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Book Release: The Unfinished Search for Common Ground









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Walter Earl Fluker

The Unfinished Search for Common Ground: Reimagining Howard Thurman's Life and Work

This book aims to summarize the life and work of Howard Thurman while also stimulating Thurman scholars in their ongoing explorations of his importance. One of the leading religious figures of twentieth-century America, Thurman was one of the first prominent African American pacifists. He led the first delegation of African Americans to meet with Mahatma Gandhi in 1936, and his theology of radical nonviolence, outlined in Jesus and the Disinherited (1949), influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists. And his insistence on the integrity and centrality of personal religious experience was communicated for a half-century in books, and through a personal presence, that continues to have an impact on religious thought and spiritual practice.

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About Author

Walter Earl Fluker

Rev. Dr. Walter Fluker was born in Vaiden, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he attended public schools. He served in the United States Army as a Chaplain’s Assistant from 1971-1973.

He received his BA degree in philosophy and biblical studies from Trinity College in 1977, and an MDiv degree in 1980 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Fluker completed his PhD degree in social ethics at Boston University, in 1988. He retired from the Boston University School of Theology in June 2020.

Featured Books

Dr. Flukers other books

The Ground Has Shifted

The Ground Has Shifted: The Black Church in Post-Racial America. New York: New York University Press, 2016

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Ethical Leadership and the Quest for Character, Civility, and Community.

Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009

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They Looked for a City

A Comparative Analysis of the Ideal of Community in the Thought of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1989

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Edited Volumes

Walking With God: The Sermon Series of Howard Thurman. Edited with Peter Eisenstadt. Volumes 1-3, (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2020-2023)

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