The picture of the white Jesus no longer hangs on the wall in the hallway between the bedroom and the bathroom. The pictures of President Kennedy and Dr. King are replaced by a new trinity that reflects my theological position.
What will your liturgy on Sunday morning say about Renisha McBride? What sermon will be preached that speaks out for Mike Brown? What benediction will be pronounced that considers Marlene Pinnock? Can you "pass the peace" if you only mean peace for your own neighborhood or community?
James H. Cone talks about his new book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree. http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs071/1101293452452/archive/1109412316407.html The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the...
James Cone, author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree, and a professor at Union Theological Seminary, who is known as the founder of black liberation theology, talks about the personal and larger cultural significance of the crucifixion for blacks seeking justice during Jim Crow.
To be sure the Black Church is not monolithic. In fact the term, “Black Church” is a rubric for a half dozen predominately Black denominations, dozens of non-denominational mega churches and their fellowships, and black congregations inside predominately white denominations. These various constellations constitute the Black Church. In word, there are many “Black Churches”.