Money, Foster contribute to book on racial reconciliationPosted September 16, 2013
Dr. Doug Foster, professor of church history and director of the Center for Restoration Studies, and ACU chancellor Dr. Royce Money share their biblical knowledge in the essays they contributed to *Unfinished Reconciliation*, a compilation of essays recently published by ACU Press. The book explores the biblical themes of justice and reconciliation and their applications to racism in the church.
“This story of frustration and setback needs to be told, for from it we learn how to move toward authentic and effective reconciliation in Christ,” says Money. “My essay highlights Christian reconciliation, personal reflections and the challenges that remain."
Foster shares an essay on how race became a central part of the identity of the Churches of Christ. The essay provides a description of some hopeful moves toward removing the barriers caused by attitudes of white supremacy and a call to continue to allow God's Spirit to break down the walls of separation.
The book grew out of the 2001 Biblical Preaching Seminar at Lipscomb University and the 2011 Christian Scholars Conference at Pepperdine University. As the topic of preaching social justice was addressed at these academic conferences, it became clear that Churches of Christ still needed to address racial reconciliation due to their years of institutional racism. The book gives evidence to the reconciliation that took place between the two conferences and the work that still remains.