.

"This year we're doing something a little different," Lynch said.

"We're going to have three panelists."

Those panelists are Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, VIP of Public Affairs and Faculty Dean at Christian Theological Seminary, Rev. Toby Sanders, MLK Scholar and Pastor at Beloved Community Church in Trenton New Jersey, and Dr. Leonard Harris, Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Purdue University.

The panelists will be discussing recent events including the recent insurrection at the capitol, as well as the pandemic.

"Tomorrow is like an extension of that question of that question that we asked last year, where do we go from here?" Lynch said.

"We'll have students involved, a choir singing, and have students read parts and excerpts of King's speeches."

Rev. Lynch says it takes all of us to help reach Dr. King's envisioned beloved community.

"The service is very important in that it's inter-generational, interracial, and so forth. We know if we're going to move forward and create this beloved community, it's going to take all peoples from all different fronts," Lynch said.

People are invited to join the service via Zoom or Facebook live.

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