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  • Retreat Schedule
  • Morning Session 1
  • Morning Session 2
  • Afternoon Session 1
  • Afternoon Session 2
  • Bibliography & Resources
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Below is an outline of the Morning and Afternoon sessions. Give yourself ample time for each session and spacious silence. You may access each section of the Retreat Day in the adjacent tabs, as well as the Bibliography and Resource section.

Morning Session
Morning Session 1 with Lerita Coleman Brown (20 minutes)
Reflection Questions: Silent time for reflection, pondering questions and journaling.

Morning Session 2 with Lerita Coleman Brown. (10 minutes)

Reflection Questions: Silent time for reflection, pondering questions and journaling.

Afternoon Session
Afternoon Session 1 with Lerita Coleman Brown (12 minutes)

Reflection Questions: Silent time for reflection, pondering questions and journaling.

Afternoon Session 2 with Lerita Coleman Brown. (17 minutes)

Reflection Questions: Silent time for reflection, pondering questions and journaling.

At any time you feel led, you may make use of the Shalem Timer. When you are in a quiet, comfortable place and ready for silencego ahead and press play.

Listen to the opening session with Lerita by clicking on the orange button below:

Text and printable PDF for How Good it is to Center Down reflection.

Click here to view the PDF of the Howard Washington Thurman Timeline.

Click on the Reflection Questions image below to download and print the questions. Take as much time as you need to respond.

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Listen to the second morning session with Lerita by clicking on the orange button below:

Click on the Reflection Questions image below to download and print the questions. Take as much time as you need to respond.

Listen to the first afternoon session with Lerita by clicking on the orange button below:

Click on the Reflection Questions image below to download and print the questions. Take as much time as you need to respond.

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Listen to the final session with Lerita by clicking on the orange button below:

Text and printable PDF for Strength to Be Free reading. Perhaps you might like to softly play the song “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” in the background, as sung by Mahalia Jackson, as you read this text. This was a song that King listened to frequently during the Civil Rights movement, especially when he had some doubts due to violence, death threats, and bombings.

Click on the Reflection Questions image below to download and print the questions. Take as much time as you need to respond.

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Reminder: As this is the final formal session of your retreat day, please note that you may access the audio meditations or the Shalem Timer as often as you wish. Or you may wish to explore some offerings and resources in the Bibliography section. Before you have completed your retreat day, please fill out this feedback form to share your experience and help us shape future offerings.

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Howard Thurman: Mystic and Model for Contemplative Social Activism

A Selected Bibliography

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Which of these should I read? The list is in no particular order and the books, articles and audio selections are simply recommended resources. Let your intuition and prayer guide what, if anything, is right for you.

Howard Thurman, With Hand and Heart: The Autobiography of Howard Thurman. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1981.

Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited. Boston: Beacon Press, (1949), 1996 (reprint edition).

Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.

Howard Thurman, The Centering Moment. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1981.

Howard Thurman, Deep is the Hunger. Richard, Indiana: Friends United Press, 1978.

Howard Thurman, Disciplines of the Spirit. Richard, Indiana: Friends United Press, 1963.

Lerita Coleman Brown, An Ordinary Mystic: Contemplation, Inner Authority, and Spiritual Direction in the Life and Work of Howard Thurman. Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, 18, 14-22, 2012.

Quinton Dixie, Peter Eisenstadt, Visions of a Better World: Howard Thurmans Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence.Boston: Beacon Press, 2011.

Walter E. Fluker, Catherine Tumber (Eds.), A Strange Freedom: The Best of Howard Thurman on Religious Experience and Public Life. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1998).

Donna Schaper (Ed.) 40 Day Journey with Howard Thurman.Minneapolis: Augsburg Books, 2009.

Luther Smith, Jr., Howard Thurman-The Mystic as Prophet. Richard, Indiana: Friends United Press, 1991.

Luther Smith, Jr. (Ed.) Howard Thurman: Essential Writings. New York: Orbis, 2006.

Vocal Recordings by Howard Thurman

The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman: A Visionary for our Times. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2010 (audio recording of selected Howard Thurman sermons, meditations and talks).

Virtual listening room: lectures, sermons and talks:http://hgar-srv3.bu.edu/web/howard-thurman/virtual-listening-room

(This website offers a rich resource of Howard Thurman sermons, talks, and lectures.)

Related Readings on Contemplative Practices, African Americans, and Social Justice

Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable-Contemplative Practices of the Black Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004.

Sherry Bryant-Johnson, Rosalie Norman-McNaney, Therese Taylor-Stinson, (Eds), Embodied Spirits: Stories of Spiritual Directors of Color.New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2014.

Robert Ellsberg (Ed.), Modern Spiritual MastersWriters on Contemplation and Compassion.New York: Orbis, 2009.

Catherine Meeks (Ed).Living into Gods Dream: Dismantling Racism in America.New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2016.

Forthcoming

Therese Taylor-Stinson, (Ed). Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Stories of Contemplation and Justice, Church Publishing, October, 2017.