Reconciling Race


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

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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.

jeanelle Austin

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.

theology and protest

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.

phil Armstrong

Phil Armstrong on the Tulsa Race Massacre

Phil Armstrong, project manager of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, speaks about the Tulsa Massacre—its historical context, the trauma and silencing that followed, and the current work of commemoration and education being done surrounding it.

NT Wright

Interpreting Paul for the 21st Century

The 2014 Fuller Forum featured keynote speaker N. T. Wright, who presented on how the writings and theology of Paul might shape the church in the 21st century.

N.T. Wright

Panel | N. T. Wright, Hak Joon Lee, Love Sechrest, and Juan Martínez

At the 2014 Fuller Forum, N. T. Wright, Hak Joon Lee, Love Sechrest, and Juan Martínez discussed practical sociocultural implications of justification in this panel moderated by Mark Labberton. The panel followed N. T. Wright’s third lecture, “Who Are the People of God?”

mark Labberton and Brenda Salter McNeil

Brenda Salter McNeil on Reconciliation

Brenda Salter McNeil, speaker, author, and professor, talks about the long work of reconciliation, the need to speak truth, and the ongoing process of repentance, forgiveness, and justice guided by God’s Spirit.

Fuller Forum Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Various scholars lead breakout sessions during the 2015 Fuller Forum.

Walter Brueggemann, Cameron Lee, Michael McBride

Walter Brueggemann on Law That Listens, Cameron Lee on the Listening Stance, & Michael McBride on Racial Justice

In their lectures delivered at the 2015 Fuller Forum, Walter Brueggemann, renowned author and Old Testament scholar, presented the law of Yahweh not as static and totalizing but as an ongoing conversation between God and God’s people; Cameron Lee, professor of marriage and family studies, explained how neighborliness has developmental roots in early family relationships, and how this has implications for the ministry and life of the church; and Michael McBride, pastor of The Way… Read more »

Michael McBride

Michael McBride on Racial Justice

Michael McBride, pastor of The Way Christian Center, talks about the role the church has to advocate for and participate in movements of racial justice, particularly by redeeming broken systems.

Walter Brueggemann

Justice, Grace, and Law in the Mission of God

The 2015 Fuller Forum explored the themes of justice, grace, and law and how each shapes our understanding of the church’s relationship with God and the church’s ministry in the world. Joined by Fuller scholars and other guests, renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, featured as the conference’s keynote speaker.

Cedric WIlliams

Cedric Williams on Meaning-Making

Cedric Williams (PhD ’19), founder and CEO of Legacy Consulting & Research Group, talks about his layered experiences of the military, ministry, and psychology, and about his current work of walking alongside others in the process of meaning-making.