Sep 17, 2020The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission to hold a second series of book study sessions online

The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission to hold a second series of book study sessions online

Shirley Bolden Two-minute read.   Resources

Sponsored by The Diocese of West Missouri’s Diversity and Reconciliation Commission, The Beloved Community’s Second Book Study, God of the Oppressed by James H Cone, explores this landmark text in the development of Black Theology. Cone’s presentation of a systematic theology drawing fully on the resources of African-American religion and culture was groundbreaking when first published and is just as relevant within our current context.

Consider what church planter and mission-focused author, J.R. Woodward, has to say about this book.

Book review

December 14, 2010

James Cone in God of the Oppressed takes us through a sweeping systematic approach to theology from an African American Liberation perspective. Holding on to his black oppressive heritage in one hand (lived under Jim Crow law), and the scripture and his systematic theology in the other, he takes on the Euro-white theological establishment as he develops a consistent historical-narrative theology that is grounded in the African American experience under-girded with a Black Christo-centric liberation approach.

In his reflections on God, Jesus, suffering, and liberation, James H. Cone relates the gospel message to the experience of the black community. But a wider theme of the book is the role that social and historical context plays in framing the questions we address to God as well as the mode of the answers provided. 

J R Woodward

Read more about God of the Oppressed on Google Books

Study Details

The Diversity Team will host this book study in five weekly Zoom sessions, studying two chapters per session. Participants may select one of two time-tracks: Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 7 p.m. The first track begins on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. and concludes on Tuesday, November 10. The second track will begin on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. and conclude on Thursday, November 12.

If you are interested in joining our Beloved Community of Care and Love Book Club, please contact

Shirley Bolden (816) 560-1656 (mobile) – Call, text, or email Please provide your contact information, phone number, and e-mail address.

Shirley Bolden is the Chair of the Diversity and Reconciliation Commission.

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