United Church of Christ

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

On February 23, 2020 Ahmaud Arbery, 25, left home and went for a jog. During his run, two white men follow Ahmaud, confront him with a loaded shot gun, assume he’s a suspected criminal, and within minutes of their encounter, according to the recorded video three shots are fired. Amhaud falls to the ground and dies.

“Racism is a virus. It infects the spirit.” (The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III)

On Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 6 pm EST, The United Church of Christ invites you to a live viewing of Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr’s cinematic sermon preached at Trinity UCC Sunday, May 17th entitled, The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery. Immediately following the live video a panel discussion with four respected thought leaders, racial justice advocates, and UCC pastors will discuss the impact of historical and present day acts of racism and violence towards African Americans and how the Christian Church can be actively involved in dismantling racism.


Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III
Sr. Pastor, Trinity UCC-Chicago
Rev. Julian DeShazier
Sr. Pastor of University Church UCC, Chicago, Emmy Award-winning musician
Linda Sarsour
Co-chair of the 2017 Women's March, the 2017 Day Without a Woman, and the 2019 Women's March
Rev. Naomi Washington Leapheart
Director for Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs, The Mayor's Office of Public Engagement, Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Dr. Velda Love
Minister of Racial Justice
May 31, 2020 at 6pm - 7pm