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Black Practical Theology
Edited by Dale P. Andrews and Robert London Smith Jr.
Dale Andrews and Robert Smith combine the voices of constructive theologians, practical theologians, and those ministering in black churches to craft a rich and expansive black practical theology.
Black Practical Theology brings together the hermeneutical conversation between scholars working within the traditional disciplines of theological education (systematic theology, ethics, biblical studies, history) and those scholars working within practical theology (homiletics, pastoral care and counseling, Christian education, spirituality). To this ongoing conversation, Andrews and Smith add the voices of pastors of black congregations and para-church leaders who serve the communities of faith who daily confront the challenges this work addresses—youth and intergenerational divides, education and poverty, gender and sexuality, globalism, health care, and incarceration and the justice system.
Black Practical Theology sets the standard for practical theology. Embodying its own methodological call—to begin with the issues of the black church, as well as its resources and practices—it does not rest content but returns immediately to the communities from which it emerged. Black Practical Theology is a gift to both teacher and student.
1 Prophetic Praxis for Black Practical Theology, by Dale P. Andrews and Robert London Smith Jr.
II. Black Youth, Intergenerational Relations, and Ageism
2 Bridging Civil Rights and Hip Hop Generation, by Evelyn L. Parker
3 Rejoining Black Youth, Families, and Our Elders, by James H. Evans Jr.
4 Rituals of Resistance to Strengthen Intergenerational Relations, by Donna E. Allen
III. Education, Class, and Poverty
5 Participative Black Theology as a Pedagogy of Praxis, by Anthony G. Reddie
6 Listening to the Poor and Nonliterate, by Madipoane Masenya (ngwan’a Mphahlele)
7 Doing Theology for Ordinary Folk, by Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.
IV. Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Race
8 Building Communities of Embodied Beauty, by Phillis Isabella Sheppard
9 Encircling in Our Womanist Strength, by Diana L. Hayes
10 A Radically Inclusive Vision for the Fellowship of the Black Church, by Dennis W. Wiley and Christine Y. Wiley
V. Globalism, Immigration, and Diasporan Communities
11 African Diasporan Communities and the Black Church, by Esther E. Acolatse
12 The Aesthetic Struggle and Ecclesial Vision, by Willie James Jennings
13 Embodied Black Practical Theology for the Caribbean Diasporan Church, by Delroy A. Reid-Salmon
VI. Health Care, HIV/AIDS, and Poverty
14 Liberating Black-Church Practical Theology from Poverty and Pandemic Marginalization, by Emmanuel Y. Amugi Lartey
15 Black Practical Theology of Health and HIV/AIDS Health Care, by Edward P. Antonio
16 Rethinking Theology for Impoverished Care, by Gina M. Stewart
VII. Mass Incarceration, Capital Punishment, and the Justice System
17 The Incarceration of Black Spirituality and the Disenfranchised, by Michael Battle
18 Lifting Our Voices and Liberating Our Bodies in the Era of Massive Racialized Incarceration, by Raphael Warnock
19 Jesus on Death Row: The Case for Abolishing Prisons, by Madeline McClenney
20 Graphing the Contours of Black Practical Theology, by Dale P. Andrews and Robert London Smith Jr.
“Assembling a veritable global team of scholar-practitioners, Dale P. Andrews and Robert London Smith have provided a groundbreaking text of amazing constructive conversations. It will become and remain a watershed book for the academy, church, and broader interested public.”
—Dwight N. Hopkins, Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, University of Chicago
“Black Practical Theology takes seriously the vivid contours of Black existence in the new millennium and gifts the field of Practical Theology with models for using creativity born of marginality as an aid for human flourishing. I have no doubt that this work, which draws on the wisdom of many, will find a place in seminary classrooms and more broadly in theological education.”
—Stephen G. Ray Jr., Neal A. and Ila F. Fisher Professor of Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
“This volume makes a decisive contribution to black practical theology as scholars representing the academy and the church tackle critical social issues, from mass incarceration to GLBT matters, with audacious and instructive skill. Black Practical Theology is essential reading for those interested in integrative approaches to theory and practice in religious contexts.”
—Linda E. Thomas, Professor of Theology and Anthropology, Lutheran School of Theology
"Black Practical Theology comprehensively graphs the contours of black practical theology, offering readers eighteen essays that explore an exhaustive range of generative topics involving the most pressing exigencies within what Smith conceptually labels the ‘black thematic universe,' which shapes the religious life world of contemporary African Americans and Pan-Africans (8-9)."
—Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Homiletic
"A must read for those interested in practical theology."
"A wide-ranging, interdisciplinary approach to issues that concern all Christian communities, including education, poverty, gender, race, immigration, HIV/AIDS, and the justice system."
Dale P. Andrews is Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice, and Practical Theology at Vanderbilt University.
Robert London Smith Jr. is an Honorary Researcher in Practical Theology, King’s College at University of Aberdeen, U.K. and Pastor at Rubislaw Parish Church, Aberdeen, U.K.