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Stand Your Ground: Theology Brunch for July

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones
July 26 2018

The 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager in Florida, and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, brought public attention to controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws. The verdict, as much as the killing, sent shock waves through the African-American community, recalling a history of similar deaths, and the long struggle for justice.

On the Sunday morning following the verdict, black preachers around the country addressed the question, “Where is the justice of God? What are we to hope for?” This book is an attempt to take seriously social and theological questions raised by this and similar stories, and to answer black church people’s questions of justice and faith in response to the call of God.

Senior Minister Scott Jones will review and discuss Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God at our next Theology Brunch on Thursday, July 26 at noon at Early Bird Brunch.

Here is an excerpt from the book, the prologue, introduction, and opening part of the first chapter on “American Exceptionalism.” Stand Your Ground

The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and is the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral.  She is considered a leader in the field of womanist theology, racial reconciliation, and sexuality and the black church.