The Cross and The Lynching Tree - Lecture


The Cross and The Lynching Tree is a lecture presented by the Christine and John Shelby Spong Lectureship Series based at St. Peter's Church in Morristown NJ. 


The lectureship periodically brings world class theologians, biblical scholars, church historians and liturgists to St. Peter's, its larger community, and to the Diocese of Newark.  It is hoped that speakers and teachers can assist in bringing people of diverse faith traditions into relevant dialogue, informed by rigorous scholarship.


The lectureship is meant to speak to people who find the God they meet in church not big enough to be the God of Life...

The 2014 lecture is from Professor James H. Cone, known as the founder of Black Liberation Theology. He is the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary.


He attended Shorter College (1954-56) and holds a B.A. degree from Philander Smith College (1958). In 1961, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary and later earned an M.A. (1963) and Ph.D. (1965) from Northwestern University. Dr. Cone has been conferred thirteen (13) honorary degrees, including an honoris causa from the Institut Protestant de Théologie in Paris, France. 

Dr. Cone is best known for his ground-breaking works, Black Theology & Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970); he is also the author of the highly acclaimed God of the Oppressed (1975), and of Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare? (1991); all of which works have been translated into nine languages.


Before viewing this lecture, it is a recommendation to first read the book The Cross and The Lynching Tree. If you haven't read the book, you can pick up a copy at your nearest bookstore or click here to order a copy.

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Running time: 58 minutes