gOD-Talk: Reimagining Faith in the 21st Century coming to Tulsa, April 5

Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla. is one of the stops on the multi-city film screening tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s documentary film, gOD-Talk: Reimagining Faith in the 21st Century, including panel discussions exploring how and why African American millennials are creating new ways to engage with religion and spirituality.

Originally premiering in October 2023, gOD-Talk is the first feature-length film from the NMAAHC. The Oklahoma screening is April 5 on the seminary’s Tulsa campus, 901 N. Mingo Rd. with a reception at 5:45 p.m. and the film at 6:30 p.m. Updates, registration details and additional information can be found on the Phillips events website, ptstulsa.edu/events.

The documentary undertaken by NMAAHC’s Center for the Study of African American Religious Life in association with the Pew Research Center is the culmination project of a five-year study exploring the lives of seven Black millennials—Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Ifa and Spiritualist—and how they reimagine faith in the 21st century. The film was executive produced by Kevin Young, NMAAHC’s Andrew W. Mellon Director. NMAAHC curator Teddy Reeves is the film’s creator and producer along with director and writer, Kim Moir, NMAAHC museum specialist. The film includes narration from Javicia Leslie Walker, film poster design by artist Nikkolas Smith and original music from Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito.

“gOD-Talk is charting new ground in the exploration of Black faith both in the scholarly study of religion and cinematic expression,” Reeves said. “The film gives millennials, the world’s largest living generation, the space to not only wrestle with the complexities of their faith—from issues pertaining to gender and sexuality, abuse and trauma, hip-hop, gentrification and more—but to discuss how they are fearlessly reconstructing their spirituality within or beyond the confines of their traditional upbringings.”

The gOD-Talk film tour and accompanying “talk back” panel discussions will take place at conferences, festivals, museums and community curations around the world. Registration and more details can be found on the NMAAHC website. Discussions will feature principals from the film and leading millennial voices. The film is rated PG-13.


Melissa Wood                                    Holly Becker                                                           April 5, 5:45 p.m. reception

202-297-6161                                      918-270-6446                                                     6:30 p.m. screening

Woodm2@si.edu                             holly.becker@ptstulsa.edu

Phillips Theological Seminary, 901 N. Mingo Rd., Tulsa, OK 74116

918-610-8303     ptstulsa.edu/events