Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk

Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk

by Delores S. Williams


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Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams

Drawing on the biblical figure of Hagar, Delores Williams finds a prototype for the struggle of African-American women. Through Hagar's story of poverty and slavery, ethnicity and sexual exploitation, exile and encounter with God, she traces-American women from slavery to the present day. First published twenty years ago, Sisters in the present day. First published twenty years ago, Sisters in the Wilderness has been acclaimed as a modern classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626980389
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 353,428
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 20th Anniversary Edition Katie G. Gannon ix

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Sisters in the Wilderness

Chapter 1 Hagar's Story: A Route to Black Women's Issues 15

Motherhood: A Forced Condition 15

Survival, Quality of Life and God 19

Surrogacy Roles and Wilderness Experience 21

Homelessness and Economic Realities 27

Chapter 2 Tensions in Motherhood: From Slavery to Freedom 32

Tensions in the Community over Motherhood 37

"Mamma-Baby" in Blues Literature 39

Black Mamma, Black Preacher, Black Protest 42

Black Women Authors Differ 45

Motherhood in a Context of Resistance 51

Chapter 3 Social-Role Surrogacy: Naming Black Women's Oppression 54

Coerced Surrogacy Roles and Antebellum Realities 55

Voluntary Surrogacy and Postbellum Realities 64

The Black Mammy Memorial Associatio 66

Old Oppression, New Threat 72

Chapter 4 Color Struck: A State of Mind 75

National/Religious Arrogance and Racial Narcissism 79

The Impact of Aesthetic Values 80

The Impact of Religion 81

Economic Impact 82

Enter Statistics, Politics and Science 83

Terror and Poverty for Ex-Slaves 85

For Instance: Eugenics 91

Chapter 5 Sisters in the Wilderness and Community Meanings 96

"Wilderness/Wilderness-Experience" in Black and White 98

Intellectual Significance of Symbolism 106

Social Significance of Symbolism 108

Political Importance of Symbolism: Survival and Resistance 115

Black Women's Resistance Activity 120

Part II Womanist God-Talk

Chapter 6 Womanist God-Talk and Black Liberation Theology 127

Theological Methodology 127

Tile Bible and Black Liberation Theology 128

Black Experience, Wilderness Experience, Theological Task 136

Doctrine: Surrogacy and Redemption 143

Re-Enter Black Liberation Theology 148

Ethical Task, Ethical Principles 151

Chapter 7 Womanist-Feminist Dialogue: Differences and Commonalities The Differences 158

What Is Acceptably Female? 159

Scope and Definition of Patriarchy 164

Womanist/Womanist Dialogue in Hermeneutics 166

God and the Oppressed in History 174

There Are Commonalities 176

Chapter 8 Womanist Reflections on "The Black Church," the African-American Denominational Churches and the Universal Hagar's Spiritual Church 181

"The Black Church" Invisible 181

Then There Are African-American Denominational Churches 182

Background for the Universal Hagar's Spiritual Church 194

The Universal Hagar's Spiritual Church 199

Christ According to Father Hurley 202

Afterword 208

Notes 213

Index 255

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