April Love-Fordham spent twenty very fun years in the corporate world, before attending seminary at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur to become a pastor. Her first collection of books is a series of Disorderly Parable Bible Studies. April and her husband, Steve, live with Maggie Mayhem, a goofy Great Dane. April and Steve have hiked more than 1000 miles across Europe and have another 200 planned this year. She has two sons and a daughter-in-law who she adores.
Reflecting on Howard Thurman and St. Francis
Kipton Jensen and David Gowler discuss their book Howard Thurman: Sermons on the Parables in conversation with April Love Fordham, presenting her book, St. Francis and the Christian Life: A Disorderly Parable of the Epistle to the Galatians.
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D is the Founding Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing as well as the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-cultural Studies and Sociology from Wesleyan College. She has published seven books, including her recently co-authored book, Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells As Prophet for Our Times and her edited book Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, which focuses on racial healing and reconciliation. She is committed to working for the abolition of the death penalty, writing, and helping to create spaces where transformation and rebirth can occur.
St. Francis and the Christian Life
How do we live the Christian life? April Love-Fordham and her husband contemplated this as they retraced the footsteps of Saint Francis across the Italian wilderness. Love-Fordham was planning a lecture series on Galatians, written by the Apostle Paul, when she and her husband began their pilgrimage. As they journeyed into the life and legends of Saint Francis, a playful old-school Franciscan monk befriended them. Together, the three named the parallels and divergences in the lives of Saint Francis and Paul. In doing so, they discovered an entirely new—but ancient—way of following Jesus. This book teaches Galatians the way Jesus taught: through parables. In this case, the parables are about Saint Francis. Each section ends with a spiritual practice designed to help readers discover their own unique way of living the Christian life. BUY THIS BOOK!