“Can ‘White’ people be saved: reflections on missions and whiteness” by Willie Jennings

Willie Jennings, associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School, discusses “whiteness” as a sociocultural framework in which missions developed and imperialized the locations on which it descended, and offers a way to uncouple Christian faith from whiteness by means of a theology of place.

The Fuller Mis­si­ol­ogy Lec­tures is an annual con­fer­ence held by the School of Inter­cul­tural Studies. Its 2017 theme, “Race, The­ol­ogy, and Mission,” con­sid­ered the issue of race through a mul­ti­cul­tural lens. Dis­cus­sions aimed to develop his­tor­i­cal, the­o­log­i­cal, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, and mis­si­o­log­i­cal approaches to race that can inter­ro­gate con­ven­tional think­ing about eth­no­ra­cial­ism, col­orism, and hier­ar­chi­cal­ism (in its various man­i­fes­ta­tions across gender, eco­nomic, and class lines), even while revi­tal­iz­ing Chris­t­ian witness and prac­tices of racial justice, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, and peace in the present time.

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