One-Man Show Recounts Life of Clarence Jordan and the God Movement
Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 [12:43 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Area residents will have an
opportunity Tuesday night at Lindsey Wilson College to learn about
one of America's great civil rights champions of the 20th
"Clarence Jordan and the God Movement" will be performed by Al Staggs at 7
p.m. CT Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Norma and Glen Hodge Center for
Discipleship. The event -- which is part of the 2009-10 Lindsey Wilson Cultural Affairs Series
-- is free and open to the public.
Staggs, a pastor and actor, gives a stirring one-man performance
of the iconic Jordan.
Jordan was a Southern Baptist and a New Testament scholar who
founded the progressive Koinonia Farm in 1942 in Georgia.
Because Koinonia Farms was an intentional interracial farming
community in the Deep South, it was a challenge to the status quo
of segregation and therefore came under attack.
"Koinonia Farms was attacked because it promoted interracial
harmony and cooperation in a time and place where those things just
were not done," said LWC Director of Library Services Phil Hanna, who
is also chair of the LWC Cultural Affairs Series. "Koinonia Farms
is an important part of America's civil rights movement."
Jordan also translated parts of the New Testament into
Georgian-Southern dialect in what became known as the Cotton Patch Gospels.
For example, Matthew 7:12-28 was translated into: "Therefore, in
all your dealings with people, treat them as you want to be
treated. This in a nutshell, is the essence of all our moral and
Koinonia Farms was also the place where Habitat for
Humanity came into existence.
Al Staggs will perform "Clarence Jordan and the God
Movement" at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Lindsey Wilson
College Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship. For more
information, contact Cultural Affairs Chair Phil Hanna at
email@example.com or (270) 384-8250.