Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.
– Martin Luther King Jr. in “Beyond Vietnam”
We dedicate the eighth episode of the Symposium Ethics Podcast to the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by attempting to #ReclaimMLK from societal forces that would keep him wrapped up in shallow reflections of racial reconciliation. To that end, Dr. Jermaine McDonald, managing editor of Symposium Ethics, engages Dr. King’s theological ethics concerning poverty and war that ought to make us disconcerted with the status quo today.
First, he chats with Rev. Dr. Michael Greene, senior pastor of the Highland Hills United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX and author of the book, A Way Out of No Way: The Economic Prerequisites of the Beloved Community, about Dr. King’s commitment to an economic bill of rights and full employment (meaning a job for everyone at a sustainable wage for anyone).
In the second half of the podcast, he chats with Dr. Jimmy McCarty about how Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolence extended to his thoughts about war and the need for nations to resolve conflicts without the use of force or the threat of force. This episode seeks to move the conversation about Dr. King’s legacy beyond the “I Have a Dream” bubble and #ReclaimMLK for prophetic activism today.
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