Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies (MA-RIS)

Department

Theology

First Advisor/Committee Member

Brian Bantum, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology

Keywords

Minorities; Race discrimination; Race relations; Racism—Religious aspects—Christianity; Whites—Race identity; Autobiography; Narrative art; Narrative theology; Storytelling—Religious aspects—Christianity; Schreiter, Robert J., 1947- ; Crites, Stephen, 1931-2007; Volf, Miroslav, 1956- ; Jennings, Willie James, 1961-

Abstract

The traditional narrative of America is one that upholds Whiteness and reinforces a society built on a system of advantages based on race. The particular blueprint for narration of self and experience that I posit in this project stands in opposition that dominant narrative as I advocate instead for the flourishing of people of color through narration of self. I propose a call to people of color that we counteract and dismantle our racist system by telling our stories. In this project, I explore four theologians from the perspective of storytelling and memory: Father Robert Schreiter, Stephen Crites, Miroslav Volf and Willie James Jennings. Together their works allow us to shape a theology of memory— a theology necessary for the embodied praxis of storytelling. I propose a storytelling model that encompasses three pillars: 1) the articulation of one’s story as told by others, 2) the research one’s story, and 3) the telling of it. This particular model serves as an entry point into race discourse in a racialized society and is therefore vital in forging a new future that respects difference and diversity.

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