The Office of Black Church Studies (OBCS) at Duke Divinity School will co-sponsor a public dialogue titled "Reflections on Charleston: A Conversation on Faith and Race." It will feature Jennifer Pinckney, the widow of the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney who was one of nine members of a Bible study group killed in a Charleston, S.C., church last June.
The Duke Divinity School Office of Black Church Studies will host a panel discussion on "A Time to Dance: African American Theology & the Arts." The panel is the first event in the African American Theology in the Arts Symposium and will expound upon the idea of black art as a primary source for doing theology and initiate conversation on the theological implications of black dance traditi
The Divinity School Office of Black Church Studies will host a symposium March 4-5 featuring Ailey II, the young company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to celebrate and explore the intersection of African American theology and the arts. The purpose of the symposium is to highlight the cultural significance of African American art forms for the Black Church and the black theological imagination.
Schedule of Events
Pre-registration is required for all events.
|Friday, March 4|
|1:00 - 2:30 p.m.||Opening Panel Discussion: "A Time to Dance: African American Theology & the Arts"||Goodson Chapel, Duke Dvinity School|
|3:30 - 5:00 p.m.||Master Dance Class with Artistic Director of Ailey II||
The Ark, 14 Epworth Ln., Durham
|Saturday, March 5|
|10 a.m.||Keynote Lecture with LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant||Location TBD|
|11:15 a.m.||Panel Discussion: "Move, Members, Move: The Arts in the Black Religious Imagination"||Location TBD|
|12:30 p.m.||Boxed lunches are available to attendees who ordered them in advance during registration.||Location TBD|
|2:00 - 3:15 p.m.||Workshops||Duke Divinity School|
|3:30 p.m.||Closing Panel: "Sinner Wo/man: Black Theology, and Popular Culture"||Location TBD|
|7:00 - 7:25 p.m.||Pre-Show Discussion (Note: attendees must have Ailey II performance ticket)||Reynolds Industries Theater|
|8:00 p.m.||Ailey II Performance||Reynolds Industries Theater|
Opening Panel Discussion: "A Time to Dance: African American Theology & the Arts"
1:00 - 2:00 p.m., March 4 at Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School
The opening panel will expound upon the idea of black art as a primary source for doing theology and initiate conversation on the theological implications of black dance traditions. Participants include Eboni Marshall Turman, director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School; Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School; Troy Powell, Ailey II artistic director; and Takiyah Nur-Amin, assistant professor of dance at UNC Charlotte.
Master Dance Class with Artistic Director of Ailey II
3:30 - 5:00 p.m., March 4 at The Ark, 14 Epworth Ln., Durham, N.C.
This full-length modern dance class is open to the community and will be taught by Troy Power, artistic director of Ailey II and former principal dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Prior dance experience is recommended.
Keynote Lecture with LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant: "Honor, Honor: The Black Body as Sacred Text"
10 a.m., March 5, Location TBD
LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant is associate professor of African Studies and Religion at Williams College and author of Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory Among Gullah/Geechee Women (Duke University Press, 2014).
Panel Discussion: "Move, Members, Move: The Arts in the Black Religious Imagination"
11:15 a.m., March 5, Location TBD
This panel will explore the black body as instrument and the religious implications of black music and black dance in the United States. Participants include Tommy DeFrantz, professor of Women's Studies at Duke University; Alisha Lola Jones, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington; and Melanie Jones, a Ph.D. student in ethics, theology, and culture at Chicago Theological Seminary.
2:00 - 3:15 p.m., March 5
Participants may select one of the three workshops offered.
Black Sacred Music
York Room, Duke Divinity School
This workshop offers participants the opportunity to reflect on, engage, and experience the sacred music traditions in the Black Church. The facilitators are Charles Anthony Bryant, minister of music for youth at Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem, N.Y.; and Tony McNeill, director of worship arts at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta.
Black Sacred Dance
Goodson Chapel, Duke Divinity School
This workshop offers participants the opportunity to more deeply reflect on, engage, and experience sacred dance traditions in the Black Church. No experience necessary. Come prepared to move. The facilitator is Theara J.Ward of The Ailey School, and formerly of Dance Theater of Harlem.
Black Sacred Rhetoric & Ritual
This workshop offers participants the opportunity to reflect on, engage, and experience the sacred rhetoric and ritual traditions in the Black Church. Facilitator: Neichelle Guidry, associate pastor to young adults at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and Ph.D. student in liturgical studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.
Closing Panel: "Sinner Wo/man: Black Theology, and Popular Culture"
3:30 p.m., March 5, Location TBD
The closing panel will explore the religious and theological implications of gender in black popular culture.
Pre-Show Discussion (Note: attendees must have a Ailey II performance ticket)
7:00 - 7:25 p.m., March 5 at Reynolds Industries Theater
Join Eboni Marshall Turman, director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, and a special guest for a 25-minute pre-show discussion on Ailey II's Revelations.
Ailey II Performance
8:00 p.m., March 5 at Reynolds Industries Theater
The dancers of Ailey II offer a program anchored by Alvin Ailey’s quintessential signature piece Revelations, the most widely seen modern dance work in the world, celebrated by longtime New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff as the choreographer’s “great masterpiece,” and praised by the Boston Herald as “one of the most sublime dances ever choreographed.” Revelations explores the sorrow and the jubilation of African American cultural heritage through dances set to spirituals, gospel songs, and holy blues. In addition to Revelations, the program will draw on new works and standard repertory, to be announced early in 2016. Read more about the performance.
Registration & Tickets
Tickets to the Ailey II performance are available through Duke Performances.
Registration is required for the keynote lecture, panel discussions, master class, and workshops, and there is no charge for these events. During registration, attendees can choose to order a boxed lunch for Saturday, March 5 for $12. Register now.
Events In This Series
Duke Divinity School will hold a worship service with the Rev. Chalice Overy D'06, youth minister at Baptist Grove Church in Raleigh, N.C., preaching. The Gospel Choir will provide music.
This service is part of the 2016 Sankofa Black Alumni Preaching Series sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies at the school. The series celebrates the distinct contributions of alumni of African descent with preaching at the school's worship service on Tuesdays in February. Conversations with student members of the Black Seminarians Union will be held in Room 110 Gray after each sermon.
Duke Divinity School will hold a worship service with the Rev. Dr. James D. Ballard D’66, interim pastor at St. Paul Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. preaching. The Gospel Choir will provide music.
The Office of Black Church Studies, the Center for Reconciliation, and Duke Chapel will hold the next lecture in the "Race & Faith Dialogues" lecture series. The lecture titled "Feeding Debased Flesh and Broken Spirits: Religion, Food, and Race in African American Life" will be presented by Derek Hicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion and culture at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.
The brown-bag lunch is open to the public.
The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor its annual Sankofa Black Alumni Preaching Series celebrating the distinct contributions of alumni of African descent with preaching at the school's worship service every Tuesday in Febuary.
Ailey II, the young company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, has been a showcase for talented emerging dancers and choreographers since 1974. Praised by The New Yorker for their “off-the-charts energy,” and called “second to none” by Dance Magazine, the dancers of Ailey II are led by artistic director Troy Powell, a former dancer and choreographer for both Ailey II and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
The Office of Black Church Studies (OBCS) leads the Divinity School in the great work of strengthening the body of Christ through critical reflection, dialogue, and practice that is propelled by the prophetic witness of Black Church traditions.
Black Church Studies Events
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The Office of Black Church Studies will hold the 2015 Gardner C. Taylor Lecture featuring the Rev. Dr. Renita Weems, vice-president, academic dean, and professor of Biblical studies at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn., as the guest lecturer.
The lecture, which is open to the public, is one of several events in the 2015 Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series on Sept. 22-23.