The poet, literary giant and activist, Alice Walker, who is perhaps best known for her book-turned-movie, The Color Purple, said "womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender. She is credited with coining the term, "womanist," in her 1983 critically-acclaimed work, "In Search of Our Mothers' Garden: Womanist Prose."
The term is derived from "womanish," a Black folk expression of mothers to female children suggesting being grown and responsible. It is in that thought, that womanist preachers seek to approach the homiletic text in a responsible manner, wanting to know more than what's on the surface, and to go in the deep exegetical work of looking at the biblical text through a lens of liberation.
As more preachers, pastors and ministers of the word intentionally do the deeper exegetical work of interrogating the sacred biblical texts to raise up the muted voices of women, the theological landscape for womanism continues to expand.
what to expect at the gathering...
Come prepared to spend one hour of worship where we will examine the text and do the deeper work of seeing the healing, restorative justice, and liberation in the Scriptures. Together, we will emerge less broken and ready to do the work that God is calling each of us to do in rebuilding God's beloved community! When God's preached word goes forth, it will convict us, challenge, and sometimes make us uncomfortable in those places where we have grown too comfortable. It's time to be liberated and set free! Expect Healing. Expect Authentic Worship. Expect it because it is Necessary.
What Manner of Woman