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Books on Faith & Meaning A Conversation with Prof Xavier Pickett

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Join us for a Zoom conversation with Faith Initiative Director, Dr. Matthew Croasmun and Professor Xavier Pickett from NC State University, exploring Dr. Howard Thurman’s theological treatise, Jesus and the Disinherited.

The Christian faith, Thurman insists, has had much to say about how a Christian ought to respond to the suffering of others. But what does the Christian faith have to say to those who are themselves suffering under oppression—to those “with their backs against the wall”? Thurman offers an account of a Jesus whose life was marked by oppression, a Jesus who grew up under Roman occupation, knew what it was to have one’s body constantly under threat—one who knew the temptation of fear, deception, and hatred, and nevertheless responded in love. Thurman’s book is a foundational work of non-violent resistance, but it is also a vivid vision of flourishing life in the face of violent oppression.

Our Books on Faith & Meaning series consists of monthly presentations introducing selections from the Faith & Meaning section of the Grace Farms Library. Spanning multiple religious and philosophical traditions, both ancient and contemporary, these texts encourage us to think critically about the meaning in our lives.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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