ROSETTA E. ROSS

3715 Newhalem Street

Atlanta, Georgia 30331


E-mail - H: shawurn@earthlink.edu, W: rross@spelman.edu


CURRENT POSITION

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 2003-



Ph.D., Religion, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

M.Div., Candler School of Theology,  cum laude, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

M.A., English, Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia

B.A., English, The College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina


AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Religion, Morality, and the Civil Rights Movement; Womanist/Feminist Theology and Ethics; Religion and Black Women’s Activism


AREAS OF COMPETENCE

Black Theology and Ethics; Religion and Society


PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS

McVay Associate Professor of Ethics, United Theological Seminary, New Brighton, Minnesota,

1999-2003

Assistant Professor of Ethics, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994-99

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta,

Georgia 1996-97


OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Theology, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe, Spring, 2006

Exchange Faculty, Womanist/Feminist Ethics, Hamline University, St. Paul Minnesota, Spring, 2003,

Teaching Assistant, Institute for Women’s Studies, Emory University, 1990

Teaching Assistant, Christian Ethics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1989, 1990


ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Chairperson, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Spelman College, Atlanta,

Georgia, 2003-07

Chairperson, Theology, Ethics, and History Area, Interdenominational Theological Center,

Atlanta, Georgia, 1998-99.

Acting Director, Program of Black Church Studies, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta,

Georgia, 1996-97

Associate Minister, St. Mark Church, North Georgia Conference, The United Methodist Church,

Atlanta, Georgia, 1994-95

Senior Minister, Mt. Zion/St. Mark Charge, South Carolina Conference, The United Methodist

Church, Sumter, South Carolina, 1992-93


PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS(Academic)

Books

Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights, Fortress, 2003.


Co-author, Career Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minority Faculty in Religion, web publication, American Academy of Religion, 2006, www.aarweb.org/about/board/rem/careerguide/.


Articles

Christian Social Action, Healthy Citizens, and Democratic Vitality: Engaging the Challenge of Affordable Housing in the United States (under review)


“Guide Me, O, Thou, Great Jehovah”: Moral Agency and Vision in the History of Black United Methodism (under review)


Christian Women Collaborating across Borders: African and U.S. Women Theologians in Solidarity” (under review).


Black Christian Women Coming of Age in the Mid-Twentieth Century Rural South, in The Peoples’ History of Christianity, Fortress  (forthcoming).


Sojourner Truth, in Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, John H. Moore, editor, Macmillan (forthcoming).


“Blazing Trails and Transcending Boundaries through Love: Women of Color and the ‘Religious’ Work We Do,” web publication, http://www.gbhem.org/asp/resourceLibrary.asp.


“Lessons and Treasures in Our Mothers’ Witness: Why I Write about Black Women’s Activism” in Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society, Stacey Floyd-Thomas, editor, New York University, 2006, 115-127.


“The Civil Rights Movement” in Encyclopedia of Women in Religion in America, Volume 3, Rosemary Keller and Rosemary Radford Reuther, editors, Indiana University, 2006, 1081-1093. This encyclopedia is winner of the 2006 American Historical Association Waldo G. Leland Prize for best reference tool in history.


“What Has Happened to Us?” with Marsha Snulligan Haney and Tumani Mutasa Nyajeka in Africentric Approaches to Ministry: Strengthening Urban Congregations in African American Communities, Ronald Peters and Marsha Snulligan Haney, editors, University Press of America, 2006.


“Christian Ethics, Responsibility, and Love” in Agora, Volume 17, Number 2, Spring 2005, 9-11.


“Passionate Living” in The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections, James A. Noel and Matthew V. Johnson, editors, Fortress, 2005, 145-159.


“Conjuring Resistence and Liberation in the Academy,” Journal of the Society for Pastoral Theology, Volume 14, Number 2, Fall, 2004, 23-30.


“Eleanor Holmes Norton” in African American Lives, Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbothan, editors, Oxford, 2004.


“Marian Wright Edelman” in African American Lives, Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbothan, editors, Oxford, 2004.


“Harriet Tubman” in African American Lives, Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbothan, editors, Oxford, 2004.


“H. Richard Niebuhr and the United Seminary Context: Response to James M. Gustafson” in Prism: A Theological Forum for the United Church of Christ, Volume 18, Number 2, Fall, 2003, 41-44.


“Health Care and the Moral Imagination: Considering the Kind of Society We Want to Be” in New Conversations: Medical Technology and Christian Decision-Making, Special Edition, Ronald Cole-Turner, editor, Fall, 2002, 67-72.


“From Civil Rights to Civic Participation: Black Religion, Movement Vitalities, and Public Life” in the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Volume XXVIII, Numbers 1 and 2, Fall, 2000/Spring, 2001, 39-77.


“Ethics 5: Feminist Ethics” in Encyclopedia of Christianity, Volume 2, Erwin Fahlbusch, Jan Milic Lochman, John Mbiti, Jaroslav Pelikan, Lukas Vischer, editors, Eerdmans-Brill, 149-151.


“Religion and Public Life: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party as a Metaphor for What Love Requires” in Quarterly Review, Summer, 2000, 125-139.


“Religious Responsibility and Community Service: The Activism of Victoria Way DeLee” in

Unspoken Worlds: Women’s Religious Lives, Nancy Auer Falk and Rita M. Gross, editors, Wadsworth, 4th edition, 2000, 25-42.


“Mancherlei Schriftgebrauch in der Womanistischen Theologie: Eine Ubersicht der Bibelinterpretationen von Vier Schwarzen Frauen,” Transparent: Zeitschrift fur die Kritische Masse in der Rheinischen Kirche, Volume 12, Number 53, March, 1999, 16/1-16/12.


“Inverting the Pyramid: Responding to Problems of Violence, Racism, and Xenophobia in the

Lives of Women,” The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Volume XXVI, Number 1, Fall, 1998, 118-139.


“Response to ‘The Faith Community as Listener in the Era of Cyberspace,’” The Journal of the Interdenominational the Interdenominational Theological Center, Volume XXV, Number 2, Fall, 1997, 67-71.


“Womanist Work and Public Policy: An Exploration of the Meaning of Black Women’s

Interaction with Political Institutions,” in Embracing the Spirit: Womanist Perspectives on Hope, Salvation, and Transformation, Emilie Townes, editor, Orbis, 1997, 41-53.


“A Womanist Model of Responsibility: The Moral Agency of Victoria Way DeLee,” in Living Responsibly in Community, Fred Glennon, Gary Hauk, and Darryl Trimiew, editors, University Press of America, 1997, 91-113.


“Reflections on Discussions of Difference in Contemporary Public Debate,” Journal of Intergroup Relations, Volume XXIV, Number 1, Spring, 1997.


“Grace,” Dictionary of Feminist Theologies, Letty Russell and Shannon Clarkson, editors, Westminster/ John Knox, 1996.


Book Reviews

Traci C. West, Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter, Westminster/ John Knox, 2006 in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, forthcoming. 


Emilie M. Townes, Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care, Continuum, 2001 in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Volume 70, Number 3, September, 2002.


Nile Harper, Urban Churches, Vital Signs: Beyond Charity Toward Justice, Eerdman’s, 1998 in the Journal of Religion, Volume 82, Number 1, January, 2002, 167-169.



(Non-Academic Publications)

“Faith, Reason, and the History of Black Churches,” Precious Times: The Magazine for Today’s Black Christian Woman, Winter, 2007, 47-49.


“Faith in the Movement: Remembering Women in the Civil Rights Movement,” Precious Times: The Magazine for Today’s Black Christian Woman, Volume IV, Number 1, Winter, 2006, 32-35.


The Status of Racial-Ethnic Minority Clergywomen in the United Methodist Church (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 2004), with Jung Ha Kim.


“Sisters in the Struggle,” in The Other Side, Volume 39, Number 1, January & February, 2003,

51, 53.


“Valuing Practices of Our Moral Exemplars: Presenting Options for African American Youth,” Religion and Ethics in 21st-Century America, Annual James A. Gray Symposium Lectures, Winston-Salem State University, April, 1999.


“Nourishing the Faith,” Winter Quarter Sunday School Lesson Series, South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, Volume 160, Number 12 through Volume 161, Number 2, December, 1996 - February, 1997.

“Where Will these Fires Lead Us?” Venus Magazine, Volume 2, Number 7, 1996.


“Treasures Found,” Interpreter, Volume 37, Number 2, February/March, 1993.



SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Spelman College Faculty Development Grant, 2004, 2006, 2007

Emory University, Graduate Division of Religion, Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2006

UNCF/Mellon Ghana Travel-Study Award, 2005

Association of Theological Schools Lilly Theological Research Grant, 2000-01

Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research Fellowship, Spring, 2000

Commissioned Study, The United Methodist Church, Status of Racial-Ethnic Clergywomen, 1999-2002

Women in United Methodist History Research Grant, 1996

Coolidge Colloquium Research Fellow, Association for Religion and Intellectual Life, 1994

Emory University Graduate Division of Religion Fellowship, 1989-93

United Methodist Women of Color Doctoral Fellowship, 1989-93

Hewlett Graduate Fellow in Religion and Health, The Carter Presidential Center, 1990


LECTURES AND KEYNOTES

Keynote Address: “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Remembering Black Women, Black History, and the Civil Rights Movement, Black History Month Address, LaGrange College, LaGrange, Georgia, February 15, 2007


Opening Keynote: Blazing Trails and Transcending Boundaries through Love: Women of Color and the “Religious” Work We Do, 2006 Women of Color Scholars Consultation/Celebration, Trailblazing Women: Transcending Boundaries, Chicago, Illinois, August 11-13, 2006


Lecture: Intimate Love and Public Life: Making the Connections, Forum of Research Lectures, Department of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, May 3, 2006


Lecture: Evangelicalism and Social Justice, Or Why I Write about African American Women’s Activism, Faculty of Theology Colloquium, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe, April 5, 2006


Lecture Series: The Chair in Intercultural Theology, Tilburg University Faculty of Theology, Tilburg, The Netherlands, November, 2005


Lecture: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Exploring Some Connections of Intimacy to Public Life, Forum of Liberation Theology, University of Belgium, Leuven, Belgium, November 17, 2005


Lecture: Witnessing and Testifying: Love and Black Women’s Activism, Opening Plenary, Midwest Black History Month Conference - The Black Diaspora in Narratives of Human Agency, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, February 17-18, 2005


Banquet Address: Christian Ethics, Responsibility, and Love, Granville Hicks Leadership Academy for Laity and Clergy, Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, February 3-5, 2005


Lecture: Black Women and the Civil Rights Movement: A View from Religion, African-American Women and the Civil Rights Movement Lecture Series, Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York, May 11, 2004


Lecture: Loving Witnesses: The Nature and Meaning of Black Women’s Civil Rights Activism, Women’s Studies Lecture, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, March 18, 2004


Lecture: A Glimpse into a History of Loving Witness: Religion and Black Women’s Activism during the Civil Rights Era, 2004 Black History Month Lecture, Clark-Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, February 19, 2004


Lecture: Loving Witnesses: Black Women and Religion in the Civil Rights Movement, 2004 George Washington Carver Lecture, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, February 17, 2004


Lecture: Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement, 2004 Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, February 11, 2004


Lecture: Testimonies of Love: The Nature and Meaning of Black Women’s Activism, Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Lecture, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois, January 12, 2004


Lecture: Women, Religion, and Civil Rights, The Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 26, 2003


Keynote Speaker: “Black Women’s Activism and the Civil Rights Movement,” Women’s Wellness Luncheon, Minneapolis/Ruth Hawkins YWCA, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 1, 2003


Keynote Speaker: “Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights,” Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Commemoration, Minneapolis Branch of the American Association of University Women, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 20, 2003


Lecture: Women of Faith in the Civil Rights Movement, Wismer University Lecture, Seattle University, Seattle Washington, January 24, 2002


Plenary Speaker: Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement, Whole Women, Holy Women: Wisdom’s Power Among Us, a conference jointly sponsored by the Wisdom Ways Resource Center for Spirituality, the College of St. Catherine and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet-St. Paul Province, St. Paul, Minnesota, June 14-16, 2001


Keynote Speaker: Considering Meaning at the Margins, at Conversations: A National Gathering of Senior Ministers of the United Church of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio, April 22-25, 2001


Lecture: Considering the Legacy of Ella Baker: What’s Love Got to Do with It? The Fifth Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 5, 2001

Lecture: Women of Faith in the Civil Rights Movement, The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series, Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina, February 27-28, 2001


Keynote Speaker: Women and the Word 2000, Finding Voice, Constructing Theology, Embodying

Witness, Women in Ministry Conference, Boston University School of Theology, The Anna Howard Shaw Center, Boston, Massachusetts, March 30-31, 2000


Lecture: Is there Any Hope for Participatory Democracy: Modest Reflections on the Role of Religion in the 21st Century, Opening Convocation and Installation to the McVay Chair in Christian Ethics, United Theological Seminary, New Brighton, Minnesota, September 28, 1999


Lecture: Practicing Redemption and Reconciliation as Faithfulness: The Church Responding to God’s Call, at Christ in Our Midst: An Ecumenical Conference on Environmental Justice Ministries in the Church in the 21st Century, Eco-Justice Working Group, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, North Park University, Chicago, Illinois, May 13-16, 1999


Lecture: From Civil Rights to Civic Participation, Annual Charles Copher Faculty Lectures,

Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, March 24, 1999


Keynote Address: Inverting the Pyramid: Responding to Problems of Violence, Racism, and

Xenophobia in the Lives of Women, “Journeying Toward Justice and Peace . . . Beyond the Decade,” Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta and Georgia Christian Council Celebration, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Decade – Churches in Solidarity with Women, Grace United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, September 27, 1998


Lecture: Valuing Practices of Our Moral Exemplars: Presenting Options for African American

Youth, James A. Gray Annual Endowment Symposium, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, November 16, 1995



PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Convener: Images of Women in Art and Film, Women and Religion Section, Annual Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, San Diego, California, November 17-20, 2007


Panelist: Fifty Years Later: The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, inaugural Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. Consultation, Annual Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, Washington, District of Columbia, November 18-21, 2006


Convener: African Religion and Women’s Agency, Women and Religion Section, Annual Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, Washington, District of Columbia, November 18-21, 2006


Breakfast with an Author Book Session: Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights, by Rosetta E. Ross, Annual Meeting, The Society of Christian Ethics, Miami, Florida, January 6-9, 2005


Paper: Combatting AIDS as Religious Activism: The Case of Pernessa Seele, Panel Dialogue Among Womanist, Mujerista, Asian, and Native American Women on the Impact of HIV/AIDS Both Nationally and Internationally, Annual Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, Texas, November 20-23, 2004


Opening Plenary Panelist: Theme - Liberation in the Academy, The Society for Pastoral Theology, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, June 17-19, 2004


Convener: The Mis-Religion of Black Liberation Theology, annual lecture presented by William Jones, The Society for the Study of Black Religion, Annual Meeting, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, March 25-27, 2004


Paper: Womanist Reflections on Agape: Is There Something More to Say?  Upper Midwest Regional Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 25-27, 2003


Presenter: Critical Book Reflection on Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility, by Stephen Ray, Annual Meeting, The Society for the Study of Black Religion, Arlington, Virginia, March 27-29, 2003


Paper: Religion and Grassroots Leadership in South Carolina: The Case of Victoria Way DeLee, presented at Sisters in Struggle: Honoring Women Veterans of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Fifth Annual Women’s History Conference, Sara Lawrence College, Yonkers, New York, March 7-8, 2003


Convener: The Privacy of Personal Information: An Analysis from Christian Social Ethics, a paper by Deirdre King Hainsworth, Annual Meeting, The Society for Christian Ethics, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, January 10-13, 2002


Convener: Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group, Annual Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, Denver, Colorado, November 17-21, 2001


Response: Are We Moving Toward Something? a response to Building Bridges over Rivers of Change: What Do We Do in an Introduction to Christian Ethics? a paper by Elizabeth Bounds and Melissa Snarr, Forty-second Annual Meeting, The Society of Christian Ethics, Chicago, Illinois, January 5-7, 2001


Response: Continuing to Make Crazy Quilts, a response to A ‘Back to Climb’: Clara Muhammad and Female Social Activism within the Nation of Islam, a paper by Debra Washington Mubashir, 2001 Upper Midwest Regional Conference, American Academy of Religion/Society for Biblical Literature, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 20-21, 2001


Paper: Black Women, Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement: The Case of Ella Baker, Annual Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, Nashville, Tennessee, November 18-21, 2000


Paper: Women of Faith – Women of Change: Women and Religion in South Carolina, sponsored by Columbia College Women’s Studies Program, The Center on Religion in the South, and Partners in Dialogue, Columbia, South Carolina, March 26-27, 1999


Paper: The Civil Rights Movement, Religion, and Contemporary Civic Life: What Is Our Response to the Least of These? 1999 United Methodist Women of Color Consultation, Celebrate, Affirm, Transform, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, October 15-17, 1999


Convener: Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group, Annual Meeting, The American Academy Academy of Religion, Orlando, Florida, November 21-24, 1998


Panelist: Reshaping the Moral Vision of the Black Church, 1998 Consultation of Black Scholars in Religion, New Covenant Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida, November 20, 1998


Panel Moderator: Workshop on Social Justice, Annual Meeting, The Society of Christian Ethics,

Atlanta, Georgia, January 9-11, 1998


Paper: Witnessing and Testifying: Womanism, (Sexual) Difference, and Black Churches, Annual

Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, California, November 21-25, 1997


Respondent: Charles Copher Lecture, The Faith Community as Listener in the Era of Cyberspace, by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, March 19,1997


Respondent: Extending Boundaries of Flexibility for Women in African Religions, Annual Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 23-26, 1996


Respondent: What Are the Challenges to the Church Becoming Open to and Affirming of

Homosexuals? a lecture by Dr. Elias Farajaje-Jones, Annual Religious Emphasis Week and Eleventh Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. College of Ministers and Laity, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, March 31-31, 1996


Paper: Taking Charge: The Value and Meaning of Womanist Dispositions, Annual Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, Chicago, Illinois, November 19-22, 1994


Panelist: Reclaiming Them from Marginality: Telling the Life Stories of Black Women Activists,

Twentieth Annual Meeting, The Georgia Association of Historians, Carrollton, Georgia, April 2-3, 1993


Paper: Grassroots Charisma: Civil Rights Activism of Victoria Way DeLee, Annual Meeting,

The American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, California, November 21-24, 1992


Respondent: Inaugural Granville Hicks Lecture, The Meaning of Theology, by Bishop James S. Thomas, Claflin College, Orangeburg, South Carolina, October 19-20, 1992


Paper: Womanist Work: Civil Rights Activism, Self-Actualization, and the Transformation of

Community Consciousness, Annual Meeting, The American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-20, 1990


Paper: Whose Community of Memory? The Challenge of African American Religious

Communities to the Public Church, Annual Meeting, The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Virginia Beach, Virginia, November 8-11, 1990


Paper: Responsible Politics: Sekou Toure’s Perspectives on African Independence, 75th Annual

Meeting, The Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Chicago, Illinois, October 24-28, 1990


Paper: Caring Public Policy: Political Priorities and Resource Allocation, Women’s Studies Colloquium, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, September 26, 1990


Respondent: The Rhetoric of Religion, a panel, 74th Annual Meeting, The Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Dayton, Ohio, October 4-8, 1989


Paper: Womanist Reflections on the Creation Story: Genesis 2:4b-3:24 as Myth, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, Atlanta, Georgia, March 10-12, 1989


Paper: Civil Rights Activity of Victoria Way DeLee, 1947-1967: Influences and Accomplishments, Trailblazers and Torchbearers: Women in the Civil Rights Movement, a conference jointly sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Non-violent Social Change and Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, October 12-15, 1988


OTHER PRESENTATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Invited Participant: Teaching Scholars/Changing Models, a conference jointly sponsored by Yale Divinity School and Union Theological Seminary, May 24-27, 2007


Bible Study Leader: Drawing from the Well, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, The United Methodist Church, February 21-24, 2007, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Workshop: The Status of Racial and Ethnic Clergywomen, 2006 International United Methodist Clergywomen’s Consultation, Chicago, Illinois, August 13-17, 2006


Lecturer: Reclaiming Prophetic Ministry, 19th Biennial Session, National Convocation, Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Detroit Michigan, July 28-August 1, 2006


U.S. Minorities Delegate, General Assembly, Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 23-27, 2006


U.S. Minorities Delegate, Women’s Commission, Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 21-22, 2006


Seminar Participant: Women, Law, Politics and Culture in the African Diaspora, UNCF/Mellon Faculty Seminar, Kumasi and Accra, Ghana, July 8-20, 2005


Speaker: Women in the Civil Rights Movement, Upper School Assembly, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Georgia, February 11, 2005


Convocation Lecture: Raising the Bar, or “Everything Is Everything,” Sophomore Student Assembly, Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, February 3, 2005


Leader: Economics, Poverty, and Class - Ethical Issues that Confront the Church, a workshop presentation at Granville Hicks Leadership Academy for Laity and Clergy, Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, February 3-5, 2005


Leader: Black Women in the 21st Century: Our History, Our Challenges, Our Lives, and Our Hope, a workshop for women jointly sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and St. James United Methodist Church, Darlington, South Carolina, April 3, 2004


Leader: God’s Calling for Church Leaders: How Do We Live in Covenant Relationship? a workshop for church leaders, St. James United Methodist Church, Darlington, South Carolina, April 2, 2004


Speaker: Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Spring, 2004 Opening Convocation, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, January 22, 2004


Mentor: Being Black/Teaching Black, A Two-Year Seminar Exploring Teaching Practices of African American Religious Scholars, funded by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, a program of The Lilly Foundation, Fall, 2003 to Summer, 2005


Preacher: History, Faith, and Hope: Living for Things Not Seen, Service of Racial Confession and Repentance, Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, May 29, 2003


Participant: 2003 Luce Consultation on Theological Scholarship, The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 2-4, 2003


Leader: Black Women and the Civil Rights Movement, a workshop for Covenant Baptist Church, Washington, District of Columbia, April 5, 2003


Participant: Consultation for Racial/Ethnic Members of Association of Theological Schools Committees, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 13-14, 2003


Book Discussion Leader: Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights, North Commons YWCA, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2003


Theologian in Residence: “Religion and the Civil Rights Movement,” First Presbyterian Church, South St. Paul, Minnesota, November to December, 2002, January to February, 2003


Panelist: Thriving in Seminary as Associate Professors, Roundtable Seminar for Newly Appointed Faculty in Theological Education, The Association of Theological Schools, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 25-27, 2002


Seminar Participant: Black and Hispanic Dialogue: Our Congregations, Our Classrooms, Our Collaboration, The Association of Theological Schools, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 4-6, 2002


Consultation Participant: Leadership for In-Between Times from In-Between Places, a seminar of The Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Collegeville, Minnesota, August 1-7, 2002


Seminar Leader: The Church and Bioethics, The Fund for Theological Education 2002 Summer Conference on Excellence in Ministry, St. Johns University, Collegeville, Minnesota, June 20-23, 2002


Leader: Dotting All “I”s and Crossing All “T”s, annual winter retreat, African American Clergywomen, South Carolina Conference, The United Methodist Church, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, January 27-29, 2002


Seminar Participant: Racial/Ethnic Faculty Members in Predominantly White ATS Member Schools, The Association of Theological Schools, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October, 2002


Leader: Introduction to Womanist Theology, a six-week course of study, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, Fall, 2001


Team Member: United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, The Lexington Seminar: Theological Teaching for the Church’s Ministries, Northeast Harbor, Maine, June 7-12, 2001


Panelist: “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” An Ecumenical/Interfaith Forum, jointly sponsored by the International Leadership Institute, Hamline University, Luther Seminary, and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 9, 2001.


Leader: Introduction to Black Theology, a six-week course of study, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, February 5-March 12, 2001


Faculty: Expanding Horizons Summer Conference, Fund for Theological Education, Howard University Divinity School, Washington, District of Columbia, June 2-4, 2000


Leader: Bishop’s School of Ministry, Leadership for the 21st Century, South Carolina Conference, The United Methodist Church, Springmaid Beach, South Carolina, October 19-21, 1999


Theology Faculty: Black Congregational Studies Institute, ITC/FaithFactor, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta Georgia, June 24-19, 1999


Faculty: Expanding Horizons Summer Conference, Fund for Theological Education, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, June 4-6, 1999


Leader: Black Religion, Sexuality, and Public Policy, a workshop, Southern Regional Black

Religious Summit on Sexuality, The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, April 29, 1999


Panelist/Discussion Leader: Kwanzaa, A Model for the New Millennium, Shrine of the Black

Madonna Lecture Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, December 29, 1998


Moderator: Choice Matters Ministries for Parents and Youth, Fifth Annual Parent and Youth Convocation, Choice Matters: The Future Begins Today, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, November 15, 1997


Teacher: Introduction to Christian Theology, Six-Week Study, Cascade United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, September 23-0ctober 28, 1997


Lecture: Womanist Theology, Feminist and Womanist Theologies Seminar, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, September 25, 1997


Lecture: Womanish, Womanist, and Womanism: Christian Women Taking Charge, Women’s

Week Celebration, Second Baptist Church, Aiken, South Carolina, May 12, 1997


Discussion Leader: The Good Book by Peter Gomes, Clergy Retreat, Cascade United Methodist Church, Simpsonwood Conference Center, Norcross, Georgia, April 18-19, 1997


Panelist/Guest Faculty: Diversity and Solidarity, Pacific, Asian North American, Asian Women in Theology and Ministry Conference (PANAAWTM), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, March 14-16, 1996


Presenter: Hospitality and Xenophobia: Ethical Reflections on Contemporary U.S. Sentiments Toward Immigrants, National Council of Churches of Christ – Ecumenical Networks Consultation, Building Hospitable Communities: Confronting Bias, Countering Xenophobia, Simpsonwood Conference Center, Norcross, Georgia, May 12-14, 1996


Leader: Contemporary Trends in Black Church Growth and Worship: Implications for

Community, Church, and Academy, annual symposium workshop, International Society of Theta Phi, The Interdenominational Theological Center, March 22, 1996


Panelist: What Does It Mean to Be Black and Christian: Pulpit, Pew, and Academy in Dialogue,

regional dialogue sponsored by Kelly Miller Smith Institute, Vanderbilt University and Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, February 17, 1996


Bible Study Leader: Economic Development and Covenant Relationship, Religious Enrichment Week, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, January 15-21, 1996


Leader: Exploring Our Identity and Progress as a Covenant Community, a leadership training workshop, Brookgreen Charge, South Carolina Conference, The United Methodist Church, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, November 3-4, 1995


Seminar Participant: Enhancing Your Role as a Minority Scholar, The Association of Theological Schools, San Antonio, Texas, February, 1995


Leader: Hillside - A Time for Unity and Commitment, Hillside Presbyterian Church 36th Annual Retreat, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia, October 7-9, 1994


Presenter: Women’s Ways of Reflecting: Womanist and Feminist Perspectives onEthical

Decisionmaking, Didactic for Basic Clinical Pastoral Education Interns, Emory University Hospitals, Center for Rehabilitative Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, August 5, 1994


Panelist: Church Women and Civil Rights, July 31st Session, Roots and Branches Folk Arts

Festival, The National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, July 28-August 7, 1994


Leader: Ethics and African American Youth, workshop for teens, Black Methodists for Church Renewal Annual Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, April 23-24, 1993


Leader: Ethical Issues Related to Covenants, Ethnic Minority Local Church Pastors’ School Workshop, South Carolina Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church, Claflin College, Orangeburg, South Carolina, June 22-24, 1992


Seminar Participant: Ethics: The Future of the Corporation, The Aspen Institute, Queenstown, Maryland, November 14-17, 1991


Lecture: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement, Ethics and Civil Rights Seminar, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, September 27, 1991


Panelist: Racism and Non-violence, a discussion of Spike Lee’s Film, “Do the Right Thing,” King Week Celebration, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, January, 1990


Leader: Spiritual and Psychological Issues Facing Black Women of the l990s, a workshop, Sisterhood for Higher Education Retreat, Decatur, Georgia, January, 1990


Leader: Liturgical Seasons and Colors, annual retreat workshop, Fort Street United Methodist Church, Dalonega, Georgia, August, 1989


Bible Study: Book of John, Fort Street United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, June, 1989


Observer: Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians Dialogue, Third World Women in Third World Context/Third World Women in First World Context, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, May 4-9, 1989


Intern: Trinity United Methodist Church Shelter for the Homeless, September, 1988-April, 1989, Atlanta, Georgia


Leader: History of Methodism, annual retreat workshop, Fort Street United Methodist Church Helen, Georgia, August, 1988


Leader: Christian Education Curriculum Resources, a workshop, Columbia District Annual Meeting, South Carolina Conference, The United Methodist Church, Columbia, South Carolina, February, 1985


Dean: Christian Workers School for Black Churches, Columbia District, South Carolina Conference, The United Methodist Church, Columbia, South Carolina, February, 1984


Project Leader: Agricultural Work Team, Operation Crossroads Africa, The Gambia, West Africa, Summer, 1982


MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICE

(Current)

American Academy of Religion, Academic Relations Committee, 2008-

Black Theology: An International Journal, Editorial Board, 2007-

Women in Religion, American Academy of Religion, Steering Committee, 2004- 

Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, 1999-

Society for the Study of Black Religion, Treasurer, 2004-2007

United Methodist Women of Color Doctoral Fellows, Mentor, 2000-

Doctoral Programs Advisory Committee, The Fund for Theological Education

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars

Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology


(Previous)

Faith Journey: Partnership in Parish Ministry Formation, Co-Partner, 2005-2007

Fund for Theological Education, Advisory Committee, Search for VP for Advancement, 2006

Urban Theological Institute (ITC), Co-Chair Advisory Board, 2005-2006

Afro-American Religious History, American Academy of Religion, Steering Comm., 2004-06

American Academy of Religion, Committee, Career Guide for Racial/Ethnic Minorities, 2005

Martin’s Park Community Association Board of Directors, Vice President, 2005

Fund for Theological Education/United Methodist PLSE Advisory Board, 2004-2005

Women in Leadership Advisory Committee, The Association of Theological Schools, 2002-04

Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society, The American Academy of Religion, Steering

Committee, 1997-2002, Co-convener, 1999-2002

African American Approaches to Christian Ethics, The Society of Christian Ethics, Co-convener, 1999-2003

Nokomis East (Minneapolis) Neighborhood Association Housing Committee, 1999-2003

Bioethics Task Force, Board of Church and Society, the United Methodist Church, 2000-02

Atlanta Area Black Scholars in Religion, Convener, 1997-1999

The Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, 1993-1997

The Association of Black Women Historians, 1993-1997, Treasurer, 1995-97

National Council of Churches, Americorps Black Church EAO Advisory Board , Chair, 1998-99

Coming Out of Homelessness, Atlanta, Georgia, Board of Directors, 1995-1999

Candler School of Theology, Student Black Church Studies Committee Chair, 1987-89

The Family Shelter, Columbia, South Carolina, Board of Directors, 1984-86

Asbury Hills United Methodist Camp, Cleveland, South Carolina, Board of Directors, 1984-86



MINISTERIAL ORDERS

Ordained Elder, Full Member, South Carolina Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church