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Book | The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie Jennings

9780300152111Jennings, Willie James. The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 2010.

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Dr. Simpson gave a wonderful lecture on Aristotle so that we could better understand Jennings arguments.

I think this has deep implications for Suburban Spirituality. The suburbs are predominantly comprised of those “higher” on the “actualized” scale and embedded with White, European, Aristotelian, Colonializing imaginations that are blind to the complicity inherent within the status quo of our current Christian praxis. I’ll definitely need to process this more intensely. read more

The Gospel and Suburban Youth Cultures by Steve Thomason

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The Gospel and Suburban Youth Cultures by Steve Thomason

A Term Paper Presented to Professors Mary Hess and Gary Simpson

Luther Seminary | As a Requirement in Course CL8530 Gospel and Culture

St. Paul, Minnesota | 2012


The general focus of my PhD study is on Spiritual Formation for the missional church in the context of middle-class United States suburbia. I am the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Grace Lutheran Church (GLC)—an ELCA congregation—in Andover, MN, where I work with all ages trying to create spaces in which people can develop spiritually. My case study for this paper is focused on the high school youth group that I work with and a new curriculum/praxis that I developed for the students this fall called How Do I Fit? read more