The Black Church Studies Reader

  • Editors
  • Alton B. PollardIII
  • Carol B. Duncan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Black Church Studies Reader: An Introduction

    1. Alton B. Pollard III, Carol B. Duncan
      Pages 1-11
  3. Origins

  4. Program Initiatives

  5. Purpose and Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Rodney S. Sadler Jr
      Pages 117-125
  6. Preaching and Poetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Ella P. Mitchell
      Pages 129-131
    3. Yvette Flunder
      Pages 133-135
    4. Otis Moss III
      Pages 137-143
  7. Practices and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Dennis W. Wiley
      Pages 163-175
    3. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs
      Pages 189-203
  8. Transatlantic Crossings

  9. Coming Full Circle

  10. Epilogue: The Endarkenment: A Parable

    1. Alton B. Pollard III
      Pages 319-324
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 325-335

About this book


The Black Church Studies Reader addresses the depth and breadth of Black theological studies, from Biblical studies and ethics to homiletics and pastoral care. The book examines salient themes of social and religious significance such as gender, sexuality, race, social class, health care, and public policy. While the volume centers around African American experiences and studies, it also attends to broader African continental and Diasporan religious contexts. The contributors reflect an interdisciplinary blend of Black Church Studies scholars and practitioners from across the country. The text seeks to address the following fundamental questions: What constitutes Black Church Studies as a discipline or field of study? What is the significance of Black Church Studies for theological education? What is the relationship between Black Church Studies and the broader academic study of Black religions? What is the relationship between Black Church Studies and local congregations (as well as other faith-based entities)? The book's search for the answers to these questions is compelling and illuminating.


Black church Black churches Black Church Studies Black religious studies Black theological studies African American religion Black theological education Black theology African Diaspora Religion and culture black church religious studies theology

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57422-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53455-2
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