Black Seminarians Union’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Online

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Duke Divinity School celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Black Seminarians Union (BSU) and its mission Feb. 8-10 with a series of events titled “Triumph & Truth.” Participants heard testimonies from former students about the truth and triumphs that led to the establishment of BSU and the Office of Black Church Studies.

Former students offering testimonies were:

  • Cynthia Hale D’79, founding and senior pastor of the 5,000-member Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga.
  • Gregory Palmer D’79, resident bishop of the Illinois Episcopal Area (Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference) of the United Methodist Church and president of the worldwide Council of Bishops of the UMC
  • Clarence G. Newsome, Distinguished Church Leader in Residence at the Divinity School for the 2009-10 academic year
  • William Turner, Jr., associate professor of the practice of homiletics at the Divinity School

See The power is not at the top, a video interview with Cynthia Hale about the future of denominations on Faith & Leadership.

More information about the BSU 40th anniversary celebration.


Listen to or download audio in iTunes U:

Bishop Gregory Palmer:
Still Available

Rev. Cynthia Hale:
The Madness of Ministry

Triumph and Truth: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Parish Ministry:
Where Do We Go from Here?