MLK Beloved Community: The Writing and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Beloved Community: The Writing and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.


How are we to thrive and serve in a world threatened by injustice and hostility?

“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The vision of The Beloved Community—a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings—was popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King during his short but historical ministry. For Dr. King, this was not some idealized utopia, but an achievable world attained when a critical mass of people join together to eliminate the forms of violence created by the interrelated realities of poverty, racism, and militarism.

Dr. King’s tireless work to bring about economic and social justice is more relevant today than ever. His legacy includes a powerful collection of writings and sermons which beg for our moral energies to bring about the reality of the Beloved Community here and now. Join Rev. David Wallace for a four-week seminar as we read together selections gathered from Dr. King’s prophetic works, listening closely to his urgent bequest to us as citizens of the world and creators of the world to come.

Please note that you will need to obtain a copy of "A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.", published by Harper One. You can find it on Amazon and at your local bookseller or library. The One Spirit Bookstore no longer carries titles for the electives.

For our first class, please read Letter from a Birmingham Jail, which is included in the above collection (pg 289) or available online (one version at Please read the full, not the excerpted, version.



David Wallace

Rev. David Wallace (Dean, Senior Instructor) was ordained as an Interfaith minister in 2001 and has been a second-year dean for One Spirit Interfaith Seminary since 2004. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and has continued these studies as a lifelong student of the “great books” of philosophy and archetypal psychology. Prior to his work in ministry, David had an extensive career in publishing and marketing, and created the award-winning retail galleries The Enchanted Forest and After the Rain in Soho. He was a founding board member of the teaching facility Miriam’s Well in Saugerties, NY, and served on both the worship committee and board of Judson Memorial Church in NYC, where he also preached and taught centering prayer. David has an active ministry as a ceremony officiant, has served as a Spiritual Disaster Care Chaplain in NYC, and has been active with the Alzheimer’s Association. A popular teacher, David has been a regular guest lecturer at the Kripalu Institute in Lenox, MA, the Interspiritueel Seminarie in the Netherlands, and has taught at Integral Yoga, the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute and other educational venues. In addition to the core curriculum of the seminary, David teaches electives on the sacred texts of both the Eastern and Western spiritual traditions for One Spirit.

OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0
Available by: Download Recordings Only (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 95.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 85.00

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