Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
The purpose of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel is to teach excellence, ethics, equality and engagement. It is to demonstrate the interdisciplinary foundations of a learned ecumenical Christian ministry for the world; to create spiritual realization through value-and virtue-centered theologically based faith; and to inspire the communitarian development of servant scholars as visionary human rights revolutionists and social gospel activists coming from a place of Gandhian nonviolence and political personalism. This is Martin Luther King’s informed service-oriented way to dialectically grow, personally and globally, with Cosmic Companionship, into democracy’s dignity and destiny, ensuring that piety never will be divorced from intellect.
OUR WORK: BUILDING AMBASSADORS OF PEACE FOR THE BELOVED WORLD COMMUNITY
Chapel Assistants Program:
The Chapel Assistants is a comprehensive year-round program that develops leadership qualities and skills in undergraduate students; many of whom go on to earn terminal degrees from some of the nation’s premier seminaries and university-based divinity schools. The program provides preparatory education and the professional practice of ministry and full guidance for a new generation in developing effective ecumenical ministries. The program is being expanded to include international study, travel, and church placements. Within the Chapel Assistant Program there are student led programming and that is as follows:
• Theological Table Talks:
Each Thursday the Chapel Assistants engage in table talks on issues ranging from politics to religion, theological formation, vocational discernment, leadership development, and church administration.
• Sandy F. Ray Preaching Lab:
As “iron sharpens iron,” the Sandy F. Ray Preaching Lab offers chapel assistants the opportunity to deliver a sermon throughout the year for constructive criticism and advice from peers and seasoned homileticians.
• Seminary Swing:
The Chapel Assistants program holds a long standing tradition of preparing its members for theological education on the graduate level. This preparation is due in part to the annual Seminary Swing trip which offers chapel assistants the opportunity to experience student life at distinguished university based divinity schools and schools of theology as well as highly regarded independent seminaries. Each Seminary Swing trip gives students the opportunity to visit a wide variety of institutions by targeting a region of the country with a significant concentration of graduate theological institutions.
• Vespers Services:
Held weekly, Vespers are reflective, creative and enlightening student-centered and student-led worship experiences open to the Atlanta University Center Consortium and wider Atlanta community. Our vespers services are intentionally intimate worship experiences that minister to the total person—mind, body and spirit—through diverse expressions such as preaching, creative arts, drama, music and dialogue.
The College of Ministers and Laity
The Chapel’s signature program, for 32 years, it has attracted some of the brightest minds across an array of disciplines to engage in dialogue, learning and growing. The College of Ministers and Laity is unique in its juxtaposition of servant-hood, scholarship and leadership as requirements for ministry – whether that ministry is performed through formal religion or any other field of endeavor. This annual conference provides a creative learning environment in which clergy and laity from diverse backgrounds, distinct faith traditions, and different generations all come together as students of Dr. King’s philosophies and ethical principles to:
REFLECT on their personal calling,
FOSTER meaningful relationships with others who are answering their calling, and
DEVELOP ideas and strategies for taking their calling to the world.
FOSTER PEACE, NONVIOLENCE AND RECONCILIATION
The Chapel carries on Dr. King’s legacy through action and education intended to promote peace, understanding and good will around the world with the following programs and initiatives:
Conceptualized by Dr. Lawrence E. Carter Sr. and the Gandhi Institute for Reconciliation, the Gandhi-King-Ikeda (GKI) Institute currently consists of the Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace, a traveling exhibit, and the Gandhi King Ikeda Community Builders Prize.
Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace Exhibit
This exhibit conveys the themes and pivotal episodes consistent within the lives of the men for whom it is named. By doing so, it is hoped viewers will find these lofty ideals and principles easily within the grasp of their own daily existence. For it is within the mundane realm of daily living that Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda have sought to forge an existence filled with dignity, freedom and happiness for all people.
Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize
The Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize is given from the Gandhi Institute for Reconciliation and Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, celebrates the ideal community that results from humanity’s efforts to foster peace and equality for all through nonviolent means and honor those change-agents with the prize.
White House Interfaith Community Service Initiative
Morehouse College and its Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel will enhance, expand and implement cooperative strategies within the college and broader community around issues of interfaith service and collaboration. This effort resonates with the College’s Mission “to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service.” The President’s Interfaith & Community Service Campus Challenge: Advancing Interfaith Cooperation and Community Service in Higher Education (PIFSC), sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC).
The Rabin-King Initiative is a cooperative effort by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, the Temple and the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Our aim is to celebrate the rich history of African American and Jewish collaboration and encourage a new generation in combined service through a series of events and academic programs that draw upon the legacies of Nobel Prize laureates Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, and Martin Luther King, Jr., minister and civil rights activist.
NURTURE DIMENSIONS OF THE WHOLE PERSON