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Angela Cowser to Serve as Instructor in the Sociology of Religion and Director of CBE

November 4, 2012

Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Cowser as Instructor in the Sociology of Religion and the Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE), a center founded in 1970 that has helped lead Garrett-Evangelical to take strong stands for racial justice and understanding.

[Cowser-Angela] Cowser, who officially began in October, will concentrate on building a strong financial and programmatic foundation for CBE.  An experienced fundraiser, Cowser has previously worked with The Industrial Areas Foundation (a national community organizing network), The Fund for Theological Education and Lilly Endowment.  She will aim to leverage these strengths on CBE’s behalf.  Partnering with the CBE faculty at Garrett-Evangelical, Cowser will continue to explore relevant issues for our communities both in the Chicago metro area and beyond.  “My aim in directing CBE will be to find joyful and creative ways of working toward justice.  CBE is a great vehicle to show faithfulness to Jesus: whether it’s fundraising, teaching, or building programs, it’s all about expressing faithfulness to Jesus by working toward justice.”

"I am extremely excited to welcome Angela to Garrett-Evangelical,” stated President Philip Amerson.  “Her vision for CBE is inspiring, and we all are anxious to see her successes in the coming years.  Her remarkable gifts as director will be a great complement to her instruction in the classroom."  Cowser will also serve as instructor in the sociology of religion. “Teaching at Garrett-Evangelical and directing CBE is a great vocational opportunity for me,” said Cowser.  “I am excited to join such a distinguished faculty and look forward to working with them.”

Cowser received her B.A. in political science from Brown University in 1982, her M.A. in international relations from The University of Chicago in 1988 and her M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2006.  She is currently completing her Ph.D. in ethics and society at Vanderbilt University.  Her dissertation is entitled “Radicalizing Democracy and Power in Post-Conflict Namibia: A Case Study of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia.”  She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honors and awards, including, most recently, the William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship in 2009 and The Fund for Theological Education Doctoral Fellowship in 2006 through 2008.