Open Friendship in a Closed Society

Posted on March 31, 2015 by PLT Staff

Recording of a lecture given by Peter Slade at the Spring Institute for Lived Theology 2009 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Slade speaks about the process of writing his thesis on Mission Mississippi and his connection to the group from the context of lived theology. The presentation is a glimpse into his book, in which he offers a sustained examination of whether the Mission’s model of racial reconciliation (which stresses one-on-one, individual friendships among religious people of different races) can effectively address the issue of social justice. The presentation begins at the 1:55 minute mark.

Excerpt: “I was trying to do lived theology. I was one of the first graduates from the lived theology program, so I felt some obligation to try and figure out how you actually live this thing and what it was. So I needed to pay attention to this part of the body of Christ, not dismiss them, and reflect theologically on their lived experience of incarnating Christ in their particular situation. When I first started thinking about Mission Mississippi in this way, thinking about their slogan, ‘changing Mississippi one relationship at a time,’ I realized that I needed to think more about a theology of friendship.”

  • Audio Information
  • Date Recorded:April 24, 2009
  • Location Recorded:Charlottesville, VA
  • Audio File:Download File »
This audio is published by the Project on Lived Theology (PLT). For any questions related to its use, please contact PLT (http://www.livedtheology.org/contact/). Copy available for use subject to Creative Commons License CC-BY-NC-ND (Attribution required, Non-Commercial use, No Derivatives, 3.0, Unported).