The Initiative for Incarnational Ethics is a project that was established to articulate Christian ethics grounded in social justice and embodied encounters. The central tasks of the Initiative are recognizing the sovereignty of God over all of life, taking seriously the social commandments of Jesus and practicing continual repentance. The initiative aims to help recalibrate, in the church and society, what it means to be human and Christian away from harmful ideals, towards a healthy reality. The task of recalibration will aid in the elimination of barriers that prevent us from recognizing the image of God in all human life and keep us from being together in true community.
The initiative for Incarnational Ethics was established with the help of a grant, and through partnerships that include McCormick Theological Seminary, and Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Dr. Reggie L Williams. It supports and advances the work of Dr. Williams, whose research and analysis emerging from the Initiative will be compiled into book projects over five years by Dr. Williams, who will also serve as Director of the Initiative. Total expenses for the Initiative cover everything from professional development, books, supplies, speaking engagements to the Annual Faculty Collaboration, the “Gathering of Pastors,” and a Spring Semester lecture series. With success this grant may be restructured as an endowed gift to McCormick Theological Seminary to support the projects therein.
Video 1 - October 2018 - A Gathering of Pastors with Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pflaeger, Dr. Reginald Williams, Dr. Leslie Callahan, Dr. Iva Carruthers, Rev. Danielle Buhuro, and Dr. Ozzie Smith.