Rev. Dr. Madeline McClenney is the Founder and Executive Director of the Exodus Foundation, a local non-profit committed to ending mass incarceration.
“God takes what humans intend to be the definitive act of disfigurement and dishonor and reclaims it as something uniquely revelatory. Capital punishment. Death. On a cross. The end of a life that reveals the meaning of life. In that case, the cross is the consummate act of divine irony. What the Romans believed to be the cessation of life and meaning, God claims as the marker that defines the possibilities of life for all of us, for all time. The cross, then, becomes the ultimate apocalypse: the revelation of God’s intention for humankind. Through struggle and even death, God reveals life. We are on a mission. An invasive mission to strike Life into this Death-occupied, Death-obsessed, Death wearied world. So I’m telling you: Rise up off your pew and rise out into resurrection!”