The Black Church Studies (BCS) Program at Louisville Seminary will launch its second weekend seminar series, Contemporary Issues in the Black Church. These one-day seminars, held on campus and open to the public, will explore important topics such as violence in the African American community and hip hop culture.
The series begins September 27, 2014, with Introduction to Black Church Studies led by Dr. Scott Williamson, Louisville Seminary’s Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics. The seminar defines what Black Church Studies is and what it means to study the Black Church as a tradition rather than as an institution. The seminar also provides students with a comprehensive structural approach to Black Church Studies.
Rev. Dr. Kilen Gray, Louisville Seminary’s Dean of Students, will lead The Crisis of Violence and the Black Church, which will tackle the issue of violence in the African American community and how African American churches are responding to it.
The series will also welcome to campus Dr. Brandon McCormack, a professor in the Pan African Studies Department at the University of Louisville. Dr. McCormack will lead the seminar Hip Hop Culture and the Black Church.
“I am excited about these seminars because we believe they will introduce students to some of the seminal issues in African American churches,” said Williamson. “These seminars promise an integrated learning environment that benefits all students.”
Williamson notes that students pursuing a degree take the seminars alongside men and women in the Seminary’s Black Church Studies certificate program. “Our hope is that the classes will be racially integrated as well. Black and non-black students can benefit from a course of study like this. Everyone is welcome at the table of theological discourse.”
Louisville Seminary’s Black Church Studies Program, launched in 2008, offers three tracks of study: a concentration in the Master of Divinity or in the Master of Arts (Religion) degree programs, a concentration in the Doctor of Ministry degree program, and a certificate program for students not enrolled in a degree program.
Registration forms for the certificate program are available on the Louisville Seminary website (www.lpts.edu) or by calling 502.895.3411 ext. 291.