Black church studies leads the Divinity School in the great work of strengthening the body of Christ through critical reflection, dialogue, and praxis that is propelled by the prophetic witness of global Black Church traditions.
The Office of Black Church Studies assists the theological formation of seminarians by supporting the work of the faculty, especially those teaching and administering courses in black church studies; counseling black seminarians and prospective students; providing educational opportunities through events, lectures, and domestic and international field education. It also helps students of color gain the greatest value from their theological formation, while supporting all students in deepening communion across racial and cultural boundaries.
MLK Lectures March 31-April 1
The guest lecturer for 2015 will be James H. Cone.
2015 Sankofa Black Alumni Preaching Series
Every Tuesday in February, the Divinity School will celebrate the distinct contributions of the school’s alumni of African descent.
Race, Incarceration and the Death Penalty
The Divinity School will host a public panel discussion Oct. 28 with two international advocates against the death penalty, including a Nobel Prize nominee.
2014 MLK Lecture with Randal Jelks
Jelks will give a talk on Benjamin Mays and Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 1, and will preach in Goodson Chapel.
Emilie Townes to Lecture
Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, will speak on womanist theology on Feb. 24.
Resurrection Power and the Black Church
An interview with Eboni Marshall Turman, new director of the Office of Black Church Studies and assistant professor at the Divinity School.
Cooper Appointed to Faculty
The Divinity School names Valerie C. Cooper as the new associate professor of black church studies.
New Book on Black Church
Professor Eboni Marshall Turman explores roots of sexism in black churches.
2013 Gardner C. Taylor Video Available
Sermons and a lecture by the Rev. Martha Simmons are now on video.