Faith in the Public Square

Join us on Wednesday, September 4, as we hear Alveda King speak at our next Faith in the Public Square forum. She is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and sees the prolife movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.

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ALVEDA C.KING uses her God-given talents and abilities to glorify God and uphold the sanctity of life from the womb to the tomb.

She is the daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King. Alveda grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda was jailed during the open housing movement. She sees the prolife movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.

Alveda King is a former college professor and served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She is a recipient of the Life Prize Award (2011), the Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award (2011) and the Civil Rights Award from Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) (2011). She is a bestselling author. The Founder of Alveda King Ministries, Alveda is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Saint Anselm College. She has served on several boards, including Heartbeat International, Georgia Right to Life, The King Center, Bible Curriculum in Public Schools and Abortion Recovery International (ARIN). She is also a member of the National Black Prolife Coalition (NBPC) and is a Senior Fellow with the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society. Alveda is a regular columnist for Newsmax.com “Insiders” section and a Fox News contributor.

Alveda King lives in Atlanta, where she is the grateful mother of six and a blessed grandmother.

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WHAT IS THE PUBLIC SQUARE?

The "public square" has both a figurative and literal meaning.  It can be a street corner, a park, a sidewalk, a bulletin board, a blog, a break-room at work, a play-ground at school, an accessible outside area on a college campus, or an actual public square where you can put down a soap box and say your peace.  Basically, it is any place where, as citizens, we have the freedom to walk and talk. Arguably, the public square is one of the most important realms of our culture because it is here where we - as a society - decide who we are and who we will be.

Unfortunately there is a missing voice in our public square today. It is the prophetic voice of God’s people bringing the mind of Christ into the public places where ideas are debated and shaped.

At Coral Ridge we are driven by a desire to equip gospel-centered, culture-shaping Christians. Our faith, while deeply personal, must never remain private. We are called to an outward facing, public faith. Our hope is that the public square is one of those places in our culture that is transformed by the people of faith who have been called to build the city of God in the midst of the city of man.