Call for Papers

7th Annual Conference Black Religion and Spirituality (BRS) in the 21st century: Challenges and Opportunities

OCTOBER 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 2012

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI–Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center


Throughout our history in the Americas, African Americans have entrenched/devoted themselves in/to issues of justice and engagement. The 7th Annual Black Religion & Spirituality (BRS) Conference, to be held in East Lansing, Michigan, October 21-23, 2012, affords opportunities to explore these issues in a public forum. The theme is Black Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century: Implications for Social Justice and Community Engagement. This conference will focus on the diversity of faiths among African Americans and how they are addressing challenges and opportunities in the 21st century including emphasis on the following:

  1. Examine the diversity of faiths in the African American community.

  2. Examine the variety of means by which these diverse faiths are addressing challenges and opportunities in the 21st century.

  3. Provide for a network of academics, practitioners, and community members.

  4. Explore the impact of faith communities on Black people.

  5. Develop a research repository of collaborative partnerships with academic scholars and diverse faith communities.



Abstracts for Papers should be sent to:
Dr. Gloria S. Smith or
301 Morrill Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824.


The deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2012. Individual papers will be accepted and formed into panels based on quality, critical thought and relevancy. Request for audio-visual support will need to be received by October 1st, 2012.


Registration fee for presenters is $100.00 or $50.00 with a student ID.  Registration fees must be submitted upon acceptance to be included in the conference program. After October 1st, 2012, registration will be $125.00 or $75.00 with student ID. MSU faculty, staff and students are complimentary for all sessions except lunches, $25.00.

Please click here for registration form.