Fry BrownCandler’s Bandy Professor of Preaching Teresa L. Fry Brown was recognized on November 20 as a 2015 honoree at the eighteenth annual consultation of the Black Religious Scholars Group (BRSG). The event was held at Atlanta’s West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, in conjunction with the annual meeting of The American Academy of Religion and The Society of Biblical Literature.

Fry Brown joins a distinguished list of black religious scholars who have been honored by BRSG in past years, including James H. Cone, Katie G. Cannon, Cornel West, M. Shawn Copeland, and two other Candler faculty members: Robert M. Franklin, James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership, and Luther E. Smith Jr., Professor Emeritus of Church and Community.

Based at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, the Black Religious Scholars Group sponsors consultations and speaking series around the theology and witness of the Black Church tradition within the academy, church, and the wider Black community.

Congratulating Fry Brown on her award, Dean Jan Love acknowledged the significance of Candler’s partnership with the BRSG. “It is particularly meaningful because of our shared belief that dialogue and collaboration among scholars, churches, and community leaders is essential for cultivating positive transformation in the world.”