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The Human Spirit and the Quest for Community (Online)

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Monday 06/14/2021
10:30am - 12:00pm EST

Dr. Howard Thurman | Living Beyond the Timberline ~ Remembering Dr. Thurman on Juneteenth | Dominican Center, West MichiganAfter 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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Phillip Johnson, PhD

Professor and Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Phillip Johnson is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. He has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from New York University and a private practice that focuses on individual, group, and family concerns.

Dr. Johnson is a licensed professional counselor with more than 30 years of clinical experience. His research has centered on the racial oppression and dehumanization of African Americans and African American men in particular. His most recent work examines the concept of “somebodiness.”

Dr. Johnson is the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP 2016 Humanitarian Award recipient. He is also enrolled in Dominican Center’s three-year education and formation program to become a spiritual director.

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