The 2017 film Hidden Figures gives rise to questions of what minority members of the professionals in other fields might have to offer. If an African-American woman can use her mathematics to facilitate safe space travel in the dawning decade of such endeavours, I wonder where the leading edges are now, and who is being cut-off from riding those edges because of hubris and prejudice.
My field is the Reign of God. I want to understand the nature and implementation of the Kingdom of Heaven, and I want to repeat and reinterpret for today the central message of Jesus concerning what life is like within God’s intent for the world. What does it mean that there is a dawning reality where son-daughters of God live in a world which has been recreated to promote life without evil or distress? How do we go about welcoming and facilitation such a realm’s arrival?
So, first I ask who is being excluded and who is the “nigress” of today’s theology. Is she even in the Church, I’d say yes, is she in some form of ministry, again yes. The “Colored Computers” worked for NASA, just not in the location of their most effectiveness. So, then I ask, who do we have in the Church but in the back room, who do we insist drink from a segregated coffee pot and relieve herself in a segregated, isolated toilet?
Who is doing the work while today’s theological Anglo Alpha-males get the credit?
Who is heralding the change, bringing “the math” that would help us all to reach the moon?
Perhaps I’d better find out.