Burrow to Give MLK Lecture Tonight

January 15, 2008

Dr. Rufus Burrow Jr., noted author and professor, will give the keynote address Monday for Wabash's Martin Luther King Day Celebration.

Burrow is Indiana Chair of Christian Thought and Professor of Theological Social Ethics at the Christian Theological Seminary at Indianapolis. He was appointed to the faculty in 1984.

The day's activities, sponsored by the Malcolm X Institute, began at 12:15 p.m. with a March on Wabash. Click here to see photos from the noontime activity. Burrow will give his lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, in the Chapel.

He has a rich and broad-based background. Dr. Burrow previously served as Director of the Young Adult Conservation Corps for the Pontiac (Michigan) Area Urban League. He majored in Criminal Justice at Anderson College (now Anderson University), and received the Ph.D. degree in Social Ethics, with a minor in Philosophy of Religion, from Boston University in 1982.

Burrow, an active member in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has also served as an adult probation officer in Dayton, Ohio. He is a frequent contributor to major professional publications, including Encounter, The Western Journal of Black Studies, The Journal of Religious Thought, and The Personalist Forum. In addition, Professor Burrow is author of five books: James H. Cone and Black Liberation Theology (McFarland & Co., Inc., 1994), Personalism: A Critical Introduction (Chalice Press, 1999), God and Human Responsibility: David Walker and Ethical Prophecy (Mercer University Press, 2003), Daring to Speak in God's Name: Ethical Prophecy and Ministry (The Pilgrim Press, Oct. 2002, with Mary Alice Mulligan), and Doing Ministry with One Foot in the Gutter (The Pilgrim Press, 2003, with Mary Alice Mulligan), God and Human Dignity: The Personalism, Theology, and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr. (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006).

Under Professor Burrow's leadership students explore the role of Christians and the church in the modern world through courses such as "Prophetic and Ethical Witness of the Churches, "The Church and National Issues," and "Theological Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr."

Under Professor Burrow's leadership students explore the role of Christians and the church in the modern world through courses such as "Prophetic and Ethical Witness of the Churches, "The Church and National Issues," and "Theological Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr."

 


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