By Jawanza Eric Clark
during this assortment, black non secular students and pastors whose services variety from theology, ethics, and the psychology of faith, to preaching, spiritual aesthetics, and non secular schooling, talk about the legacy of Albert B. Cleage Jr. and the assumption of the Black Madonna and baby.
Easter Sunday, 2017 will mark the fifty 12 months anniversary of Albert B. Cleage Jr.’s unveiling of a mural of the Black Madonna and baby in his church in Detroit, Michigan. This unveiling symbolized an intensive theological departure and disruption. The mural helped symbolically release Black Christian Nationalism and stimulated the Black strength circulation within the usa. yet fifty years later, what has been the lasting influence of this act of theological innovation? what's the legacy of Cleage’s emphasis at the literal blackness of Jesus? How has the belief of a Black Madonna and baby proficient notions of black womanhood, motherhood? LGBTQ groups? How has Cleage’s theology inspired Christian schooling, Africana pastoral theology, and the Black Arts circulate? The individuals to this paintings speak about solutions to those and plenty of extra questions.
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Cleage’s ministry was concerned with the unique problems facing black people. His social ministry was not a peripheral concern to the work of the church. It was the work of the church. His theology was a by-product of his ministry. K. E. ), Albert Cleage Jr. K. NELSON advancing his unique ministry were being fleshed out. ”1 This describes the Albert Cleage of the period in which the two books were written. But they do not encompass the fullness of his evolutionary journey, a journey that continued for another three decades, until his death in 2000.
No matter how brilliant its insights, unless people were going to actually put them to work, they were irrelevant. ” What they are really saying is that they lack the courage to preach a theology that is not mainstream and conventional. In that sense, they are not truly leading the church but are being led by what congregants will find theologically acceptable. K. NELSON theological discourse beyond the one they inherited. And if they try, they will end up aborting their careers or preaching to empty seats.
James Cone provides his paradigm for theorizing, yet Reddie acknowledges Albert Cleage’s contribution and laments the truth that Cleage has been underappreciated because he was not a career academic but was devoted to pastoral ministry. INTRODUCTION: WHY A WHITE CHRIST CONTINUES TO BE RACIST... 17 NOTES 1. 176. 2. 170. 3. , “An Introduction to Black Christian Nationalism,” unpublished essay. 4. 70. 5. Hood, Must God Remain Greek? 153. 6. 7. 7. J. 140. 8. 102–103. 9. 58. 10. Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge, ed.
Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child by Jawanza Eric Clark