Dec. 1 – Willie Jennings – After Whiteness [Advent Calendar]

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December 1

 

After Whiteness:
An Education in Belonging

Willie James Jennings

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2020
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It’s important that as we rethink and reconfigure theological education we do so in a way that includes and empowers rather than excludes and disempowers. As Jennings writes in the final chapter, “theological education could mark a new path for Western education, one that builds a vision of education that cultivates the new belonging that this world longs to inhabit. But we cannot give witness to that newness if we imagine that our fundament struggle is one of institutional survival, or the challenge of educational delivery systems, or the alignment of financial modeling with our desired outcomes or the expansion of pedagogical models. All these matters are important, but they are not where the struggle meets us or from where the vision of our futures will come” (154). It will take wisdom to move forward, but it appears that wisdom is present in people like Willie James Jennings, as he reveals it in After Whiteness.

 

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