the Iconocast: Vincent Harding (episode 46)

May 6, 2013the Iconocast Collective

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In this interview, Joanna and Jarrod interview Vincent Harding.

Vincent Harding is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Transformation at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He is chairperson of the Veterans of Hope Project, which he founded in 1997 with his late wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding. As longtime activists and teachers, the Hardings began their work in the Mennonite Church in Chicago, Illinois, in the late 1950s and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1961 to join with Martin Luther King Jr. and others in the southern freedom movement. Vincent Harding occasionally drafted speeches for Martin Luther King, including his famous anti-Vietnam speech, “A Time to Break Silence” which King delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City, exactly a year before he was assassinated. In ensuing years, the Hardings served as scholars, advisors, and encouragers for a wide variety of movements, organizations, and individuals working for compassionate social change in the United States and internationally. Three of his most recent books are: Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the MovementMartin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero; and We Changed the World.

This interview is part of the Widening the Circle mini-series.

To more deeply engage a commitment to undoing oppression with seasoned justice-seekers, the Iconocast is launching a mini-series, Widening the Circle: Experiments in Christian Discipleship. Editor Joanna Shenk and the co-hosts will interview chapter authors about their continuing journeys of discipleship, asking questions like: How has their thinking deepened around the themes they wrote about? What do they see happening in the discipleship community movement currently? What is taking shape in their community/organization? What have they let go? In the meantime, make sure to check out Widening the Circle, with stories including from Dr. Vincent Harding, Reba Place Fellowship, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Mark Van Steenwyk, Andrea Ferich, Anton Flores and Jesce Walz.

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Intro and bumper music for this episode is Ella’s Song performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock and All Along the Watchtower as performed by Jimi Hendrix.

  • Aljosie Knight

    I am thrilled that technolog can be used to support and facilitate communication and learning among veterana and young people concerned about social justice. Let’s turn off the TVs and prepare our minds and spirits for activism by listening to Iconocast. Thank you Joanna for this gift!

  • Catherine Meeks

    I agree with Sister Aljosie that this is a wonderful use of technology. I love having this opportunity to hear this interview with Vincent and to see all of the others that have been done. Blessings

  • bodymember

    This is David,

    I am part of the Body of Christ. We are Christians looking to follow the Lord for His many atypical avenues. Most of us have previous experience meeting in organized
    religion and Lord took us away from that system. Jesus is showing more
    and more His person, who is very different than the one religious
    systems are selling. The Holy Spirit is who teaches us and we became the
    field of action of His teaching. We understand the difference between a
    preacher and a witness. What do you think about this video?



    MARRYING AND DISMARRYING in the life of the Church

  • Nikayla Crisp

    I am one of the lucky young people from the Perth group with Jarrod, please can we hear our singing to Dr. Harding at the end? We felt this was a very special moment! :-)

    • Mark Van Steenwyk

      I’m sorry, but due to the recording difficulties, it is almost impossible to hear the singing.

  • Umulkhayr

    Hello :) I am also one of the young people that were present when this interview took place. I agree with Nikayla, the singing was really special for us. Dr Harding had taught Jarrod that song and when Jarrod came back to Perth he taught it to us. So singing that song with Dr Harding that night was such a spiritual and moving moment for all of us and we would love to hear it.

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