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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

May 2004 Intensive
May 2-7 2004 Wash. DC

Seminar: Contemporary Mystic: Howard Thurman - # 60005

Dorsey O. Blake, D.Min.

Faculty Bio: Dorsey has his A.B. from Brown University, M.A., Pacific School of Religion and the Center for Urban Black Studies, M.Div., Pacific School of Religion and D.Min., from United Theological Seminary. He is the Pastor of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco. Dorsey was the first full-time Black male professor at the University of Alabama from 1972-77. He has extensive field ministry experience and work with Interfaith groups on justice and peace issues. Dorsey is Vice-President for Community Learning and founding co-director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of Creation Spirituality.

Course Description: This course will focus on comprehending the ideal of community as expressed through the thought and ministry of Dr. Howard Thurman. A goal of this course will be the discernment of evidence of oneness across racial, sexual, cultural, religious, and national boundaries. A crucial objective will be the embracing of spiritual discipline as an essential method for engaging the search for common ground.

Required Reading:

    Books by Howard Thurman.

    1. The Search for Common Ground. (Bring 5th day) ISBN 0913408948
    2. Jesus and the Disinherited. (Bring 3rd day)ISBN 0807010294
    3. Deep River/The Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death. (Bring 2nd day) ISBN 0913408204
    4. The Luminous Darkness.(Bring 4th day) ISBN 0941350070
    5. With Head and Heart ISBN 015697648 (Doesn't need to be brought, just read)

Suggested Reading:

Books by Howard Thurman

  1. The Centering Moment
  2. The Creative Encounter
  3. Deep is the Hunger
  4. Disciplines of the Spirit
  5. The Growing Edge
  6. The Inward Journey
  7. A Track to the Water's Edge: The Olive Schreiner Reader
  8. With Head and Heart

Books about Howard Thurman

  1. Fluker, Walter E. They Looked for a City.
  2. Fluker, Walter E., Tumber,Catherine; A Strange Freedom.
  3. Makechnie, George, K. Howard Thurman: His Enduring Dream.
  4. Mitchell, Mozella G. Spiritual Dynamics of Howard Thurman's Theology.
  5. Smith, Luther, E. Howard Thurman: The Mystic as Prophet
Books are available through Friends United Press, 1.800.537.8839.
For assistance: Dorsey Blake 510.835.4827 Ext. 21

Pre-Class Writing Assignment: 5-10 pages
Based on the readings, you are free to select your own topic or focus for this paper

Post-Class Writing Assignment: 10-15 pages
The post-class writing assignment will be given in class.

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