Black Church Studies FAQ

Why a certificate in Black Church Studies?

A critical component of a student's theological preparation is contextual. Not only must today's student be prepared for leadership in the church and in the academy, but also on street corners, classrooms, community centers, holding cells, crackhouses and AIDS clinics. The task of Black Church Studies is to bear witness to the disinherited and to help prepare a leadership of hope.

Does the Black Church offer a significant witness for all persons?

Yes. There has never been a time in the history of this country when leadership from the African Diaspora has not significantly and instructively spoken to the human condition transcending the arbitrary lines of race. What is true for the black faithful is no less true for others - for all of our political and social struggles are rooted and grounded in the crucible of the spirit.

Is a certificate the same as a degree?

No. Students who desire to earn a certificate in Black Church Studies do so in conjunction with the Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theological Studies (MTS), or Master of Theology (ThM) degree. The certification process provides students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of Black Church traditions and scholarship.

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