By Jawanza Eric Clark
during this assortment, black spiritual students and pastors whose services diversity from theology, ethics, and the psychology of faith, to preaching, spiritual aesthetics, and spiritual schooling, talk about the legacy of Albert B. Cleage Jr. and the belief of the Black Madonna and baby.
Easter Sunday, 2017 will mark the fifty 12 months anniversary of Albert B. Cleage Jr.’s unveiling of a mural of the Black Madonna and baby in his church in Detroit, Michigan. This unveiling symbolized a thorough theological departure and disruption. The mural helped symbolically release Black Christian Nationalism and stimulated the Black energy stream within the usa. yet fifty years later, what has been the lasting influence of this act of theological innovation? what's the legacy of Cleage’s emphasis at the literal blackness of Jesus? How has the belief of a Black Madonna and baby expert notions of black womanhood, motherhood? LGBTQ groups? How has Cleage’s theology encouraged Christian schooling, Africana pastoral theology, and the Black Arts flow? The individuals to this paintings talk about solutions to those and lots of extra questions.
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For the faithful, kutafuta (seeking) is a way of life. ”16 Cleage believed that no amount of rational knowledge about the nature and dynamics of the world system is sufficient to effectively change it. A truly effective agent of divine will has to experience the energy and power of God before he/she was capable of total commitment to God, which he regarded as the requirement for membership in the Transforming Community. Cleage’s idea of a church dedicated to personal and social transformation required people who embodied that transformation, people who were incarnations of a God experience.
13 In Chap. 4, Stephen Finley offers a textual analysis of Albert Cleage’s understanding and explication of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. He argues Cleage is the first to present these two iconic figures as complementary and not oppositional. Cleage’s was a radical interpretation, grounded in pragmatic realism, and remains relevant for African American religious thought. Finley also argues that Cleage continues to be a critical and constructive voice that can offer relevant insights to the Black Lives Matter Movement and other social justice movements today, particularly as it relates to the viability of marching.
K. NELSON the black church could be an instrument of healing and restoration. He followed that belief all of his life. It led to some unique and unexpected revelations that lay the foundations for an ongoing ministry of black transformation, unification, and empowerment in his PAOCC. Cleage rose to national prominence in a time of rising expectations and social upheaval. Seeking to seize the time, he wrote two books that captured the zeitgeist and built a national church organization. But as times changed, his ministry had to adapt.
Albert Cleage Jr. and the Black Madonna and Child by Jawanza Eric Clark