Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP) joins all those committed to building a more just and peaceful world in mourning the death of Dr. Vincent Harding on May 19, 2014. Current ICUJP Board Member and former Chairperson Rev. Louis Chase has prepared a beautiful tribute to Dr. Harding on behalf of ICUJP.
By Louis A. Chase, OSL
Pastor, Magnolia Park United Methodist Church
The world mourns the loss of a giant, Dr. VIncent Harding, who died on May 19, 2014 at age 82.He was known by many people as a theologian, peace activist, teacher, author, visionary, Civil Rights campaigner and a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Vincent Harding I knew was a man of few words, fiery, intellectual brilliance, a follower of Jesus, passionate about defending the poor and committed to the path of justice. He lived his life as he preached simple, poetic and hopeful. He remained just outside the limelight of fame, bending history and shaping the moral contours of our social discourse on issues of freedom, justice and peace.