Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

Media. 57 minutes . Journey Films , 2019.

This hour-long film tells the life story of pastor and theologian Howard Thurman, a thought-leader in nonviolent resistance and founder of an integrated, interfaith congregation.


interviews with Jesse L. Jackson and John Lewis, nationwide screening dates, discussion guides, a list of Howard Thurman resources

Best For

clergy, clergy study groups, seminarians, judicatory leaders, new leaders


for purchase

Suggested Uses

  • Consider racial reconciliation in your context by exploring the life of Thurman and his work in non-violence.
  • Generate creativity and possibility in your congregation by comparing Thurman’ s Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples with current innovative congregations.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

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