Book Study: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Thursdays, July 9-August 6, 2020, 6:00-7:00pm EST
Register here for the Zoom link.

Order James Cone’s book The Cross and the Lynching Tree from the publisher, Orbis Books.

The NH Council of Churches invites you to participate in a five-week book study on James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree. The book is Cone’s deep theology and spirituality of the Cross of Jesus as experienced in the Black church through racist violence and murder.

The book study will include an emphasis on how preachers and church leaders speak about the Cross and about racism in our congregations.

Each week participants will receive a reminder email with the Zoom link, as well as discussion questions for our time together. After each discussion, participants will receive a follow-up email with the Zoom chat log. Participants will be asked to volunteer to prepare a reflection ahead of each meeting to share with the group.

Our schedule of reading for each week will be:

  1. July 9 – Introduction and Chapter 1, “Nobody Knows de Trouble I See:” The Cross and the Lynching Tree in the Black Experience”
  2. July 16 – Chapter 2, “The Terrible Beauty of the Cross” and the Tragedy of the Lynching Tree: A Reflection on Reinhold Niebuhr
  3. July 23 -Chapter 3, Bearing the Cross and Staring Down the Lynching Tree: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Struggle to Redeem the Soul of America
  4. July 30 – Chapter 4, The Recrucified Christ in Black Literary Imagination
  5. August 6 – Chapter 5, “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep,” and Conclusion

The book study will be conducted via Zoom. To participate, please register here first.