Howard Thurman and
the Mystical Heart of Non Violence 

April 14, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown


As a mystic, theologian, and spiritual adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Thurman (1899-1981) possessed the uncanny and prophetic ability to make a connection between silence and the scrutiny of one’s inner life with social justice work. He encouraged Dr. King and other organizers of the Civil Rights Movement to examine their inward journeys and to use nonviolent responses to what was often very violent confrontation. Dr. Thurman chose to engage in sacred activism—work that would serve all people and to use the contemplative experience as a path to peace, joy, and power. He wrote about this desire in Jesus and the Disinherited, a book that Dr. King carried with him whenever he marched. Throughout this day punctuated with contemplative prayer, we will witness with readings and silence how the mystical heart of nonviolence that Thurman advocated can be utilized to free others and ourselves.

Offering: $65

Please register below.

Contemplative Learning format
8:30 - Sign-in opens at meeting space 
9:00 - Welcome and breakfast snacks (30 mins) 
9:30 - Prayer, Community Check-in (10 minutes) 
9:40 - Centering Prayer (30 mins) 
10:10 - Silent Break (10 mins)
10:20 - Conference 1 (1 hour)
11:20 - Silent Break (10 mins)
11:30 - Conference 2 (1 hour)
12:30 - Full lunch (with or without conversation) 
1:30 - Conference 3 (1 hr)
2:30 – Silent Break (15 min) 
2:45 - Centering Prayer (30 mins) 
3:15 - Small Group (1 hr) 
4:15 - Community Check-out, Survey and Prayer - ask questions / share closing insights with the large group (15 mins) 
4:30 - Depart

**Online registration is closed. However, there is still room in this program and we welcome you to join us. Please call 860-760-9705 to register or you can register upon arrival. Thank You!


Presenter Profile


Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown

Lerita Coleman Brown, PhD, Professor of Psychology Emerita at Agnes Scott College, is a spiritual companion/director, writer, retreat leader, and speaker. A graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Program at the Shalem Institute, Lerita writes about and promotes contemplative spirituality in everyday life, the life and work of Howard Thurman, and uncovering the peace in one’s heart on her website (,, Twitter (@peace4hearts) and other social media platforms.

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