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Gordon-Conwell Publishes Largest Contact Magazine on Racial Reconciliation with Resources for the Local Church

October 18, 2017


Gordon-Conwell Publishes Largest Contact Magazine on Racial Reconciliation with Resources for the Local Church

In the largest Contact Magazine released thus far, the Fall 2017 edition of Gordon-Conwell’s premier publication targets the issue of racial reconciliation while providing resources and support for local churches.

Featuring expertise from leading scholars and ministry leaders at Gordon-Conwell, the 48-page resource encompasses a comprehensive examination of theological, practical, urban, personal and historical implications of racial reconciliation in today’s cultural context as led by Dennis P. Hollinger, Ph. D., President & Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics and Emmett G. Price III, Ph. D., Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience, Professor of Worship, Church & Culture and Hamilton Dean of Chapel.

“Christians have frequently viewed racial justice and reconciliation as political issues that are not central to the Christian faith,” said Dr. Hollinger. “But the Bible will not let us off the hook so easily. Racial reconciliation and justice are core outworkings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The Fall 2017 edition also introduces Gordon-Conwell’s new Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience (ISBCE), which was founded to share with the global Church the powerful testimony, rich heritage and dynamic distinctive of the collective Black Christian experience. The mission is to engage in the theological formation of seminarians, pastors and activists as it leads conversations focused on race relations and racial reconciliation within and beyond the church.

“Evangelicals have had a peculiar history in the sense that there have always been some evangelicals left out of the major narrative. Even today, that narrative is around white evangelicals,” said Dr. Price. “You cannot deal with anything if you don’t acknowledge that it exists. I believe that until we recognize the sin of racism and the sin of not seeing one another as image bearers of God, then we’re sweeping things under the rug. I do believe there is hope for those of us who follow Christ and believe that God is sovereign, that there is a time and place we look forward to where we can eradicate this evil sin of racism, and see one another as image bearers of God.”

The Fall 2017 edition of Contact Magazine features articles including:

  • Can We All Get Along?, Dr. Jacqueline T. Dyer
  • Beyond Colorblind, Dr. Sarah Shin
  • Racial Reconciliation: My Personal Experience, Dean Dr. Dean Borgman
  • Love of Neighbor & Its Challenges to Racial Reconciliation, Dr. Patrick T. Smith
  • In Our Shoes: What Does it Mean to Be Black in America?, Individual Stories
  • A Conversation with Dr. Emmett G. Price III, Anne Doll
  • Ministering to Families in the Urban Context, Dr. Virginia Ward

Contact Magazine is a free resource and available online at www.gordonconwell.edu. A printed version can be requested at communications.office@gordonconwell.edu. For more information or to schedule current or future interviews with Gordon-Conwell’s leading scholars on racial reconciliation contact sleong@gordonconwell.edu.