Can “White” People Be Saved: Reflections on Missions and Whiteness | Willie Jennings

Willie Jennings at the Missiology Lectures

+ 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.

Listen to a response from Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, and their Q&A afterwards:

Willie Jennings and Mark Labberton