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What Manner Of Woman Is This
Womanist Gala and Black Church Summit
March 2-4, 2012
This year marks twenty-six years since womanism has made its entrance into the realm of theological education and Christian discourse. In 1985 after merely being relegated to a written word defined and shelved in four parts as a self-avowed naming of one woman novelist, Alice Walker, in her text In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, the word "womanist" gave rise to a movement that was first embodied in the minds and faith commitments of three Black female seminarians and graduate students at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York: Katie Cannon, Delores Williams and Jacquelyn Grant. Womanist approaches to the study of religion and theology spread like wildfire throughout the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature.
The Black Religious Scholars Group (BRSG) has chosen to celebrate womanist scholars for their pivotal roles in furthering womanism within the church and academy; among them are the pioneers and legends of the field. The consultation findings, conference proceedings, and publishable reflections and resources of the honorees will be compiled into an anthology and workbook to capture the insights and inspiration from this gathering for the posterity and prosperity of our seminaries, churches and faith communities, while empowering womanist theological discourse as we look forward to the next twenty five years!
The Black Religious Scholars invites you to a celebration and conference paying homage to womanist scholars and preachers as a call to celebrate our faith, critically engage our vocation, and further our community's empowerment.
With this newly proposed womanist agenda, we hope to extend these consultations and the vision they to aid in empowering and organizing the most resourceful and valuable resource of the Black church and community, its women. Indeed, "What Manner of Woman Is This?: Womanist Gala and Black Church Summit"and the Womanist Institute, Congregational Initiative and Archives that it will inaugurate and for which it will proffer foundational funds will not only add increase to the experiences of Black Christian women but it will result in the spiritual empowerment, human fulfillment, and social/economic uplift of the Black Church and its communities in general. The BRSG is committed to facilitating this endeavor with the confidence that, with your help, it will contribute to the well-being and advancement of both our people and communities.
Black Religious Scholars Group
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
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Nashville, TN 37240