Church and Race HTE649 / B

Instructor: Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD

This course seeks to deepen students’ awareness and analysis of systemic and interpersonal racism’s impact on the history and current life of the Christian church as well as to help students articulate a more just vision of the church and identify forms of resistance to racism compatible with a commitment to Christian nonviolence. Our primary framing for this analysis comes from (a) Michael Omi and Howard Winant’s theory of racial formation, (b) Willie Jennings’s theological analysis of the diseased Western social imagination, and (c) John de Gruchy’s definition of reconciliation as the restoration of justice. We will also employ strands of methodology that ultimately become a variegated cord of Christian social ethics (anthropology, biblical studies, history, sociology, and theology).