Author Interview: Peter Slade on Open Friendship in a Closed Society: Mission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship

Posted on December 29, 2015 by PLT Staff

Interview with Peter Slade about his book, Open Friendship in a Closed Society: Mission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship. Slade briefly reflects on the background and model of Mission Mississippi and how his book contributes to the conversation on racial reconciliation.

Excerpt: “Activists—those committed to a radical prophetic style of ministry— tend to move a small number of people a long way. Mission Mississippi, on the other hand, is developing a strategy of moving a large number of people a small distance. Dolphus Weary, the director of development for Mission Mississippi, calls this approach ‘Reconciliation 101.’ If you really want to think about the way the Gospel can bring about social change, you have to ask: how do we move a lot of people? When the ‘lot of people’ happens to be people who go to church and the movement is towards reconciliation, then something important is going on.”

  • Interview Information
  • Interviewee: Peter Slade
  • Interviewer: PLT Staff
  • Date of Interview: October 26, 2012
  • Location of Interview:Charlottesville, VA
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