Strangers to Family

The Distillery Season 1

Shively Smith describes her relationship with I Peter, one that began with resistance and ended in hope for the restored and diverse family of God, a family that cares especially for those on the edges. Smith explains how Christians living in diaspora reveal diversity to be the fundamental starting point for Christian community rather than the end goal.

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Shively Smith is assistant professor of New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary. She completed her Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Emory University and recently published her first book, Strangers to Family: Diaspora and First Peter’s Invention of God’s Household with Baylor University Press and she is currently writing a commentary on the Second Letter of Peter. Smith has studied at a variety of institutions, including Fisk University, Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and for a short time at Oxford University as an English-Speaking Union Luard Fellow. She has been actively working in ministry for 20 years, entering the ministry at the age of 16 and working with various church organizations and denominations from Baptist, to Pentecostal, Methodist, and non-denominational. She is now an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church where she proudly serves as member and resident scholar of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.

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