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The Human Spirit and the Quest for Community (Online)
- Monday 06/14/2021
- 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
After a year of walking in the shadows, recognizing the cracks in society revealed by COVID, racism, oppression, and poverty, be with us as Dr. Phillip Johnson shares the person of Howard Thurman, whose message of unity and wholeness is so relevant today. Dr. Thurman is a spiritual giant whose writings and faith shine into our cracks and help heal us.
In the stillness of quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. ~ Howard Thurman
Join the Dominican Center community as we honor Juneteenth, the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S., with a shared commitment to freedom for all in the heart of God.
Dr. Howard Thurman
Dr. Thurman was an American Baptist preacher and theologian, the first African American dean of chapel at a traditionally white American university, and a founder of the first interracial interfaith congregation in the United States.
Thurman was the grandson of former slaves who stressed education as a means of overcoming racial discrimination. He graduated as valedictorian from Morehouse College, a predominantly black school, with a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1923 and from Rochester Theological Seminary (now Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School) with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1926. He subsequently served as pastor of a Baptist church in Oberlin, Ohio, and pursued graduate course work in theology at Oberlin College.
A meeting in 1934 with Mohandas K. Gandhi instilled within Thurman an appreciation for the value of nonviolent resistance in combating racial inequality. He subsequently wed nonviolence and the appreciation he had gained from Jones for the inward personal relationship with God with a deeply religious sense of protest against institutionalized race-based segregation. As a pastor and educator, he inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., and other students committed to social justice who would participate in the civil rights movement. He gained a broader following as a prolific author and the host of a popular Sunday morning television show.
Thurman retired from teaching in 1965. He founded and directed the Howard Thurman Educational Trust, which provided funding for college students in need, and remained a prolific writer and a popular speaker until his death.
Photo courtesy of Emory University.
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