Cornel West pays homage to Abraham Joshua Heschel, former professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Heschel had a major impact on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s thinking on non-violence, race, and human rights. West discusses the friendship and alliance between Heschel and King with NPR's Tavis Smiley.
Published in the July 7, 1910 issue of The Christian Century, this article by editor Charles Clayton Morrison gives a first-hand account of the conference events that led to the modern ecumenical movement.
This episode of the public radio program This American Life (September 9, 2005) conveys personal and surprising stories from survivors in New Orleans who would otherwise go unheard. In the third segment, listen to an 18-year-old African-American girl who lives in the Lafitte Housing projects of New Orleans react to conservative comments and her way of dealing with the storm's aftermath.
The struggle for equal rights for African Americans and women has been compared and contrasted through many different social and political lenses. Rosemary Reuther's essay (originally published in Christianity and Crisis in 1974) explores what she considers to be the two most important expressions of liberation theology to emerge from the American experience in the late 1960s.
Krista and director Martin Doblmeier explore this 20th-century German theologian whose life spanned the rise and fall of Hitler's Germany. His resistance of Nazi ideology, while much of the German church succumbed, offers a model of personal morality and conscience in the most troubled and immoral of times.
For another perspective on analyzing and redressing poverty in America, listen to Dr. David Hilfiker tell the story of how poverty and racial isolation came to be in cities across America. And, he describes his practical experience in inner-city Washington D.C. living with the questions many Americans came to ask in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Building on Hoyt's reference to working according to God's time, kairotic time, listen to Charles Villa-Vicencio discuss his experiences working on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and how kairos played a role in the dismemberment of Apartheid.
Bishop Hoyt says that slaves had to have humor and hope in order to endure the hard times. The genre of the Black Spiritual was one way of expressing the idea of better days. Listen to Joe Carter sing and explain the subtexts of the rich and fascinating history of these songes — replete with hidden meanings and lament.