Wesleyan theology and African American theology have both become fixtures on the theological landscape in recent years. While developing along parallel tracks both perspectives make claims concerning justice issues such as racism and sexism. Both, however, perceive justice from a particular vantage that focuses on just-us (just our community). Hence African American theology has not seriously studied John Wesley's stance against slavery or his work with the disenfranchised. And Wesleyan theologians have largely ignored the insights of African American theology especially in regard to certain injustices. To get beyond the "just-us" mentality, the author lays the foundation for a Pan-Methodist theology, which will draw from the strengths of African American and Wesley theologies.
F. Douglas Powe, Jr. is the E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism at Saint Paul School of Theology. His new book, Just Us or Justice? Moving Toward a Pan-Methodist Theology brings African American and Wesleyan theologies into conversation.