The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton

Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, MDiv, STM | Senior Pastor
Rev. Howard Haywood | Pastor Emeritus

21 Curve Street West Newton, MA 02465 | 617.332.5870



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The black church has a long and important history in the United States, and it continues to serve as a driver of social justice work in many African-American communities. To highlight that work, digital strategist Jamye Wooten started a conversation on Twitter tagged #BlackChurchSyllabus, which has generated a long list of suggested readings from scholars and theologians. The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard, dean of Howard University’s School of Divinity, is among the scholars sharing their reading lists with the conversation. For him, #BlackChurchSyllabus is important for many of the same reasons #BlackLivesMatter is important. The whole of body, mind and spirit are inextricably met in the freedom struggle of peoples of African descent, no less people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, persons on the margins,” Pollard told HuffPost. “Teaching the #BlackChurchSyllabus is to affirm a people long denied to be people and in whose struggle is expressed the transgression of generations and the interrogation of a discordant social order.” We invite you to join our #MyrtleSyllabus this year! Be sure to use both hashtags on social media to stay connected to the conversation! For a full syllabus, please see the church office.

2016 Suggested Reading List for the #MyrtleSyllabus

James Cone, The Cross and The Lynching Tree

Ida B. Wells, Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900

Horace L. Griffin, Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbian And Gays in Black Churches

Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

James Cone, Black Theology & Black Power

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

Emilie M. Townes, A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist Perspectives on Evil and Suffering

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Raphael Warnock, The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety, and Public Witness

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Myrtle Baptist Church, founded by freed slaves in 1874, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 and exists as one of the oldest black churches in New England.

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