July 16–21

Searching for the Soul of Black Preaching

Beyond the stylistic distinctiveness of Black preaching, this conference wrestles with the question of what is truly unique to Black preaching. Conference speakers and participants will explore how the very best of Black preaching invites hearers to reimagine personal and communal possibilities in defiance of contextual constraints. 

The conference will explore the history, context, and performance of Black preaching to identify its boundary-defying elements. It will equip scholars and practitioners to understand and explore the ways in which Black preaching seeks to challenge the assumptions of the dominant and governing rationality of the movement to invite the communities we serve to see the world (and themselves) not as it currently exists but as it can be!

Applications will be available January 2023.