Black Church Studies

2BCS4Black Church Studies is an academic field that espouses linking divine justice and social justice in the development of excellence and leadership in the academy, church and community. Towards this end, it is the mission of the Black Church Studies program (BCS) at Brite Divinity School to provide an excellent teaching-learning context for shaping ministerial preparation and theological reflection for seminarians of all races and backgrounds. Our vision is for future church leaders and scholars to gain wider knowledge about, deeper appreciation of, and increased sensitivity for the Black Church within American society by emphasizing its teachings of freedom, justice, and equality.

The 2015 Parks-King Power of Black Preaching sermon audio is available here. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Irie L. Session. The audio related to the Parks-King Power of Black Preaching Community Conversation also with Rev. Session is available here.






Wil Gafney

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Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Interim Director of the Black Church Studies Program