Black Church Studies (BCS) at Yale Divinity School (YDS) supports inquiry into and engagement with the practices of African American churches and other Christian communities throughout the African Diaspora. To promote and cultivate such inquiry and engagement, BCS at YDS offers opportunities for critical reflection and practice among emerging and existing leaders in the Black Church and in the broader community.
BCS at YDS offers a Certificate in Black Church Studies, for interested students who wish to respond to the evolving needs of the Black Church and marginalized communities and who intend to serve in historically Black congregations, and/or are inspired by the rich and ecumenical traditions of the Black Church.
Director: Rev. Joanne Browne Jennings
Students, in consultation with their Academic Advisor and the Director of BCS at YDS, are required to complete a range of course work, including at least twelve (12) credit hours of African American religious inquiry. In addition, students must attend at least one (1) colloquium per semester and complete a supervised ministry in a BCS- designated site. Students pursuing the M.A.R. degree have the option of doing a project tied to their research interest and vocational goals in relation to Black Church Studies instead of a supervised ministry placement. Students are also required to participate in at least one (1) retreat that supports personal renewal and creative reflection on the socio-economic and spiritual needs of the African American community.
2020 - 2021 Courses
REL 510 - The Letters of Paul - Ethnicity, Enslavement, Empire and the End of the World
REL 511- Past & Present Tense: Classical Biblical Prophecy and the African American Prophetic Tradition
REL 517 - “Race” and the New Testament
REL 568 - Women and Gender in Early Christianity
REL 603 - Love, Prophecy and Social Concern
REL 605 - Black Theology
REL 651 - Digital Media, Liturgy and Theology
REL 670 - Christian Identity and the Formation of the Racial World
REL 677 - Natural Disasters in the Christian Tradition: Ritual and Theological Response
REL 815 - Radical Pedagogy
REL 823 - Trauma, Moral Injury and Crisis Ministry
REL 824 - Ministry and the Disinherited
REL 836 - African American Preaching
REL 843 - Howard Thurman: Mysticism and Prophetic Witness
REL 852 - Women’s Ways of Knowing
REL 856 - Pastoral Wisdom in Fiction, Wisdom and Drama (inside- out course)
REL 908 - The Changing Face of Community - Police - Ministry Relations in the Twenty-First Century
REL 943 - Performance behind Bars: Sacred Music, Sacred Texts, and Social Justice
REL 972- Pandemic Ethics
REL 988 - Virtue, Vice, and Epistemic Injustice
In addition, students may request to do an independent study on a relevant theme, and may inquire about Courses offerings through the AFAM Department of Yale College.
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