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Book Study: Pioneer Black Clergywomen – Zoom

May 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on [day], repeating until May 27, 2021

A study on the book, Pioneer Black Clergywomen, will be held online via Zoom each Thursday at 7 PM in the month of May (6, 13, 20, 27). Join us for a time of stories, discussion, and learning with special speakers such as Rev. Dr. Josephine Whitely-Fields and Rev. Dr. Tara Sutton.

To register for the book study, contact Rev. Dr. Jennifer Jue ([email protected]) or Rev. Jonathan Combs ([email protected]) to receive the Zoom link.

The book is available for purchase from Cokesbury, Amazon, and other book retailers.

About the book: Josephine Whitely-Fields is the author of the book, Pioneer Black Clergywomen, that shares the stories of nine Black clergywomen across the denomination. Their stories are inspiring illustrations of the Holy Spirit at work in those who said yes to ordained ministry. Black clergywomen have endured many challenges and injustices in the predominately White male vocation. However, they have also experienced accomplishments and victories, despite the opposition, that were made possible by the intervening power of God through prayer, hard work, perseverance, and the efforts of other people of faith. The United Methodist Church seeks to strengthen its commitment to dismantle racism, but the question still remains, “How will the specific dismantling of racism, sexism, ageism, classism, and economic discrimination, against Black clergywomen, be addressed?”

Stories in the book include: Bishop Linda Lee, Rev. Dr. Josephine Whitely-Fields, Rev. Dr. Tara Sutton, Bishop Tracy Malone, Rev. Cheryl Bell, Bishop Sharma Lewis, Rev. Edna Morgan, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Rev. Ella DeDeaux

To learn more, read this article previously shared in the MIConnect here

Facilitator bios: Rev. Dr. Jennifer Jue and Rev. Jonathan Combs will co-lead the book group. Rev. Dr. Jue is lead pastor at Jackson: Brookside UMC and Trinity UMC (and supervising pastor at Calvary UMC). She is the Secretary officer for the Michigan Conference UMC’s Committee on Asian American Ministries (COAAM). Rev. Combs is the lead pastor at Garden City First UMC and New Day UMC. He is Vice Chair of Michigan Conference UMC’s Black Methodists for Church Revival (BMCR) and Vice Chair of Black Clergy Caucus. Rev. Dr. Jue and Rev. Combs have personal and professional experiences with cross-racial cross-cultural pastoral appointments in The United Methodist Church.


May 27, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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