But I’m Still Here: A Womanist Symposium

Featuring Womanist scholars, Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, Rev. Courtney Bryant Prince,
and Rev. Yolanda M. Norton

Thursday, February 22 2018 at 7:00pm
San Francisco Theological Seminary
Stewart Chapel, 105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo, CA (map)

Seating is limited. Please register here for this free event.

In honor of Black History Month, this Womanist symposium honors the voices and experiences of Black women and their contributions to society throughout history. Led by famed Womanist scholar, Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown (Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology at Emory University), the theme for this year’s symposium, “…But I’m Still Here,” acknowledges and explores all the ways that Black women persevere in society, the church, and the academy.

During the lecture and response, three scholars from two different academic generations will have an interdisciplinary, Womanist, theological discussion that will be both scholarly and practical in its orientation. 

On Friday, February 23 at 12:05pm, Rev. Dr. Brown will be preaching in SFTS’ Montgomery Chapel. All are welcome.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS:

Rev. Teresa L. Fry Brown, PhD is the fourteenth Historiographer of the African Methodist Episcopal (2012). She serves as the editor of the A.ME. Review and is the Executive Director of Research and Scholarship for the A.M.E. Church.  She holds the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is the first tenured Black female Candler School of Theology and the third Black female full professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Fry Brown served as Director of Black Church Studies at Candler 2007-2015.  Dr. Fry Brown obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver, with an emphasis in Religion and Social Transformation (1996). She earned a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology (1988), a Master of Science degree (1975) and a Bachelor of Science degree (1973) in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.   

Dr. Fry Brown has extensive teaching and preaching experience in national, international academic and ecumenical settings. A prolific author, Dr. Fry Brown’s books include, but are not limited to, Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body and Animation in Proclamation, (Fortress Press 2008); Can A Sister Get a Little Help: Advice and Encouragement for Black Women in Ministry, (Pilgrim Press 2008); God Don’t Like Ugly:  African American Women Handing on Spiritual Values (Abingdon Press 2000); Weary Throats and New Song: Black Women Proclaiming God’s Word (Abingdon Press 2003) and The 2006 African American History Devotional, (Abingdon Press 2006).

Dr. Fry Brown is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Society for the Study of Black Religion, and the Academy of Homiletics. She was honored for her academic life achievements at the Eighteenth Annual Black Religious Scholar Group Consultation at the American Academy of Religion Meeting held in Atlanta (2015). She is Co-Chair of the Womanist Approaches to Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion. She is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and an Associate Minister at New Bethel A.M.E. Church, Lithonia, Georgia.  

Dr. Fry Browns’ life is governed by the words of the Prophet Isaiah “Those whose hope is in the Lord gain new strength” and the words of Mohandas Gandhi, “We must be the change we want to see in the world”.  

Rev. Courtney Bryant Prince

Hailing from Mount Vernon, NY, Rev. Courtney Bryant Prince is a scholar, preacher and practitioner, trained in Religion: Ethics and Society with an emphasis in Womanist Ethics and Christian Social Ethics, at Vanderbilt University. Her work focuses on black women’s moral agency and the erotic. Exploring the erotic’s role in shaping the social imagination and its impact on ethics on the national and global stage, Bryant Prince’s work attempts to construct liberative strategies for the social and spiritual progress of all communities by sharing how erotic practices— which she defines as the sexual and non-sexual bodily manifestation of love— can facilitate social transformation.   

A gifted teacher and facilitator, Rev. Bryant Prince teaches academic classes and church based and organizational workshops on the topics of sexual and relational ethics, the power of intimacy and vulnerability, approaches to power, as well as social justice. She also uses her professional experience in nonprofit program development to support churches and non-profits and institutions in need of strategic planning and curriculum and conference development for youth and adults, especially women. Bryant Prince currently resides in Richmond, VA, where she teaches Womanist Theological Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary and is on the Design Team for the Center for Womanist Leadership. Her writing has been a featured in Godzchild Publications, Urban Ministries and Syndicate Theology. 

Rev. Yolanda M. Norton

is a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel and Theology and Practice Fellow at Vanderbilt University.   Her current research interests include womanist interpretation, narrative and literary criticism, and the Persian period. In particular, her work focuses on the books of Genesis and Ruth, and how each text treats foreign women, and considers the ways in which insider-outsider paradigms in Scripture influence constructions of identity and facilitate the vilification and/or oppression of women of color who encounter the biblical canon in the modern world. 

Professor Norton has published chapters in  I Found God in Me: Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader  and  Global Perspectives in the Old Testament.  She also has articles included in a pending publication in Liturgical Press’ new feminist commentary on the Psalms. 

Prior to coming to SFTS, Norton was a Visiting Instructor at Moravian Theological Seminary and adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served in various ministerial capacities in the Washington, D.C. area and Nashville, TN. 

She holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Syracuse University. 

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