Stephanie Boddie

Stephanie Boddie

Spirituals
Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie is an assistant professor of Church and Community Ministries at Baylor University with appointments at the Diana R. School of Social Work, the School of Education and the George W. Truett Seminary. She is also an alumni fellow at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program and a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society and Faculty Associate at Washington University’s Center for Social Development. Previously, she held research appointments at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh. She also served as senior consultant for the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, lead consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Faith & Family Portfolio and on the faculty of Washington University. Her research explores faith-based approaches and social innovation to address disparities in health, wealth, education and food access as well as trends in faith-based initiatives. She has published research at the intersection of social work, religion and social policy. Her work includes four books, numerous journal articles and reports as well as op-eds and short films. In addition to teaching and research, she continues to study vocal music.

2018 Breakout Sessions

Spirituals & the Souls of Black Folk
In this presentation, I weave the history of African Americans along with primary research, secondary sources and various arrangements of Spirituals. Using a multi-media format, I offer a novel approach to experience these timeless treasures. The music ranges from traditional versions of Spirituals like “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” to contemporary arrangements of “I am seeking for a City”.