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Last Call: Book Discussion of “The Cross and the Lynching Tree” followed by Pilgrimage to Montgomery

Book Discussion of The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

Thursday, 5-7pm, July 25, 2019, Cathedral of St. Philip, Walthour Library

The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. The discussion will be led by Canon Cathy Zappa and the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith.

Cathedral Pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL

Wednesday, 8am – 8pm, August 7, 2019

Cost: $20 (includes lunch)

Last call: Please visit the Cathedral’s website to register at:

Space on the bus is nearly full, so register ASAP!

The Cathedral will be chartering a bus to Montgomery, and our first stop in the morning will be the Memorial for Peace and Justice(which is outdoors). More than 4400 African American men, women, and children were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Millions more fled the South as refugees from racial terrorism, profoundly impacting the entire nation. Until now, there has been no national memorial acknowledging the victims of racial terror lynchings. On a six-acre site atop a rise overlooking Montgomery, the national lynching memorial is a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terror in America and its legacy.

We’ll have lunch and a tour at St. John’s Episcopal Church, then the bus will take us to the Legacy Museum. Located on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama, this narrative museum uses interactive media, sculpture, videography and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system. Compelling visuals and data-rich exhibits provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to investigate America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy — to draw dynamic connections across generations of Americans impacted by the tragic history of racial inequality.

Cathedral clergy and staff will lead the pilgrimage, including liturgies and discussion, to help you process this powerful day.

It will also be a very long day, and will probably not be enjoyable for children. However, it’s a great opportunity for parents to learn more in order to plan a visit later with their children. And, Saturday, October 19 Cathedral Youth and parents, grandparents, and teachers will make the pilgrimage. Watch the Cathedral Youth News for more information!

Please visit the Equal Justice Initiative website to learn more about the Memorial and Legacy Museum

Last call: Please visit the Cathedral’s website to register at:

Space on the bus is nearly full, so register ASAP!

Contact Jeannie Mahood (; 404-365-1031) or Canon Cathy Zappa (; 404-365-1043) if you have questions.

Summer Book Discussions & Montgomery Pilgrimage

Cathedral Book Discussions & Montgomery Pilgrimage
Summer 2019

The Cathedral of St. Philip
Atlanta, Georgia
June 30 – July 25 – August 7, 2019

June 30
Book Discussion of

Sunday, June 30, 4-6 p.m., Walthour Library, Cathedral of St. Philip
“A powerful true story about the potential for mercy
to redeem us and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.”

July 25
Book Discussion of

Thursday, July 25, 5-7 p.m., Walthour Library, Cathedral of St. Philip
“An exploration of these emotionally charged symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.”

Both discussions will be led by Cathedral clergy:
Canon Cathy Zappa and the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith
August 7
Pilgrimage to

Wednesday, August 7, 8 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m.
Montgomery, Alabama
Cost: $20 (includes lunch)


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Derius Robinson Case

Derius Robinson
Derius Robinson

STAR Intern Veronica Hart interviewed Ms. Vonceia Robinson, mother of imprisoned son, Derius Robinson. Ms. Hart invited Ms. Robinson to share the details and accounts leading up to her son’s imprisonment within the Savannah, Georgia (Chatham County) criminal justice, legal, and judicial system. The interview also entails accounts of abuse reported by Mr. Robinson involving police officials and misconduct throughout various levels of the Chatham County system.


This series of events between Derius Robinson and the Savannah, GA police, as well as other Chatham County officials, took place between May 2016 and May 2018. As of June, 2018, Derius is still locked up without legal representation and continues to be denied bond and release from jail. Ms. Robinson, Derius, his family, friends, and other members of the community consider this to be an unlawful detainment that has exceeded legal limitations and violates his civil rights.

This interview is archived with Story Corps.

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Deconstructing Systemic Victimization “Deconstructing the Victim-Perpetrator Paradigm: A Heuristic” - Theophus “Thee” Smith Emory University

Deconstructing Systemic Victimization

Deconstructing Systemic Victimization “Deconstructing the Victim-Perpetrator Paradigm: A Heuristic” - Theophus “Thee” Smith Emory University
Dr. “Thee” Smith presented at the Colloquium on Violence & Religion in July of 2007.

His talk was “Deconstructing the Victim-Perpetrator Paradigm: A Heuristic.”

See the slideshow and transcript/notes.

Invocation:  “The only resolution of this dilemma is found in experiencing… [myself] as victim behind my victimizing… recognizing ourselves as victimizing victims in our day-to-day living… whence we punish the other…”

Postscript:  “Therefore an emancipatory practice of subjectivity must posit as its goal not the immediate realization of ‘the (given) self,’ but the emergence of a ‘self-in-solidarity.’ One measure of the effectiveness of such a practice would be the extent to which it assisted and enabled people to act in co-operation with each other in achieving the communal goals of liberation.”
~ Erica Sherover-Marcuse, Emancipation and Consciousness (NY & Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell, 1986), p. 142.