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The Church for the WorldA Theology of Public Witness$
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Jennifer McBride

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755684.001.0001

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The Southeast White House

The Southeast White House

A Local Presence in a Neglected Neighborhood

(p.179) 7 The Southeast White House
The Church for the World

Jennifer M. McBride

Oxford University Press

Chapter seven examines a Washington D.C. inner city hospitality house that has intentionally made itself present in “the forgotten quadrant” of the nation's capital. As a local presence it is consciously responding to, and taking responsibility for, society's neglect. This chapter argues that the ministry's very presence in the neighborhood stems from an initial act of repentance as the co-founders turned toward the forgotten quadrant and moved into the neighborhood in order to encounter the neighbor. Because the Southeast White House's existence is based on a desire to live for others, especially those on the margins of society, it manifests christological repentance. The chapter argues that the ministry's work may be viewed as an ongoing activity of repentance – a making right – as it fosters relationships and draws other people into its communal life, connecting people normally divided by race, religion, politics, economics, social standing, geography, and culture

Keywords:   Southeast White House, Washington D.C. hospitality, neighbor, repentance, relationship, race, politics, inner city

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