Black Church Studies

Dr. Abraham Smith to speak on King James Bible

Monday, February 6, 2012

 Dr. Abraham Smith, professor of the New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, will present a lecture Feb. 14 on "The King James Bible and the Figuring of African American Bodies."

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Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 12:20pm to Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 3:00pm
Duke Divinity School
obcs@div.duke.edu

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor a Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope titled "A Journey of Hope along a Path of Pain."

The annual pilgrimage will include a tour of historic Stagville Plantation in Durham County and the Hayti Community Center in Durham, as well as provide an opportunity for participants to hear stories of local activists and pastors.

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Office of Black Church Studies Brown-Bag Lunch with Judy Fentress-Williams

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room (AMCR)
obcs@div.duke.edu

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor a brown-bag lunch discussion with Judy Fentress-Williams, an Old Testament scholar at Virginia Theological Seminary. The topic will be announced later.

Lunch will not be provided.

"The King James Bible and the Figuring of African American Bodies" with Abraham Smith

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
York Reading Room, Duke Divinity Library
obcs@div.duke.edu

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor a public lecture, "The King James Bible and the Figuring of African American Bodies," with Abraham Smith, a New Testament scholar from Perkins School of Theology.

A reception will follow the lecture.

"Performing Transcendence: Thoughts on Musical Blackness, the Holy Spirit, and Jazz Improvisation" with Melvin L. Butler

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
York Reading Room, Duke Divinity Library
emoyer@div.duke.edu or carole.baker@duke.edu

The Office of Black Church Studies and Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke Divinity School will sponsor a public lecture, "Performing Transcendence: Thoughts on Musical Blackness, the Holy Spirit, and Jazz Improvisation," by Melvin L.Butler, assistant professor of music at the University of Chicago.

A reception will follow the lecture.

"The Spirit of David: Negotiating Faith and Masculinity in Black Gospel Performance" with Melvin L. Butler

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room
emoyer@div.duke.edu or carole.baker@duke.edu

The Office of Black Church Studies and the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will sponsor a public lecture, "The Spirit of David: Negotiating Faith and Masculinity in Black Gospel Performance," by Melvin L. Butler, assistant professor of music at the University of Chicago.

Lunch will not provided.

Professor/Jazz Saxophonist Featured Speaker

Friday, January 13, 2012

On Tues. Jan. 31 Melvin L. Butler, jazz musician and professor of music, will give lectures exploring issues of music and faith in black gospel performance and jazz improvisation.

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Melvin L. Butler, jazz saxophonist and ethnomusicologist, will give two public lectures at the Divinity School on Tuesday Jan. 31. The events are co-sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies and Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts.

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Audio from Bishop Ntambo Visit Now Online

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bishop Ntambo from the Republic of Congo spoke about his experiences planting 157 churches.

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Bishop NtamboAudio from a recent discussion led by Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda is now available through iTunes U.

Bishop Ntambo, resident bishop of the N. Katanga Episcopal Area in the Republic of Congo, spoke on Nov. 10 about his experiences planting 157 churches in a talk titled "How Do We Grow the Church?"

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School Hosts Rev. Otis Moss III

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Office of Black Church Studies will host Moss, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill. Nov. 28-29.

Rev. MossThe Office of Black Church Studies at the Divinity School will host the Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill.  Nov. 28 -29.

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