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Jesus and the Disinherited: Theology Brunch for August

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
August 29 2019

“The awareness of being a child of God tends to stabilize the ego and results in a new courage, fearlessness, and power.”

In the classic theological treatise Jesus and the Disinherited, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to ending the descent into moral nihilism. Hatred does not empower–it decays. Only through self-love and love of one another can God’s justice prevail.

Senior Minister Scott Jones will review and discuss Jesus & the Disinherited at our next Theology Brunch, Thursday, August 29 at 12:00 at Early Bird Brunch.

Here is an excerpt from the book, chapter 2 entitled Fear.

 

Howard Washington Thurman (November 18, 1899 – April 10, 1981) was an African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. As a prominent religious figure, he played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century. Thurman’s theology of radical nonviolence influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists, and he was a key mentor to leaders within the movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr.   Thurman served as dean of Rankin Chapel at Howard University from 1932 to 1944 and as dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston Universityfrom 1953 to 1965. In 1944, he co-founded, along with Alfred Fisk, the first major interracial, interdenominational church in the United States.