An award winning preacher is to address the Tiffin community during the annual Tiffin-Seneca Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration Jan. 20.
The Rev. Darvin Adams formerly served as pastor of the Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Toledo and is the fourth-generation Kentucky licensed funeral director in his family's business, Adams & Sons Mortuary.
An ordained elder in full connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Adams was pastor and teacher in several CME churches in Kentucky.
Adams is to present "Celebrating Dr. King's Theology of Constructive Integration: In Black and White" to coordinate with the event's theme, "After Fifty Years, the Dream is Still Important."
"Over the years, the MLK Day committee has selected a theme to serve both for the evening program and in most cases to also provide a suitable topic for the children's essays," said Nancy Rubenstein, a member of the MLK Day
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Tiffin-Seneca Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration is to begin with dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St.
The program is to follow at 7:15 p.m.
Music is to be performed by The Harmonettes.
The program is free. Dinner is $12 for adults and $5 for children 4-11 years old.
For reservations, call (419) 448-3264.
"(The theme) infers that Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream has not yet been fulfilled, and we must continue to strive to reach the dream MLK described."
The focus of Adams' presentation is that "Dr. King's vision of communal integration has holistic relevance for the contemporary context," he said.
"While Dr. King's vision of community revolved around his philosophical thoughts on racial integration as a form of communal justice and human equality, his theological views on what it means for people of different cultural identities to co-exist in the spheres of love and respect can be applied to the present day context," Adams said. "Some 50 plus years after Dr. King delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom, his vision of uniting people from various racial and religious backgrounds is just as germane today as it was in the mid to late 1960's."
Adams said his hope for the celebration is that attendees gain insight into the thought and practice of King's theological ethics.
"I intend to unpack Dr. King's theology of communal integration with the purpose of shedding light on the social, political and economic implications of King's thought," he said. "Unsurprisingly, a half century later there is still a great deal of information that is to be learned about Dr. King; information that can be applied to his theological vision of communal integration. My hope is that in the midst of teaching by faith, the love of learning takes place as well."
Adams was born in Hopkinsville, Ky. He attended the local public schools there and graduated from University Heights Academy in 1993. Adams earned a bachelor's degree of science in education and organizational leadership from the University of Louisville, and Mid-Continent University in Kentucky, and a masters degree of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Adams is completing his fourth year of studies toward his doctorate of philosophy degree in systematic theology at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. His research interests include liberation theology, economic deprivation and culture and pneumatology, or the study of the Holy Spirit.
Adams is working on a joint project with Nobel Prize winner Dale Mortensen, a professor of economics at Northwestern University.
"When the community joins in celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther king Jr., we hope to remind ourselves of the wisdom of his ideals," Rubenstein said. "We choose speakers who we believe will inspire us to not just remember, but to act on Rev. King's teachings."
Also featured during the event are the reading of award winning essays by area school children and the Tiffin-Seneca MLK Day Committee is to present the Peacemaker's Award.