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Dwayne Paul Awarded a Fellowship to Princeton Theological Seminary’s Black Theology and Leadership Institute

BTLIOne of the goals of Pathways to Distinction, the strategic plan for Saint Peter’s University is to maximize and celebrate diversity to create an inclusive campus culture. Dwayne Paul, assistant director for faith and global justice in the Office of Campus Ministry was awarded a fellowship to attend a recent conference designed to support black theology, inclusion and diversity. Paul was one of 50 selected to attend Princeton Theological Seminary’s (PTS) continuing education program, Black Theology and Leadership Institute (BTLI). BTLI is a week long event for leaders who would like to deepen their thinking and preaching. The conference was held in July and the theme was “African American Biblical Interpretation in a Protest Era.”

Princeton Theological Seminary is a Presbyterian seminary located in Princeton, New Jersey. The seminary supports unity and embraces a culture of rich racial and ethnic diversity. PTS offers continuing education opportunities for theological formation, spiritual renewal and leadership development. The programs are designed to spark conversation, educate and promote spiritual growth. Programs such as BTLI encourage networking in a spiritually rich environment; attendees share ideas. Reflection is encouraged.

While at BTLI, Paul partook in various lecture topics including black feminism, religion and contemporary and social organizing. The topic he enjoyed the most was ethics and social values. He said, “It resonates with me, because of the moral critique of society.” Overall, Paul saw the experience as a great way to network and meet accomplished African Americans who are dedicated to their faith.

As the assistant director for faith and global justice, Paul continually researches social ethics. He has an interest in learning more about Black theology in the Americas. With the fall semester starting soon, Paul has committed to being intentional about sharing theology with the campus community and he hopes to facilitate conversations about difficult situations. His plans include fostering an inclusive and healing environment as stated in Pathways to Distinction.

“I look forward to engaging students with the insights and reflections of the African American religious tradition as we work through these times of social conflict and upheaval at home and abroad,” Paul said.