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Engaging in the work of Black Church Studies

by Louisville Seminary | Feb 13, 2012
The Black Church Studies (BCS) program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is connecting with congregational leaders and local universities on topics that are addressing the vitality of the Black Church.

BCS Program Director Dr. Lewis Brogdon shares the following opportunities during February to engage with the work of Black Church Studies.

February 16 – Panel Discussion – the black church influence on politics
Bellarmine University will host a panel discussion on Thursday, February 16, at 6p.m. on the topic of the influences of black churches on politics. Lewis Brogdon, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies and Director of the Black Church Studies Program at Louisville Seminary, will be one of the panelists for the event that is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to this event, which will be held in Horrigan Hall at Bellarmine University (2001 Newburg Rd, Louisville KY, 40205).

February 17-18 – Seminar on African American Hermeneutics
Lewis Brogdon will be teaching a weekend seminar on African American biblical interpretation for students in the Certificate Studies Program as well as Master’s degree students pursuing a concentration in Black Church Studies. The seminar will discuss the African American encounter with the Bible; the African presence in the Bible; Afrocentric interpretations of the Bible; and contemporary trends in African American hermeneutics. Throughout the seminar, attention will be given to the particular concerns and perspectives of womanist biblical interpreters. The seminar will be held at Louisville Seminary, Nelson Hall.

February 18 – Black Leadership Series
Louisville Seminary Professors Debra Mumford and Elizabeth Walker and Dean of Students Kilen Gray will serve as panelists at the Saturday Academy. The topic of discussion is “Black Church Leadership: Characteristics, Challenges, and Recommendations.” Founded in 1991, the Saturday Academy is an outreach program of the College of Arts and Sciences (University of Louisville) designed to bring African world history, heritage, and the on-going discussion of pertinent issues into the local community. The Academy represents collaboration between the University and several key community partners: The Jefferson County Public Schools, the Louisville Urban League, Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, the University of Louisville Department of Pan-African Studies, and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. The Saturday Academy will meet in the cafeteria of DuValle Education Center at 3610 Bohne Avenue, near I-264W and Algonquin Parkway (please park in the rear parking lot). All programs are free and open to any interested member of the community. For additional information, contact LyShanna Cunningham, Saturday Academy Program Assistant at 852-2658 or l.cunningham@louisville.edu, or go to http://louisville.edu/saturdayacademy.

February 23 – Celebrating African American Presbyterianism
The Black Church Studies Program will sponsor a chapel service and luncheon introducing the Seminary community to African American Presbyterianism through the work of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus and African American Presbyterian congregations. Rev. Dr. Arlene Gordon, president of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus, will be the guest preacher as Louisville Seminary celebrates African American Presbyterianism. Rev. Gordon will be preaching from Matthew 16:13-20. In addition to preaching in chapel at 11:30 a.m., Gordon along with Rev. Lonnie Oliver, an Associate for African American Congregational Support for the PCUSA, will also talk about their work with the National Black Presbyterian Caucus, supporting African American clergy women in seminary, and African American Presbyterian congregations during the lunch hour in Winn Center, McAtee B. Everyone is invited to this event.

February 24 – Pastor’s Luncheon
Lewis Brogdon and Kilen Gray will host a luncheon with pastors to discuss preaching in the contemporary African American church. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pastors will collaborate on a host of issues related to preaching such as the intersection between congregational context and socio-political context of our world and what theological motifs or images are pastors drawing on to give meaning to the experiences of persons in their communities and to teach the faith to a new generation.

February 25 – Minister’s Lay Training Workshop
Lewis Brogdon will teach a ministers and lay person’s workshop on “Ministry Challenges in the Black Church.” In particular, Brogdon will address the importance of theological education and denominational ministerial training that equips leaders to address the complex challenges inundating black communities across the nation. The workshop will be held at 2 p.m. at Philips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) in Toledo, Ohio, where Rev. Darvin Adams (MDiv ’09) serves as pastor.

February 26 – Church Anniversary at Elim Baptist Church
Lewis Brogdon will be the guest preacher for Elim Baptist’s 67th annual church anniversary. Brogdon will be speaking at both morning worship services: 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The church is located on 3114 Greenwood St in Louisville KY 40211. Rev. Vincent James serves as the pastor. The Seminary community is invited to come out and experience the vibrant worship and warm fellowship of the Elim Church family.

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