RLST 201 Week 15: Funeral of James Cone

Happened earlier today at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem, the same place where MLK gave his famous Vietnam sermon.

Union Theological Seminary in New York: Tributes to James Cone

If you’ve never heard of James Cone, but have heard of Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Jerry Falwell, or Pat Robertson, this is a good time for reflection and self-awareness of how Christianity in the US and the West more generally is deeply infected by systemic racism and how the prophetic voices of our day who speak out against systemic racism are silenced or ignored.

What would it do to our understanding of the New Testament if we started with the (historically accurate) premise that Jesus was an oppressed person of color? How would it change the practice of Christianity in the US today if we started with that premise? How would it change our lives?