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At Fuller We Commit to the Deep Work of Justice

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African Americans who speak of being ‘unseen,’ ‘invisible,’ or ‘good as ghosts’ in a dominantly white culture—including Fuller Seminary—are right to demand the deep work of justice. We commit to the task of reconciling race, one day at a time, because we follow the one who rightly orders love, who holds all things together, and who promises authentic reconciliation that God alone can accomplish.”

—MARK LABBERTON, PRESIDENT OF FULLER SEMINARY

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Hak Joon Lee

Professor of Christian Ethics

The story of Zacchaeus is a story of reconciliation. Jesus chooses Zacchaeus because he desires him to be reconciled with God and people. This is after all the same Jesus who asserted, ‘The Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost’ (Luke 19:10). The story reveals the manner in which divine-human reconciliation is inseparably related to human-human reconciliation. It corrects a popular evangelical misunderstanding that regards reconciliation as a purely personal transaction between God and individuals, often with no mind given to its interpersonal effects.

Dr. Lee teaches courses on Christian ethics at Fuller. Fuller.edu/ChristianEthics

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Joy J. Moore

Assistant Professor of Preaching

The church is the only institution whose chartering concept requires reconciliation across the most estranged of human chasms: captive and captor, male and female, our cultural group and theirs. Yet the most persistent transgression of a nation confi dent to claim itself founded on biblical principles is cultural fragmentation. Church gatherings perfectly display America’s fl agrant scandal: division by the socially constructed categories of race. Nowhere is this more evident than the segregation of blacks and whites.

Dr. Moore explores issues of race at Fuller’s Pannell Center for African American Church Studies. Fuller.edu/Pannell

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Brad D. Strawn

Professor of Integration of Psychology and Theology

Confession is somehow about justice; it’s about our healing but ultimately for the healing of the world. The therapy room is the new confessional booth. We create space for people to speak their truths, to share their secrets, to confess what has been done to them and what they have done to others—to lament, to grieve, to cry out to others, to say that all is not right with the world. But as important as therapy can be to some people, it is ultimately the work of the church to create space for this kind of truth-telling and confession and subversive obedience.

Dr. Strawn helps students think deeply about psychology, theology, and justice. Fuller.edu/Integration

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Johnny Ramírez-Johnson

Professor of Intercultural Studies

Sabbath has to do not only with rest, but it has to do with ecology, with family, with neighbor—it’s all included. Yes, Freddie Gray is included; Freddie Gray’s memory is included. [Palestinian martyr] Deacon Romanus’s memory is included. All those that are within your immediate circle are particularly included. It’s so easy to get caught up with justice as outside of the home that we forget the people we sleep next to and share a bed with. Justice ought to begin at home, but it does not stay there because you cannot keep the fourth commandment in a cave. You can keep the Sabbath as long as you are in relationships.

Dr. Ramírez-Johnson teaches in Fuller’s MA inIntercultural Studies program. Fuller.edu/MAICS

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Amos Yong

Professor of Theology and Mission

God’s response to the domination systems of injustice, slavery, and calculated payments is to give—to give of God’s self, to give of God’s Son, and to generously pour of God’s Spirit into every heart. God’s response is to empower not a corporate capitalism but an ecclesial communalism, to enable not modern individualism but neighborly other-orientation, to legitimate not the entitlements of exceptionalism but a fellowship of the Spirit in which ‘the least of these’ are the most exceptionally graced, and those who are deemed most dispensable are indispensable. Come, Holy Spirit!

Dr. Yong directs the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller. Fuller.edu/CMR

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Kyong-Jin Lee

Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies

The Book of Esther serves as a careful warning against the catastrophic effects of consolidation and integration of power without a corresponding ethical framework. . . . The emerging world economic and political situation needs an ethical frame that matches the informational and technological advancements. Esther tells how an ancient version of modern-based globalization—that is, integration and expansion of transnational production, migration, communication, and technology—went awry when control of power was concentrated in an entity that was dangerously devoid of any ethical consciousness.

Dr. Lee teaches Old Testament in Fuller’s MA inTheology program. Fuller.edu/MAT

For more content from these faculty members and others on issues of justice, watch free panel discussions or purchase the complete set of video lectures from Fuller Forum 2015: Justice, Grace, and Law in the Mission of God.

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