Reconciling Race


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Leading scholars wrestle with the complexities of race, whiteness, and the gospel.

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Bill Pannell

Race and the Evangelical Church, with Bill Pannell

Dr. Bill Pannell reflects on the American church’s engagement with race, the future of theological education, and the transformative power of the gospel.

Soong-Chan Rah

Reimagining the Church, with Soong-Chan Rah

Soong-Chan Rah reflects on the warped theologies that have shaped the American church throughout history and hopes for a new, anointed Christian imagination in the 21st century.

Soong-Chan Rah

Soong-Chan Rah on Cultural Intelligence

Soong-Chan Rah explained how power and cultural incompetence in majority cultures breeds an oppressive otherness, and he explores how this has particularly played out in the church.

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Soong-Chan Rah on Suffering and Celebration

In his lecture “Suffering and Celebration,” delivered at the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Soong-Chan Rah spoke on the multicultural church’s need for intersecting theologies of both suffering and celebration.

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Theologies of the Multicultural Church

At the 2012 Missiology Lectures, Soong-Chan Rah spoke about our need to develop cultural competency to address the changes in ethnoracial diversity in the world and in the church.

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.

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.

Jemar Tisby

Fighting Racism, with Jemar Tisby

Jemar Tisby walks through three crucial steps in confronting racial injustice: awareness of one’s racial identity, relationships based on mutuality, and commitment to tangible action.

Jeanelle Austin shares about her experience as lead caretaker at the George Floyd memorial and explains the power of community in the pursuit of liberation and racial justice.

Righteous Protest and Public Grief, with Jeanelle Austin

Jeanelle Austin shares about her experience as lead caretaker at the George Floyd memorial and explains the power of community in the pursuit of liberation and racial justice.

Marne Campbell

Marne Campbell on Race

Marne Campbell, chair of the department of African American Church Studies at Loyola Marymount University, addresses the structural racism in the United States and the need for comprehensive change to happen on every level of society.

Cristin Fort

Christin Fort on Poverty

Christin Fort, assistant professor of psychology at Wheaton College, examines the effects poverty and poor mental health have on each other, the oppressive cycle created as a result, and the church’s role to take action.

Luke Bobo

Luke Bobo on Human Misery

Luke Bobo speaks about how the wealth gap and limited economic opportunities breeds present day suffering to African American communities in the US, and he challenges the church to respond in love and justice.

Marne Campbell, Cristin Fort, Luke Bobo

Panel | Marne Campbell, Christin Fort, Luke Bobo

Marne Campbell, Christin Fort, and Luke Bobo discuss Martin Luther King Jr., the Black church, and Black experience in this panel discussion with Vince Bantu and Dwight Radcliff.

Otis Moss III

Q&A | Otis Moss III

Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, discusses representation, prophetic and ancestral voices, and the Black experience in this Q&A with Dwight Radcliff.

Alexis Abernethy on Racial Battle Fatigue

Alexis Abernethy on Racial Battle Fatigue

Alexis Abernethy discusses the long, multifaceted work of combating racial injustice, the fatigue that comes with it, and the importance of healing along the way.

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Communities of Belonging

Ministering to young people of color in the church, Jeff Liou creates space in which they can belong and thrive

Jemar Tisby on Racial Justice

Jemar Tisby on Racial Justice

Jemar Tisby, author of How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice, talks about racial justice, the power of the stories we tell, and the dangerous way passivity fuels an oppressive status quo.

Reggie Williams

Reggie Williams on Being Black and Christian


Reggie Williams, associate professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, discusses what it means to be a Black Christian in the US—the dynamics of representation and the intervening nature of Black aesthetics.

Samuel Casey

Samuel J. Casey on Prophetic Engagement


Samuel J. Casey, pastor of New Life Christian Church and executive director of Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement, speaks about faith-based community organizing, the importance of civic engagement, and the connection between worship and justice.

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Jeanelle Austin on Protest


Jeanelle Austin, founder of the Racial Agency Initiative, speaks about racial justice and faithfulness as she shares her experience of community organizing and protesting in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.

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Theology and Protest

Fuller’s William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies held its 2020 Summer Seminar Series on “Theology and Protest.” African American leaders in the church, the community, and academia, in conversation with Dwight Radcliff, academic dean for the Pannell Center, discussed their work of activism and advocacy toward justice, as well as the theologies that drive protest.