Marvin E. Wickware Jr.

Assistant Professor of Church and Society and Ethics

Headshot of Marvin E. Wickware Jr.



  • Black Liberation Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Christian Ethics
  • Race and Christianity
  • U.S. American Racial Reconciliation
  • Affect Theory


  • B.A., Duke University
  • M.Div., Union Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Duke University


  • Professional Certificate in Online Education (PCOE), UWI Continuing Studies


Marvin E. Wickware Jr. joined the LSTC faculty in July 2018.

Wickware describes his research and writing as a way for him to work out the problems he has encountered while teaching and living in community with others. His experiences as a black man working in the predominantly white institutions of Duke Divinity School and a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation led to his dissertation topic of racial reconciliation in U.S. churches.

He is currently working on his first book, in which he demonstrates that black and white U.S. Christians must recognize that our world positions them as enemies and explores the possibilities of love in light of that reality. His research draws on feminist theory and black studies and in his teaching he works to connect an understanding of theoretical and theological perspectives to the church’s engagement with pressing political and social issues, with particular attention to the roles played by emotion and affect. Wickware’s involvement in community organizing with The People’s Lobby also enriches his teaching and research.


  • Wickware, Marvin E., Jr. “The Labour of Black Love: James Cone, Womanism, and the Future of Black Men’s Theologies.” Black Theology: An International Journal. Volume 19: 1, 2021, 3-19.
  • Review: Wickware, Marvin E., Jr. “Kristopher Norris, Witnessing Whiteness: Confronting White Supremacy in the American Church.” Horizons. Volume 48: 1, 2021, 243-244.
  • Wickware, Marvin. (Host). (2020). An Incomplete Field Guide to Ministry [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.buzzsprout.com/1345783.
  • Review of “Hope Draped in Black: Race, Melancholy, and the Agony of Progress” by Joseph R. Winters in The Journal of Religion, Vol. 98 no. 3 (July 2018) p. 428-429.
  • “For the Love of (Black) Christ: Embracing James Cone’s Affective Critique of White Fragility,” Toronto Journal of Theology, Vol. 33: 1, (2017) p. 99-106.
  • “Faithful Disbelief: Christopher Morse between Foucault and Barth,” Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Vol. 65: 1 & 2 (2015) p. 59-65.
  • “Breaking the Chains of Chattel Teamwork: The Future of Black Liberation Theology” (with Amy Barbour) Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Vol. 64: 2 & 3 (2012) p. 44-51.
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