The Ankh is an ancient Egyptian cultural symbol with multidimensional meanings. Initially, it meant “key of life or life-giving power.” During the first century, as the Christian gospel spread throughout Egypt and the Nile Valley, Coptic and Nubian Christians used the symbol of the Ankh (already thousands of years old) to reinterpret their newly found Christian faith. They synthesized a major symbol of their faith, the Christian Cross, with an ancient symbol of their culture, Egyptian Ankh, to create The Cross of Life, sometimes referred to as Ankh Cross, Egyptian Cross or the Latin Crux Ansata. For modern day Afro-Christians, the symbol is used to identify their double belonging, belonging to an African and Christian heritage simultaneously, two of the foundational inquiries of black theological discourse. Nevertheless, this symbol is not exclusively Christian. For people of African descent unaffiliated with Christianity, the symbol is used to affirm a rich identification with the wisdom traditions of ancient Egypt and Africa culture as a whole. We selected this as our guiding symbol for the Black Theology Papers Project because it signifies our critical inquiry into our cultural history (e.g. blackness) and religious orientation(s) (e.g. Christian, African, Islam, Judaism, ethical humanism, etc.)