SPECIAL ADULT ED: Theology, The Cross and The Lynching Tree with Rev. Dr. Gentes

Thurs Jan. 17th-Feb. 20th 9:30-11am or 7-8:30pm Zumbro Lutheran Church

Martin Luther says that one deserves to be called a theologian when they “comprehend the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross.” Despite this, Lutherans, along with the whole of white American Christianity, has done little to connect the dots between the suffering of their savior and the suffering of their black neighbor. This failure, according to James Cone, puts in jeopardy “the credibility and promise of the Christian gospel and the hope that we may heal the wounds of racial violence that continue to divide our churches and our society.” Join Rev. Dr. Carl-Eric Gentes for 6 weeks as he guides you through a reading of James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree in conversation with Luther’s Theology of the Cross. This journey will lead from necessary truth-telling to resurrection hope as we grapple with our racist past and seek healing for ourselves and our communities. This class is being offered in collaboration with Zumbro Lutheran Church. The book can be ordered from any online retailer.