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 non secular schooling, speak about the legacy of Albert B. Cleage Jr. and the assumption 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 an intensive theological departure and disruption. The mural helped symbolically release Black Christian Nationalism and motivated the Black energy circulation within the usa. yet fifty years later, what has been the lasting impression of this act of theological innovation? what's the legacy of Cleage’s emphasis at the literal blackness of Jesus? How has the assumption of a Black Madonna and baby trained notions of black womanhood, motherhood? LGBTQ groups? How has Cleage’s theology prompted Christian schooling, Africana pastoral theology, and the Black Arts circulation? The participants to this paintings speak about solutions to those and lots of extra questions.
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Nelson allows this Cleage to speak for himself quoting at length from sermons and unpublished essays written after 1978. In Chap. 3, I argue that Albert Cleage offers an alternative theological methodology that is worthy of reexamination and engagement within academic black theological discourse. His central tenet and claim that “nothing is more sacred than the liberation of black people,” reflects a pragmatic theological method that is guided by the lived experiences of everyday black people in America.
Albert Cleage, “Kutafuta: To Seek the Experience of God,” 1982, unpublished essay. 17. Cleage, “Genesis II: The Recreation of Man,” 1984. 18. Ibid. 19. Ibid. 20. Ibid. 21. Albert Cleage, Sermon Discussion, Shrine #10 Houston, TX, 1997. K. NELSON 22. ” 23. Albert Cleage, Sermon Discussion, Shrine #10 Houston, TX, 1998. 24. Albert Cleage, Presentation to National Leadership at the 1st Pan African Synod, Houston, TX, 1978. 25. Albert Cleage, “The Transforming Community (sermon),” 1983. 26. ” 27. Cleage, PAOCC Theological Statement, 1992.
25. Albert Cleage, “The Transforming Community (sermon),” 1983. 26. ” 27. Cleage, PAOCC Theological Statement, 1992. 28. Albert Cleage, PAOCC Kutafuta Responsive Meditation, 1984. ’s 1967 unveiling of a mural of a black Madonna and child on Easter Sunday morning at Central United Church of Christ launched the Black Christian Nationalist (BCN) Movement in America. This unveiling marked not only the symbolic genesis of Cleage’s construction of black theology, but also an often unacknowledged theological paradigm shift, a methodological transformation with radical ecclesiological ramifications.