“How do we look back to learn as we move forward to celebrate and build new social relationships for our families, religious believers, communities and the world?” This is the question that the Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership sets out to answer in this collection of essays, based on lectures from its first five years of ministry. Steeped in spirituality, relishing African American cultural heritage, aware of political forces, and keen on the economic realities of the twenty-first century, this volume offers rich theological and ethical reflection as well as concrete and practical application of biblical insights for the contemporary world.
Features contributions from:
Allan A. Boesak James A. Noel
Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes Alton B. Pollard III
Diana L. Hayes Stephen Breck Reid
Dwight N. Hopkins J. Alfred Smith Sr.
Cheryl Kirk-Duggan Addie Lorraine Walker
Bryan Massingale Reggie L. Williams
These insightful essays turn to the past to grasp the conditions of Gods suffering people in order to run toward a future full of hope. Pastoral ministers, theologians, ethicists, biblical exegetes, church historians, religious educatorsany and all who serve dispossessed children, youth, women, and men will find themselves nourished and encouraged for the pilgrim journey of Christian ministry.M. Shawn Copeland, Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College
Like all effective communication and scholarly contributions, Looking Back, Moving Forward elicits celebration while stimulating a desire for further reflection, consideration, and conversation. I encourage academicians and practitioners, male and female, pulpits and pews, young and old, black and white, rich and poor, east and west, to get this book and join the conversation. This collection could even be the foundation for a yearlong curriculum for study in a local church with each month dedicated to a chapter. A great resource!John W. Kinney, Professor of Theology, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
Dwight N. Hopkins, MDiv, MPhil, PhD, is Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is an ordained Baptist minister and founder of the International Association of Black Religions and Spiritualities (IABRS), a network comprised of world spiritualities that builds people- to-people relationships by primarily focusing on international youth and student exchanges. Hopkins has authored many books, including Black TheologyEssays on Gender Perspectives (Cascade Books, 2017) and Black TheologyEssays on Global Perspectives (Cascade Books, 2017).
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