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.
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