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The collaboration that is The Kenarchy Journal presents the research of academics and activists engaged in the politics of love. The Journal exists to advance applied academic research, and is published in partnership with the Jim Forest Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice ( as the Institute’s academic journal.

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. We enthusiastically invite researchers and activists in the politics of love from other backgrounds to engage with us from their own perspective.

Webinars to engage further

The Journal is now offering the possibility of delving deeper into the articles through Zoom webinars with some of the authors, thus providing the opportunity for both thinkers and activists to engage further with the applied research material. If, while reading articles, you find that you would like to participate in a webinar with a particular author, use this contact form to let us know (we will send out the zoom link to all those who indicate their interest). Use the button below to see what webinars are already being planned.

Kenarchy Journal Index

Volume 6
Volume 5
Volume 4
Volume 3
Volume 2
Volume 1

VOLUME 6 Kenarchy and Peace

Roger Mitchell

Beyond Hope: Evaluating Ecotheological Models with Respect to the Anthropocene and Eschatology
Melissa Stewart

Made in the Image of God: Seeing Humanity as God Sees Us
Latasha Hazlett

Menstrual Blood: an icon of the kenotic atonement of Christ— A Better Way with Better Blood
Lisa Meier

Lamentations & (Anti)Theodicy
Mark Preston Stone

A Liturgy of Lament
Rev Dr Munther Isaac

In Gaza, Israel Is Revealing the True Face of Zionism
Rabbi Brant Rosen and the board of Tzedek Chicago

The Inconvenient Narrative Behind the Catastrophe in Gaza
Andrew Phillip Klager

A Path From Me to You: From Objectification to Relation
Jon Paul Robles

Yahweh Saves: Why I believe in a non-violent God
Spencer Paul Thompson

Book Review: The Day of the Labyrinth
Connie Dryfhout

Book Review: Indigenous Theology and the Western Worldview
Mike D Winter

VOLUME 5 Sovereignty Upended

Roger Mitchell

Biblical & Christological Foundations for Voluntary Kenosis
Bradley Jersak

Into the Wilderness: Tracing the Steps of a Birdlike Wisdom
Julie Tomlin

Spiritual Capital – Observations in Process
Simon Cross

Struggling for Good against Evil
Dave Andrews

Palestinian Arabs as Co-Heirs of the Abrahamic Promise: Revisiting a Literal, Unconditional Interpretation
Michael Huffman

Book Review: Kenosis
Mark Corner

Book Review: Saving Liberalism from Itself
Bradley Jersak

Book Review: Anthony Reddie introducing James H. Cone
Michael McDougle

Book Review: Out of the Embers
Paul Lancaster

Book Review: Enchantments of Mammon
Spencer Thompson

VOLUME 4 Kenosis for loving action

Roger Mitchell

Kenosis in Catastrophe
Anna Mercedes

Creation and Kenosis
Mark Corner

Discharged from the Law: Paulos, Anarchy and Spirit. Exploring Romans 6-8 With Gershom Scholem and Walter Benjamin
David Benjamin Blower

The Eucharist as Iconic Experience of Divine Love: Ancient – Future Orienteering with Julian of Norwich
Marisa J. Lapish

False Doctrine, False God, False Economy: Scarcity and Abundance in the Song of Solomon
Spencer Paul Thompson

A Gospel of Exclusion? Implications of Employing Nehemiah as Exemplar in American Political Rhetoric
Michael Huffman

Book Review: Pluriform Love: An Open and Relational Theology of Well-being by Thomas J Oord
Carol Kingston Smith

Book Review: Facing Apocalypse: Climate, Democracy and Other Last Chances by Catherine Keller
Sam Tomlin

Book Review : Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture – An Agrarian Reading of the Bible by Ellen F. Davis
Mike D. winter

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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