• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Singing the Song of the Exile: A Womanist Exploration of Psalm 137


    What does it mean to sing the songs of Zion while in exile? the Psalmist asked famously in the 137th Psalm. And that same question occasionally arises for Black Women in our political, social, and even church context. This webinar will explore what it means to own the reality of dislocation and exile and the ways that singing and worship sustain and ground us in times of displacement and dis-ease.

    Webinar Highlights
    1. Womanist interpretation recognizes the importance of Black women's perspectives for reading and understanding.
    2. The biblical stories of exile resonate with my experience of being a Black woman in the United States.
    3. The tension between being at home and not being at home is central.
    4.  In Psalm 137, the question is not whether to sing the Lord's song but how.
    5. Make room for anger.
    6. Affirm the remembering of the truest sense of home.
    7. Hope and resistance go together.

    Speaker: Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan
    The Rev. Leslie D. Callahan Ph.D. is the fifth pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. Having earned degrees from Harvard University, Union Theological Seminary, and Princeton University, before her call to St. Paul’s, Pastor Callahan taught African American religious history at the University of Pennsylvania and New York Theological Seminary. Her chief joy is being the proud parent of 9-year-old Annabelle.

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