Divinity School events to explore
the Black church, theological education
and African-American music
The mission of the Black Church, black theological education and vocation, and traditional African-American religious music will be explored in three events being sponsored this week by the Yale Divinity School (YDS).
All the events are free and open to the public.
"The Black Church and Its Mission for the 21st Century" is the topic of this year's Parks-King Lecture, which will be presented at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Marquand Chapel at YDS, 409 Prospect St. A reception will follow in the YDS common room.
The featured speaker will be Dwight Hopkins, professor of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, a constructive theologian working in the areas of contemporary models of theology, black theology and liberation theologies.
The Parks-King Lecture, hosted by YDS since 1983, commemorates Rosa Parks and the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Its goal is to bring the contributions of African-American scholars, social theorists, pastors and social activists to YDS and to the wider New Haven community.
Earlier that day, 3:30-5 p.m., Marquand Chapel will be the site of a Black Alumni Forum on the theme "Black Theologies: Pulpit, Academy, Pew."
A panel of black alumni and faculty (past and present) will discuss the dynamics of black theological education as it relates to YDS, the church, the academy and the wider community.
The panelists will include: the Reverend Flora Wilson Bridges '86 YDS, associate professor of pastoral theology at the School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University; the Reverend Canon Enrique R. Brown '74 YDS, priest-in-charge at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Jackson Heights, New York; William "Bill" Jones, former YDS faculty member, now professor emeritus in the Department of Religion and the first director of African-American studies at Florida State University; the Reverend A. Knighton Stanley '62 YDS, pastor emeritus of Peoples Congregational Church, Washington, D.C., and adjunct professor at Howard Divinity School; and Emilie Townes, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at YDS. The Reverend Frederick "Jerry" Streets '75 YDS, Yale chaplain and associate professor (adjunct) of pastoral theology at YDS, will moderate the panel.
A book-signing featuring the works of ,the panelists and Hopkins will be held prior to the forum 2-3 p.m. in the YDS Student Book Supply.
The forum is part of a research project titled "'Been in the Storm So Long': Yale Divinity School and the Black Ministry -- 150 Years of Black Theological Education." The Reverend Yolanda Y. Smith, assistant professor of Christian education at YDS, and Moses N. Moore Jr. '77 YDS, associate professor of American and African American religious history at Arizona State University, are leading the project.
African-American religious music will be the focus of a workshop, lecture and concert being held Sunday and Monday, Feb. 4 and 5, in Marquand Chapel.
The program will be led by the Reverend Nolan E. Williams Jr., minister of music at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., (the home church of one of America's premier gospel recording artists, Richard Smallwood) and music editor of the African American Heritage Hymnal.
Choir members, directors, musicians and anyone interested in learning more about music in the African-American tradition are invited to participate in the workshop and concert.
There will be workshops/rehearsals featuring talks by Williams 3-5 p.m. on Sunday and 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, as well as a light supper for workshop participants prior to the concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Music from this workshop/concert will also be featured at the Parks-King Lecture and the Black Alumni Forum on Feb. 6.
The workshop and concert are free. To register and to reserve a place at the dinner, contact Yolanda Smith at (203) 436-4818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop and concert are sponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and hosted by the Yale Black Seminarians and the YDS Office of Student Affairs.
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