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Aware Magazine: CBE Feature


A Message from the Director of CBE
CBE Celebrates 50 Years
Alumni Spotlight
Looking Back, Stepping Forward
Rev. Dr. Charley Hames, Jr. Uses His Ministry to Change Lives
Committed to Flourishing
Black Futures and Black Flourishing
Presidential Perspectives
Living into our Purpose: $1 Million CBE Endowment Fund

Founded in 1970, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary was birthed out of the Civil Rights movement. From inception to now, CBE holds a rich history that is filled with teaching and learning, activism and service, research and publishing, all centered on transforming and being transformed. Garrett-Evangelical became a different place because of CBE.

Now in its 50th year, CBE finds itself and the continued work in a new era of Civil Rights, the Black Lives Matter movement. With this movement comes new challenges and opportunities for doing 21st century ministry in a way that doesn’t just help Black communities, but rather, provides them with the tools, resources, and leadership necessary to flourish. This notion of Black flourishing remains at the heart of CBE's work and serves as a primary theme for this special issue of Aware magazine.

Inside this issue you'll hear from CBE's director Mr. Taurean Webb, Black alums and students, faculty member Dr. Brian Bantum, and more. We hope you find this issue inspirational and we pray that we each remain committed to the work ahead.


In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of CBE, a music playlist, titled Black Flourishing: Celebrating 50 Years of CBE, has been created on Spotify. Contributors to the playlist include those who appear in this special issue of Aware Magazine and members of the Black faculty at Garrett-Evangelical.

From Nina Simone to N.W.A., we hope you enjoy this public playlist often.

Listen Now


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Aware is published quarterly by the Development Office for alums and friends of Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church with an ecumenical outreach.