Black Church Studies

2014 Divinity School African-American Alumni Day

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room
Tara M. Batemon

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will host a gathering for Divinity School African-American alumni.

The day-long event will include a morning session on "The State of the Black Church," facilitated by Bishop Clarence Laney, senior pastor of the Monument of Faith Church in Durham, N.C.; an alumni dinner and lecture by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, senior pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga.; and a worship service with the Rev. Dr. Calvin O Butts, III, the preacher and lecturer for the 2014 Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series, senior pastor at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, and president of the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury.

The cost for the event is $65 each, with advance registration required. Registration details will be announced soon.

For more information, contact Tara M. Batemon at (919) 660-3461.

2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture with Rev. Raphael Warnock

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 11:25am to 12:20pm
Goodson Chapel
Tara M. Batemon, obcs@div.duke.edu, (919) 538-0941

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will hold the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series featuring the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where King was co-pastor, as the guest lecturer.

The annual lecture series features national community lecturers who address the issues of justice, peace, and liberation in relation to the black religious experience.

For more information, contact Tara M. Batemon at (919) 660-3461.

2014 Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series Worship Service

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:25am to 12:20pm
Goodson Chapel
Tara M. Batemon

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will hold a worship service as part of the 2014 Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series featuring the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, pastor of the internationally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and president of the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury, preaching.

Butts will be the guest preacher and lecturer for the 2014 lecture series being held Sept. 23-24. The event is open to Divinity School alumni, community and the public. Advance registration is required for the lecture series, with registration details to be announced later.

This year's lecture series will be held in conjunction with the Duke Divinity African-American Alumni Day.

For more information, contact Tara M. Batemon at (919) 660-3461.

Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series Worship Service & Lecture

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:25am to 3:30pm
Goodson Chapel
Tara M. Batemon, obcs@div.duke.edu, (919) 538-0941

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will hold its annual Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series featuring the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, pastor of the internationally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and president of the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury, as the guest preacher and lecturer.

The 2014 event will kick off Sept. 23 with a worship service at 11:25 a.m. and a 2 p.m. lecture, both in Goodson Chapel. There also will be another worship service with Butts preaching on Sept. 24 at 11:25 a.m. in the chapel.

The lecture series is open to Divinity School alumni, students, faculty and staff, and the public. Advance registration is required, with details to be announced later.

This year's lecture series will be held in conjunction with the Duke Divinity African-American Alumni Day.

For more information, contact Tara M. Batemon at (919) 538-0941.

2014 Convocation & Pastors' School

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 8:00am to Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 4:30pm
Duke Divinity School
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host the 2014 Convocation & Pastors' School, an intensive two-day conference that offers lectures, worship, and seminars for Christian leaders of all traditions. This annual event is a collaboration with the North Carolina and Western North Carolina conferences of the United Methodist Church. The convocation also includes alumni gatherings.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Life after Christendom: Resident Aliens 25 Years Later.” It will examine the impact that the book, “Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony” by Divinity School professors Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon, had on clergy, congregations, and seminaries. Published 25 years ago, the book challenged the Christian church to live as a vital embodiment of the Gospel, operating within today’s society but apart from its eroding values.

Speakers at this year's conference will include: Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law; Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry; James Davison Hunter, LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia and executive director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture; Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, The United Methodist Church, North Carolina Conference; and Bishop Larry Goodpaster, The United Methodist Church, Western North Carolina Conference.

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2014 MLK Lecture with Randal Jelks

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Jelks will give a talk on Benjamin Mays and Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 1, and will preach in Goodson Chapel.

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor the 2014 MLK Jr. Lecture Series featuring guest lecturer Randal Jelks, associate professor of American Studies with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas.

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2014 MLK Lecture Series with Randal Jelks

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:25am to 5:00pm
Goodson Chapel
tbatemon@div.duke.edu

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series featuring guest lecturer Randal Jelks, associate professor of American Studies with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Jelks will be the guest preacher at the Divinity School worship service on April 1st and 2nd in Goodson Chapel from 11:25 to 12:20 p.m and will be the guest lecturer on April 1st at 5:00pm in 0014 Westbrook.

The lecture series exposes Divinity School students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as local preachers and their congregations to preachers whose ministry has had an impact on the civic sphere, or to scholars whose work has been instrumental in changing the nature of ministry in the church and in the larger world.

For more information, contact Tara Batemon at (919) 660-3461.

Emilie Townes to Lecture

Friday, February 21, 2014

Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, will speak on womanist theology on Feb. 24.

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The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will host the Murray and Burroughs Lecture on Women and Religion at on Feb. 24 with guest lecturer Emilie M. Townes, dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School and professor of womanist ethics and society. The title of the lecture is "Living Beyond the Fold of Old Wounds: Womanist Liner Notes in the Diaspora." The public lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in Goodson Chapel.

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Worship Service with Rev. Ernest Brooks Preaching

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:25am to 12:15pm
Goodson Chapel
stilley@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3539

Duke Divinity School will hold a Service of the Word with the Rev. Ernest Brooks, D'11, assistant dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., preaching.

This service is part of the Sankofa Preaching Series, sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies at the Divinity School. The series derives its name from the word sankofa in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as "reach back and get it." Each Tuesday in the month of February, the series will "reach back" to hear from some of the Divinity School's distinguished African American alumni. 

The Gospel Choir will offer music. All are welcome.

Resurrection Power and the Black Church

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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Resurrection Power

An interview with Eboni Marshall Turman, new director of the Office of Black Church Studies and assistant professor at the Divinity School.

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