Today's Date: June 22, 2024
Susan G. Komen® Warns of Dire Impact from Braidwood Management, Inc. et al. v. Xavier Becerra et al. Ruling That Will Force   •   Government of Canada supports high school students across Canada in developing projects to promote healthy living in their schoo   •   Otipemisiwak Métis Government Celebrates the Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Salay Prayzaan Solar Farm   •   SCOTUS Ruling in Rahimi Case Upholds Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors, BWJP Experts Celebrate   •   Lexus & Amazon Music Present "Destination .Paak - The Lexus GX Remix" on World Music Day   •   WORK BEGINS ON THE ANWATAN-MIGUAM PROJECT IN VAL-D'OR   •   Freedmen’s Town Community Investment Initiative Launches   •   Daylu Dena Council celebrates grand opening of multi-purpose building in Lower Post, British Columbia   •   Statement by the Prime Minister on National Indigenous Peoples Day   •   Shop, Sip, and Support Social Justice Programs at Five Keys Furniture Annex in Stockton, California, on Saturday, June 22nd from   •   Statement - Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation celebrates community development achievements and National Indigenous Peoples D   •   Chinatown Storytelling Centre Opens New Exhibit: Neighbours: From Pender to Hastings   •   Lifezone Metals Announces Voting Results from its 2024 Annual General Meeting   •   Media Advisory: Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Sandra Thompson Visits Affordable Apartment Complex in Dallas   •   New Research Indicates the Need for Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring to Address Health Disparities   •   Statement by ministers Pascale St-Onge, Gary Anandasangaree, Patty Hajdu and Dan Vandal on National Indigenous Peoples Day   •   Fairness for Indigenous Peoples in Nova Scotia   •   Produced by Renegade Film Productions/Chameleon Multimedia, Obscure Urban Legend ‘Sweaty Larry’ to Be Invoked for Fi   •   Maximus Named a Top Washington-Area Workplace by The Washington Post   •   Media Advisory: Arvest Bank Awards $15,000 CARE Award to University District Development Corp.
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