Black Faith’s Encounter with Black Trauma, Pain and Nihilism
Hosted by Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
The legacy of Black faith is often admired as an enduring hope, an abiding strength, and a dogged determination that has sustained African Americans for centuries. But there is something amiss about this story of Black faith. The very resiliency and creativity of Black faith — so admired and so much more accepted by white America than other practices of Black survival and resistance — has always been forged in the crucible of pain, trauma, and nihilism. Rather than romanticizing and trivializing Black faith, this session will explore how Black faith grapples with multi-generational violence, social displacement, crippling despair, and a sense of meaninglessness.
Moderator and Presenter
Dr. Lewis Brogdon, Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Black Church Studies and author of Hope on the Brink: Understanding the Emergence of Nihilism in Black America.
Dr. Johnny Bernard Hill, founder and president of the World House Forum in Raleigh, N.C., senior pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church and author of Prophetic Rage: A Postcolonial Theology of Liberation.
Sheila Wise Rowe (participating virtually), Executive Director of The Rehoboth House, an international healing and reconciliation ministry and author of Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience