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BRSG Consultation

Eighteenth Annual Black Religious Scholars Group Consultation
November 20, 2015

BRSG logo 2 The guiding vision of the Black Religious Scholars Group (BRSG) is to sponsor consultations and speaking series for the edification of the liberating theology and witness of the Black Church tradition within the academy, church and wider Black community.

Our annual public forums across North America at welcoming congregations continue the process of exploring ways in which meaningful dialogue and partnership can occur between Black religious scholars and the larger Black community and its churches for the well-being and advancement of both our people and communities.

The BRSG is committed to creating dialogues that forge bonds of communication for partnership and innovation between Black peoples.  Central to our vision, is the conviction that dialogue and collaboration among scholars, churches and community activist organizations is essential for cultivating transformative debates and promoting social justice.  Each year the BRSG consultation promotes an open conversation that will be held in collaboration with Black religious scholars, clergy, and community leaders and engage directly with the general public in our host city as a precursor to the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature (AAR / SBL) annual meeting. Since our founding over a decade ago, we have had the great privilege to recognize some of the finest scholars in Black religion such as J. Deotis Roberts, Henry and Ella Mitchell, James H. Cone, Peter Paris, Jacquelyn Grant, Katie G. Cannon, Vincent Harding, Delores S. Williams, Robert M. Franklin, Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Gayraud S. Wilmore, Cornel West, Renita J. Weems, Walter E. Fluker, M. Shawn Copeland,Emilie Townes, Luther E. Smith, Jr., and Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Jeremiah A Wright Jr., and Michael Eric Dyson as our annual honorees.

During the eighteenth annual consultation, the Black Religious Scholars Group will honor Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown and Rev. Dr. Randall Bailey.

2015 BRSG Honorees

 Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown

Teresa Fry Brown

Dr. Teresa Fry Brown is Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Her research interests include homiletics, womanism, womanist ethics, socio-cultural transformation, and African diaspora history focusing on African American spiritual values. In addition to four complete books, she has written articles and chapters for over a dozen more, including Those Preaching Women, Vol. 3 and The Abingdon Women's Preaching Annual. A former speech pathologist, Dr. Fry Brown is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church and currently serves as associate pastor of New Bethel AME church in Lithonia, Georgia. In 2010, she became the first African American woman to attain the rank of full professor at Candler.   

Rev. Dr. Randall Bailey

Randall Bailey

Dr. Randall Bailey retired in June 2015 as the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible at Interdenominational Theological Center. He teaches courses in the Hebrew Bible. He has a special interest in the Pentateuch, historical books, the new methods of interpretation.  Dr. Bailey concentrates on ideological criticism especially as race, class, gender, sex, and power intersect in the biblical text. Some of Bailey’s most significant publications are “Academic Biblical Interpretation among African Americans in the United Statesin African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures; “The Redemption of YHWH: A Literary Critical Function of the Songs of Hannah and David”; “And They Shall Know That I Am YHWH: The P Recasting of the Plague Narratives in Exodus 7-11”; David in Love and War: The Pursuit of Power in 2 Samuel 10-12; Yet with a Steady Beat: Contemporary U.S. Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation, ed.; and The Recovery of Black Presence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration: Essays in Honor of Dr. Charles B. Copher, Jacquelyn Grant, co-ed.

2015 Council of Griots

Rev. Dr. Michael Brown, Co-Moderator

President of Payne Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Maisha Handy,Co-Moderator

Provost of the Interdenominational Theological Center

Rev. Dr. Renita Weems

Vice President of American Baptist College

Rev. Dr. Herbert Marbury

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

 Rev. Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert

Associate Professor of Homiletics, Howard University School of Divinity

 Rev. Dr. Lisa Allen

Pastor of West Mitchell CME Church

Location and Time

West Mitchell CME Church

5660 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

Atlanta, GA 30314

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Contact Information:

Black Religious Scholars Group
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
411 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240