Christena Cleveland

picture of Christena Cleveland taken by David Rochas
Photo by David Rochas

Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist, public theologian, and founder and director of the Center for Justice + Renewal. She is the author of God Is a Black Woman.

First, we condemn The Gospel Coalition’s editorial leadership for its moral and pastoral failure in publishing such an anti-black viewpoint. No Christian organization should ever participate in dishonoring the image of God in black people, especially at a time when so many black Americans are in pain. Second, we lament the internalized anti-black racism that Pastor Voddie conveyed in his article and the fact that it has been used to further support White-on-Black violence among Christians. Here, we offer a different perspective, one that we believe honors the image of God in black people.