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Fanning the Flame: Pastoring in the Modern Movement

Najuma Smith-Pollard, pastor and assistant director of community and public engagement at USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, looks to history’s examples of Black faith leaders and considers the role of the pastor in today’s modern movement.

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Legacies of Faith, with Otis Moss III

Otis Moss III speaks about how his family legacy and other legacies of faith have shaped his theology and ministry, and about the critical questions facing the church today.

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H. B. Charles Jr. on the Coming Kingdom

H. B. Charles Jr. preaches from the Parable of the Weeds, which reminds us that the inevitable evils in this world cannot stop the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

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Panel | Pastoring in the Movement

Shep Crawford, Sonja Dawson, Michael Fisher, and Najuma Smith-Pollard discuss the most pressing needs in their communities and the ways in which God is calling the church to work, to lead, and to serve.

Otis Moss III

Otis Moss III on America’s Midnight

Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, draws on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in this sermon on the nation’s current darkness and God’s coming light.

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America’s Midnight | Otis Moss III

Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, draws on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. in this sermon on the nation’s current darkness and God’s coming light.

Reggie Williams

Reggie Williams on Being Black and Christian


Reggie Williams, associate professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, discusses what it means to be a Black Christian in the US—the dynamics of representation and the intervening nature of Black aesthetics.

Samuel Casey

Samuel J. Casey on Prophetic Engagement


Samuel J. Casey, pastor of New Life Christian Church and executive director of Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement, speaks about faith-based community organizing, the importance of civic engagement, and the connection between worship and justice.

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Jeanelle Austin on Protest


Jeanelle Austin, founder of the Racial Agency Initiative, speaks about racial justice and faithfulness as she shares her experience of community organizing and protesting in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.

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Theology and Protest

Fuller’s William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies held its 2020 Summer Seminar Series on “Theology and Protest.” African American leaders in the church, the community, and academia, in conversation with Dwight Radcliff, academic dean for the Pannell Center, discussed their work of activism and advocacy toward justice, as well as the theologies that drive protest.

Vince Bantu

Vince Bantu on African American Identity and the Church

Vince Bantu, assistant professor of church history and Black Church studies, talks about the varied dynamics and histories of African American communities around the United States, Black experience in the American church, and his own journey of reclaiming identity through African history and Christianity.

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Jemar Tisby on Race and the American Church


Jemar Tisby, author of The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, discusses the history of racial inequality in the United States and in the American church.

Christena Cleveland discusses vocation (video)

Christena Cleveland Reflects on Vocation

Stacy Floyd Thomas Black Lives Matter at Fuller Seminary

Stacey Floyd-Thomas “Black Faith Matters”

Michael McBride at Fuller Forum 2015

Michael McBride: A Conversation on Why Black Lives Matter to White Churches

Illustration of Glen Stassen by Denise Louise Klitsie for FULLER magazine

Empathic and Incarnational: A Better Christian Ethic at Fuller

Portrait of Fuller Seminary's faculty member Alexis Abernethy

Women’s Leadership in the African American Church

James Earl Massey speaking at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena

African Americans and Evangelicalism