By Jon Sievert
At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Dr Victor Bremson discusses the legacy of Dr Howard Thurman, an influential African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader who touched the lives of countless people of all races, faiths, and cultures.
“The Life of Howard Thurman”
By Dr. Victor Bremson
Sun, Oct 23, 10:30am
La Posada de Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
As a prominent religious figure, Thurman played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century. His theology of radical nonviolence influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists. He was a key mentor to leaders within the movement, including Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, who carried Thurman’s book on the philosophy of nonviolence whenever he traveled the country. In 1935 Dr Thurman was part of a group of African Americans who traveled to India to learn about its fight for independence. There he met with Mahatma Gandhi and brought his teachings back to the United States. In 1953, Life magazine called Thurman one of the 12 most influential preachers in the United States, yet he remains largely unknown by most Americans.
He served as Dean of Rankin Chapel at Howard University and cofounded the first major interracial, interdenominational church in the United States, where people of all faiths were welcomed. He was the first black Dean of Chapel at a majority-white university, Marsh Chapel of Boston University, and the honorary Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York. Thurman was also a visiting professor at Vassar and several other prominent universities.
Dr Victor Bremson’s career includes 35 years as a corporate turnaround consultant. After retiring he obtained a Doctor of Ministry from Wisdom University. He has taught several courses on the environment and nonviolence and was the founder of a nonprofit called ForTheGrandChildren that dealt with being present for the future.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am. at La Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.