[mpoverlay]The Howard University School of Divinity has received a $1 million, three-year research grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., to study African-American churches in three cities and one rural location. The grant will allow research to document the best practices in those communities that lead to the spiritual, physical, social and mental health of black congregations.
Divinity school faculty and doctoral students and other researchers will work in Atlanta, Detroit, Tuskegee, Ala., and Washington, where they will explore a broad range of subjects that affect or are affected by black spiritual worship and practice, said School of Divinity Dean A. B. Pollard, III, Ph.D., the principal investigator for the grant.
“We will be looking at everything from youth, economic development and the worship experience to mental health, HIV/AIDS and the formerly incarcerated,” Pollard said.
Research in each community will be overseen by a Divinity faculty member who will work with local researchers, such as doctoral students and professors at local universities and colleges. The researchers will examine at least two churches in each community.
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