The Rev. Dr. John H. Danner (left) and the Rev. Dr. Ran Niehoff will present a two-part course Nov. 7 & 14.
The Rev. Dr. John H. Danner (left) and the Rev. Dr. Ran Niehoff will present a two-part course Nov. 7 & 14.
The Rev. Dr. John H. Danner, Senior Pastor of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, will be joined by the Rev. Dr. Ran Niehoff, the congregation’s Pastor Emeritus, Wednesday, Nov. 7 & 14 for a two-session course titled Four Pioneers: Twentieth Century Theologians You Should Know.

The two pastors will examine the life and thought of Alfred North Whitehead, Dorothy Day, Reinhold Niebuhr and Howard Thurman. Identical classes will be held at the church at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. each week.

Alfred North Whitehead was born and raised in the United Kingdom. Originally his work focused on mathematics, but in time he became involved in metaphysics. He is referred to as the father of process philosophy, which is considered foundational to many contemporary theological works. His Process and Reality is still considered required reading in the field.

Dorothy Day began her career as a journalist but in the early part of the twentieth century co-founded the Catholic Worker movement with Peter Maurin. Many of her writings focus around the theological underpinnings of the modern social justice movement. Day is especially known for her gripping memoirs, including The Long Way Home.

Reinhold Niebuhr was the most prominent member of a family of theologians. Known as much for his work in ethics as in theology, Niebuhr was part of the neo-orthodox movement and a proponent of realism. His works include The Nature and Destiny of Man and Moral Man and Immoral Society.

Howard Thurman focused much of his work on race relations and is considered to be one of the major influences on Martin Luther King, Jr., and other leaders of the Civil Rights movement. Thurman is also known for his poetry, including the beloved “The Work of Christmas.”

The course is free and open to the public. Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For further information call the church office at 239-472-0497, or visit the church website at