Lived Theology and Race Workgroup

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This workgroup asked how theological commitments and convictions shape the understanding of race and interracialism, especially in communities engaged in the practices of racial healing and reconciliation. The ever-enlarging bibliography on religion and race includes virtually no material on the theological sources of racial healing and reconciliation. In the case of intentionally interracial Christian communities, of which there has been a dramatic increase in the past two decades, a host of questions follow.

The members of the Workgroup on Lived Theology and Race represent a theological and cultural cross-section of American Christianity and bring to the collaborative work considerable personal and pastoral experience in areas of race relations and racial reconciliation.

First Meeting – Charlottesville, VA

December 1-3, 2000

Readings

Participants read the following works in preparation for this meeting:

  • Davies, Alan. Infected Christianity: A Study of Modern Racism. Kingston, Ontario: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1988.
  • Hale, Grace Elizabeth. Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998.

Meeting Resources

The following are the available resources from this meeting:

  • Read J. Kameron Carter’s paper: Black Faith and the (Im)Possibility of Christian Theology in Raboteau’s Slave Religion: A Question

Second Meeting – Memphis, TN & Oxford, MS

February 23-25, 2001

Readings

Participants read the following works in preparation for this meeting:

  • Anderson, Victor. Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay on African American Religious and Cultural Criticism. New York: Continuum, 1995.
  • Pedraja, Luis G. Jesus is My Uncle: Christology from a Hispanic Perspective. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999.
  • Perkins, Spencer and Chris Rice. More Than Equals. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000.
  • Weary, Dolphus and William Hendricks. “I Ain’t Comin’ Back.” Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1997.

Meeting Resources

Third Meeting – San Francisco, CA

August 3-5, 2001

Readings

Participants read the following works in preparation for this meeting:

  • Armour, Ellen T. Deconstruction, Feminist Theology and the Problem of Difference: Subverting the Race/Gender Divide. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
  • Cartwright, Michael G. “Wrestling with Scripture: Can Euro-American Christians and African-American Christians Learn and Read Scripture Together?”, The Gospel in Black and White: Theological resources for racial reconciliation. Ed. Dennis L. Okholm. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997.

Meeting Resources

Fourth Meeting – Charlottesville, VA

October 26-28, 2001

Readings

Participants read the following works in preparation for this meeting:

  • Cook, Anthony E. The Least of These: Race, Law and Religion in American Culture. New York: Routledge, 1997.
  • Holmes, Barbara A. A Private Woman in Public Spaces: Barbara Jordan’s Speeches on Ethics, Public Religion and Law. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press, 2000.
  • Marsh, Charles. The Last Days: A Son’s Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South. New York: Basic Books, 2001.
  • Yu, Henry. Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact and Exoticism in Modern America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Meeting Resources

Lived Theology and Race Workgroup Participants

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Lived Theology and Race Workgroup Consultants

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Not pictured in gallery:
Blanca Simpson, Casa de Oración Church in Memphis, Tennessee