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Black Student Fellowship

Black Student Fellowship

The Black Student Fellowship is an organization dedicated to the support and promotion of African American and African students, faculty and staff and related curriculum at Andover Newton Theological School. It is sensitive to the justice and equality issues that impact Black Americans, Africans and the Diaspora, and seeks to inform and engage the wider seminary and religious community in meaningful study, dialogue and action on said issues.

Worship In the Black Church Tradition

This enduring worship and preaching tradition was initiated nearly 30 years ago by Dr. Eddie O’Neal, retired Professor of Homiletics. Dr. O'Neal, began a worship service exclusively for African-American students for the purpose giving them an opportunity to develop, process, and further refine oratory skills, and to gain more experience in leading a worship service.

The African-American Caucus (now the Black Student Fellowship) was born from this process. In addition to holding worship services, the caucus sponsored extracurricular events on campus to build solidarity among the African contingency and the whole student body.

The Black Student Fellowship offers a worship service one Thursday per month, which provides an open and responsive space for those seeking to participate in the unique preaching, practices and worship experiences founded and grounded in the history, traditions and culture of the African American church. Current and past Andover Newton students, as well a distinguished preachers from the surrounding community, will deliver the word.

Chapel services are held on Thursday afternoons in Wilson Chapel from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. during Fall and Spring semesters unless otherwise noted.