Willie Jennings

Doctrines of Creation

Willie Jennings, alongside other voices, calls for a doctrine of creation shaped by a shared, Christ-centered vision of dwelling and belonging for all.

“At the heart of a Christian doctrine of creation are two wonderful ideas: God creates home. God creates those who are to create home.”

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Willie Jennings

Willie Jennings on Shared Perceiving

In his lecture “The Path of Shared Perceiving,” Willie Jennings speaks of how a Christian doctrine of creation requires a shared work, between Jewish and Gentile believers, of perceiving a world of belonging and interconnectedness with all creatures. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Oscar Garcia-Johnson

Response | Oscar García-Johnson on De-Creation

In response to Willie Jennings’s lecture “The Path of Shared Perceiving,” Oscar García-Johnson says a deconstruction of our current doctrines of creation is the needed beginning for a new Christian vision of creation. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Vince Bantu

Response | Vince Bantu on Distinct Names

In response to Willie Jennings’s lecture “The Path of Shared Perceiving,” Vince Bantu reflects on the importance of claiming—and not running from—our diverse and distinct names and identities before God. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Veli-Matti Karkkainen

Response | Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen on Looking Beyond Humanity

In response to Willie Jennings’s lecture “The Path of Shared Perceiving,” Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen proposes a more cosmic doctrine of creation that resists an overly anthropocentric focus. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Q&A | Willie Jennings, Oscar García-Johnson, and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

Willie Jennings, Oscar García-Johnson, and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen discuss history, place, and listening to the spirit, in a Q&A moderated by Scott Cormode. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Willie Jennings on Building Home

In his lecture “Perceiving, Dwelling, and Creating Communion,” Willie Jennings warns against commodification and objectification, and looks to how we might move toward a life of communion and reciprocity. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Sebastian Kim

Response | Sebastian Kim on Newness and Creation

In his response to Willie Jennings’s lecture “Perceiving, Dwelling, and Creating Communion,” Sebastian Kim hopes for a more expansive doctrine of creation that draws on the wisdom of eco-feminist theology and looks to the interconnectedness of all creatures in the created world. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Mark Lau Branson

Response | Mark Lau Branson on Alterity

In his response to Willie Jennings’s lecture “Perceiving, Dwelling, and Creating Communion,” Mark Lau Branson reflects on how we must perceive the creator and creation through the many eyes of others in order to dwell in communion and reciprocity. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Erin Dufaut-Hunter

Response | Erin Dufault-Hunter on The Work of Dwelling Together

In her response to Willie Jennings’s lecture “Perceiving, Dwelling, and Creating Communion,” Erin Dufault-Hunter reflects on the work it takes to be transformed to neighborliness—while naming the beauty and grace that comes with it. WATCHTheology and Protest

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Willie Jennings, Sebastian Kim, Mark Lau Branson

Q&A | Willie Jennings, Sebastian Kim, and Mark Lau Branson

Willie Jennings, Sebastian Kim, and Mark Lau Branson discuss public theology, trust in community, and new creation in a Q&A moderated by Scott Cormode. WATCHTheology and Protest

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At Fuller’s School of Theology’s 2021 Payton Lectures, Willie Jennings spoke on the theme “Creating Home: Forming Christians Who Believe in Creation and Creatures.” Willie Jennings is associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School.