Tuesdays at 8 p.m. March 7 through April 4, at the Stumbling Monk (Capitol Hill). Rev. Austin Adkinson will lead a weekly Pub Theology group on The Cross and the Lynching Tree during Lent.
Pub Theology is a gathering of minds, where challenging questions and meaningful discussion are always on tap. It is a space to explore the wisdom each of us brings to the table as we speak candidly about faith, God, and culture. Drop in anytime for a pint (of theology, of course) and lively conversation.
The cross on which Jesus was executed was one of thousands of crosses the Romans utilized as a way of intimidating and controlling the oppressed people at the margins of the empire, much like the ways lynchings of African Americans in the US were used as a tool to terrorize the whole of the black population and keep them in “their place.” Exploring the connections between the cross and the lynching tree will help us better understand the life and teachings of Jesus as well as the impact that some of the most horrific chapters of US history had on our current political climate. With the recent rise of the “alt right” it is more important than ever to look at the uncomfortable aspects of our culture and hear anew Jesus’ call to love and justice.