Howard Thurman was a mystic, a leader in the civil rights movement, author, preacher, and an apostle of nonviolence. He was pastor of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, in San Francisco. A congregation that is “a church dedicated to personal empowerment and social transformation through an ever deepening relationship with the Spirit of God in All Life.” Isn’t that a wonderful statement? It was the first intentionally interfaith and interracial congregation in the United States. Imagine that.
Thinking about Howard Thurman’s idea of the growing edge, I'm also thinking about the recent elections, and Representative Raphael Warnock’s quote that was seen so often on the internet. He said, “A vote is a prayer about the kind of world we want to live in.” His quote continues, “Our prayers are stronger when we pray together. Make a plan to vote today.” And many of us did vote our prayers. We voted dreaming about the world not simply as it is, but dreaming about the world as it might be, as it could be and can be. Dreaming that another world is possible. The voting is done, but the praying has to go on.
Rev. David Hansen