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Morehouse Celebrates Science and Spiritual Awareness

ATLANTA, MARCH 25, 2008- What is science without spirituality and vice-versa? It’s an age-old question that has been debated and discussed for decades. Even Albert Einstein said, “Religion without science is blind. Science without religion is lame.” But what exactly does it all mean? Dr. Lawrence E. Carter, dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse, said that the crux of Science and Spiritual Awareness Week is “an interdisciplinary understanding.”

President Robert M. Franklin Jr. further explained: “Most colleges have some form of a religious awareness week,” At Morehouse, we try to bring the spirit and science – reason and faith – together in a very innovative way.” Franklin also said science and reason help people make sense of their lives and sense of reality.

The week is full of celebrations, services, lectures and dialogue. Some of the highlights include a talk featuring geologist and computer scientist Philip Emeagwali, who is also noted as one of the founding fathers of the Internet; a special screening of the new film “King,” presented by the History Channel, featuring a post-screening talk with veteran broadcaster Tom Brokaw and Martin Luther King III; and the induction of the first-ever class of Martin Luther King International Board of Renaissance Leaders. Among those who will be inducted into the inaugural class are actor Blair Underwood, Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and attorney William R. “Billy” Martin. The men were chosen based on their qualities of leadership, vision and community-building efforts.

Below is the full schedule of activities, which runs from Sunday, March 30 to Sunday, April 6.
All events are free and open to the public and will be held in the MLK International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, March 30, 7 p.m.
AME Night
Speaker: The Reverend Gregory V. Eason Sr., Big Bethel AME Church, Atlanta

Monday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Methodist Night-50th Anniversary of Atlanta Minister’s Manifesto
Speaker: Bishop Bevel L. Jones with Ben Hill UMC Senior Pastor Richard D. Winn, Congregation and Choir, Atlanta

Tuesday, April 1, 7 p.m.
Baptist Night
Speaker: The Reverend E. Dewey Smith Jr. ’96, The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church, Decatur, GA

Wednesday, April 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Ecumenism at the Margins: Reaching Beyond Black Christianity
National Council of Churches of Christ, USA
Symposium (African American Hall of Fame)

Walter E. Massey Lecture on Science & Spirituality, 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Philip Emeagwali, Geologist and Computer Scientist
(one of the fathers of the Internet)

Non-Denominational Night, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Bishop Jonathan E. Alvarado ’90, Total Grace Christian Center, Decatur, GA

Thursday, April 3, 11 a.m.
Induction Crown Forum
22nd Board of Preachers, Sponsors and Scholars Ceremony
Speaker: The Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyle, Monumental Baptist Church, Memphis, TN

HistoryTM presents “King,” 7 p.m.
Screening and panel discussion
Panel: Tom Brokaw, Martin Luther King III ’79 and Morehouse president Robert M. Franklin Jr.‘75

Friday, April 4
World House: Connecting the Global Community, 10 a.m. (separate press release to come for this event)
Simultaneous global web cast commemorating the 40th anniversary of King’s assassination
Live locations: Morehouse; University of Florida; Kenya; Beijing, China; Baroda, India
Moderator: Condace Pressley, WSB Radio, 750 AM
Bank of America Auditorium, Executive Conference Center, Morehouse College Leadership facility

40th Anniversary Convocation on the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. , 11 a.m.
Induction ceremony for MLK Jr. International Board of Renaissance Leaders
Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
Keynote Topic: “Where Are the Men?”

Seventh Day Adventist Night, 7 p.m.
Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Carlton P. Byrd, Atlanta-Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Atlanta

Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Spiritual Empowerment Night
Speaker: The Rev. Collette L. Gunby, Green Pastures Christian Ministries, Decatur, GA

Sunday, April 6, 11 a.m.
United Church of Christ Day
Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel, Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, GA


Posted by at March 26, 2008 11:22 PM

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