On the Origins of Christianity – January 8, 1967

My father, then known as Rev. Albert B. Cleage jr preaching.  This is rather a long sermon, about 45 minutes.  He talks about growing up in the black church in Detroit with no use for religion until attending Plymouth Congregational Church and hearing Rev. White preach. He mentions attending Oberlin Seminary and finishes up by sharing a bit from an article by Dr. Harding in a religious magazine. This was just at the start of 1967. What a year was to come.  Click on the documents below to enlarge.

Epiphany Sunday January 8, 1967

Bulletin from that Sunday

Sermon Notes

Christmas Card and Sermon – Advent December 3, 1967

Black Madonna Christmas Card from 1967 showing the sanctuary with the mural painted by earlier that year by Glaton Dowdell.
Black Madonna Christmas Card from 1967 showing the sanctuary with the mural painted by earlier that year by artist Glaton Dowdell.

1967 was the year of the Detroit rebellion.

Sun. Dec 3, 1967Notes for the sermon below.

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Preaching and Teaching. The sermon given that Sunday from the above sermon notes is below.

“How Do We Program for Power?” – June 1968

Turmoil around the world.

It was 1968.  In the United States and around the world there were demonstrations, wars in Vietnam and Biafra, police actions in Mexico and Chicago, riots and tanks in the streets of Prague.  Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. People fighting for their rights were wondering how to change their tactics to fit the repression.

Today is the 103th Anniversary of the birth of my father,  Albert B. Cleage Jr (Aka Jaramogi Abebe Ageyeman).  In remberance, I am posting his sermon notes from June 23, 1968 where he preached about changes needed to program ourselves for Power instead of slavery. Click to enlarge.

June 1968 sermon_AJune 1968 sermon 1_CJune 1968 sermon 2_B