Black History Month @ SFTS

In honor of Black History Month, SFTS is proud to host several events throughout the month of February to lift up the history and voices of the African-American community and their contributions to society throughout history.

Throughout the month of February, San Francisco Theological Seminary will be observing Black History Month in all of its daily chapel worship services.  Working in collaboration with Professor Yolanda Norton and Professor Laurie Garrett-Cobbina, the SFTS Worship Team is designing worship experiences that connect the whole of our life of worship to Black History Month, and that celebrate African-American church preaching, singing, and worship traditions.

Our Monday and Friday preaching services (12:05pm; Mondays in Stewart Chapel, Fridays in Montgomery Chapel) will feature the following preachers:

  • Friday, February 2: Rev. Stewart Perrilliat (SFTS DMin Student; President, SFTS Students of the African Diaspora (StAD); Interim Pastor, New Liberation Presbyterian Church; and Man to Man Urban Youth Advocate)
  • Monday, February 5: A teach-in on African-American church traditions led by Rev. Yolanda Norton (SFTS Assistant Professor of Old Testament)
  • Friday, February 9: Bishop Ernest L. Jackson (SFTS DMin Student; Senior Pastor, Grace Tabernacle Community Church, San Francisco)
  • Monday, February, 12: Rev. Dr. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina (SFTS Shaw Chair for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE); Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Education; and Chief Diversity Officer)
  • Friday, February, 16: Rev. Dr. Martha C. Taylor (Author of From Labor to Reward: Black Church Beginnings in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond, 1849-1972, Historian for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. and for Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, California)
  • Friday, February 23: Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown (Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology at Emory University)
  • Monday, February 26: Rev. Yolanda Norton (SFTS Assistant Professor of Old Testament)
  • Friday, March 2: Rev. Kamal Hassan (Pastor, Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church, Richmond)

Our Tuesday prayer services (12:05pm, Montgomery Chapel) will feature a sung liturgy of African-American spirituals, designed by Carolyn Anderson (SFTS MDiv Student).

The midday chapel services at SFTS are approximately 30-minutes long and are always open to the public – All are welcome!

Collaborative Seminars at the
Center for Innovation in Ministry at SFTS

Academic Seminar + Community Project + Collaborative Cohort

Empower yourself and your faith community with our innovative, collaborative online seminars. Ideal for leaders, community organizers, and groups.


Beyonce and the Bible
Instructor: Rev. Yolanda M. Norton

Assistant Professor of Old Testament, San Francisco Theological Seminary
In four online sessions, Beyoncé and the Bible looks at the life and art of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter to ground conversations about Womanist thought and the Bible. Participants will explore topics of race, class, and gender, with an emphasis on sexuality, embodiment, and agency. These social issues will provide a framework to evaluate various characters and narratives in the Bible—especially women in Scripture. Learn more…
Begins February 21 and meets weekly via Zoom online conferencing.

Bipolar Faith
Instructor: Monica A. Coleman, MDiv, PhD

Author, Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith

Creating a spiritual community of hope around people struggling with mental health is obviously important to loving people of faith.  Coleman’s train-the-trainer seminar is a wonderful resource for leaders who who are helping churches, caregiver groups, and civic non-profit organizations establish and strengthen a group of people within in their own organizations caring for the families, friends, and loved ones of the community around those working through and thriving with mental illness.

In five online sessions, you will join Monica A. Coleman, MDiv, PhD as she coaches you through her book, Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith, equipping you to lead others. You will receive a free digital copy of her book as well as the companion materials. Learn more…
Begins February 20 and meets weekly via Zoom online conferencing. CEUs available.

But I’m Still Here: A Womanist Symposium

February 22, 2018  |  7:00 PM  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary, Scott Hall 101
FREE TO ATTEND, but space is limited, so register today!

In honor of Black History Month, this Womanist symposium honors the voices and experiences of Black women and their contributions to society throughout history. Led by famed Womanist scholar, Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown (Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology at Emory University), the theme for this year’s symposium, “…But I’m Still Here,” acknowledges and explores all the ways that Black women persevere in society, the church, and the academy.

During the lecture and response, three scholars from two different academic generations will have an interdisciplinary, Womanist, theological discussion that will be both scholarly and practical in its orientation.