“In 1956, an African-American preacher named Howard Thurman decided to leave his work in San Francisco to be the dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University,” said the Rev. Marvin McMickle at the Friday morning 9:15 a.m. Devotional Hour. “He had gone to San Francisco with a vision to build an intentionally racially integrated church from the ground up. He had a Pentecost vision, of going back to that first church in Jerusalem where people from all places came together.”
McMickle’s title was “Are You a Contagious Christian?,” and his text was Matthew 13:13-16.
“In the midst of this work, he got the invitation to Boston,” McMickle said, “He said, ‘Should I stay with the work that I started or move on to the opposite side of the country?’ He moved to Boston on this basis: ‘I want to put myself in a place where I can have the maximum contagion. I want to be where whatever there is of God and godliness in me has the highest possibility of rubbing off, of being caught by someone else.’”