Black Theology & Leadership Institute (BTLI)

The Art of Worship:

Proclamation, Practice, and Protest


JULY 11-16, 2021

What is BTLI?

BTLI is a weeklong intensive continuing education event for clergy and laity that includes training, worship, and fellowship. The institute is designed to help participants deepen their thinking and preaching by learning from preeminent religion scholars and theologians. The theme will remain: “The Art of Worship: Proclamation, Practice, and Protest.”

All interested leaders are urged to apply, including those who may not have formal theological training. BTLI is limited to 50 fellows. BTLI will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis through Friday, December 4, 2020.

What to Expect

In addition to participating in inspiring daily worship, BTLI fellows and Princeton Seminary faculty and staff will gather on campus to think deeply about theology and leadership through a robust six-day academic program and thoughtful discernment.

The on-campus residential experience, which is required, fosters strong camaraderie among the cohort and enables participants to fully engage in the rigorous multi-day schedule. Key components of the program include:  

  • In-depth orientation
  • Plenaries on key theological doctrines, social justice, and leadership
  • A half-day Wednesday immersion on wellness
  • Annual Betsey Stockton Lecture
  • Access to Princeton Seminary’s world-renowned library and generous study time
  • Daily Q&A
  • Daily worship
  • Guided cohort group discussions
  • Mentorship
 BTLI begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 11 and concludes at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16.

2021 BTLI Leadership includes:
The Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, assistant professor of theology and African American religion at Yale Divinity School, will serve as the preacher and pastor-in-residence.

Dr. Tony McNeill, director of choral activities at Clinton College, will serve as the artist-in-residence, worship leader, and co-convener.

Cost and Application

The program fee for the 2021 Black Theology and Leadership Institute is $795, which includes the program and most meals. Lodging for the week is paid separately (approximately $455).