"That Church"

“Beguiled by Beauty: Contemplation and Action”

Matthew 5: 13 – 16 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – We often divide contemplation and social action into separate entities as we split apart the world into dualistic categories: spirituality / activism, prayer / work, inner / outer life. Yet, life is a seamless whole. On this last Sunday of Black History month, we celebrate the life of Howard Thurman who discovered that contemplation leads to action and meditation inspires self-worth. Thurman’s prophetic spirituality, in its joining of contemplation and action, spirituality and justice seeking, shaped a whole generation of prophetic voices. Thurman was beguiled not only by the beauty of creation, but by the beauty of his neighbor.