Among the Fragments: Race and the Fragile Hope of Wholeness in America

Apr 22, 2021
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Willie James JenningsYale University

Free and open to the public. This event will be held online through Zoom. This event is presented by the Veritas Forum at the University of Chicago and co-sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, the University Bible Fellowship, Christ Church Chicago, Living Hope Church, Vineyard Church Hyde Park, CRU, Poema, the Christian Legal Society, InterVarsity, UChicago Lutheran Campus Ministry, Calvert House, and Holy Trinity Church.

The legacy of race in America has left our society fragmented and fragile. But is there hope? Can Christianity provide a vision for joining these fragments together; a vision for human wholeness? Join Yale theologian Willie Jennings for an honest conversation during this interactive forum hosted by Veritas and the Christian community at UChicago.

Willie James Jennings is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University. Writing in the areas of liberation theologies, cultural identities, and anthropology, Jennings has authored more than 40 scholarly essays and nearly two-dozen reviews, as well as essays on academic administration and blog posts for Religion Dispatches. Among his authored books are The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (Yale, 2010), Acts: A Commentary, The Revolution of the Intimate (Westminster/John Knox, 2017), and After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging (Eerdmans, 2020). Jennings is now working on a major monograph provisionally entitled Unfolding the World: Recasting a Christian Doctrine of Creation as well as a finishing a book of poetry entitled The Time of Possession. Jennings is an ordained Baptist minister and has served as interim pastor for several North Carolina churches. He is in high demand as a speaker and is widely recognized as a major figure in theological education across North America. Jennings received his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke.