Kipton Jensen-Sermons on the Parables

Kipton Jensen


Kipton E. Jensen, PhD (Marquette University, 1996), is an associate professor of philosophy and the director of the Leadership Studies Program in the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership (AYCGL) at Morehouse College. He previously served as assistant director of the International Comparative Labor Studies Program (ICLS). Prior to coming to Morehouse College, Dr. Jensen taught philosophy at the University of Botswana (2004-2008). His research in Botswana on the role of traditional healers and faith communities in public health was published as Parallel Discourses: Religious Identity and HIV Prevention in Botswana (2012). Jensen also published Hegel: Hovering (2012). Since coming to Morehouse, Jensen has published numerous articles and co-edited—with David Gowler (Emory University-Oxford)—a collection of Howard Thurman’s Sermons on the Parables (Orbis Books, 2018). Among his forthcoming publications is a manuscript titled Howard Thurman: Philosophy, Civil Rights, and the Search for Common Ground (University of South Carolina Press, 2019). Jensen has taught in Germany, China, India, and Ireland. He lives with his wife and children in Decatur.


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.

Moderator: Catherine Meeks

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.

  • First Baptist Decatur Carreker Hall presented by Mailchimp
  • Sat 10:00-10:45a Carreker

Sermons on the Parables

Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was one of the finest thinkers and most influential preachers of his era. Yet Thurman’s importance goes well beyond his influence on Martin Luther King, Jr. and others in the freedom struggle. His spiritual gifts and dreams, as well as his unique response to his troubled times, were as extraordinarily creative as they were vast and far-reaching. This collection of fifteen of Thurman’s unpublished sermons on the parables of Jesus captures the power of the parables to challenge, transform, and inspire us to declare or reaffirm our commitment to the reign of God and the human community proclaimed by Jesus. BUY THIS BOOK!

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