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Rose Colored Glasses and the Color of One's Skin Forum


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words from his sermon, "Paul's Letter to American Christians," still ring true today. "You must face the tragic fact that when you stand at eleven o'clock on Sunday morning to sing 'All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name' and 'Dear Lord and Father of All Mankind,' you stand in the most segregated hour of Christian America. They tell me that there is more integration in the entertaining world and other secular agencies than there is in the Christian church. How appalling that is."

On Thursday, September 12, 2002, Multnomah Biblical Seminary through its Institute of Intercultural Studies: New Wine, New Wineskins, will take a step toward seeking to bridge this gap. We are pleased to announce Multnomah's first community forum on race relations and racial reconciliation entitled, "Rose-Colored Glasses and the Color of One's Skin." The forum will be held at Multnomah Biblical Seminary at 7 p.m. in Travis-Lovitt Hall, located at 8435 NE Glisan Street in Portland, Oregon.

The forum will consist of panelists who are professional, influential men and women of the Portland community who are dedicated to breaking down racial barriers in the hope of living the dream of the late Dr. King, who said, "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." These gifted men and women have been selected on the basis of their character and integrity, which is lived out daily in both their professional and spiritual lives. As such, Multnomah Biblical Seminary is pleased to partner with men and women such as this in order to increase Multnomah's racial and spiritual awareness of Portland's minority communities.

The panelists will discuss their own personal experiences as African-American men and women and they will provide insightful dialogue on current race relations and offer information on the present efforts being made toward racial reconciliation in our city. This perspective will contribute to the school's desire to reflect the Word of God and impact its community.

For more information please contact Forum Coordinator, Letha M. McCleod at