December 2009

The Obama family makes history every day in this country. The most recent historical event that caught my attention was the annual public presentation of the White House at Christmas.

By Dr. Willie James Jennings
Associate Professor of Theology and
Black Church Studies
Duke Divinity School

The Obama family makes history every day in this country. The most recent historical event that caught my attention was the annual public presentation of the White House at Christmas.

Merry Christmas from Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School!

This year has been one filled with triumphs and challenges, both of which have been opportunities to press us all the more deeply inside of our realities, along with Mary, as bearers of God in the world. As a gift to you, we share one of our favorite songs of the season from a rendition of Langston Hughes gospel play Black Nativity, performed by Trinity Entertainment Group: Mary, Did You Know?

I went to see Disney’s The Princess and the Frog opening weekend and started crying as soon as I stepped into the cinema lobby--a reaction that caught me off-guard.

R. Kamille Williams, D’09
Co-Founder and Project Director
El Salvador Palliative Care

I went to see Disney’s The Princess and the Frog opening weekend and started crying as soon as I stepped into the cinema lobby--a reaction that caught me off-guard. My heart was filled with joy when I saw so many beautiful black princesses proudly wearing their tiaras in anticipation of seeing Disney’s first portrayal of a black princess. A new day had come, and this was certainly good news!

By Gail Song Bantum, D’09
Worship Leader and Speaker
Seattle, Washington

As the song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year…it’s the hap - happiest season of all!” but is it? For some, it may be a dreaded and amplified season of a growing to do list. For others, it may be a burden, be it financial, familial, and/or social.