Literary works of Howard Thurman have been showing up in materials recently and there are likely several reasons why. This highlight of the Wikipedia summary of Howard Thurman’s life may share a little reason:
Thurman was a prolific author, writing twenty books on theology, religion, and philosophy. The most famous of his works, Jesus and the Disinherited (1949), deeply influenced Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders, both black and white, of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Thurman had been a classmate and friend of King’s father at Morehouse College. King visited Thurman while he attended Boston University, and Thurman in turn mentored his former classmate’s son and his friends.
With observation of MLK Day being this upcoming Monday, it seems a wonderful time to spotlight Thurman. And on the heels of the Christmas season with a look forward to MLK Jr., this gem – The Work of Christmas (HERE) – from Thurman feels like a good fit. It’s a shorty and concludes with this goal:
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart
Let’s take that challenge in The Work of Christmas, allowing the Spirit to move through us in finding, healing, feeding, releasing and rebuilding ways over these coming days…
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, January 16, 2022:
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