Writings, Publications, and Videos


“A theological and historical account of the origins of racism in the United States reveals that racism, with all its twists and turns, finds its beginning in ethnoreligious exceptionalism—that is, the belief that one’s ethnicity and religion is superior to that of others. It came primarily in the form of white superiority and anti-Semitism, stemming from the centuries-old conflict between imperial Christianity—the commingling of the Church and Empire resulting in coercive practices of power in order to make the whole world Christian—and the Jewish faith, a conflict that dark-skinned people, namely Africans, would feel the brunt of.”

Excerpt From: Fred Liggin. “Racialized Cultural Systems, Social Displacement and Christian Hospitality”

Published Works (Academic)

Hospitality As Witness and Power: The Role of Hospitality in Congregational Engagement and Embrace in a Culture of Displacement Missio Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis , Issue 7 (Summer-Fall 2016)

A Video with The Journal of Missional Practice (Winter 2018): Interview on Listening to the Spirit

A Video with The Journal of Missional Practice (Winter 2019): Two Pastors Talking: ‘So How Do You Hear God?’

TEDx Talk: Hospitality in a Culture of Displacement | TEDxWilliam & Mary

Published Works (Non-Academic)

Missio Alliance

A collective of seven posts can be found here: https://www.missioalliance.org/author/fred-liggin/

Christianity Today (1 Post)

What Tommy Taught Me

Christian Week (1 Post)

Reordering Our Lives Around Jesus’s Table

The Virginia Gazette & Daily Press Faith & Values Column (Local Newspaper)

It’s better to be a gardener than a gatekeeper

Reflections on surprising friendships

How will we choose to love one another (if that link didn’t work click here)

Living toward a better future (if that link didn’t work click here)

Podcasts/ Video Lectures/Speeches/Sound-bytes (Non-Academic Settings)

An Interview on Justice and Mercy with Williamsburg Community Chapel (Williamsburg Virginia)

A Ten-Minute Presentation on Church Renewal for Mission Alive (Dallas Texas)

Being With: On Neuroscience, Spiritual Formation, and Faith with Geoff Holsclaw:

012 What is a Trauma-Informed Church?

035 Engaging Trauma as the Church’s New Mission Field

The Field Notes Podcast, by the Telos Lab for Congregational Discovery