Duke Divinity School’s Office of Black Church Studies  invites alumni, students, and the Duke University and Durham communities in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Black Seminarians Union (BSU) and its mission.
Hear former students’ testimonies of truth and the triumphs that led to the establishment of BSU and the Office of Black Church Studies.
The Feb. 8-10, 2010 celebration will include presentations and preaching by Dr. Cynthia Hale  D’79, founding pastor of the 5,100-member Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga., and Gregory Palmer  D’79, resident bishop of the Illinois Episcopal Area (Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference) of the United Methodist Church. Palmer also is president of the worldwide Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church.
The purpose of the BSU is to ensure the development of a theological perspective commensurate with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and relevant to the needs of black seminarians and the black church. Its goal is to improve the quality of life theologically, academically, spiritually, politically, and socially for the entire Divinity School community.