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Promoting overall wellbeing by

  • Instating women
  • Prioritising children
  • Advocating for the poor
  • Welcoming strangers
  • Reintegrating humanity and the environment
  • Restoring justice to prisoners
  • Healing the sick


Kenarchy is a newly constructed word signifying an innovative, inclusive reconfiguration of Jesus’ politics of love. It is derived from ken(osis): emptying out sovereign power and replacing it with a love measured by readiness to die for the other, even one’s enemy, and archy: a way of ordering or relating in social space. It has been articulated over the last 15 years by a growing network of theologians and activists around original work begun with and on behalf of them by political theologian Roger Haydon Mitchell. (See Discovering Kenarchy: Contemporary Resources for the Politics of Love. Roger Haydon Mitchell and Julie Tomlin Arram eds. Wipf & Stock, 2014). While based unapologetically in the Jesus story as found in the four gospels of the Christian scriptures, and drawing on the theology of trinity and incarnation, it configures an inclusive politics of love as a gift to people of all faiths and none.

Kenarchy Journal Index

Volume 3
Volume 2
Volume 1

VOLUME 3 Starting Points: Health and Wellbeing

Sue Mitchell

A Society Without Imagination: A Lament
Paul Milbank

Hidden in Plain Sight: reconsidering the value of social reproduction, work and nature
Julie Tomlin

Towards a political theology of nations
Roger Haydon Mitchell

Healthy Cities
Mike Love

Healthy Cities
Andy Knox

Implications of Including Zipporah’s Story in a Theology of Mediation
Michael Huffman

The Lord’s Supper Table as Icon for Remembrance in I Corinthians 11:17-34: An Apostolic and Patristic Reprimand for Inclusive, Christlike Table Manners
Marisa Lapish

VOLUME 2 Starting Points: Children, Strangers, Prisoners

Sue Mitchell

A Loving Civilization
Thomas J Oord

The Way, the Truth and the Life – Christ as our essence and Existence
Brad Jersak

Welcoming Strangers
Hilary Hopwood

Reparative Love
Sunita Abraham

Grace Overflowing – Reflections on Paul’s Theology of Reconciliation
Christopher Marshall

Restorative Justice – Peacemaking not Warmaking; Tranformative Justice – Penal Abolitionism Not Prison Reform
Wayne Northey

Casting Stones at Laws cast in Stone – a Christotelic Narrative of Biblical Law Revealed
Marisa Lapish

Towards a Theology of Childhood
Roger Haydon Mitchell

Peer Review of Towards a Theology of Childhood
Peter McKinney

VOLUME 1 Starting Points: Women, Poor, Land

KENARCHY JOURNAL VOLUME 1: An Introductory Editorial
Sue Mitchell

Co-equal and Co-eternal: Reflections on the Nicene Creed as an affirmation of a non-hierarchical trinitarian understanding of God
Hugh Osgood

Eternal Counsel, Temporal Instantiation and the Revelation of Triune Love: A creative response to Hugh Osgood
Brad Jersak

The Spiralling Dance of Wisdom
Julie Tomlin

Kenarchy as a Counterpolitical resource: Re-imagining our understanding of land and nature
Mike Winter

The Necessity and Possibility of Lament
Marijke Hoek

The Centrality of the Poor to the Work of the Kingdom of God in the 21st Century West
Roger Haydon Mitchell

The Commodified Christ and the Economics of Jubilee
Spencer Paul Thompson

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