In a pluralistic world where the tendency is to dismiss or silence ethnic and racial differences, Africentric Approaches to Christian Ministry: Strengthening Urban Congregations in African American Communities offers invaluable insight into the ordering of urban congregational life, Christian ministry, and urban missiology from a worldview perspective that values the centrality of African people. Theological leaders and framers of African American religious studies, such as the following persons provide provocative insight for theological reflection and praxis: Gayraud Wilmore (The Black Church); J. Deotis Roberts (Africentric Christianity); Katie Geneva Cannon (Diaspora Ethics); and Cain Hope Fielder (New Testament Studies). The opening and closing chapters by co-editors Ronald Edward Peters and Marsha Snulligan Haney provide a critical knowledge base that frames Africentric Approaches to Christian Ministry. In light of the rapidly changing nature of Christianity globally (non-Western and non-European), this is a significant study on African American religious consciousness and urban praxis.
Ronald Edward Peters is Associate Professor of Urban Ministry and Director of the Metro Urban Institute, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania. Professor Peters holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts. Marsha Snulligan Haney Associate Professor of Missiology and Religions of the World, Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Atlanta, Georgia is also director of ITC's Urban Theological Institute. Professor Haney holds a Ph.D. in Missiology (Intercultural Studies) from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction: From Rhetoric to the Reality of Africentric Christian Ministry: Ronald Edward Peters Chapter 4 Does the "Black Church" Really Exist?: Gayraud Wilmore Chapter 5 What Has Happened to Us?- Conversing With Scholar Mercy Oduyoye on the Quest for Life: Marsha Snulligan Haney, Tumani Mutasa Nyajeka, and Rosetta E. Ross Chapter 6 Africentrism as a Challenge to Contemporary Christian Ministry: Ronald Edward Peters Chapter 7 Africentric Christianity and Urban Ministry: J. Deotis Roberts Chapter 8 Make It Plain, Preacher: Africentrism and Constructing African-American Sermonic Discourse: Richard C. Chapple, Jr. Chapter 9 The Church's Ministry to the Urban Family: Creative Responses to a Continuing New Testament Challenge: Cain Hope Fielder Chapter 10 Christians Celebrating Kwanza: Reflections and Thanksgiving for the African Heritage: Ronald Edward Peters Chapter 11 Building an Africentric Bridge From Inside Stained Glass to the Community Outside: Johnnie Monroe Chapter 12 Africentric Christian Education: A Historical Perspective: Fred Douglas Smith, Jr. Chapter 13 Building Community in a Multicultural Context: Gloria J. Tate Chapter 14 The Challenges of Africentric Ministry for Urban Theological Education: Warren L. Dennis Chapter 15 Diaspora Ethics: "The Hinges Upon Which the Future Swings": Katie Geneva Cannon Chapter 16 Africentricity: A Missiological Pathway Toward Christian Transformation: Marsha Snulligan Haney Chapter 17 Bibliography Chapter 18 About the Editors Chapter 19 Contributing Authors