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Louisville Seminary professors among theologians to call for courage in time of fearful public discourse

May 20, 2016

The Workgroup on Constructive Theology recently 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. Fear Not! is the first video created by the workgroup. It is intended to speak quickly and directly to current political realities.


Fear Not VideoThe video was produced by Rev. Landon Whitsitt, a Louisville Seminary alum who serves the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as Executive of the Synod of Mid-America. Louisville Seminary professors Shannon Craigo-Snell and Amy Plantinga Pauw are among those featured in the video.

“This is a moment of particular urgency when thoughtful Christian voices are needed in our public discourse,” said Craigo-Snell.

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

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.

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.
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