Footprints of a Dream: The Story of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples

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In a narrative that has urgent significance for every church congregation facing the racial dilemma of mid-twentieth century America, Howard Thurman tells the dramatic story of the founding of the first fully integrated church in the United States—the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco.Dr. Thurman, cofounder and long time minister, gives a complete and intimate picture of the beginnings of Fellowship Church, its early problems, experiments, and successful attainment of complete interracial ...

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Overview

In a narrative that has urgent significance for every church congregation facing the racial dilemma of mid-twentieth century America, Howard Thurman tells the dramatic story of the founding of the first fully integrated church in the United States—the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco.Dr. Thurman, cofounder and long time minister, gives a complete and intimate picture of the beginnings of Fellowship Church, its early problems, experiments, and successful attainment of complete interracial unity. In simple, moving terms he describes the everyday events of church life—worship services, choir practice, church school, etc.—against the background of a multiracial congregation. Through his genius the reader experiences the anxious moments of forming new patterns of organization, the thrill of new and unexpected allies, of vistas opening into the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606084519
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 1,004,162
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Thurman (1900-1981) was an African American theologian, pastor, and civil rights leader. He served as the dean of the chapel at both Howard and Boston universities and was a founder and co-pastor of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California. Thurman's many books include Jesus and the Disinherited (1949) and Disciplines of the Spirit (1963).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Prologue 11

The Social Climate in 1944

The War

The Protestant Church

The West Coast

1 Khyber Pass 15

My Early Years

Entering the Ministry

Experimenting at Howard University

2 In This Commitment 29

Dr. Alfred G. Fisk

The Sakai Group

The Neighborhood Church

The Children's Intercultural Workshop

The Commitment

The Public Inaugural

The Move to Independence

The Types of Membership

3 The Letter and the Spirit 63

The Intercultural Committee

The Pilgrimage to UNESCO

The Ministry of Music

Sunday Morning Meditation Period

The Preaching Ministry

Experiments in Adult Religious Education

The Meditation Room

Religious Education of Children

Worship through the Fine Arts

The Growing Edge Magazine

The Organizational Structure

The Use of Interns

Finances

A Church Home Is Purchased

4 The Image of the Church 109

The Racial Breakdown

The Membership Speaks for Itself about Itself

The Education of the Community

Funerals

Weddings

Interracial Marriages

Community Outreach

Tenth Anniversary

5 A Radical Test 131

The Journey to Boston University

The Church Stands on Its Own Feet

Rev. Francis Geddes, the New Minister

The Program for Interns Becomes Stabilized

Stonetree Ranch Provides New Dimension of Fellowship

Conclusion

Conclusion 137

Epilogue 138

The Social Climate in 1959

The Church Speaks Formally about Integration

Suggestions for the Local Church

South

An Illustration

North

The Negro Church

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