The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service

Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel

An annual service celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Black Theology as Mass Movement, the Rev. Dr. Charles Lattimore Howard speaks at this annual service celebrating the spiritual dimensions of peace and justice work. The service also includes moments for meditative reflection, as well as jazz, gospel and multifaith music by Bates community members.


The Rev. Charles L. Howard, PhD is the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater.  Prior to his return to Penn, he served as a chaplain in hospice and hospital and as a street outreach worker to individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. His writing has been featured in such publications as Black Arts QuarterlyBlack Theology: An International JournalDaily GoodUrban CuspSojourners MagazineChristianity Today’s Leadership JournalChronicle of Higher EducationThe Huffington Post, and Slate.  He is the editor of The Souls of Poor Folk, a text which explores new ways of considering homelessness and poverty, The Awe and The Awful, a poetry collection and Lenten Devotional, Black Theology as Mass Movement, a call to theologians to expand the reach of their theological work, and Pond River Ocean Rain, a small book about going deeper with a big God.

Chaz has taught in Penn’s College of Arts & Sciences and their Graduate School of Education, as well as at The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.

He shares life with his beloved wife, Dr. Lia C. Howard and their three daughters and sees his vocational calling to be to work for a communal increase in joy, peace, justice and love.