Article Feb 13, 2018

How to join Russell Moore at MLK50 and earn seminary course credit

Are you looking for ways to make racial unity a centerpiece of your ministry? Are you a seminary student looking to earn course credit?

On April 3-4, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, in partnership with The Gospel Coalition, is hosting MLK50 in Memphis, Tenn., to explore the themes of race, faith, and racial unity in light of the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death.

In conjunction with the conference, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary are offering course credit for students who wish to attend the conference and earn credits toward their degree.

Students will learn how to understand the historical circumstances that have contributed to racial tensions in the United States and reflect theologically on a Christian response to these tensions.

Southern Seminary

Under the teaching of ERLC staff, including Russell Moore and Phillip Bethancourt, the course will consist of several components to facilitate learning goals. Students will read primary sources such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s  A Testament of Hope alongside contemporary reflections on race and faith including John Piper’s Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and The Christian and Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention by Kevin Jones and Jarvis Williams. Additional reading is also required.

Students will attend lectures that begin the morning of the conference on April 3. The course will also include online videos and written assignments to be completed after the conference.

Individuals who are not students at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and are interested in this course should complete the Conference Course Application digitally and email it to admissions@sbts.edu. They should then register for the conference at the following link. SBTS students should select the course through Canvas: 29477-CT: Studies in Ethics: MLK50.

All expenses related to the course (food, transportation, and housing) are the responsibility of the student in addition to tuition costs through SBTS.

Southeastern Seminary

Southeastern’s class will be led by Dr. Brent Aucoin and Dr. Walter R. Strickland II. Southeastern students can take the course as a Theology (THE) elective, or and Historical Theology (HTH) elective. Course sections are available for Bachelor’s and Master’s level students.

Graduate Course Codes:

  • HIS7200.CONF-SP2018
  • THE7900.CONF-SP2018

Undergraduate Course Codes:

  • HIS4990.CONF-SP2018
  • THE4900.CONF-SP2018

In addition to registering for the conference, students must register for Southeastern’s course at this link.

Reading for Southeastern’s class includes Clayborne Carson (ed.), The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2001); C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya, The Black Church in the African American Experience (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1990); and Mark Noll, God and Race in American Politics (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008)

For more information about Southeastern’s course, please contact: Phabienne.anderson@sebts.edu