Carter to speak at Swannanoa Valley Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer breakfast


The Rev. Michael J S Carter will be the keynote speaker for the 24th annual Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer breakfast on Saturday, February 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Camp Dorothy Walls in Black Mountain. His speech is entitled “Dreamer.” Everyone is cordially invited to attend this special celebration.

Rev. Carter is minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley in Black Mountain. A Baltimore native, he lived in New York City for over 27 years, working as a professional actor before moving to Asheville.

An ordained interfaith minister, he received his Masters in Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2000. He has served various Unitarian Universalist churches in New York City and surrounding areas and was trained as an anti-racism trainer by the denomination, being recognized by President Clinton for his efforts.

Rev. Carter is a frequent commentator on the History Channel’s television show, Ancient Aliens, where he discusses his book, Alien Scriptures: Extraterrestrials in the Holy Bible. He has also worked as a hospital chaplain in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, as well as Mission Health System in Asheville. He also served as diversity officer for Mission Health System for three and a half years, while writing a weekly column for the Asheville Citizen-Times for six months.

Tickets to the breakfast are available for $12. Patron tickets are $35, with $23 of that amount going to the scholarship fund. Also, local businesses, churches, and organizations are encouraged to purchase advertising in the event program. For tickets or more information, contact Archie Pertiller at 669-1281, Roberta Madden at 419-0730, or any member of the board of the Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Corporation.


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