Update: Dean Ofori shared this photo from her induction on October 13:
On Thursday, October 13, Brooks School's Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Terri Ofori will receive the honor of being inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.
An ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church, Ofori was informed of her nomination to the prestigious group — that honors clergy of various traditions based at The Morehouse College Martin Luther King International Chapel, "dedicated to empowering transformational, nonviolent ambassadors of peace working to reveal and create the 'Beloved' world spiritual, economic, and cultural community as a reflection of the social justice of Jesus Christ" — on September 11 and will travel to accept it tomorrow.
Nominees are selected by former inductees, as well as Morehouse College administration, employees and alumni.
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The induction is part of a two-day series of programs celebrating the rededication of King Chapel following an $11 million restoration of the memorial to Rev. Dr. King, Jr., Morehouse class of 1948. The original structure was built in 1978.
Ofori will have the opportunity to take a historic tour of the Chapel prior to the ceremony and then enjoy a private luncheon followed by an interfaith assembly filled with special guests including Ambassador Andrew J. Young and during which the Rev. Al Sharpton Jr. will deliver the keynote address later that evening.
The induction ceremony will be streamed on the Morehouse College YouTube Channel from the Chapel which serves as a "home base for spiritual servants, scholars, and thought leaders who are furthering the work of peace and justice in the tradition of Dr. King," according to the institution.
(Morehouse College image)
Each year, new members are inducted into Morehouse's Board of Preachers during a conference called the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers & Laity. This gathering "provides a creative learning environment in which clergy and laity from diverse backgrounds, distinct faith traditions, and different generations come together as students of Dr. King's philosophies and ethical principles," per Morehouse's website.
"Saving Democracy While Thriving in the Wake of Cosmic Trauma," is the theme of the conference's 2022 assembly, its 37th.
Rev. Ofori, Th.M., M.Div. is a former College Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Penn. and has been Dean of DEI at Brooks since the start of school this year. Currently authoring her doctoral dissertation on womanist spirituality at Fordham University, she is also a part of an annual continuing education cohort for educational leadership at the Virginia Theological Seminary.
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