Black Religion and Culture Studies
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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.
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.
Required Courses: None
One of the designated courses:
DIV 5221 Social Action in the City
DIV 5224 Liberation and Spirituality
DIV 5226 Theology, Liberation and Ministry
DIV 5236 Mobilizing for Justice: Advocacy among Children and Youth DIV 5248 Faith and Politics in Collective Violence and Globalization
DIV 5250 Models and Practice of Justice DIV 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.
6755 Anderson Black Religion and Culture Studies II
6769 JFT The Religious Thought of Howard Thurman
6772 JFT Race, Religion, and Protest Music
7127 SFT Liberation Ethics
5220 Joranko Social Action in the City*
5224 Harris Liberation and Spirituality
6571 Marbury Af Am Hermeneutics II
6767 JFT Cultural Significations & Black Religion
6777 JFT Black Prophetic Discourse 7080 Sheppard Spirituality and Social Action