Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Publishes Justice and Mercy posthumously

Reinhold Niebuhr Timeline: Publishes Justice and Mercy posthumously

Correspondence from Teddy Kollek and Jimmy Carter

Mayor of Jerusalem
September 5, 1976

Dr. Ursula Niebuhr
Yale Hill
Massachusetts 01262

Dear Ursula:

I picked up this week's Time Magazine and read the article by Hugh Sidey on Jimmy Carter. I was very moved to read that he found inspiration in June Bingham's book on Reinhold as well as in your collection of Reinhold's writings. I found myself walking over to my library shelf, taking Justice and Mercy in hand, and sitting down to read. (If Jimmy Carter can find time, I should be able to as well…). Your husband was truly an exceptional man - and knowing you as well as I do, I can say that you were truly an exceptional team.

I am sure that even Jerusalem would have trouble competing with the Berkshires at this time of year but I do hope that you are planning to visit again soon.

With warm personal regards.

Teddy Kollek


Jimmy Carter
Plains, Georgia 31780

To Ursula M. Niebuhr

Thank you.
When I heard of your husband's death in 1971, mine was a selfish sorrow - because I had always wanted to meet him. He contributed to my private education more than you could know.

In my acceptance speech at the convention I used one of Dr. Niebuhr's ideas. That love must be translated into justice in order to be effective.

I hope that some day I may be able to thank you personally for the book.


Reinhold Niebuhr Papers: Library of Congress, Manuscript Reading Room

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Paul Elie

is senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage.

Jean Bethke Elshtain

is an author and Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robin Lovin

is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and the author of Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism.