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Duke Divinity School Receives $1.5 Million to Support Pastors Who Are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the Carolinas

The grant from The Duke Endowment will support pastors in Wesleyan traditions.

A $1.5 million grant from The Duke Endowment will support a project led by the Office of Black Church Studies and the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School to strengthen Wesleyan pastors in the Carolinas who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color, including from the AME, AME Zion, CME, and UMC churches. The project, To Heal the Wounded Soul, will develop peer networks, support groups, and retreats to address the specific mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of this community.

The Duke Endowment, a private foundation based in Charlotte, has been a long-time supporter of Duke Divinity School in its efforts to form Christian leaders, develop new research collaborations, and foster thriving local faith communities.