Black church studies leads the Divinity School in racial reconciliation by helping all students reflect on racial identity and its legacies, the challenges for Christians of color, and the concerns of the global black church.
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.
2013 Gardner C. Taylor Video Available
Sermons and a lecture by the Rev. Martha Simmons are now on video.
The Great Black Preachers
Duke Chapel posts archive of sermons showcasing the legacy of leading ministers. Read more on Duke Today.
Marshall Turman to Lead Black Church Studies
Dean Hays announced the appointment of Eboni Marshall Turman as director of the OBCS.
Divinity Grad on Rachel Maddow Show
Rev. Michael McBride, M.Div. '05, of PICO National Network talks with Rachel Maddow about the importance of gun safety activism. Watch the video, starting at 12 minutes, 23 seconds into the clip.
James A. Forbes, Jr. to Give MLK Lecture April 2
The Office of Black Church Studies will sponsor the 2013 MLK Jr. Lecture Series featuring Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus at the Riverside Church and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation in New York City.
Honoring C. Eric Lincoln
March 4 "Black Church and Black Mosque" event will honor the renowned Duke religious scholar.
Divinity School a Leader in Push for Integration
As Duke University marks the 50th anniversary of the first black undergraduate students at Duke, we look back at integration at the Divinity School.
First Black Students at Divinity School Became Church and Community Leaders
The first black students to attend Duke Divinity School became highly regarded leaders in the church and in their communities.
MLK Commemoration: "We Have the Power"
Rev. William Turner, professor of the practice of homiletics, invites the university to proceed with the momentum it started 50 years ago during a Jan. 20 service commermorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.