Spring Colloquium 2017 This colloquium will focus on the contemporary Christian witness within the Black Church today (broadly defined as African/African American/historically black churches and congregations). It provides a common intellectual experience for students who are pursuing the certificate in Black Church Studies, allowing for extensive dialogue as a foundation for understanding the concept of “Black Church” within the broader Christian experience Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.DHarold Dean Trulear, Ph.D., has served as Associate Professor of Applied Theology at Howard University School of Divinity since 2003. He currently teaches Prophetic Ministry, Ethics and Politics, Ministry and Criminal Justice, and Church and Community Studies. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College (1975), he completed his Ph.D. with distinction at Drew University (1983). Dr. Trulear is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters, essays and published sermons. His important monographs include "Faith Based Initiatives with High Risk Youth," "The African American Church and Welfare Reform," and "George Kelsey: Unsung Hero." He directs a national research and demonstration project called "Healing Communities," mobilizing congregations to support those returning from incarceration through the establishment of family and social support networks. With Charles Lewis and W. Wilson Goode, he is co-editor of the book Ministry with Prisoners and Families: The Way Forward (Judson Press 2011). Vivian AndersonVivian Anderson is a distinguished community advocate who has traveled the world developing programs for youth that focus on social responsibility. Her keen ability and cross-cultural sensitivity has allowed her to lead non-profit startups through business formation, fund development, and operations. A recipient of the Black Achiever in Industry Award and the YMCA Humanitarian award, Vivian believes in creating maximum value and results in individual lives and the world. Currently, Vivian is working on the #EveryBlackGirl Campaign. The campaign was initiated after the assault at Spring Valley on a student by a school resource officer which resulted in her and her classmate who stood up against the violent injustice she witnessed being arrested. The campaign’s focus is to bring awareness on the issues and violence impacted black girls in schools, foster care systems and juvenile detention centers. Vivian is a member of the BlackLivesMatter chapter in NYC, transformational coach, youth advocate and not for profit consultant. Darnell L. MooreDarnell L. Moore is a Senior Correspondent at MicNews, Co-Managing/Editor at The Feminist Wire and writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University. Along with NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives. He earned his B.A. in Social and Behavioral Science from Seton Hall University, an M.A. in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University, and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary He assisted in organizing the Black Lives Matters Ride to Ferguson in the wake of Mike Brown’s tragic murder and along with Alicia Garza, Patrisee Cullors, and Opal Tometti (#BlackLivesMatter Co-Founders) developed the infrastructure for the BLM Network. He is presently represented by Chartwell Worldwide Speaker Agency and is soon to complete his first book, No Fire in the Ashes (The Nation Books).