2024 African American Religious Autobiography Seminar

July 21, 2024 - July 26, 2024
Sunday, July 21 - Friday, July 26, 2024
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.
Grand RapidsMI
An application-based seminar on insights for pastoral and worship ministries

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.