The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman: Volume 3: The Bold Adventure, September 1943 - May1949 - The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman (Hardback)Walter Earl Fluker (editor)
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In volume 3 (September 1943-May 1949), Walter Earl Fluker documents Thurman's founding and leadership of the Fellowship Church for All Peoples in San Francisco, California--the nation's first major interracial, interfaith church. The war years showed Thurman new possibilities and strains in American culture. He felt the war had led to a moral coarsening as evidenced by a willingness to accept things that had been intolerable in peacetime, an emphasis on destroying enemies--real and imagined--and the conviction that the only way to solve problems was through the use of force, a conviction that became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Amid the uncertainty of this period, Thurman embarked on his great interfaith experiment as pastor to a small group of dedicated and courageous people who were primarily middle class, with at least as many white as black people, in a city that in 1940s America was far from the mainstream of black life.
His letters, essays, and sermons show Thurman struggling to define and maintain the interracial character and practice of Fellowship Church, building its programs and membership while constantly wrestling with financial and location problems and preserving its separation from other organizations, most notably the Communist Party and its adult education program, the California Labour School. Thurman was also becoming more of a national figure, partly a result of the attention given to the Fellowship Church in publications such as Time magazine, but also because he had begun to publish regularly.
From his first book, The Greatest of These, it was only three years until his Ingersoll lecture at Harvard, ""The Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death,"" was offered by Harper. Two years later Thurman published what has proven his most enduring work, Jesus and the Disinherited, arguing that the key to understanding the religion of Jesus was his lack of Roman citizenship, a condition Thurman compared to the lives of southern black people, who, like Jesus, were effectively disinherited
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
"An excellent collection of letters, sermons, and essays by one of America's greatest preachers and theologians. Scholars and researchers of Howard Thurman owe the editor, Walter Fluker, an enormous debt of gratitude."--James H. Cone, Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theology Seminary
"On the whole, this fine text arrives at a moment when the political pervasiveness of psychological dynamics that Thurman once famously described as 'the hounds of hell'. . . potentially lend themselves to stark authoritarianism in the United States."--The Journal of Southern History
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