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Charles Marsh, Peter Slade, and Sarah Azaransky

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190630720.001.0001

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Ethnography in Theology

Ethnography in Theology

A Work in Process

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(p.115) 7 Ethnography in Theology
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Lived Theology
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Mary McClintock Fulkerson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190630720.003.0007

Fulkerson writes of her fieldwork, which took place in an interracial church that includes an intentional commitment to people with disabilities. Using this uniquely dedicated church community as her primary example, Fulkerson argues for the role of ethnography in constructive theology. She goes on to argue, in a striking image, that the most creative theological thinking arises from the scene of a wound. Here, “wound” refers to the continuing harms perpetrated against minority populations, particularly people of color and people with disabilities. Given the clear faith commitment in the church to welcoming outsiders, no matter their race or physical abilities, the discernment of harm is connected to practices that fail to support these persons; the discernment of the good is connected to practices that enhance places to appear for previously marginalized people.

Keywords:   lived theology, theology, constructive theology, ethnography, disability, race, church

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