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This collection of sermons reflects the women throughout history who refused to stay silent in the face of injustice, beginning with Coretta Scott King and other contemporary women. Then, drawing from examples of women in the Bible, we'll learn from women who are unafraid to ask for what they want and need, even in disempowering situations.
The Reverend Melanie C. Jones is a womanist ethicist, millennial preacher, and intellectual activist. Melanie joined the Union Presbyterian Seminary faculty as Instructor of Ethics, Theology and Culture and Inaugural Director of the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership in fall 2019. Formerly, Melanie served as the 2018-19 Crump Visiting Professor and Black Religious Scholar-in-Residence at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX, and Lecturer at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX, American Baptist College in Nashville, TN, Chicago Theological Seminary, and The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Melanie’s research probes the scripting of the body in theology and philosophy that fosters religious, cultural, and moral meaning for the present with particular attention to Black women’s body politics. For her distinguished research, Melanie has received notable fellowships and scholarships, including The Forum for Theological Exploration, The Louisville Institute, Wabash Center, and Villanova University Center for Church Management. Melanie is a thinking woman of faith embodying radical love and revolutionary justice in the academy, Church, and global community. As a global leader serving professional societies and international boards, Melanie is Co-Founder of The Millennial Womanism Project (TMWP) — an enterprise committed to enhancing the well-being of Black millennial women of faith and justice and fostering trans-generational womanist dialogue. A third-generation ordained Baptist preacher and sought-after lecturer, Melanie is an emerging millennial voice with noted academic and popular publications as well as features on television, radio, and news outlets.
Women's Empowerment - Sermon 1: Nevertheless, She Persisted
Why should we persist in the face of injustice? Drawing from Coretta Scott King's story, and other contemporary women who refused to stay silent in the face of injustice, we see parallels with Jesus' parable of the widow who got good results because of her persistence. Based on Luke 18:1-8.
Women's Empowerment - Sermon 2: Ask for What You Want
How can we ask for what we need in difficult situations? Caleb's daughter Acsah who asks for what she needs in order to survive and thrive in the midst of a disempowering situation. Persistence, position, and petition are used by women to help themselves and their families. Based on Joshua 15:18-19.
Women's Empowerment - Sermon 3: I Have Seen the Lord
Does Jesus call women to ministry? Jesus makes it clear throughout his ministry that women are called to do God's work as his disciples. He affirms women in ministry, and Jesus' ministry to the marginalized is central to his work. Based on John 20:1-2, 10-18.