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Manekin-Clark Annual Lecture

Walter Earl Fluker to be 2023 Manekin-Clark Lecturer

Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, an internationally recognized expert on Howard Thurman’s life and teaching, will deliver the 2023 Manekin-Clark Lecture on Monday, October 23, 2023 at 7:00 PM.


Thurman was a 20th century religious leader and educator who introduced the philosophy of non-violence to Black Christian leaders within the Civil Rights Movement. He pioneered the first interracial, intercultural, interfaith church in San Francisco.


Dr. Fluker is a Distinguished Professor of the Howard Thurman Center at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace in Hartford, Conn. He served from 2020-2023 as the Professor of Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and is professor emeritus and the former Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at the Boston University School of Theology, where he served as the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project 


The lecture will be held at Northside Baptist Church of Baltimore, 1100 E. Northern Parkway, and will be available via livestream. It will be free and open to the public.

Manekin-Clark Events

Howard Thurman: Moral anchor to the Civil Rights movement

October 4, 11, and 18
10:00 AM–Noon ET at the ICJS library
OR 6:30–8:00 PM ET Online via Zoom
Howard Thurman was arguably the most important 20th century African American religious leader before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is universally acclaimed as the moral anchor to the modern civil rights movement. This minicourse introduces participants to Thurman in the contexts of African American religious and cultural activism.


Thurman’s Creative Encounter: A clergy book club

Tuesday, October 10 & 17
Noon–1:00 PM ET
Online via Zoom
And Monday, October 23
Noon–1:30 PM ET
At the ICJS Library
Using Thurman’s timeless and thought-provoking book, The Creative Encounter, we will explore his understanding of religion, the role religious institutions and leaders play in cultivating transformative religious experiences, and how these experiences impact us on an individual and societal level.


Interreligious Lessons from Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited

November 1, 8, and 15
5:30–6:30 PM ET
At the ICJS Library
Join us for a study of Howard Thurman’s seminal work, Jesus and the Disinherited and a reflection on his idea of the Growing Edge. Through our readings, we will seek to understand Thurman as an interreligious thought leader, examine our own roles in cultivating a peaceful, pluralistic society, and discuss ways to take action in an increasingly divided world.


Bernie Manekin, one of the founding Jewish trustees of the ICJS, was a man who became entangled in the lives of those that he came to know and love. Jim Clark, a Presbyterian, was a builder who wanted to change the inner, as well of the outer landscape of urban America. A lifelong friendship was forged. The Manekin-Clark Lecture bears witness to their deep, and resilient interreligious friendship.”

Heather Miller Rubens

ICJS Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar

Dalia Mogahed: American Muslims at a Crossroads

2022 Manekin-Clark Lecture

What opinions, attitudes, and beliefs do American Muslims hold today? How do these differ or align with the general public and with Jewish and Christian Americans? Muslims are often a topic of conversation in the public square, but less often are in the conversation. Dalia Mogahed, director of the national American Muslim Poll, brings the voices and opinions of this resilient American community into conversation with others, as she explores opinions and experiences on a range of issues, including voting registration, student bullying, mental health, Islamophobia, racial identity, and spiritual practices.

Recapturing the Prophetic Tradition 

Dr. Susannah Heschel offered a friendly critique and challenge of interreligious dialogue, drawing on the legacy of her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, whose work and writings on the prophetic tradition offer a model to irspire and sharpen future dialogue. December 2021

Religion & Politics in Transition:
The End of White Christian America

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. Founder and CEO, Public Religion Research Institute, December 2019

White Supremacy, Power, and the Role of Interfaith

Beverly Mitchell, Ph.D., Professor of Historic Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, June 2018

Banning Sharia

Anver Emon, Ph.D., Professor of Law and History; Canada Research Chair in Islamic Law and History; Director, Institute of Islamic Studies at University of Toronto, April 2017

Imagining Justice in Baltimore: A Jewish Perspective

Marc Gopin, Ph.D., Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University, April 2016

Interfaith Leadership: Building a Healthy Democracy

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., Founder and President Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), May 2015

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Collision: Jews, Christians, and Muslims

David Nirenberg, Ph.D., Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought, University of Chicago, May 2014

From Religious Intolerance to Creative Engagement

Rabbi David Rosen, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee, June 2013

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Robert Eisen, Ph.D.

April 2012

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