In Upper School chapel services on Thursday, Deacon Loeffler shared a prayer and a little history on the author, Howard Thurman. Click on "Read More" for the full transcript. #HowardThurman #CasciacelebratesBlackHistory
Open unto me, light for my darkness Open unto me, courage for my fear Open unto me, hope for my despair Open unto me, peace for my turmoil Open unto me, joy for my sorrow Open unto me, strength for my weakness Open unto me, wisdom for my confusion Open unto me, forgiveness for my sins Open unto me, tenderness for my toughness Open unto me, love for my hates Open unto me, Thy Self for myself Lord, Lord, open unto me!
- Howard Thurman, from "Meditations of the Heart"
Thurman was born in 1899 and raised in the segregated South. He is recognized as one of the great spiritual leaders of the 20th century, renowned for his reflections on humanity and our relationship with God. Thurman was a prolific author, writing at least 20 books; perhaps the most famous is Jesus and the Disinherited (1949), which deeply influenced Martin Luther King, Jr., and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Thurman was the first black person to be a tenured dean at a predominantly white institution (Boston Univ.). He also co-founded the first interracially pastored, intercultural church in the U.S.