Who Lynched Willie Earle?: Preaching to Confront Racism
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It is imperative for 21st-century American Christians to constructively respond to racism. As a jumping-off point, Willimon retells the story of Pastor Hawley Lynn March's 1947 sermon about a lynching in Greenville, South Carolina. We listen in on black pain, learn to name white complicity, and to critique American exceptionalism. 144 pages, softcover. Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1501832514
ISBN-13: 9781501832512

Publisher's Description

Pastors and leaders long to speak an effective biblical word into the contemporary social crisis of racial violence and black pain. They need a no-nonsense strategy rooted in actual ecclesial life, illuminated in this fine book by a trustworthy guide, Will Willimon, who uses the true story of pastor Hawley Lynn’s March of 1947 sermon, "Who Lynched Willie Earle?" as an opportunity to respond to the last lynching in Greenville, South Carolina and its implications for a more faithful proclamation of the Gospel today.

By hearing black pain, naming white complicity, critiquing American exceptionalism/civil religion, inviting/challenging the church to respond, and attending to the voices of African American pastors and leaders, this book helps pastors of white, mainline Protestant churches preach effectively in situations of racial violence and dis-ease.

Author Bio

Feeling most at home behind a pulpit, Will Willimon’s deepest calling is to be a preacher and truth-teller of Jesus Christ. He is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School and retired Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, after serving for 20 years as faculty member and Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Will Willimon has published many books, including his preaching subscription service on MinistryMatters.com, Pulpit Resource, and Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love, both published by Abingdon Press.

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