Product Code: 8427
ISBN: 9780664260668
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages: 222
Published Date: 10/13/2020
Availability:In stock
Price: $30.00

Howard Thurman was famously known as one of the towering giants of American religion in the twentieth century. His writings have influenced some of the most important religious and political figures of the last century, from Martin Luther King to Barack Obama. Theologians such as James Cone and Cornel West regularly signal their indebtedness to him. He was a mystic, a preacher, an educator, a theologian, and much more. It is impossible to understand the African American church today without an appreciation for his contributions.

And yet, while Thurman's name is often recognized, his seminal ideas have not received the attention they deserve. In this volume, internationally known leaders like Marian Wright Edelman, Parker Palmer, and Barbara Brown Taylor invite the reader into creative engagement with Thurman's writings. Anchored in the Current illuminates how Thurman’s life and wisdom lead these influential names on the ancient quest to connect with the Ultimate, all while discovering the contemporary need to seek racial justice and sharpening the minds and faith of those who come after us. Readers will find important and enduring answers in the works of this indispensable prophet and teacher.

Contributors include: Barbara Brown Taylor, Patrick Clayborn, Elesa Commerse, Martin Doblmeier, Marian Wright Edelman, Gregory C. Ellison II, Mari Evans, Walter Earl Fluker, Stephen Lewis, Parker J. Palmer, Luke A. Powery, Liza J. Rankow, Tyler Sit, Luther E. Smith, Jr., Shively T. J. Smith, Matthew Wesley Williams, and Starsky Wilson.

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Introduction – Gregory C. Ellison II
Part 1: Thurman As Vocational Anchor
Interlude: Our Life and Times – Mari Evans
1. Longing for Reunion with a Man I Never Met – Barbara Brown Taylor
2. Listening from the Voice of Vocation: Hearing the Sound of the Genuine in Solitude and Community – Parker J. Palmer

Part 2: Thurman As Anchor for Educators
Interlude: The Gift of Good Counsel: Listening for “The Sound of the Genuine” – Martin Doblmeier
3. The Inward Sea: Mapping Interior Landmarks for Leaders – Walter Earl Fluker
4. Thurman-eutics: Howard Thurman’s “Clothesline” for the Interpretation of the Life of the Mind and Journey of the Spirit – Shively T.J. Smith

Part 3: Thurman as Anchor for Activists
Interlude: Emergence Within Stephen Lewis
5. Prophetic Service and Global Change – Marian Wright Edelman
6. Where Freedom Forms: Place, Purpose, and “the Particulars” – Starsky D. Wilson
7. Mysticism and Social Action: The Ethical Demands of Oneness – Liza J. Rankow

Part 4: Thurman as Spiritual Anchor
Interlude: Echoes of Head and Heart: An Ancestral Journey Within – Matthew Wesley Williams
8. “The Growing Edge” of Life and Ministry – Luke A. Powery
9. In Search of Thurman’s Apostles – Patrick D. Clayborn
10. When the Magic Happens I Struggle to Catch My Breath: Planting Seeds of Community on Common Ground – Tyler Ho-Sin Sit

Conclusion: Embracing the Quest – Luke E. Smith Jr.
Postlude: A Perpetual State of Relative Completion – Elesa Commerse

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