August 25, 2020
The Rev. Alexis Carter Thomas preaching. Photo courtesy of the author Intentional self-care, a church’s ethos of care and congregational openness to new approaches are notable factors that contribute to the thriving of Black clergywomen, a researcher has found. Not too long after I joined the pastoral staff of a church, another team member gave […]read moreabout How can congregations help Black clergywomen flourish?
July 21, 2020
iStock / Igor Alecsander A New York City pastor writes about the tradition of resilience in Black churches and how she finds joy in troubled times. Growing up in the Black church, we used to say, “This joy I have; the world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.” Joy is unspoken […]read moreabout Taking a lesson from the seed — find joy
June 23, 2020
Photo courtesy of Gail Song Bantum The pastor of Quest Church reflects on her journey into ministry and how pastors must make space for others to flourish. It was only after the death of her mother — herself a leader in the church — that the Rev. Gail Song Bantum’s call to become a pastor […]read moreabout Gail Song Bantum: Leaders make space for others
February 18, 2020
Photo courtesy of Dominique A. Robinson The inaugural dean of chapel at Wiley College blends traditional faith practices with a fresh approach in order to inspire and teach undergraduates at the HBCU. Much of who the Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson is today can be traced back to two women — her grandmothers. Her father’s […]read moreabout How I reach college students as a womanist millennial preacher