Contributor Profile

Peter Slade

Peter Slade is professor of the history of Christianity and Christian thought at Ashland University. He teaches and publishes in the area of American church history, race, and reconciliation. Slade’s first book, Open Friendship in a Closed Society: Mission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship (Oxford University Press, 2009), is an interdisciplinary study of an ecumenical racial reconciliation initiative in Mississippi.

Slade was a member of the second class of the Virginia Seminar and attended the Spring Institute for Lived Theology (SILT) in 2005, 2009, 2011 and was part of the conference planning committee in 2013. He also contributed to the SILT publication Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) and is an editor for the collection Lived Theology: New Perspectives on Method, Style and Pedagogy in Theological and Religious Studies (Oxford University Press, 2016). In addition, Slade participated in the City and Congregation Workgroup and gave a “History is Lunch” lecture on Dr. John M. Perkins. He also gave a guest lecture entitled “Open Friendship in a Closed Society: Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi after the Civil Rights Movement.” To find a listing of all our Occasional Lectures, click here. To find his Virginia Seminar author page, click here. Slade is the co-organizer of Lift Every Voice and Teach, a workgroup exploring teaching of race, memory, justice, and reconciliation.

He is an author of a chapter on Howard Kester for our book Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice and on Pete Seeger for our book People Get Ready: Twelve Jesus-Haunted Misfits, Malcontents, and Dreamers in Pursuit of Justice. He is also a co-editor of People Get Ready.