Closing the academic–ecclesiastical gap: Black church studies’ role in eliminating health disparities

Selina A. Smith

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Abstract

In recent years, programs of Black Church Studies (BCS) have begun to examine their relevance and viability in relation to the academy, church, and society. In light of a preponderance of social inequities faced by African American communities and considering the historical role of the Black Church as social institution, such critical self-reflection is warranted. An inward assessment is necessary to the advancement of BCS as a field of study in seminaries, as a contributor of scholarship to churches and as a wellspring of ideas for programs and policy for the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Black Church Studies Reader
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages291-302
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781137534552
ISBN (Print)9781137552877
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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social institution
reflexivity
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Health Disparities

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Closing the academic–ecclesiastical gap : Black church studies’ role in eliminating health disparities. / Smith, Selina A.

The Black Church Studies Reader. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. p. 291-302.

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Smith, Selina A. / Closing the academic–ecclesiastical gap : Black church studies’ role in eliminating health disparities. The Black Church Studies Reader. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. pp. 291-302
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