Garrett-Evangelical News

Where Scholarship and Law Enforcement Meet

DSCF9221Evanston, IL, November 2010 - Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary was honored to host a meeting between the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical’s Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE), African American scholars from other seminaries and universities, and the local chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). This unique gathering of religious scholars and law enforcement executives came together to dialogue about how they, along with their local communities, can work together to respond to youth violence.

CBE, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, was launched to address the needs of Black students preparing for ministry and is committed to empowering and training persons to be “leaders of leaders” for the African American religious community and society-at-large. Public outreach and witness of black churches in relation to the broader religious and social context is part of CBE’s mission.

NOBLE is made up of black law enforcement executives from across the country whose mission is to “ensure equity in the administration of justice in the provision of public service to all communities and to serve as the conscious of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action.”  NOBLE envisions itself as being on the forefront of finding solutions to law enforcement issues and the needs of the community.The scholars of CBE are seeking to support NOBLE’s work by creating a think tank with law enforcement executives in order to impact public policy. The think tank will incorporate the areas of expertise from scholars at Garrett-Evangelical. As a biblical scholar, Dr. Cheryl Anderson has addressed issues of violence as well as HIV/AIDS through interdisciplinary methods of research. Dr. Reginald Blount’s work centers on youth and the role of the Church in identity making.  Additionally, Dr. Pamela Lightsey’s work centralizes on the experiences of LGTBQI youth and young adults.

The meeting was a success with those in attendance agreeing to meet again in order to continue dialoguing and creating plans of action. Among the many issues discussed at the meeting, all parties recognized the importance of encouraging more involvement from ministers and non-church related organizations in confronting the issue of youth violence.  Through serious reflection, open dialogue, and a diverse task force, Garrett-Evangelical and NOBLE will continue to make strides toward addressing youth violence.

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical offers degrees for the master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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