This concentration offers opportunity for study and research in the religions of the African diaspora, their spiritual, intellectual, moral, and cultural contributions towards transforming the world through institutors, social movements, and cultural politics of race, gender, sexuality, and class. Black Religion is an umbrella term for historically understanding the Black Church and other African derived religions in the Americas from their development during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the present and explores their creative, sacred powers of survival, resistance, and flourishing. Drawing on a wide range of resources in black biblical hermeneutics, African American religious history, Black philosophy and theology, African American religious Studies, womanist ethics, sociology and psychology, and cultural studies, the concentration is methodologically interdisciplinary.
Courses taken to fulfill this concentration can count toward the Kelly Miller Smith Certificate in Black Church Studies.
- Historical understanding of the development of Black religion and culture formations from African roots and beginnings in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the present.
- Explore creative and transformative cultural practices and institutions that empower the spiritual and moral universes of Black religion and culture.
- Critique social forces of oppression and transformative sources of liberation through interdisciplinary analyses.
One of the designated courses:
- 5236 Mobilizing for Justice: Advocacy Among Children and Youth
- 6573 African American Biblical Interpretation
- 6924 Preaching in the African American Tradition
- 7240 The Sociology of Religion
- 7145 African American Social Ethics
OR in consultation with Field Education faculty, a related placement and completion of a course in Supervised Ministry and/or Field Education.
Other courses not listed here may qualify with the permission of instructor and co-conveners.
- DIV5224 Liberation and Spirituality (Harris)
- DIV6571 African American Biblical Hermeneutics (Marbury)
- DIV6769 The Religious Thought of Howard Thurman (Juan Floyd-Thomas)
- DIV6772 Race, Religion, and Protest Music (Juan Floyd-Thomas)
- DIV6775 Seminar in Black Religion and Culture Studies (Anderson)
- DIV6933 Womanist Proclamation and the Arts (Thompson)
- DIV7057 Frantz Fanon's Psychology: Race, Gender, and Religion (Sheppard)
- DIV7104 Exodus in America: Black Christians and White Jews in Interreligious Dialogue (Stacey Floyd-Thomas)
- DIV7138 Warrior Chants and Unquiet Spirits (Townes)