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Neighborhood Seminary

Head

  • Collaborative learning with teaching teams of practitioners and scholars

  • Accessible for lay people while built upon solid research and practice

  • Uses a variety of teaching methods because people learn in different ways

Heart

  • Practicing deep listening to God, others, and world in a posture of compassion

  • Attending to personal growth through time tested spiritual practices.

  • Large and small group experience with trained spiritual directors.

Hands

  • Working with missional innovators to learn to see as Jesus sees.

  • Building relationships with fellow learners, neighbors, and strangers.

  • Developing the senses to see and appreciate the gifts in ourselves and others.

Upcoming

  • A Taste of Neighborhood Seminary
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Feb 01
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    Feb 01, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
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    Want to know more about Neighborhood Seminary? Join us for one of our First Tuesdays and learn what we are all about. Your curiosity, presence, and questions are welcome!
  • Loving the Hell out of Our Neighborhood
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Mar 02
    Zoom
    Mar 02, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
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    How do we truly love God and our neighbor as ourselves, when so many of us bear trauma?
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Getting involved in justice work can feel daunting and lonely but it doesn't have to be. We're here for you, we'll march beside you, and change the world together.

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Launching January 2022
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A PASTORAL STUDY PROJECT:

Prophetic Activism Matters:
A Legacy of Black Resistance

Anthony Everett, Board Member of Neighborhood Seminary, received a Louisville Pastoral Studies grant. Read about his project below.

Prophetic Activism can be defined as a faith-grounded, liberation-based, "ministry that matters" response to times of crises and their immanent social problems. Over time, it has served as a faithful, liberating reprieve through the actions of black Christians, often engaging participants beyond church walls with little regard for clericalism. An exploration of prophetic activism and its birth and growth out of liberation movements for black people is warranted. 

My project uses the combination of a Black Lives Matter hermeneutic, employed by womanist theologian Wil Gafney, along with the framework of Necropolitics, theorized by francophone critical theorist Achille Mbembe, as interpretive methods to identify black lives at risk, oppressed, marginalized, and expendable. I seek to expose how prophetic activism, as a faithful response from black Christians, addresses despair. If the church employs transformative actions rooted in prophetic activism, then it will advance the work of justice in its context. The critical ethnographic methods used in my research will address issues of power, inequity, oppression, and marginalization and why black lives should matter to everyone, especially Christians.

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As a member of the premier cohort of Neighborhood Seminary, I loved the depth of spiritual and theological growth and fellowship I received as I deepened my desire to serve alongside my community. I was honored to join the Board with the hope of bringing this significant program to so many others with that same desire. ​” 

BOARD MEMBER TESTIMONIALS

—  Kimberly Clark

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