Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Ph.D.

Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Ph.D.

Intersections/Intersectionality/Intersecting Justice

Workshop Description:

  • Let’s explore the topic of identity/identities and intersecting identities. Let’s consider and explore the notion that  an individual’s identity consists of multiple, intersecting factors, including but not limited to gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, class (past and present), religious beliefs, sexual identity and sexual expression.
  • Let’s acknowledge that people experience the world differently based on their overlapping identity markers. 
  • Let’s examine how multiple oppressed identities interact to create overlapping and compounding systems of disadvantage.
  • Let’s see if we can agree that discrimination and oppression are all connected to one another.
  • And let’s agree we will never co-create with God the just world expected of us if we choose to focus only on one form of oppression given the deeply interwoven fabric of our lives.

Biography: Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems is a writer, a minister, a biblical scholar, public intellectual, and ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal church.  She was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in Old Testament studies.  In addition to being a former professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Dr. Renita Weems has taught at Spelman College, Howard University Divinity School, and Memphis Theological Seminary.  Rev. Dr. Weems received her Doctorate and Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary; and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.

Dr. Weems’ scholarly and insightful publications, commentaries, and articles on interpreting the Bible in contemporary times, modern faith, race and religion, women in the church, and womanism and faith has made her a highly sought-after writer and speaker for more than four decades.  She has numerous books, commentaries and articles on the Bible and prophetic religion to her credit.  Among her written works includes the award-winning “Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Doubt”, which won the Religious Communicators’ Council’s prestigious 1999 Wilbur Award for “excellence in communicating spiritual values to the secular media.”  She is the first African American woman to deliver the Yale University Lyman Beecher Lecture.  Dr. Weems is featured in “Black Stars: African American Religious Leaders”, a collection of biographies of some of the most important Black Religious Leaders over the last 200 hundred years, including such impressive figures as Adam Clayton Powell, Elijah Muhammad, Sojourner Truth, Howard Thurman, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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