The Black Church

February 25, 2021
5:30pm Eastern Time
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THIRTEEN and Union Theological Seminary welcome you to reflect on THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG with highlights from the film and a conversation with Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union; Kimberley Gordy, MDiv student at Union; and Josef Sorett, Professor of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. The evening's conversation will be moderated by, Jenna Flanagan, host of MetroFocus on THIRTEEN.

Major corporate support for THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG is provided by Johnson & Johnson. Major support is also provided by Lilly Endowment Inc., Ford Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.

Video Descriptions

The Black Church Event

Welcome remarks from Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary and Amanda Granger, Director of Community Engagement, THIRTEEN.

The Black Church Screener

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song is a four-hour documentary series that will premiere on PBS stations nationwide February 16, 2021 (check local listings). The series examines the church as a living institution, and the changing nature of worship spaces.

90 minutes


  • THIRTEEN (Co-Host)

    THIRTEEN is one of America’s most respected and innovative public media providers. A member of The WNET Group family of companies, THIRTEEN is a unique cultural and educational institution that harnesses the power of television and electronic media to inform, enlighten, entertain and inspire.

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  • Union Theological Seminary (Co-Host)

    Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is a seminary and a graduate school of religion, grounded in the Christian tradition and embracing of multiple religious traditions. Union prepares students for committed lives of service to both faith communities and the broader world through educational programs that encourage compassionate wisdom and foster academic excellence and a commitment to social justice.


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