James Cone, Strange Fruit and Other Musings on Blackness and Christianity

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February 3, 2019

Rev. Benjamin Perkins

James Cone, Strange Fruit and Other Musings on Blackness and Christianity

Readings: Psalm 71:1-6 and Luke 4:21-30

Many consider Reverend Doctor James Cone the father of Black Liberation Theology.  His no-nonsense approach to theology and his insistence that it be rooted in the life-and-death experiences of Black folks were central to his work.  Moreover, he challenged white Christianity and openly asserted that it wasn’t true to Jesus’ vision of G-d’s kin(g)dom, because it failed to reckon fully with white supremacy and the horrors of the cross–specifically, the broken, lynched Black bodies in the United States of America. Yet for all his prophetic anger, James Cone saw hope and love as key to our collective transformation.  Come join as we begin our Black History Month sermon series that will feature prominent Black theologians.

-Rev. Benjamin Perkins

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