“Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Howard Thurman (1899-1981)
An African American theologian described as a “modern mystic and prophet,” Howard Thurman was a Christian minister and theology professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C.. In one of his many books he spoke of his grandmother’s experience as a slave whose identity and dignity were upheld by the belief that all people are children of God. For him the religion of Jesus provides hope for the disinherited, the dispossessed and the poor of society because it is centered on the love-ethic that makes true unity possible. This love-ethic is the way to God and overcomes the contradictions of life. When the depth of the soul is touched, a universal spirit is found that includes all people.
From Christian Mystics by Ursula King