The Congregational Book Read will begin a new video series on May 13. We will watch “The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. It is a moving series tracing the 400-year-old story of the Black Church in America and explores its role in 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. This is a great time to join us! We meet every Thursday at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. on Zoom.
May 13 and May 20- Part 1: Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the extraordinary ways enslaved Africans preserved and adapted their faith practices from slavery to emancipation.
May 27 and June 3- Part 2: How the black Church expanded its reach to address social inequality and minister to those in need, from the Jim Crow South to the heroic phase of the civil rights movement and the Black Church’s role in the present.
The Zoom link for the 11 a.m. group is:
The Zoom link for the 7 p.m. group is: