The Art of Worship:

Proclamation, Practice, and Protest

Rescheduled | Virtual | July 11-16, 2021
The Art of Worship:

Proclamation, Practice, and Protest

Rescheduled | July 11-16, 2021

What is BTLI?

The annual Black Theology and Leadership Institute (BTLI) is a weeklong intensive continuing education event for clergy and laity that includes training, worship, and fellowship. BTLI is designed to help participants deepen their thinking and preaching by learning from preeminent religion scholars and theologians. The 2021 theme (postponed from 2020) is “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.

2021 BTLI Leadership


The Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart, The Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas, and Bishop Yvette Flunder will serve as preachers-in-residence.

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