Today's Date: April 10, 2021
BET Remembers Hip-Hop Icon DMX With Special Linear Programming Today Starting At 6PM/5C   •   InventHelp Inventor Develops Cooling Safety System (LCC-5135)   •   Ather Sharif Awarded The Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership Award In Honor of Michael Ferro   •   Call for Programs Opens for 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions   •   The American Legion Calls POW/MIA Flag above White House "A Poignant Reminder"   •   PG&E Contributes $500,000 to Restaurant Resilience Fund to Strengthen Businesses for the Long-Term   •   Charmin® Works to Protect, Grow and Restore Forests   •   The Drone Champions League puts female drone pilots in the global spotlight with the DCL Women's Cup   •   Humanitarian Leaders Jamie Aten and Kent Annan launch petition to encourage Evangelicals to get vaccinated against COVID-19   •   Publix Pharmacy Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments in North Carolina   •   Molina Healthcare of California Partners with San Bernardino County for COVID-19 Vaccinations   •   Wolters Kluwer Podcast Sheds Light on Key Factors Impacting Effective Banking Compliance   •   Pets play important role in easing children's loneliness and stress intensified by virtual schooling in lockdown   •   ‘Coming Out for Love’ LGBTQ Reality Dating Show Headed for Romance, Fun, Happy Endings This Fall   •   TherapeuticsMD and Theramex Announce the Approval of BIJUVE® Capsules Indicated for Hormone Replacement Therapy in the Unite   •   Minister Schulte and Minister Hajdu announce the appointment of three new members to the National Seniors Council   •   Barna and Gloo To Release New City-Specific Research Experience For Church Leaders   •   Winning Startups Receive $25,000 through Sunstone Innovation Challenge at CSULB   •   Who’s Getting Vaccinated in the US?   •   InventHelp Inventor Presents An Improved High Chair Design (LGI-2994)
Bookmark and Share

Conference Focuses On Religious Leaders Of Color



CHICAGO -- While increasingly diverse neighborhoods rely on clergy skilled in knitting multicultural communities together, about one-third of accredited theological schools do not have a scholar of color on their faculties to shape and prepare future leaders. And with the next generation of African-American religious leadership being called to serve, more money and support are needed to help them succeed in doctoral studies and in the community.

A June leadership conference in Chicago will focus on these challenges, the changing landscape of the ministry and the diversity gap in teaching opportunities for African-American doctoral students.

African-American church leaders and theological educators will gather June 11 - 13 on Chicago's South Side to discuss their greatest opportunities and issues in the 21st century. "The old models of church and church leadership aren't going to work anymore," said the Rev. Paul Robeson Ford, a Chicago-area doctoral candidate and minister. "The church, and the way we lead it, has to change."

The conference will be held at Chicago Theological Seminary, which is serving as co-host with the Fund for Theological Education (FTE).

FTE, an ecumenical nonprofit organization, advocates for increased financial support and a stronger support system of mentors from the intersection of higher education, community and church for doctoral students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. It created its Doctoral Fellowship Program in 1998 to infuse excellence and diversity into the teaching of religion and theology. In the initiative's first 10 years, 402 fellowships were awarded; the student retention rate was 98 percent and 79 percent of those completing the program now teach in the academy.

Conference participants will explore key areas for which change is critical. For example, although African-Americans and Hispanics comprise nearly 40 percent of U.S. K-12 students, only a tiny fraction of them earn Ph.D.s. Congregations reflect these demographics, too, and have a critical need for well-educated, well-trained clergy who understand diverse communities.

The highlight of the conference is "African-American Religious Leadership and the Age of Obama," a community dialogue moderated by the Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton and co-hosted by FTE and the Center for the Study of Black Faith and Life at Chicago Theological Seminary. It will be held Friday, June 11 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chicago Theological Seminary Chapel, 5757 S. University Avenue in Hyde Park.

http://www.thefund.org/files/releases/2010/04/07/fte_chicago_2010_advisory.pdf

SOURCE The Fund for Theological Education 



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News