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This summer, those interested will read together Jesus and The Disinherited by mystic, educator, and activist, Howard Thurman.
Famously known as the text that Martin Luther King, Jr. sought inspiration from in the days leading up to the Montgomery bus boycott, Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited helped shape the civil rights movement and changed our nation’s history forever. As we struggle today with issues of poverty, racism, and spiritual disengagement, Thurman’s discerning reading of the message of renewal through self-love, as exemplified in the life of Jesus, resonates powerfully once again.
Challenging our submersion into individualism and social isolation, Thurman suggests a reading of the Gospel that recovers a manual of resistance of the poor and disenfranchised. He argues that within Jesus’ life of suffering, pain, and overwhelming love is the solution that will prevent our descent into moral nihilism.
Thurman’s work reaches past anger and distrust toward a vision of unity – a welcome epistle that moves another generation of advocates for Black lives.
We will gather together via Zoom (click here) at 6:30pm on the following Thursday evenings:
June 23 – Discuss Forward and Chapter 1
July 14 – Discuss Chapters 2 & 3
August 4 – Discuss Chapter 4
August 25 – Discuss Chapter 5 & Epilogue
You can find the discussion guide we will use here. You can purchase the book, new or used, from several sources online. Ask Pastor Jason if you need help.
People will be traveling over the course of the summer, so come to the sessions you are able. We will include an online discussion, as well.