Foot washing by UK artist Dinah Roe Kendall

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 1


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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