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Raymond Carr

President, Society for the Study of Black Religion

Raymond Carr is an international public theologian. His research interests are theologically ecumenical, historically sensitive, and radically inclusive.

He just completed a visiting professorship at Harvard Divinity School and continues as a research associate and director of the “Codex Charles H. Long Papers Project” at The Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project at Harvard University. Carr is experienced classroom professor, having served as an assistant professor of Theology and Ethics at Pepperdine University from 2012-2019. He has also lectured as an international visiting professor in Heidelberg, Germany; Lausanne, Switzerland; and Shanghai, China. Carr’s service to several organizations is distinguished by his current service as President of the Society for the Study of Black Religion (SSBR) and his role on the board for The International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS). He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

During his tenure in the academy, Raymond has received several distinctions in scholarship and teaching, including the pre-tenure teacher of the year award at Pepperdine University. He has published and presented papers on theological aesthetics, theomusicology, and black religion. He complements his teaching, writing, and lectures with involvement in ENGAGE: A Youth Theology Initiative—a Lilly Funded pre-college program at Lipscomb University—guiding students who are interested in constructive theology and politics. His forthcoming trilogy in theological aesthetics called Theology in the Mode of Monk: An Aesthetics of Barth and Cone on Revelation and Freedom (Cascade, 2024), employs the music of Thelonious Monk as a form of parabolic suggestiveness in order to advance the thinking of Karl Barth, the Swiss Protestant theologian, and James Cone, the father of Black Theology. Cornel West has described Dr. Carr as "one of the few groundbreaking and path-blazing theologians of his generation," describing his forthcoming trilogy as "magisterial" and a work that "gives us new terrain in our grim and dim times." To learn more about Raymond visit