Workshop Series Features

How it works and the benefits you will find.

  • How it Works

    As a non-credit course, there are no tests or grades, just a course project and some readings. Each session includes pre-recorded videos providing a wealth of insight, as well as additional content and links. This course is developed in partnership with the Institute for Black Church Studies at BSK.

  • What's Included

    In the summer of 2020, as people took to the streets and America wrestled with questions of racism and its horrific impact on our society, BSK's faculty developed a study of how racism might be addressed by communities of faith. The ideas presented seek to inform and to stimulate your mind. We hope they also call you to action, but we also believe that this should not be an individual task — it should also be the work of the church. Consider ways through which you can use these sessions as a jumping-off point for your own response to racism and the faith issues it raises.

  • Experienced Leaders

    This course is led by members of the faculty (and one guest) of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Together, the faculty bring to bear their own specialties on the topic, providing a rich tapestry of insight. Discover more about our faculty members below.

Course curriculum

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Assistant Professor of Christian Mission

Dr. Laura Levens

Dr. Levens oversees course development and teaching for the department of Christian Mission. She teaches a Foundations of Christian Mission Course, exploring biblical, theological, and historical aspects of mission practice. She also teaches several mission elective courses based on student interest in topics like Social Justice, Global Christianity, Women’s Experience, Leadership and Wisdom, and Biblical Interpretation. Her scholarly interests include Christian missions history, women in Christian history, biblical interpretation, justice and transformation, and theology and practice of mission. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Missiology, the Conference on Faith and History, American Baptist Historical Society, and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. Dr. Levens is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and is ordained through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She has served in various Kentucky, Texas, and North Carolina congregations and para-church ministries as associate minister, youth work, camp and retreat staff, preacher, teacher, and advocate for the rural homeless. She currently serves as the volunteer Children’s Sunday school coordinator for Central Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.

Associate Professor of Preaching and Black Church Studies, Director of the Institute for Black Church Studies

Dr. Lewis Brogdon

Dr. Lewis Brogdon serves as Associate Professor at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (BSK) as well as the Institute for Black Church Studies at BSK. He has served in numerous positions in undergraduate and graduate institutions as a professor – Assistant Professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and Religion and Biblical Studies at Claflin University, and an Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Bluefield College. He also served those institutions as an administrator – the founding director of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary’s Black Church Studies Program, Provost at Simmons College of Kentucky, and Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Research at Bluefield College. Brogdon is the author of several books including A Companion to Philemon (Cascade 2018), The Spirituality of Black Preaching (Seymour Press 2016), and others. A popular preacher, lecturer, and panelist he has lectured at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, the Interdenominational Theological Center, the University of Chicago Divinity School, Claflin University, and Radford University on nihilism in black America. He was the keynote speaker at a city-wide Martin Luther King dinner in Dayton OH, and received an invitation to the White House in 2014. Brogdon is an ordained minister of twenty-six years and has pastored churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.