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“Clarence Jordan and the God Movement,” a one-man Performance by actor Al Staggs, will be presented Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m., in the sanctuary at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church at 201 Henry Street, Ashland, VA. The performance is open to the public, with no admission ticket required.
For more than 20 years, veteran actor Al Staggs has brought to life notable 20th century persons of faith such as scholar and social activist Clarence Jordan, Christian theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Trappist monk Thomas Merton, theologian Henri Nouwen, Social Gospel proponent Walter Rauschenbusch, and Salvadoran martyr Archbishop Oscar Romero.
In his Ashland appearance March 13, Staggs will bring Clarence Jordan to life for a new generation. Clarence Jordan (1912-1969) was a farmer, Baptist minister and biblical scholar who, in 1942, founded Koinonia, an interracial Christian community in south Georgia. Jordan’s life and theology were a radical embodiment of the teachings of Jesus, especially those from the Sermon on the Mount. Habitat for Humanity traces its roots to this community, as does “The Cotton Patch Gospel,” which Jordan authored. In this unique work, written by Jordan in southern parlance, southern towns (Birmingham, Atlanta, Selma) replace biblical communities, and the New Testament’s Jewish/Gentile conflict is presented in terms of the South’s racial conflict.
In addition to his portrayal of Jordan, Al Staggs will also present brief vignettes of other notable people of faith.
A freewill offering will be received; all proceeds above the cost of the evening will support the youth ministry of Duncan Memorial UMC. For more information, email the church office at email@example.com or call (804) 798-7224.
For questions, please contact Faith Boyle, Duncan Memorial Office Administrator, at (804) 798-7224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.