2023 African American Religious Autobiography Seminar

July 9, 2023 - July 14, 2023
Sunday, July 9 - Friday, July 14, 2023
Free, except for travel to and from the seminar.
Grand RapidsMI

In this week-long seminar, we will form a multi-cultural group of pastors, teachers, professors, and non-profit organization leaders to learn from the poignant and prophetic autobiographical writings of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Howard Thurman, and Ida B. Wells. We will pay particular attention to the implications of their writings for vital and faithful pastoral, priestly, and prophetic leadership in Christian communities today.


Led by an instructional team including James Abbington, Stephanie Boddie, Danjuma Gibson, Lisa Weaver, and John Witvliet, our week together will consist of morning prayer with group singing, plenary lectures, small group discussions, and film screenings, along with three hours of time each day for personal journaling and reflection.

This seminar will be offered at no cost to those participants who are selected. Space is limited. All meals and lodging will be provided throughout the week. Participants are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the seminar.

Application Information

To apply, applicants must fill out an application form. You will be required to provide:

  1. A 300-word essay on why you are interested in participating in the seminar
  2. Your resume/CV.
  3. Contact information of one person of reference.

Applications for this seminar are due on March 17, 2023.

Participants will be selected by April 14, 2023, and will receive copies of the autobiographies we will study.

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