The Theology of Howard Thurman in a Time of Fear, Deception, and Hate

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Week One
June 5-9
9:00 - 11:30

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In today’s culturally and religiously diverse societies and with intense political divisions amongst people, the life and theology of Howard Thurman offers much for us to reflect upon as we consider our own spiritual journey, life’s work in a complex global world. Thurman emerged to articulate a view of God, personal identity, discipleship and social witness that continues to have a spiritual influence upon the thinking and actions of people around the world. The universal appeal of his thinking seems to endure and resonates with people from one generation to the next. This course will introduce Thurman by reading, reflecting upon and discussing his seminal book: Jesus and the Disinherited. We will mine what this text has to offer regarding our own work, spiritual path, sense of self and role as citizens.


Frederick (Jerry) Streets (  is an adjunct Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Yale Divinity School. He served as the Yale University Chaplain from 1992-2007. Rev. Streets is a former Senior Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has over thirty years of experience as a congregational minister and clinical social worker. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the historical Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ in New Haven, CT.

Yale Divinity School

Frederick J. Streets