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Bishop Singh Offers Dr. Martin Luther King Address

Join the HWS community in celebrating the work of Dr. King.

The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh, who served as a member of the HWS Board of Trustees from 2008-2021, will offer an address titled “Towards Joy, Justice and Belonging in our Beloved Communities” in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The talk will be held on zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Register here for the Zoom discussion.

The former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, N.Y., Singh was named the Bishop Provisional of the Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan in October 2021. As a member of the HWS Board of Trustees for 13 years, he held positions on the committees of academic affairs, compensation and human resources and student affairs. At HWS, Singh also served as keynote speaker during baccalaureate in 2017 and was the recipient of the Community Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community in 2012.

“Bishop Prince has lived the ideals of Rev. Dr. King by promoting a beloved community in the Rochester and Upstate NY area. This includes his dedication to telling the truth about who we are, what we have done well and where we have fallen short in loving our neighbor,” says Chaplain Nita Byrd. “I am reminded of the quote by the Rev. Dr. King stressing the necessity of love, ‘Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization.’ Like those living when Rev. Dr. King spoke these words, we face unprecedented times once more, where bomb threats seek to undermine higher education across the nation on the first day of Black History Month.”

Born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Singh was ordained priest of the Church of South India and served congregations in India before moving to the United States. He served in the Diocese of Newark as Associate Rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, N.J., and as Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, N.J., until his election as the Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester in 2008.

Singh graduated from Madras Christian College, Tambaram, and Union Biblical Seminary. He holds postgraduate degrees in practical theology from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, from Princeton Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Drew University in religion and society.

In conjunction of the national observance, HWS and the Geneva community also marched to honor the life and service of Dr. King on Jan. 18.