Biography, Storytelling, and Justice (May 2023)

Stories matter for the work of justice, and yet it’s a complicated matter to tell the stories of people who committed their lives to building a better world. How can we tell their stories without resorting to hagiography (writing about saints and heroes)? And how can we remember the complexities of people, including their inevitable blindspots and shortcomings, and still learn from those who have gone before us? We’ll be wrestling with these questions throughout the month of May as we read Paul Harvey’s recent Howard Thurman and the Disinherited: A Religious Biography alongside other works of biography.

Paul Harvey will be our webinar speaker for May. Paul is Distinguished Professor of History and Presidential Teaching Scholar at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The author and editor of many books, Harvey’s most recent work is Martin Luther King: A Religious Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021). 

Join the Faith and Justice Network and get access to the following: 

  • Webinar with Paul Harvey: This live event will take place 10:00-11:30 am Pacific Time on Saturday, May 6 (recording available afterward on the network platform)
  • Spiritual Practices: Led by Kinship Commons, a women-of-color-owned collective of artists who curate worship and liturgies centering BIPOC voices
  • Curated Readings: Works by Paul Harvey, D.L. Mayfield, and Reggie L. Williams
  • Online Discussions: Join the conversation with people from all over the world
  • Fireside Chat: A virtual gathering to process together what we’ve learned over the past month. This event will take place 6:00 – 7:00 pm Pacific Time on Thursday, May 25 (recording available afterward on the network platform) 

Join us for a month, a season, or a year or more!

Seek Faith, Learn Justice, Together in Community

Peter Choi

Peter is Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Justice and also serves on the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union. The author of George Whitefield: Evangelist for God and Empire (Eerdmans, 2018), his next book project is provisionally titled Subverting Faith: Early Evangelicals and the Making of Race (under contract with Oxford University Press).
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