By: Kelly Brown Douglas
Catholic Media Association - Honorable Mention / Faithful Citizenship - Religious Freedom
"Kelly Brown Douglas is a towering theologian in this Age of Black Lives Matter who builds on and goes beyond the profound legacies of James Cone and James Baldwin, Katie Cannon and Delores Williams! Resurrection Hope takes us on a courageous and visionary journey full of brilliant scholarship, political struggle and spiritual determination. And the rich dialogue with her precious son Desmond alongside the prophetic witness of her grandmother Helen Vivian Dorsey propels us toward a future of love, laughter and liberation!” --Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary
"By addressing head-on the pervasive anti-black aspects inherent not only in the national ideology but also in much of our Christian theology, my long-time friend and colleague Kelly Brown Douglas offers a powerful, deeply personal answer to the question of what it will take for Black life to truly matter in this country and for God's just future to become a reality for all."—The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
“Douglas takes us with her on a journey in which she gives herself and every other Black person in America good reason to walk away from the Christian faith, and then tells us why she perseveres in hope. In this, her most devastating critique of white supremacy and passionate homage to the faith of her ancestors, Douglas dares us to believe that it’s possible to create a world in which Black lives matter.” —The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington
“In this deeply theological and personal book, Kelly Brown Douglas leads us on her faith journey from despair to hope as she probes the deep anti-Black narrative that pervades U.S. society through monuments and silences to affirm that not only do Black lives matter but Black lives do matter. This book is a moving invitation for us all to undertake this journey of faith to find a deep and sustaining resurrection hope that sits with doubt and survives with a bone-deep hope.” —Emilie M. Townes, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
“How do we really know that God cares when Black people are still getting killed? How long do we have to wait for the justice of God? I get it, that Christ is Black, but that doesn’t seem to be helping us right now.”
These questions from her son prompted theologian Kelly Brown Douglas to undertake this soul-searching reflection. The killing of George Floyd and the ongoing litany of Black victims raised questions about the persistence of white supremacy in this nation, leading her to reflect on how a “white way of knowing” has come to dominate American identity and even to shape the consciousness of Christians.
In exploring the message of Confederate monuments and the “Make America Great Again” slogan, she examines the failures of even “good white Christians” and struggles with the hope that “Black Lives Matter,” before reaching deep into her own experience and the faith of Black folks to find her way back to Resurrection Hope.