We are starting a new book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone, a former professor at Union Theological Seminary and a Black Liberation Theologian. Newcomers are invited to join us via Zoom on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm starting with Chapter 1 on Nov. 24. Contact Pastor Joanna via email for the Zoom Link. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 history and souls of black folk. Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and black death, the cross symbolizes divine power and black life God overcoming the power of sin and death. For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era.