Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton to Speak at HPU’s Annual MLK Day Worship Service

High Point University will host special guest Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton as the keynote speaker for the university’s virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Worship Service on Jan. 18 at 11 a.m.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 11, 2021 – High Point University will host special guest Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton as the keynote speaker for the university’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Worship Service. The service will be held virtually on Monday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. and can be watched here.

Last year, High Point University student and faculty volunteers packaged boxes of food for Backpack Beginnings as part of HPU’s MLK Day of Service.

Rev. Walton was named dean of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, presidential chair in Religion and Society, and dean of Wait Chapel in 2019. Prior to joining Wake Forest University, he was the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University.

Walton is a social ethicist whose scholarship focuses on evangelical Christianity and its relationship to mass media and political culture. His first book, “Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism,” examines the theological and political traditions of African American religious broadcasters. 

His latest book, “A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World,” blends his work from the pulpit and classroom. “A Lens of Love” explores the Bible from the perspective of the most vulnerable and violated characters toward developing a Christian social ethic of radical inclusion and human affirmation. The book argues that people of faith can engage the Bible faithfully, approach it responsibly, and thus reject it literally.

Walton is an outspoken advocate for social justice and civil rights.

“It is joy to welcome Dr. Walton to help us celebrate and remember the life and legacy of Dr. King,” says Rev. Preston Davis, minister to the university. “Even if we cannot worship in-person this year, we can join our hearts together in unity. Having this worship service, especially this year and at this time, is incredibly important. It illuminates what values-based education is about. Dr. King’s legacy reminds us that education must be in service to a sacred vision for compassion and justice seeking.” 

HPU’s annual worship service celebrates the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and will virtually feature musical performances by the Genesis Gospel Choir, Rev. Andria Williamson, manager of Chapel programs, and Ms. Marcia Dills, university organist.

All information about the virtual worship gathering can be found here.

In addition to HPU’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service, HPU will host a day of service as “A Day On, Not Off” on Jan. 18 by organizing various service projects on campus only, due to COVID-19. Service projects include packaging seeds to share, a technology donation for area schools and more.

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