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.
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.
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.