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Open Friendship in a Closed SocietyMission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship$
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Peter Slade

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372625

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372625.001.0001

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Mission Mississippi

Mission Mississippi

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(p.41) 3 Mission Mississippi
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Open Friendship in a Closed Society
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372625.003.0003

With both a theology of open friendship in place and an understanding of Mississippi's history as the Closed Society, the third chapter lays out the short history of Mission Mississippi. Started in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1992, this extraordinary organization owes its existence to an alliance of white businessmen, African American ministers, and a pioneering community development and reconciliation ministry called Voice of Calvary. The second half of the chapter constructs and considers Mission Mississippi's theology of racial reconciliation paying close attention to the preaching of its director Dolphus Weary. Mission Mississippi, through its call for Christians to form intentional relationships outside their social, denominational, and economic circles, has at its heart a theology of open friendship.

Keywords:   theology, friendship, Mississippi, Jackson, African American, Voice of Calvary, Dolphus Weary, Christians, reconciliation

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