Week 1

By the end of tonight’s session, you will have the necessary background, especially regarding the cross, lynching tree, and the general outline of this work to feel confident as you crack open and read each chapter.

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This year, instead of a traditional Ash Wednesday Service, we invite you to a book study on James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree.

Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day journey of self-reflection and spiritual transformation. Placing ashes on our foreheads in the sign of the cross is a reminder of how fragile human life is. As we discuss the connections between the cross, the lynching tree, and Christian faith, the prophetic words of James Cone will help us remember who we are and who we must become.

Facilitating this study is Dale Fredrickson who is the associate pastor at Cameron Church, an 8th grade Bible teacher, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology at Claremont Graduate University. He is passionate about educational experiences that help people experience healing and wholeness.

For a Zoom link, or if you have any questions, email him at pastordale@cameronchurch.org.

This study is a team effort with the support of Good Trouble, a ministry team from Cameron Church who SPEAKS, EQUIPS, and ACTS for social justice, with a focus on race, gender, and LGBTQ equity.

“James Cone is a world-historical figure in twentieth-century Christian Theology. The Cross and the Lynching Tree is a powerful and painful song for hope in our dance with mortality—a song Cone courageously has led for over forty years!”

Cornel West