Black Church Studies

2014 MLK Lecture with Randal Jelks

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Jelks will give a talk on Benjamin Mays and Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 1, and will preach in Goodson Chapel.

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor the 2014 MLK Jr. Lecture Series featuring guest lecturer Randal Jelks, associate professor of American Studies with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas.

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2014 MLK Lecture Series with Randal Jelks

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:25am to 5:00pm
Goodson Chapel
tbatemon@div.duke.edu

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series featuring guest lecturer Randal Jelks, associate professor of American Studies with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Jelks will be the guest preacher at the Divinity School worship service on April 1st and 2nd in Goodson Chapel from 11:25 to 12:20 p.m and will be the guest lecturer on April 1st at 5:00pm in 0014 Westbrook.

The lecture series exposes Divinity School students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as local preachers and their congregations to preachers whose ministry has had an impact on the civic sphere, or to scholars whose work has been instrumental in changing the nature of ministry in the church and in the larger world.

For more information, contact Tara Batemon at (919) 660-3461.

Emilie Townes to Lecture

Friday, February 21, 2014

Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, will speak on womanist theology on Feb. 24.

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The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will host the Murray and Burroughs Lecture on Women and Religion at on Feb. 24 with guest lecturer Emilie M. Townes, dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School and professor of womanist ethics and society. The title of the lecture is "Living Beyond the Fold of Old Wounds: Womanist Liner Notes in the Diaspora." The public lecture will take place at 4 p.m.

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Worship Service with Rev. Ernest Brooks Preaching

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:25am to 12:15pm
Goodson Chapel
stilley@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3539

Duke Divinity School will hold a Service of the Word with the Rev. Ernest Brooks, D'11, assistant dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., preaching.

This service is part of the Sankofa Preaching Series, sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies at the Divinity School. The series derives its name from the word sankofa in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as "reach back and get it." Each Tuesday in the month of February, the series will "reach back" to hear from some of the Divinity School's distinguished African American alumni. 

The Gospel Choir will offer music. All are welcome.

Resurrection Power and the Black Church

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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Resurrection Power

An interview with Eboni Marshall Turman, new director of the Office of Black Church Studies and assistant professor at the Divinity School.

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Murray/Burroughs Lecture on Women and Religion with Emilie Townes

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Goodson Chapel
Tara M. Batemon

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will host the Murray and Burroughs Lecture on Women and Religion with guest lecturer Emilie M. Townes, dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School and professor of womanist ethics and society. The title of the lecture is "Living Beyond the Fold of Old Wounds: Womanist Liner Notes in the Diaspora."

A Durham, N.C. native, Townes has been a pioneering scholar in womanist theology, a field of studies in which the historic and current insights of African American women are brought into critical engagement with the traditions of Christian theology.

Named in honor of womanist/feminist leaders Anna Pauline Murray and Nannie Helen Burroughs, this public lectureship features women theologians and religious scholars whose work and ministry emphasize the critical intersections of race, gender, and class as they relate to the transformative uplifting of church and society.

BSU Symposium on "'Speak!' Young Black Preaching in the 21st Century"

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Goodson Chapel
bsu.dukediv@gmail.com or (704) 277-3752

The Black Seminarians Union at Duke Divinity School will host an anniversary symposium, "'Speak!' Young Black Preaching in the 21st Century." Eric Greaux Jr., professor of religion at Winston-Salem State University, will be the guest preacher,  and the Rev. K. Monet Rice, associate chaplain at Wake Forest University, will be the guest lecturer.

The free symposium, which is open to the public, also will offer workshops on “Cultivating Authentic Voice,” “The Preacher & Social Media,” and “Who is My Community?”

 

 

Worship Service with Rev. Lisa Yebuah Preaching

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 11:25am to 12:15pm
Goodson Chapel
stilley@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3539

Duke Divinity School will hold a Service of the Word with the Rev. Lisa Yebuah, D'04, preaching. This service is part of the Sankofa Preaching Series, sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies at the school.

The series derives its name from the word sankofa in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as "reach back and get it." Each Tuesday in the month of February, the series will "reach back" to hear from some of the Divinity School's distinguished African American alumni. 

The Gospel Choir will offer music. All are welcome.

Cooper Appointed to Faculty

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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Divinity School names Valerie C. Cooper as the new associate professor of black church studies.

Dean Richard B. Hays has announced the appointment of Valerie C. Cooper as associate professor of black church studies at Duke Divinity School effective July 1.

Cooper, who joined the faculty in fall 2013 as a visiting associate research professor, is the first African-American woman to earn tenure at the Divinity School. Using historical and theological methodologies, her wide-ranging scholarship examines issues of religion, race, politics, and popular culture.

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The Moral Monday Movement as Prophetic Action

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:30pm
0012 Westbrook Building
Tara M. Batemon

The Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School will hold a brown-bag lunch panel discussion on "The Moral Monday Movement as Prophetic Action" that is open to the community. The discussion will focus on the movement, which is entering its second year of citizens protesting changes by the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly.

Panelists will discuss the movement, its connections to the Divinity School, what is at stake, and how to get involved.

Speakers will be Divinity Schools professors William Turner and Amy Laura Hall; the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham, N.C.; and Rodney Sadler, professor of Old Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, N.C.

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