Bishop Palmer remembers the Rev. Dr. Cain Hope Felder

Greetings Beloved in Christ Jesus.

Our lives are punctuated so to speak by our experiences and relationships. We are influenced by the people we meet and interact with. This includes family, friends, teachers, mentors and even the casual acquaintance or stranger. Sometimes we cannot fully account for the impact that some folks have made on us until we are at some distance or they have gone from this earthly pilgrimage.

This past week the Reverend Dr. Cain Hope Felder, Ph.D transferred his membership from the church militant to the church triumphant. I first met Dr. Felder when I was in my late teens. While I was never a student of his in the classroom at Princeton Theological Seminary or the Divinity School of Howard University I nevertheless learned much from him and because of him. He distinguished himself as a biblical scholar who challenged the church, the academy and his guild to take seriously the presence of people of color and black people in particular in the...continue reading