First Book Selection: Jesus And The Disinherited By Howard Thurman

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All are welcome to join this book club where we will be reading both nonfiction and fiction books related to issues of justice. Selections will be made by the group and discussion leaders may rotate, depending on the composition and size of the group.

First published in 1949, Jesus and the Disinherited is a brilliant and compassionate look at God’s work in our lives. As we struggle today with issues of poverty, racism, and spiritual disengagement, Howard Thurman’s discerning reading of the message of renewal through self-love as exemplified in the life of Jesus resonates powerfully once again.

Challenging our submersion into individual and social isolation, Thurman suggests a reading of the Gospel that recovers a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. He argues that within Jesus’ life of suffering and pain and overwhelming love is the solution that will prevent our descent into moral nihilism. For although scorned and forced to live outside of society, Jesus advocated a love of self and others that defeats fear and the hatred that decays our souls and the world around us.  

This is an important and influential book whose message helped shape the civil rights movement and changed our nation’s history forever. Thurman’s work reaches past anger and distrust toward a vision of unity – a welcome epistle in the 21st century.

Justice Committee Book Club Meetings 
May 19 @ 7:00 p.m.
May 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
June 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
(skip a week)
June 16 @ 7:00 p.m.
June 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
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