Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was a prominent African American pastor and scholar who served at Howard University, Boston University, and the interdenominational Fellowship Church in San Francisco. His 1949 book, Jesus and the Disinherited, was a major influence on Dr. Martin Luther King. In some ways Thurman is the spiritual Godfather of the Civil Rights movement. This course will focus on that 1949 classic text as well as his 1979 autobiography, With Head and Heart, and his 1963 spiritual classic, Disciplines of the Spirit.

Reverend Dr. Frank Yates is the parish associate at First Presbyterian Church. He also teaches New Testament in the religious studies program at UNM, and philosophy and ethics at Lewis University, as well as at St. Norbert University in Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and UT Austin and has graduate degrees from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.