"As the black community grapples with the effects of incarceration on generations of black men, we now have to grapple with the incarceration of black women and the fact that colorism and the disdain for blackness is a contributing factor to who enters prison and how long they stay there." -Onlielove Alston
"If true love means fighting fair and honestly, while maintaining value and regard for one another, then neither me, nor people of color need to reduce ourselves and our voices in order to get along with Caucasians. Neither do we need to compromise our worth or hide our pain at our boundaries being breached in order to belong in the community of God." -Rev. Oghene'tega Swann
"What we need is an accurate understanding of the distinct challenges that racism can pose for various ethnic groups, and the goal of eliminating racial disparities with an open mind to where and how they may occur." -Haley Gabrielle
"Just when I was about to give up hope of the possibility of reconciliation and a relationship with my sister, He was there!" -Zanetta Holley
"Children of color all over the world are the face of philanthropic organizations and programs that constantly focus on the economic plight of the individual families without giving a thought to changing the systems that create the poverty in those communities." -Rev. Oghene'tega Swann
"Not every person is called to fight for every cause, but every person is called to be more than sensitive when confronted with injustice. " -Ernest Lewis, Jr.
"The issue of absentee fathers has been projected upon African-American communities in America as an issue of the moral failure of African-American men, when in reality, it is a drastic combination of patriarchy and the violent consequence of racism on the Black community." -Rev. Tega Swann
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"In the United States, black and brown people are not and will never be "equal" until America deals openly with it's ugly past and most importantly, until white America accepts their part in this history: the truths that are left out of our school books, in internet searches, etc.." -Zanetta Holley
"Mutuality is about being 'seen' and 'affirmed' as inherently worthy and equally equipped and imbued by God with knowledge, integrity, honor, skills, worthiness, etc., and being 'brought into' the space where one exists and functions with others in that paradigm of equality." -Rev. Oghene'tega Swann
"As I continue in my research, I remember that although the imported Christ infiltrated Cuba, the indigenous Jesus can be still be found beating in the hearts of 'los humildes'—the truth and the beauty of this Jesus somehow still penetrated the island of my ancestors, my family." -Kat Arma
"Being an ally means the actual practice of "mourning with those who mourn" and "rejoicing with those who rejoice." In order to mourn with those who mourn, you must go to the house of mourning! [Even Jesus did that!]" -Rev. Oghene'tega Swann
"Existing while black is neither a crime nor a threat, but unchecked bias will result in injustice towards black and brown people and even cost them their lives." -Elizabeth Quashie
"When women open their voices to cry out in labor that new, liberated life be allowed to come forth from places of oppression, women are engaging in motherhood." -Rev. Oghene'tega Swann
"The Shunamite woman stands in the canon and reminds us of both the age-old struggle to suppress Black women and other women of color and the righteous resistance such women must put forth: dark am I, and lovely. Our blackness is not an apology. It is a declaration that we are made in God's image." -Rev. Tega Swann
"...the question of what it really means and how much it truly matters for the woman behind the facade to live free, redeemed, and empowered in her calling within and outside the Church." -Elizabeth Quashie
"It is the responsibility of older generations to affirm the contested and globally ridiculed aesthetic truth of the girl of colour. The older generations must say to the younger generations "you are beautiful." -Farikanayi
"When a man clergy sleeps with women in the church and steals money from the church coffers, he’s transferred and the issue is covered. But when a woman clergy raises her voice over justice issues, she’s negatively labeled and ostracized in ministry. And the punishment for such women clergy is heavy. " -The Very Rev. Muture
"It is important to know that we attend seminary for a reason. Not just to grow in our respective fields of study but to be practitioners of justice." -Stephen L Robertson
Oga's wife. Oga Madam. Pastor's wife... All these are terms that are used to represent women as shadows and extensions of their husbands, but there are no similar titles for men. One doesn't hear: Madam's husband. Madam Oga. Pastor's husband. From the homefront to the work place, the story is the same: no matter how… Continue reading Don’t Rob Oga’s Wife To Pay Oga
"It's a despicable human practice that the most despised group in a despised people group are the women of that people group. For some strange reason, dishonoring the women of a despised tribe is proof of how low that tribe is. No wonder enemy groups degrade the women of their opponents through rape. Yes, women always have it worse when it comes to any marginalized group!" -Rev. Tega Swann
"While patriarchy bears much weight on Western society, its fullest effects are seen in many parts of the non-Western world, particularly in places where women are not even allowed to show their faces in public, or in other places where infants are aborted when found out to be female." -Kat Armas
"So my question is: if we’re equal enough to die side by side, why aren’t we equal enough to stand side by side in all spheres of life???"
"That’s God’s special ingredient for girls and women. You don’t like it? We didn’t write the recipe, we just followed God’s directions. You sound pretty ungrateful; you get to eat amazing pie! If you have complaints, take them up with God. He wrote the recipe." -Julie Taylor
"...any woman given the right circumstances will fight for what is valuable or important to her. The fighter in her is unfortunately and sometimes thwarted by her circumstances...As long as there is separation between us and our sisters who are still battling with basic needs, we will never speak the same language." -Farikanayi
"So, I can say that I am dark, yet lovely without going out of my way to imitate a style of beauty that is not indigenous to me." -Farikanyani
"But I’ve been served communion many times by men whose wives came to church with black eyes. As a teenager, I heard several pre-communion devotions from young men who harassed, coerced, and assaulted girls in the congregation. At least one girl told of being groped and forcibly kissed at church, but nothing was done. The perpetrator was later asked to speak during Sunday morning services again and again while that girl, no girl or woman ever was." -Dr. Tara M. Tuttle
"The revelation of who God is carries into our lives both as single and married folks, and not just as married folks. Thus, we do not lack full representation of God only to gain it when we become married. Instead, God reveals the fullness of His being to us both in singleness and in marriage." -Rev. Tega Swann
"That a woman of color would speak to...people on matters of religion and doctrine was no small feat. That she would be as highly respected as she was is evidence that she was fulfilling the calling that compelled her" -Regina D. Pollard
"...a new kind of woman is found in Mary and in her connection to and with Jesus:.."
"People of color groups are widely featured in biblical history and not always as enemies of God's purposes or the Gospel story, but rather, they were often instruments for effecting the redemption story."
“We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem."
"By focusing His desire and choice on Sarah, God was establishing that it is He who determines the standards of acceptability and suitability for His purposes and calling and that it is not based on any natural qualification we could ever bring to the table."
Thanks for sticking with us this first week of Advent as we revisited the previously obscured watchfulness and Advent of our first mother, Eve. Our grand finale features a song by Mother Eve, written to all women and people of the world and song by women from different parts of the world. You should sing… Continue reading Revolutionary Women of Eve’s Advent Sing “Said Eve To Women Everywhere!”
Welcome to Day 6 of Advent! Today, we're using the power of song to tell the story of Eve's Advent - primarily that Eve too, waited for a promise, the fulfillment of which we now celebrate at Christmas time and look forward to in Advent. Songs memorialize our faith, values and beliefs and considering the… Continue reading Eve’s Advent: You Better Watch Out!
"So, suddenly in Genesis 5:3, humans are no longer 'seen' as beings made in God's image. Rather, Adam sees his offspring as beings made in his own image. And suddenly, Eve's name is no longer mentioned...patriarchy has arrived!"
"Eve's hopeful waiting for the promised deliverance laid the ground work for the covenanted people of God to inherit the promises. She expressed her hope in the name of her son, and it wasn't long before others around learned to express a similar hope in God, enough to call upon him!"
"God gave Eve hope by giving her something to look forward to after the temptation and its consequences...God's promise to save, to redeem, etc., first came to us in a woman, Eve!"
"Because too often, the story of redemption has been passed down to us through the voices of the patriarchs (thereby setting the scene for the flourishing of patriarchy) and not through matriarchs and patriarchs (the latter, which would set the tone of mutuality and equality as God intended from the very beginning),..."
"The traditional speech of God is as male and white, and the experiences of those outside those descriptors are denied divinity." -Nicole Perry
"The first step to equality is willingness to affirm the equal worth of every human and until our current celebrations in America deliberately give equal space to the celebrations and cultures of all who are Americans, the concept of equality will remain elusive and unattainable"-Rev. Tega Swann
"Having even just one woman or person of color speaking on a panel or within a group of papers can have a big impact on the tenor of the conversation." -Haley Gabrielle
"One of the greatest discoveries in my ministry, was that the Holy Spirit does not live in a specific place or person; but everywhere and in everyone created by God’s inclusive, all-encompassing and unconditional love..." -Jhanderys Dotel-Vellenga
The association of Christianity with colonialism has made some Africans skeptical of Western philosophies and ideologies that are contrary to African beliefs and practices especially, gender equality as practiced in the West. This led to the resistance of most African churches to female ordination, except a few denominations like the Lutheran church and the Assemblies of God Church. -Dr. Hanatu Alahira
"But why does resistance cause so much fear in the minds of people? Perhaps, because resistance communicates a total reconstruction of order!" -Stephen L. Robertson
"They tried to get me to fit into constrictive, gendered box, rife with limitations, but failed to understand that because I know I bear the reflection of Divinity, I reject the lie that my womanhood makes me ill-equipped to do anything." -Alicia Crosby
"As a Christian woman, I cannot turn a blind eye to how the Bible has been and is still being taken out of context and used to perpetuate injustice to women." -Fola Folayan