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Event Series Event Series: February Adult Ed: Black History Month

Adult Ed: An Introduction to Howard Thurman

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

February is Black History Month, and while God—who knocks down walls and dissolves boundaries—exhorts us to know one another’s stories always, Black History Month offers us an opportunity for particular intentionality in this regard. Join us for sessions on February 4th and 18th as we get acquainted with—or deepen our understanding of—two great American thinkers and advocates.

February 4: An Introduction to Howard Thurman
An important African-American pastor, theologian, and mystic, Howard Thurman is best known for his classic book, Jesus and the Disinherited, famous for its profound impact on the thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Thurman understood himself as an activist-mystic in the tradition of Jesus himself, writing “the mystic’s concern with the imperative of social action is not merely to improve the conditions of society. It is not merely to feed the hungry, not merely to relieve human suffering and human misery. If this were all, in and of itself, it would be important surely. But this is not all. The basic consideration has to do with the removal of all that prevents God from coming to [God’s Self] in the life of the individual. Whatever there is that blocks this, calls for action.” It was Thurman’s deep, inner life of contemplation that sent him outward, seeking justice.

February 18 session is “Understanding Malcolm X.”

Please join us!  Both sessions are at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings, live in the Parish Hall and online, via Zoom, at bit.ly/STJNmain.

[left image:  Howard Thurman, from Amon Carter Museum of American Art;  right image:  Malcolm X, from LOC’s Public Domain Archive]


February 4
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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