Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary, and Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York, will give the annual Parks-King lecture entitled "When Our Actions are Ordered by God." The lives of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. were not charted by personal strategic plans. There is abundant evidence that their actions were guided by forces beyond themselves. Whatever the providential influences pressing them in a particular direction, they yielded themselves to the calling and went forth with courage to embrace the divinely inspired assignment. What can we learn from their odyssey of faith to help us discern the “destiny factors” at work in the choices they made? How may we cultivate “the courage to be” as we discover that the steps of a good woman or man are ordered by the Lord?