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Louisville Seminary Presents First Decade Award to Angela Cowser

February 23, 2016
Angela Cowser


In 2012, Louisville Seminary added a First Decade Award, which is presented to a recent graduate who has made a significant impact on the church and in her/his community in the first five to nine years of ministry and service. The 2016 Louisville Seminary First Decade Award recipient is Rev. Dr. Angela Cowser (MDiv ’06), assistant professor of the sociology of religion and director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. In the classroom, community, and church, Cowser comes as a pastor, community organizer, and sociologist. As such, she gives her students theological, ethical, sociological, and practical tools to help them do justice wherever they find themselves; that is, to reckon honestly with the world as it is, while they dream, plan, and organize toward the world as it can and should be. Her research efforts include black police officers and how they make sense of evil, suffering and death; black entrepreneurs' understanding of wealth, power, and faith; the shape of prophetic leadership in post-Christian America; public-private church; and black church leadership.

Cowser is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honors, and awards, including the William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship to Namibia and the Fund for Theological Education Doctoral Fellowship and the Theology and Practice Scholarship (Vanderbilt University). She has recently lectured at Louisville Seminary, Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio, Hanover College, Vanderbilt University, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Cowser is currently working on a $3 million fundraising campaign to fund the CBE.

Louisville Seminary First Decade Award recipients will be formally recognized at the Distinguished Alum and First Decade Award Reception and Dinner, which will take place Tuesday, April 5, at Louisville Seminary’s Gardencourt. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $40 each. The event is part of Louisville Seminary’s 2016 Festival of Theology and Alum Reunion. For questions, contact Alum and Church Relations Director Sandra Moon at See to register and for more information.