The Quest for Transformative Pastoral Leadership in the Black Church

  • Jeffery L. TribbleSr.
Part of the Black Religion / Womanist Thought / Social Justice book series (BRWT)

Abstract

On February 8, 2003, talk show host Tavis Smiley convened a conference that was called “The Black Church: Relevant, Repressive, or Reborn?”1 Some of the most trusted and best-known spiritual leaders of the black church2 serving in the church and academy were invited to participate.3 I learned about the conference via e-mail messages sent in advance to make sure that the word was spread about this important interpretive dialogue. Has the black church, “our refuge in times of trouble” abdicated its responsibility on the most critical issues of our time? Does the black church have any response to the issues of gang violence, HIV/AIDS, or U.S. policy toward Iraq? Many Americans tuned in to this critical discussion within the black community, which was aired on C-SPAN. Undoubtedly, this telecast provoked numerous conversations as blacks talked among themselves in black churches, around seminary lunch tables, in barbershops, and in beauty parlors across the country.

Keywords

Migration Manifold Assimilation Arena Stake 

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