Reconciliation Reconsidered: Advancing the National Conversation on Race among Christian Social Workers

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Tanya Smith Brice


racial reconciliation; social work; Christianity; Alan Keith-Lucas


This paper is based upon a keynote address that was given by the author for the Alan Keith-Lucas Lecture at the 2017 North American Association of Christians in Social Work Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The theme of this convention was Advocating for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation.  The author entitled her talk, “Reconciliation Reconsidered: A conversation about race among Christian social workers.”  This compelling conversation challenges Christian social workers to examine the role they may be taking in reconciling the racial, social, gender, and economic injustice that exists within their communities.  The author also conducts a historical survey of the works of Alan-Keith Lucas and discusses Lucas’ views about the role that Christian social workers should take in reconciling racial injustice.

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