By Rev. Kathryn Ray
At NSBC in this Lenten season, the question before us is “Why Did Jesus Die?” It’s a vexing question, not in the least because it’s widely considered a very central part of the Christian narrative. Why would so many different stripes of Christianity place so much emphasis on the violent execution of the leading figure in their faith?
I know a very devout evangelical woman in Nicaragua who is very against the practice of displaying crosses and crucifixes. “If your son was killed by gun violence, would you go around wearing a gun on a necklace?” is her logic.
Where is the grace in crucifixion?
As part of our Lenten exploration of the question "Why did Jesus die?", Pastor Kathryn will lead a 5-week study on liberationist (Black, womanist, feminist, and Latino/a) reflections on the meaning of Jesus' suffering in light of the suffering of marginalized peoples. Sources for reflection will range from James Cone, the father of Black liberation theology, to the feminicide in Ciudad Juárez, to Beyoncé's Lemonade.
Download course readings.
We have produced a daily devotional booklet so that we all might accompany one another on a shared spiritual journey for Lent. It includes drawing and artistic reflections, Scriptures, suggested acts of generosity, and passages from liberation theologians, which we will also be discussing during the English-language adult Adventures in Learning class after worship.
Download a pdf of the NSBC Lenten Devotional booklet.