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Bayard T. Rustin: the pragmatic Quaker

5 - 26 April 2024, Online

Bayard T. Rustin was committed to social, political, and economic justice and equality. This often led him to controversial policy positions. This course will consider how Rustin's Quakerism informed and structured his social and political life.

Bayard T Rustin

The course explores Rustin's life and faith during his 50-year public life. We will examine Rustin's words and deeds as a pragmatic Quaker who often relied on a broader ecumenical outlook – rooted in his “oneness of the human family" notion – to guide his community activism in dealing with the various injustices and inequalities facing marginalized groups in the U.S. and abroad.

As we read and discuss Rustin's life and work, you will be encouraged to consider how and in what way your faith affords you a framework for public action. You will integrate your biography, textual interpretive reading experiences, and personal emotions to answer the above queries through weekly journaling and live discussion sessions.

The live Zoom sessions will take place every Friday at 15:00-16:30 (UK time).

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Telephone: 0121 7282360

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Start: 00:00 on 5 April 2024

Finish: 00:00 on 26 April 2024


United Kingdom

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