African American Church

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Awakening | J. Alfred Smith

J. Alfred Smith calls us to awaken morally and spiritually in order to live actively in the world, drawing on the example of Martin Luther King Jr.

Stan Long

A Better Story | A Conversation with Stan Long

Stan Long reflects on the many challenges Black faculty and students faced in predominantly White institutions in the 90s and still face today, while looking hopefully forward because of the progress that has been made.

Raedorah Stewart

Creating a Safe Space | A Conversation with Raedorah Stewart

Looking back on her own seminary experience, Raedorah Stewart talks about the need to cultivate a culture that affirms Black scholarship and mentors Black scholars.

Velma Union

What God Has Written On My Heart | A Conversation with Velma Union

Velma Union describes the institutional and ecclesiastical support needed by Black church studies programs, while also emphasizing the importance of listening to God in faithful community.

Ralph Watkins

Advancing the Work | A Conversation with Ralph Watkins

Ralph Watkins shares about the lack of Black theological voices in seminary curricula, the struggle of Black scholars in the academy, and the sustaining love of the Black Church.

Joy Moore

A Faithful Community | A Conversation with Joy Moore

Remembering her time at Fuller, Joy Moore shares about the students and scholars she walked alongside, who faithfully represented the mission and kingdom of God.

Jeanelle Austin

Showing Up | A Conversation with Jeanelle Austin

Engaged in crucial work against anti-Blackness, Jeanelle Austin talks about walking alongside and creating space for Black students during her time at Fuller.

Dwight Radcliff

You Belong Here | A Conversation with Dwight Radcliff

Dwight Radcliff talks about the history and mission of Fuller’s Pannell Center and the part he now plays in the important work of forming Black students and Black leaders.

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Behind the Scenes: The First Conversation with Dwight Radcliff

In this behind the scenes interview, Dwight Radcliff shares about his own journey of theological education and his work with Fuller’s William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies.

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The Future of the African American Church | Ralph Watkins

Ralph Watkins reflects on the future directions of leadership, theology, and seminary training within the African American church.

Charlie Dates

A Continued Tradition, with Charlie Dates

Charlie Dates reflects on how the Black preaching tradition has shaped him into the preacher he is today, as well as how to practice faithful discernment about one’s pastoral calling.

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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.

Otis Moss III

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

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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

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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

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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.