Howard Thurman’s ‘The Work of Christmas’

Christian contemplative, pastor, theologian, mystic and my personal favorite, graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, my alma mater, the Reverend Dr. Howard Thurman offers these words and this sacred work done after Christmas, after we have changed seasons and the music has changed in local department stores and shopping malls, when the commercials change […]

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Howard Thurman’s I will light candles this Christmas

“The light shines in darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” ~ John 1.5, NRSV In the midst of the seemingly unending and untraceable darkness of racism, I find hope in the light of Christ.  He is the Light of the world and we are called to bear witness to Him no matter how […]

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Howard Thurman, Sentimental Christianity and Hatred

“Christianity has been almost sentimental in its effort to deal with hatred in human life. It has sought to get rid of hatred by preachments, by moralizing, by platitudinous judgments. It has hesitated to analyze the basis of hatred and to evaluate it in terms of its possible significance in the lives of people possessed […]

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We have a new name

“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.  It is the only true guide you will ever have.  And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” ~ […]

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Howard Thurman: What Do I Want, Really?

Preacher, pastor, theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman invites us to participate in the inward journey of self- fulfillment and becoming.  He invites us to ask ourselves, “What is the fundamental thing that I am after?…  What is my point? … What is it that I really want?… In the fulfillment of myself, this thing will follow.”  […]

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