In Brothers in the Beloved Community, Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus tells the little-known story of a friendship between two giants of our time: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Marc Andrus, Bishop Mariann Budde and the Rev. Dr. Paul Smith join Dean Hollerith for an online discussion via Zoom to explore this relationship and the efforts of these two icons to resist the forces still at work today.

Several years before King’s death, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote an open letter to Martin Luther King Jr. as part of his effort to raise awareness and bring peace in Vietnam. There was an unexpected outcome of Nhat Hanh’s letter to King: The two men met in 1966 and 1967 and became not only allies in the peace movement, but friends. This friendship between two prophetic figures from different religions and cultures, from countries at war with one another, reached a great depth in a short period of time. Dr. King nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He wrote: “Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.”

Bishop Marc Andrus, Episcopal Diocese of California
Bishop Mariann Budde, Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, Civil rights veteran, minister, educator and author

Registrants will be sent information with a Zoom link on April 6. Registration is free for this ONLINE event, with an option to pay what you wish.