Below is a description of a chapel service held at Pacific School of Religion in commeration of the 50th Anniversary of the Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence speech. I had informed Dr. Fennema of the anniversary and suggested the chapel service as a forum of remembrance. The service was profound and inspiring. A student read portions of the speech. This was followed by creative interpretations by other students, such as poetry, dance, music, and spoken word.
In the discussion following service Rev. Joanna Shenk talked about Dr. Vincent Harding. I spoke of the relationship between Dr. King and Dr. Thurman. Students were then dispersed to afternoon classes. There the student read another portion of the speech and then gave their response. The student who visited my class delivered powerfully as a spoken word artist. I concluded by class with a viewing of the film: “At the River I Stand” which documents the Memphis sanitation works strike, King’s assassination, and the days that followed.
Community Worship – TODAY, 11:10am – Chapel of the Great Commission
In our worship this morning, we honor the 50th Anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. The service will incorporate excerpts from this speech, along with contemporary interpretations of them from members of our community. Though the locations of wars and occupations have changed, Dr. King’s dedication to opposing militarism, racism and poverty are still desperately needed in the struggle for peace and justice, especially at such a time as this. Come be inspired for this work of transformation.
You are also invited to participate in a discussion following worship with Dr. Dorsey Blake and Rev. Joanna Shenk giving a broader context for the speech and helping us think more deeply about its implications for us today. Grab your lunch after worship and come back to the chapel for this conversation
Dr. Sharon R. Fennema
Pacific School of Religion
Berkeley, CA 94709-1323