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Reparations are necessary for rebuilding Black America, argues the Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby in his new book, “Getting to the Promised Land: Black America and the Unfinished Work of the Civil Rights Movement,” published Tuesday by Westminster John Knox Press.
Thanks in part to Union Presbyterian Seminary, Cooperative Baptists in Virginia will have new options for advanced theological study because of partnerships developed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia and CBF Global.
For Robert P. Jones, Tuesday’s webinar was a chance to discuss his significant book, “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity.” And for the faith leaders who appeared with Jones during the event put on by Simmons College of Kentucky and Empower West Louisville, it was a chance to enter into remarkable conversation about the future of an inclusive church — if only it will proclaim the authentic gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Whatever the explicit public proclamations of white denominations and individual Christians, the public opinion data reveal that the historical legacy of white supremacy lives on in white Christianity today.”
Thought-provoking, relevant, hopeful – wow!
All were words used to describe the morning sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church and president of Simmons College of Kentucky, as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrated and commemorated the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last week.
Martin Luther King Jr. did not have to go to Birmingham.
He had options, Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Crosby recalled Wednesday morning during the annual Presbyterian Center Service of Commemoration for the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Well on his way to becoming the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history, to that point, King seemed poised for the pulpit at his home church in Atlanta, or maybe the presidency of Morehouse College.
Birmingham was a powder keg, known as “Bombingham” because of the pervasive race-based violence in the Alabama city. But after prayer, King told his father and his mentor that his place was with “the suffering people of Birmingham,” Cosby said. “He went down there and was arrested.”
And that is where he wrote the iconic Letter from Birmingham Jail, which formed the basis for Wednesday’s worship service at the third floor chapel with the Ohio River serving as a backdrop.