Blog/Magazine Article

Is God My Mother?

Submitted by Mary Lou Wiley on Wed, 10/28/2020 - 08:47

Editor’s note: This is one of the Top 15 2020 CBE Writing Contest winners. Enjoy!

When I was very young, I once heard adults talking about a couple who had left a church because they felt that the church was no longer being faithful to the Bible. The only detail I remember about the supposedly unfaithful church was this comment, made in a shocked and disdainful tone of voice: “They were calling God ‘Mother’!”

Confronting Wonder Woman Syndrome: Female Pastors and the Pandemic

Submitted by Mary Lou Wiley on Wed, 10/14/2020 - 15:12

The role of the pastor has shifted in the age of coronavirus. As churches consider reopening and discuss strategies for a safe congregational return to worship, there is a heightened sense of anxiety. Safety concerns, liability, finances, grieving congregants, conspiracy theories, and mounting pressure to open are just a few of the issues facing clergy. It does not matter what gender you are; if you are a pastor right now, these are challenging times.

Womanist Liberation for All

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 14:20

Arising from Black and feminist liberation theologies in the 1980s, womanist theology brings a needed focus on the experiences of Black women to Christian theology. Attending to the abuses of slavery, the injustices that brought about the Civil Rights movement, and the present fight for full emancipation for Black people in the United States, womanist theology identifies with the oppressed to empower and liberate. Acting on love and an audacious courage to challenge assumptions, womanists take charge and battle the powers and principalities.

God Is Our Liberator: How Christian Tolerance for Injustice Impacts Our Children

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 14:00

Once you lose a loved one, their words echo in your soul long after they leave. With the third anniversary of my mom’s death this past August, I have been methodically reflecting over the many things my mom taught me. I think it is natural for parents to want to shield their children from some of the harsher realities of the world. Not to explicitly hide the truth but to soften it. Even with my mom’s gentlest approach, I clearly remember the first time she tried to prepare me for what was outside of our safe family structure.

Complicity and Silence: How Lament Could Lead Us Toward a Better Place

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 13:53

Our lived experiences will always tint the lenses through which we each see and name injustice. Womanist scholars examine the lived experiences of Black women as the starting place for theology. Black women experience the injustices of today’s world on multiple structural levels, including communal and personal. Therefore, her focus is family-oriented because she’s concerned about Black men, Black children, and the Black community.

Six Black Female Artists Christians Should Know

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 13:34

For too long, Black women’s contributions in art have been overlooked and unacknowledged. Art has always functioned as an important avenue for those who wish to express their inspired ideas with visual impact. For Black Christian female artists, their talents and voices have historically been suppressed as dominant cultural voices gained more recognition. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much digging to uncover a variety of visual artistic contributions by Black Christian women in the United States.