Drew G. I. Hart is an author, activist, and professor in theology in the Bible and Religion department at Messiah University with ten years of pastoral experience. Hart majored in Biblical Studies at Messiah College as an undergrad, he attained his MDiv with an urban concentration from Biblical Theological Seminary, and he received his PhD in theology and ethics from Lutheran Theological Seminary-Philadelphia.
Dr. Hart’s dissertation considered how Christian discipleship, as framed by Black theologies and contemporary Anabaptism, gesture the western Church towards untangling the forces of white supremacy and the inertia of western Christendom which have plagued its witness in society for too long. As two traditions that emerged from the underside of violent and oppressive western Christian societies, he found Black theologies and Anabaptism each repeatedly turning to the particularity of Jesus in the gospel narratives, ultimately calling for an ethic of liberation in the Black Church and an ethic of peacemaking in the Anabaptist tradition. Hart finds the practice of reading Jesus not only for the Church, but also against it, to be a vital dimension in salvaging western Christianity from itself.
His work beyond teaching and writing has included pastoring in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, working for an inner-city afterschool program for black and brown middle school boys, delivering lectures and leading anti-racism workshops, collaborating with faith-based organizers in his neighborhood, and doing a broad range of public theology. Hart sees his current role as a theology professor as an extension of his ministry vocation that began with pastoral leadership.
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew Hart, was chosen as a 2016 book of the month by Englewood Review of Books. Reviewing the book, Shane Claiborne said, “This book is a gift from the heart of one of the sharpest young theologians in the United States. Hold it carefully, and allow it to transform you–and our blood-stained streets.” As a text, Trouble I’ve Seen utilizes personal and everyday stories, Jesus-shaped theological ethics, and anti-racism frameworks to transform the church’s understanding and witness.
Dr. Drew Hart was recently the recipient of bcmPEACE’s 2017 Peacemaker Award for his local and national work. You can find some of Hart’s writing at his blog entitled ‘Taking Jesus Seriously’ which is hosted at The Christian Century, or you can catch him as he travels and speaks regularly across the country to colleges, conferences, and churches. Drew and Renee, and their three boys (Micah, Dietrich, and Vincent) live in Harrisburg.
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Hi Drew, I’ve just discovered your blog this evening. It’s challenging. I see we have a good deal in common. I’m a UK based Anabaptist (member of Wood Green Mennonite Church, London). I taught Liberation Theology before that. I’ve added you to my blogroll, so look forward to keeping in touch. Shalom, Phil Wood
Looking forward to connecting!
Tell Jon Pahl I said Hi!
Will do… I’m taking a class with him this semester!
You have a e-mail where someone can reach you directly?
Drew: Just found your blog from the article on Franconia Conference’s website. Looking forward to reading more of your work. May I have your email address? Would like to share some background info to the Twitter note about the Mennonite and Quaker anti-slavery document.
My name is Mzwandile Nkutha from South Africa. A friend of mine -Andrew Suderman told me about your blog, so I took time to peruse your work, it’s very interesting. Well, to cut a long story short, I am part of the Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) and will be starting my M.A studies in the US this fall (2014) at AMBS – Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The degree is on peace, ethics and theology, one of the things that I would like to explore is what it means to be an Africa Anabaptist, so your term: “Anablackism” is helpful, perhaps I can borrow the notion and use a different nuance “Anafroism”. The merging of liberation and black theology within the framework of Anabaptist tradition is what fascinates me. So, I guess a political Anabaptist theology for Africa is needed.
Well, the other important thing I wish to convey here is the possibility of connecting with you, perhaps when I am in the US later this year. My email address is: email@example.com
Glad to here you are interested in #AnaBlacktivism!! I was also delighted to hear / read about the possibilities of AnAfroism. Sounds great! Drew has been instrumental in changing the conversation between Black theology and Anabaptism.
I, Rod, have written an AnaBaptist manifesto and if you haven’t already, you can take a look: Anabaptist Theology & Black Power: An #AnaBlacktivist Manifesto #Anablacktivism | Political Jesus
I would also recommend reading the 20th anniversary edition of James Cone’s A Black Theology of Liberation and specifically at the end, the critical reflection written by Rosemary Reuther, and her reflection on feminism, Black theology, and South Africa. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.
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