A Season of Change

  Every new Fall ushers in the transition from the warmth of the summer to the cooler and often wetter climate, as well as a new academic year. Fall also reminds us that change is always in the air. The Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus is famed for remarking, “the only constant in life is…

“Gathering of Leaders”

October 10, 2018 African Meeting House (Boston, MA) View the Event Gallery   The Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience (ISBCE) hosted a “Gathering of Leaders” on the evening of October 10, 2018 at the historic African Meeting House in Boston, MA. Built in 1806 and previously known as the First African…

The Call & Response Conference

Gordon-Conwell proudly sponsors “The Call & Response Conference” Zachary Stephenson   Earlier this month Black scholars, seminarians, activists and leaders of nonprofit and para-church ministries journeyed to Rochester, NY to engage in dialogue and worship at the Call & Response Conference (October 4-6) at Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College. Hosted by Gordon-Conwell Alum, Dr.…

Our Hearts Are Heavy

Once again, our beloved nation is racked with expressions of hatred, division and violent death. From Kentucky to Pennsylvania, from Kroger Grocery Store in Jeffersontown to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the trauma of evil has left the hearts of many heavy – and our hearts are heavy too.   The Institute for…

Gordon-Conwell proudly sponsors “Courageous Conversations”

This past Labor Day, more than 250 predominately Black scholars, pastors and laypersons gathered at Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago to hear 24 panelists discuss an array of issues that have deep significance for believers seeking to minister effectively in the 21st century. Organized by the Jude 3 Project (www.jude3project.com), the aim of the Courageous…

ISBCE Scholar Interns with The Bridge Community Church (Milford, NH)

Above: Zachary Stephenson and Pastor Ronald Bouthillette This past summer, ISBCE Scholar Zacahary Stephenson moved beyond his comfort zone to intern with The Bridge Community Church in Milford, New Hampshire. Sponsored by The Day Foundation through the American Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire, Stephenson was mentored by Gordon-Conwell Alum, Pastor Ron Bouthillette. In…

Faith and Law

ISBCE on Capitol Hill On Friday, July 13, 2018, Executive Director, Emmett G. Price III shared a lecture to over 100 members of Faith & Law in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington DC. Formed in 1983 and incorporated in 1990 “Faith & Law is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that helps congressional staff better…

INTRODUCING THE ISBCE GRIOT

Last year, the horrible demonstration of hatred in Charlottesville, VA reminded us that whatever progress we thought had been made relative to race relations, racial reconciliation and Christ-like love for “one another,” was more distant than within reach. Churches across the nation and people of faith around the world committed to increased prayer and civil…

This is Not A Time For Silence

We are living in challenging times. Rather than commemorating the delayed freedom of slaves in Texas through the recognition of Juneteenth (June 19, 1865), we find ourselves in an almost constant state of lament and outrage. A recent zero-tolerance posture  encouraging family separation and continual disparaging rhetoric has once again awakened a long and systemic…

In Memoriam: Dr. James Hal Cone “Father of Black Liberation Theology” (August 5, 1936 – April 28, 2018)

The Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience joins many across the globe in expressing our deep gratitude to God for the life, ministry and scholarship of Dr. James H. Cone. Since 1969, Dr. Cone served on the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City and held the Charles A. Briggs…