Tuesday, March 31 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For African Americans in North America, life can be characterized in various terms of suffering. Though the degree of suffering varies, all can attest to experiencing inexplicable suffering.
Historically, the African American community has used the experience of Black people as a touchstone for theological reflection, resulting in a unique spirituality and theology. At the foundation of this theology is a theology of “forsakenness”. Jesus speaks of forsakenness on the cross.
This talk will examine how the forsakenness experience of the early African American slaves developed into a unique theology that has influenced the spirituality, politics, and social concerns of African American communities throughout history.
Cary Dabney is Director of the Office of Ministry to African American Catholics for the Diocese of Cleveland and teaches theology at Walsh University. He has served as staff writer for the US Conference of Bishops.
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