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Christian Theologians Call for Courage in a Time of Fearful Public Discourse

May 23, 2016
Fear Not!

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – The Workgroup on Constructive Theology produced and distributed a video titled Fear Not!, which encourages Christians to respond in faith to the dangerous and fearful public discourse of our current political season. Among the diverse theologians who appear in the video is Dr. Stephen Ray, the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

The workgroup, which was established in 1976, consists of an intentionally diverse membership of Ph.D. theologians whose work focuses on Christian theology and practice in relation to contemporary social justice issues. Representing a broad range of Christian traditions and perspectives, the workgroup is an ecumenical community of scholars who bring the resources of theology to bear on the pressing issues of our time. Over the past forty years, successive generations of workgroup members have published a dozen books together, including Christian Theology: An Introduction to Its Traditions and Tasks (Fortress, 1982), Reconstructing Christian Theology (Augsburg Fortress, 1994), and Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes (Augsburg Fortress, 2005). Their latest publication, Awake to the Moment (Westminster John Knox Press, 2016), will be released in September.

Fear Not! is the first video created by the workgroup. It is intended to speak quickly and directly to current political realities. “This is a moment of particular urgency when thoughtful Christian voices are needed in our public discourse,” said workgroup member Shannon Craigo-Snell, a professor of theology at Louisville Presbyterian theological Seminary.

The video can be viewed in its entirety at https://youtu.be/8xW2gbLr-lQ.

It was produced by Rev. Landon Whitsitt who serves the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as Executive of the Synod of Mid-America.

Workgroup members encourage the dissemination of Fear Not! to as many people as possible. The video transcript is also available at http://goo.gl/cmVCli for classroom or liturgical use.