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Witnessing Whiteness with Kristopher Norris
March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dr. Kristopher Norris, visiting professor at Virginia Theological Seminary, will discuss his new book “Witnessing Whiteness: Confronting White Supremacy in the American Church.” Can “mainstream” theology, largely by white theologians, witness to its own culture of Whiteness, and thereby its complicity in a system of maintaining white supremacy? Specifically, Dr. Norris will investigate the signs of white supremacy in major white theologians and critique them in light of liberation voices and ethics. Opportunity to engage the author will be part of the evening. Faculty and staff of the WTC and co-sponsors are invited.
Kristopher Norris is a scholar of Christian ethics and political theology. He is the author of Witnessing Whiteness: Confronting White Supremacy in America’s Churches (Oxford University Press, 2020) and currently serves as the Kreitler Visiting Professor of Environmental Ethics at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Previously he taught ethics and public theology at Wesley theological Seminary. His research focuses on politics, race, and moral formation in Christian community. His two previous books analyze the relationship of Christianity and politics, Kingdom Politics (2015) and Pilgrim Practices (2012). He has written over a dozen peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous popular pieces in publications like the Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Political Theology, Theology Today, International Relations, and The Christian Century. He completed his PhD from the University of Virginia in 2017 in Religious Studies. Norris is an ordained Baptist minister and holds Masters degrees from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and from Duke Divinity School.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Institute for Justice Formation at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies and the connected network of the Justice Formation Fellowship.