Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

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IN OUR ADVENT and Christmas stories, angels are messengers of invitation and free- dom, pointing us toward liberation and life and off the path of destruction.

In this issue, we look at the life of another powerful messenger, Vincent Harding. He and his wife Rosemarie first came to Sojourners in the 1980s, offering us wis- dom drawn from their mentors Howard and Sue Bailey Thurman, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Martin Luther King Jr. In 1998, Vincent delivered Sojourners' first Spirituality Lecture at Howard University's Rankin Chapel where Howard Thurman once served as dean.

Vincent passed away in May, but he lived long enough to comment powerfully on the election of the first African-American president and to prophetically call him out when he strayed from the dream of "a more perfect union." Joanna Shenk, a Mennonite pastor whom Vincent counted as a friend, writes on the Hardings' life and witness. …

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