Howard Thurman Retreat Day

There is in every person an inward sea…
— Howard Thurman

Lerita_Coleman_Brown_headshotWould you benefit from taking a day this New Year to rejuvenate, recharge, and refocus? Join Shalem for a retreat day —ONLINE.

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Through audio teaching, guided meditation, reflection questions and invitations into silence, Lerita Coleman Brown invites you into intentional quiet space to reflect on the life and work of Howard Thurman, spiritual guide to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Retreat Schedule
Below is an outline of the Morning and Afternoon sessions. Give yourself ample time for each session and spacious silence. In addition to the sessions, the retreat day includes a Bibliography and Resource section.

Morning Session
Retreat opening and Thurman’s Life audio with Lerita Coleman Brown (20 minutes)
Reflection Questions: Silent time for reflection, pondering questions and journaling.

Thurman’s Pilgrimage to India Meeting Gandhi audio with Lerita Coleman Brown. (10 minutes)
Reflection Questions: Silent time for reflection, pondering questions and journaling.

Afternoon Session
Thurman’s book Jesus and the Disinherited audio with Lerita Coleman Brown (12 minutes)
Reflection Questions: Silent time for reflection, pondering questions and journaling.

Thurman’s Influence on Martin Luther King, Jr, Inner Authority and Beloved Community audio with Lerita Coleman Brown (17 minutes)
Reflection Questions: Silent time for reflection, pondering questions and journaling.

Technical requirements: The retreat website can be accessed on any computer or tablet. Resources and audio reflections are hosted by YouTube and SoundCloud. Prayerful technical assistance is offered via email at helpdesk@shalem.org. Access your retreat immediately upon purchase, via a link in your receipt email.

lerita_presenting_800 Lerita Coleman Brown, PhD, is a spiritual director, author, Professor Emerita of Psychology at Agnes Scott College and past director of the Science Center for Women at Agnes Scott. She also is a graduate of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and speaks and writes about contemplative spirituality in everyday life.

This was a welcome respite amidst our politically polarized world. I was reminded of the resources of our inner life that we can draw on to stay grounded and find courage and motivation to contribute to constructive social change.

This course was life changing. I had heard of Howard Thurman and had even read some of his materials, but this course really created a strong desire and determination to continue studying his work.

Howard Thurman’s thinking is so conducive to a retreat day, and the presenter did a lovely job curating his ideas and translating them into invitations to go deeper with God and into the world. This was a very well-designed, accessible retreat, and I’m likely to do another one with Shalem because of my experience.

I was seeking a quiet day that would refresh and revitalize me for social justice in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday. I know that Howard Thurman inspires me, so this seemed to present a wonderful opportunity to learn more and sit in the Presence of God, too.

I have been a part of three of Shalem’s online courses. All of them have been well-led and offered with careful instructions that did not make heavy demands on my minimal computer knowledge. The continuing invitations to stop and reflect in silence in the midst of the experience were always a help.

Wednesday, January 10 through Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Registration has closed. Check back here in the new year for 2019 dates.

You may experience the material anytime within that date range. Access your retreat immediately upon purchase, via a link in your receipt email.

$49 regular price; $44 if you gather a group of 3 or more
If you sign up for the group rate, enter the names of your group members or group in the Notes section at checkout. Contact ruth@shalem.org for group discounts of 10 or more.