The Spiritual Bond Between Heschel and King, The ‘Faitheist,’ and More

As we celebrate the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., we reflect on one of his partners in the civil rights movement: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. A survivor of the Holocaust, Heschel was known for his political activism, his deep spirituality, and his ability to put wonder into words.

Susannah Heschel, professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, and the daughter of Rabbi Heschel
Steve Brand, director of the upcoming documentary, Praying With My Legs

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschelt, walked in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. After this march he wrote in his diary, “I felt as if my legs were praying.”

From a young age, Shannon Kearns knew there was something out of sync between his body and his spirit. So when he went to seminary, he made a life-changing decision: to transition from female to male. Now, Kearns is being ordained in the North American Old Catholic Church, an inclusive church independent of Rome.

The word “faitheist” might not mean much to you. For many ardent non-believers, though, it has a sour ring–for them it means a kind of wishy-washy, religion-loving atheist. Chris Stedman, an atheist and proud “faitheist,” explains why religious folks and non-believers can learn a lot from celebrating their shared values


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