As the new year gets moving, so is the Black church.
As believers soldier on despite the impact of the pandemic they are using the tools of technology for worship and to extend and expand knowledge.
Using that technology, The Gift of Black Theological Education & Black Church Collaborative is doing its part to bolster the Historically Black Theological Institutions (HBTI) and the Black Church by offering an online event with Dr. Eddie Glaude. The renowned Princeton University professor’s presentation is titled “Awakening the Church: A Call to Respond to Systemic Racism.” He will be in conversation with Dr. Michael Joseph Brown, which will be streamed on January 21 at 7:00 p.m. EST.
The Black Church has been at the center of Black culture for more than 200 years, as well as one of the ways to combat systemic racism and other social ills. The HBTIs were founded to address the needs of the Black Church.
The Church has long been a source of leadership in the Black community and provides the pathway for enrollment of students in the HBTIs. By strengthening the work between the HBTIs with the Church, the Church will address the theological education of leaders for the Church. It is the intention of the Collaborative to inform a new generation of leaders engaged in building new pathways forward in America.
The Collaborative will bring together denominational leaders, scholars, and congregants to not only address racism and social issues but also build leadership capacity in congregations.
The Gift Collaborative is a result of relationship development and collegiality among the six HBTIs: Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina, the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C.
The denominations participating in the collaborative include: The African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AMEZ), Baptist General Convention of Virginia, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME), Church of God in Christ (COGIC), General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Baptist, and the United Methodist Church.
January 21 event is open to the public and the media. Registration can be found here: http://www.thegiftcollaborative.org/