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“The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song” with Henry Louis Gates

Last year, PBS aired a new two-part documentary with acclaimed scholar Henry Louis Gates. Here’s the description PBS offered for the series:

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song is a moving four-hour, two-part series from executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, that traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power.

The documentary reveals how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage.

Beginning Monday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m., our Membership Coordinator, Kelly Greene, and Minister, Jay Leach, will offer a four-part class based on this series. We’ll view a portion of each episode together and then discuss it. This class will meet on Mondays January 24, 31, February 7 and February 21 (we will NOT meet on February 14—Valentine’s Day). All of these sessions will be offered on Zoom.

Participants are invited to come with open minds and hearts to this opportunity to better understand the essential role that the Black church has played in the Black community and to better appreciate the remarkable range of experiences that have been and are a part of the Black church.

If you are interested in participating in this four-session class, you can register here: https://bit.ly/BlackChurchJan2022.

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