In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness

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This volume is an interdisciplinary exploration of the interplay between the contemporary Black Church in the United States and African American womanist spirituality and social witness. Historically, the Black Church itself has represented a strong yoking of social witness and spirituality. This blend has endured whether the primary theology and ethical import of the Church has been accomodationist or protest-oriented. African American women in the Church have carried this legacy in their lived witness of ...
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Overview

This volume is an interdisciplinary exploration of the interplay between the contemporary Black Church in the United States and African American womanist spirituality and social witness. Historically, the Black Church itself has represented a strong yoking of social witness and spirituality. This blend has endured whether the primary theology and ethical import of the Church has been accomodationist or protest-oriented. African American women in the Church have carried this legacy in their lived witness of spirituality and social action. This volume will explore some of the historic roots of this journey, the literary testimony of this heritage, and offers a constructive ethic for a contemporary social witness which is steeped in spiritual formation and growth.

Womanist spirituality, the author asserts, grows out of individual and communal reflection on African American faith and life. In this book, she explains that womanist spirituality is not grounded in the notion that spirituality is a force, a practice separate from who we are moment by moment. It is the deep kneading of humanity and divinity in one breath, one hope, one vision.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687187577
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Vanderbilt Divinity School
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Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments 9
Ch. 1 The Spirit That Moves Us: African Cosmography in African American Synthesis 19
Ch. 2 Finding the Legacy: Nineteenth-Century African American Women's Spirituality and Social Reform 30
Ch. 3 To Be Called Beloved: Historical and Contemporary Lynching in African America 47
Ch. 4 Writing the Right: Gender and Sexuality in African American Community 68
Ch. 5 Another Kind of Poetry: Identity and Colorism in Black Life 89
Ch. 6 Living into an Apocalyptic Vision: Bringing Ourselves Home 120
Notes 145
Selected Bibliography 158
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