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Hearing the Sound of the Genuine with Howard Thurman

Thursday, February 25, 2021

06:00 PM - 07:30 PM


Contemplative Outreach Chicago presents:

Hearing the Sound of the Genuine with Howard Thurman

This workshop will introduce participants to the contemplative wisdom of Howard Thurman. Participants will engage with how Thurman discerns the ways in which the experience of social injustice misshapes our individual and common life.  Such malformation of spirit has particular manifestations for the oppressed as well those who participate in oppression.  In a nation shaped by patterns of injustice, the wisdom of Thurman’s creative encounter with the divine provides a path forward.  

Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was one of the most important and influential contemplatives of the 20th Century. He was a mystic, theologian, academic, clergyman and spiritual adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Thurman wrote more than 20 books on theology, religion and philosophy, the most famous being Jesus and the Disinherited (1949). 

Workshop Leader: Rev. Christophe D. Ringer, Ph.D.  

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Christophe D. Ringer serves as Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and Society at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is passionate about understanding the relationship between self, society and the sacred for human flourishing. Ringer received his Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics and Society from Vanderbilt University. His research interests include African American religion and cultural studies, religion and politics, public theology and social ethics. He is the author of Necropolitics: The Religious Crisis of U.S. Mass Incarceration, which examines the religious meanings that sustain mass incarceration. 

Dr. Ringer’s professional experience also includes a background in community development, with the Chicago Community Loan Fund as well as serving as a counselor at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison (R.M.S.I.) and Behavioral Treatment Providers (BTP). In addition, Ringer served ten years as pastor of Howard Congregational UCC and was actively involved with numerous campaigns to advance social justice. Recently he’s been active in the campaign to end wealth-based pre-trial detention in Illinois.

Dr. Ringer is a New Leaders Council Fellow, member of the U.S. Human Rights Network, board member of the Chicago Renewal Society, board president of A Just Harvest, and leadership team member of the Workers Center for Racial Justice. Dr. Ringer is married to the wonderful Minister Kimberly Peeler-Ringer. 


Registration for this workshop is $10. Scholarships are available - please email Coordinator@centeringprayerchicago.org.

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The Zoom link will be emailed at noon on the Friday before the workshop.



Please email registrar@centeringprayerchicago.org for a Zoom link resend or for any questions.

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