Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century


NT5/711 – The Book of Acts: Reflections on Discipleship, Racial Identity, and Community

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The Book of Acts speaks of the beginnings of a Christianity so revolutionary and so path breaking that we Christians have often failed to capture its vision. The book of Acts positions Christian life between two abiding concerns, Diaspora and Empire, between those concerned with building and sustaining the nation-state and those concerned with sustaining life in the midst of scattering and fragmentation through immigration and migration, and through exile and loss. The book of Acts also positions the Christian life fully in the life of the Spirit of God, being led by the Spirit to places we would prefer not to go and to people we would prefer not to be with – in order to create a stunning new reality of communion and life together.

This course will reflect on the book of Acts with a view toward the racial dilemma of the western world, and the contemporary challenges of building serious Christian community that deeply understands and honors diversity.

Willie James Jennings is Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School.

Classes: July 8-12, 2019 from 9am – 12pm


Free Public Lecture: Monday July 8th  – 7pm (St. Mary’s Kerrisdale): “We Are Creatures of the Living God: Helping Christians Have an Actual Doctrine of Creation”

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