The question of race remains conflicted at many levels. Nationally, border fence construction, Ferguson, Baltimore, and other recent and ongoing developments have catalyzed the Black Lives Matter movement, current political election debate, social unrest, and other events. Ecclesially, the Sunday morning hours remain the most segregated across the North American landscape. In theological education, evangelical institutions in particular remain challenged in navigating the issues.
Fuller Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies (SIS) is uniquely situated to facilitate a conversation on these issues for the North American evangelical community, for the global church, and for the theological academy—each of which now spans, variously, transnational and transcultural contexts. SIS’s international history, connections, and networks enable multicultural perspectives on the issue of race both historically in relationship to Christian mission and theologically in connection with contemporary postcolonial ideologies and arguments. SIS’s intercultural emphases invite considerations of multiracial issues from North American and majority world perspectives—e.g., Asian, African, and Latino/a—as well as in all of their ethnoracial, hybridic, and diasporic permutations. This conference is devoted to developing historical, theological, interdisciplinary, and intercultural (missiological) approaches to race that can interrogate conventional thinking about ethnoracialism, colorism, and hierarchicalism (in its various manifestations across gender, economic, and class lines) even while revitalizing Christian witness and practices of racial justice, reconciliation, and peace in the present time.