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God is a Black woman / Christena Cleveland, PhD.

"In this timely, much-needed book, theologian, social psychologist, and activist Christena Cleveland recounts her personal journey to dismantle the cultural "whitemalegod" and uncover the Sacred Black Feminine, introducing a Black Female God who imbues us with hope, healing, and liberating presence. For years, Christena Cleveland spoke about racial reconciliation to congregations, justice organizations, and colleges. But she increasingly felt she could no longer trust in the God she'd been implicitly taught to worship--a white male God who preferentially empowered white men despite his claim to love all people. A God who clearly did not relate to, advocate for, or affirm a Black woman like Christena. Her crisis of faith sent her on an intellectual and spiritual journey through history and across France, on a 400-mile walking pilgrimage to the ancient shrines of Black Madonnas to find healing in the Sacred Black Feminine. God Is a Black Woman is the chronicle of her liberating transformation and a critique of a society shaped by white patriarchal Christianity and culture. Christena reveals how America's collective idea of God as a white man has perpetuated hurt, hopelessness, and racial and gender oppression. Integrating her powerful personal story, womanist ideology, as well as theological, historical, and social science research, she invites us to take seriously the truth that God is not white nor male and gives us a new and hopeful path for connecting with the divine and honoring the sacredness of all Black people"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780062988799
  • ISBN: 0062988794
  • Physical Description: 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes study guide.
Release date February 14, 2023.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [255]-261).
Formatted Contents Note:
She who is worth seeking at all costs -- In God we can't trust : the problem with whitemalegod -- She who guides us along the freedom path -- God of the gag reflex : whitemalegod's disgust for human need -- She who cherishes our hot mess -- God of bulimia : whitemalegod's war on our bodies -- She whose thick thighs save lives -- Machiavellian monster : whitemalegod's liturgy of fear -- She who loves by letting go -- God of white women -- She who is unapologetically Black -- She who has the final word.
Subject: God (Christianity)
Femininity of God.
African Americans > Religion.
Black Madonnas.
Black theology.
Womanist theology.
Feminism > Religious aspects.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Status Due Date Courses
RACC New - BT153.M6 C49 2023 (Text) 33624024976134 New Checked Out 07/08/2024

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