Word for the Month: FREEDOM
Scripture of the Month: Book of Galatians
Thought for the Month: The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community.
The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In The Cross and the Lynching Tree, 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.
Emphasis for the Month: African American Heritage
Pastor’s Book of the Month: The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone