Browse Lecture Series (24 total)

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The Meaning of Loyalty (1951, Fellowship Church, San Francisco, CA)

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In this series delivered at Fellowship Church from May 6 to June 10, 1951, Thurman discusses the meaning of loyalty in our private and public lives. For Thurman, loyalty is a steadfast dedication to a cause. This commitment summons all the power within the personality and dedicates it to the goal. To the extent that we experience loyalty, we feel involved with life, giving our lives a sense of meaning and significance. For Thurman, loyalty is the measure of our self-conscious commitments, in…

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Inner Life (1951-52, Fellowship Church, San Francisco, CA)

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In this series, Thurman explores the dynamics of the Inner Life. For Thurman, the Inner Life is the ultimate resource for our outer living. To navigate the inner world is to commune with God in the way that only we can. Through the God of our inner life, we find the supreme source of renewal, approval, and our infinite worth as children of God.

Contributors: Descriptions by Rodell Jefferson III

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Television Interview with Roberta Byrd Barr (1969, KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

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This collection includes an audio recording of part one of Howard Thurman's 1969 interview with Roberta Byrd Barr, originally aired in three parts with the title "A Creative Encounter" on Seattle-based KING-TV. All three parts of the interview are available on the Virtual Listening Room site by Boston University.

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Declaration of Independence (1951, Fellowship Church, San Francisco, CA)

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In this series, Howard Thurman discusses the Declaration of Independence along four key ideas: Created Equal, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. Each of the four sermons explores one of these ideas. These sermons are also available at Expanding Common Ground, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University

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Sue Bailey Thurman Recordings

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This collection contains a two-part interview between Miriam Rogers and Sue Bailey Thurman. In this interview, Thurman explores the lives of Phyllis Wheatley and Amos Fortune, two black people brought to Boston on slave ships, presenting their lives of thought and action as exemplary of democracy and freedom in America. Thurman also talks briefly about the life of Harriet Tubman, and other current events, including: the growing influence of Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence, and readings from…

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We Believe (Television Series, 1958-1965)

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We Believe was a color television program that aired on WHDH-TV, Channel 5, in Boston on weekday mornings at 11:15. From 1958 to 1965, while Howard Thurman was Dean of the Chapel at Boston University, he was the host of the Friday morning show. Each message has a brief introductory section with bells and music before Thurman delivers his short meditation. Some recordings have been edited to remove the intro. In some cases, the Howard Thurman Educational Trust produced tapes with two messages on…

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The Divine Encounter (1953, Fellowship Church, San Francisco, CA)

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In this series delivered at Fellowship Church from March 9 to March 30, 1953, Thurman discusses encountering the divine in our everyday lives. Thurman finds God's logic in moments of personal crisis and chaos, as well as in our encounters with human need. Both crisis and human need can be dealt with at a surface level, but Thurman highlights the necessity of dealing with them at a deeper level – the level of religion. Do we dare search for God in our darkest moments? Do we have eyes to see the…

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Community and the Will of God

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For Howard Thurman, community is the will of God and the intent of life. All of life moves towards a greater sense of wholeness and fulfillment. In this sermon series, Thurman explores the various manifestations of this urge towards community in human life: creation myths, the innocence of childhood, human beings as children of nature, and the utopian dreams of prophets. Ultimately, Thurman illustrates that God is on the side of harmony, and that we as human beings have the opportunity to…

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The Search for Meaning (1975, Indianapolis, IN)

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In this series about the Search for Meaning, Thurman discusses approaches to finding meaning in things to which we choose to devote our lives and energy through the experiences of self, freedom, and love.

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Jesus and the Disinherited (1959, Marsh Chapel, Boston University, Boston, MA)

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"[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the Black prophet-mystic's lifelong attemot to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called 'the religion of Jesus.' Ultimately his goal was to offer this humanizing combination as the basis for an emancipatory way of being, moving toward a fundamentally unchained life that is available to all the women and men everywhere who hunger and thirst for righteousness, especially those 'who…

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