2015 Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) and Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians (G-EBS) are sponsoring a variety of events and worship opportunities during the month of February. All events are centered around this year’s theme, "Violence Interrupted." Exploring the various forms of violence that affect our communities and world, we will look at ways we can respond as citizens and people of faith.

All events are open to the public and free to attend.

Arts exhibits commissioned by CBE and created by Evanston-Chicago based artist Fran Joy and current M.Div. student Carmanie Bhatti will be on display in the seminary's main building during the month of February for Black History Month.

Schedule of Events - February 2015

February 4, 6:00 p.m. 
Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

Opening Plenary: The Invitation
Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray, Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

February 11, 6:00 p.m. 
Loder Hall

Sermon: The Inheritance of Peacemaking
Rev. Loyce E. Spells II, House of Prayer at Evanston (HOPE)

February 13, 6:00 p.m.
Room 205

The DNA of Peacemakers
Officer Loyce E. Spells II, PeaceAble Cities and Evanston Police Department

February 17, 11:15 a.m.
Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

Worship Service: Missing in Action
Rev. Robert Biekman, Senior Pastor of Maple Park United Methodist Church and Urban Ministry Coordinator for the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church


February 20, 6:00 p.m.
Loder Hall

Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians
Movie and Discussion: The Interrupters
Snacks will be provided.

February 25, 6:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

Sermon/Lecture: HIV/AIDS and Violence
Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Professor of Old Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Dr. JoAnne TerrellAssociate Professor of Ethics, Theology & the Arts at Chicago Theological Seminary

February 25, 7:00 p.m.
Loder Lounge

Garrett-Evangelical Black Alumni/ae Reception

February 27, 6:00 p.m.
Room 205

Round Table Discussion: The Impact of Violence on Families and "The Village"
Rev. Miley Palmer, Retired Minister of Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church
Ms. Cathy "Pepsi" Key, 2nd Baptist Church
Min. Sherry Walker, Bethany Baptist Church of Christ

G-ETS Black Alumni Association Survey

Based upon your responses to the black alumni survey sent in early 2013, CBE - The Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical - is working toward the creation of a Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Black Alumni Association. We are committed to providing a space through which Black alumni can continue to grow and be supported in their ministries in and beyond the local church. In order to design the Association effectively and efficiently, we would love to hear from you again. Please take 1 to 2 minutes to complete the survey below that will help us better serve you.  Thanks!


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2014 Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) and Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians (G-EBS) are sponsoring a variety of events and worship opportunities during the month of February. All events are open to the public and we welcome your participation.

Schedule of Events - February 2014

February 5, 4:00 p.m. | Chapel 
Lecture: Dr. Darlene Clark Hine
Black Women and the Civil Rights Movement

February 5, 6:00 p.m. | Chapel
Featured Preacher: Rev. Dr. Alexis L. Felder,
Triumphant Living Ministries

February 11, 11:15 a.m. | Chapel
Featured Preacher: Rev. Karen Mosby-Avery,
Second Baptist Church, Evanston, Illinois


February 18, 11:15 a.m. | Chapel
Featured Preacher: Rev. Dr. Marsha Foster Boyd,
President of Ecumenical Theological Seminary

February 21, 6:00 p.m. | Loder Hall
Movie Showing and Discussion
The Butler

February 25, 11:15 a.m. | Chapel
Featured Preacher: Dr. Leslie Callahan,
St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For further details on any of the following events or services contact Angela Cowser, CBE Director, at angela.cowser@garrett.edu or by phone at 847.866.3984.


Lecture: Dr. Darlene Clark Hine



Lecture Featuring Dr. Darlene Clark Hine

February 5, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 205

A leading historian of the African American experience and a pioneer of African American women's history, Dr. Darlene Clark Hine was the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of History at Michigan State University from 1987 to 2004. She was the Director of Comparative Black History Ph.D. program at MSU. She is the Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She served as the Inaugural Director of the Center of African American History at Northwestern University. She is past president of two major historical associations: The Organization of American Historians and The Southern Historical Association. In 2006, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1990, her book Black Women in White was named Outstanding Book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights and received the Lavinia L. Dock Book Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing.


Welcome to CBE!

Angela Cowser EditThe Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) is an academic initiative focusing on church life as experienced by Black people. From its inception in 1970, CBE has prepared graduates of Garrett-Evangelical to be "leaders among leaders!"

In 2010, we celebrated our 40th anniversary.  CBE’s past is a rich one—embodied by students, staff members, and faculty of Garrett-Evangelical, by pastors, parishioners, and community leaders in Evanston, metropolitan Chicago, and beyond, and by  supporters and partners from many places.  Each of these persons contributed to a history centered around teaching and learning, activism and service, research and publishing—and, at the end of the day, centered on transforming and being transformed.  Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary became a different place because of CBE.  Evanston became a richer place because of CBE.  And many students, staff, and faculty came to Garrett-Evangelical because of CBE.

CBE’s present builds on its past, but against a very different backdrop of political, sociological, and theological challenges than those faced forty, thirty, twenty, or even ten years ago.  Today, the dominant narrative as it relates to racial justice and equality is how far we’ve come—not how far we’ve yet to go.  So if the question previously was should we start something like CBE, the question now is should we keep it?   If the question previously was why do we need something like CBE, the question today is why do we still need something like CBE? 

Over this past three years, CBE has convened panels that have brought leading scholars and thought leaders to campus to talk about the unfinished business of civil rights, the growing distance between churches and the urban poor, the increasing perceptual differences across generational lines, and the inattentiveness of our churches to forces of globalization.  CBE has taken faculty and students to South Africa to look comparatively at challenges to the theological formation of public leaders, and CBE has brought to campus scholars from South Africa and from the UK to reflect on religion and race in the racialized West. CBE has joined hands with congregations in Evanston in promoting community service in response to social needs within Evanston and metropolitan Chicago, and it has convened dialogues between leaders of the Chicago police department and seminary professors across the Chicagoland area to discuss ways seminaries can assist in responding to Chicago’s youth violence crisis. CBE is embracing its present context with vigor, and through a critical lens.

CBE has offered a vantage point on the experiences of Black people and their relationship in a broader sense to what it means to be human and to be made in God’s image and for God’s purposes. But it has also offered an opportunity for building solidarities across racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic boundaries. CBE still offers this, and we invite your participation and partnership.  We invite you to enter into dialogue with us about the challenges and needs of our communities and to participate with us programmatically as together we attempt to respond to our present context.  And we invite you to partner with us financially as we attempt to build our capacity and extend our contributions.

Yours truly,

Angela Cowser
Director, Center for the Church and the Black Experience

Support CBE

For over 40 years the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) has  empowered and trained persons to be prophetic "leaders of leaders" for the African American religious community and society-at-large. Still, our work is only beginning. The need for CBE as a space of hospitality and of educational support, pastoral consultation, solace, and re-affirmation of the personhood of people of color remains. This can only happen because of the vast network of alums and friends who financially support CBE and its mission.  

Your help is needed. Currently Garrett-Evangelical is seeking $1 million to fully endow CBE. In addition, operational expenses (annual fund) for the center continue to increase. We encourage you to consider a gift to help financially secure CBE's future for years to come.  To make a gift today, go to www.garrett.edu/giving.  Checks are payable to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and should be mailed to:

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
ATTN: Development Office
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201.

Whether making your gift online or by check, please be sure to designate your gift for CBE.  

Did you know you can make a monthly gfit or set up a five-year pledge to support CBE?  For more information and to discuss the number of ways you can support CBE financially, please contact David Heetland, vice president for development, by email or 847.866.3970.

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