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"No matter their ethnic backgrounds, each of these women cares about changing the world through justice making. . . . These sermons reflect that human needs and concerns cross social, class, ethnic, and racial divides." —from the Introduction by Valerie Bridgeman Davis
When Those PreachinΓÇÖ Women was introduced in 1985, it proudly presented the sermons of fourteen African American women who stood as "symbols of a courageous new generation of black women ministers." Each successive volume in the series featured greater numbers of women, from a broader variety of ministries and vocations
.Now, Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection appears at the urging of women who have been encouraged in their ministries by the previous contributors. As in earlier volumes, these women reflect many church traditions and various ministry settings, and this time they also represent the rich ethnic diversity of the United States in the twenty-first century, including:
• African American• Cuban• Native American• European American• Puerto Rican• South Korean• South Vietnamese• West Indian
Brought together by the "dean of black women preachers" herself, Rev. Dr. Ella P. Mitchell, this treasure trove includes the "unfettered, creative exchange of sacred rhetoric" by God's women from every tribe, nation, and language group. Prepare to be inspired, moved, and challenged!
The Rev. Dr. Ella P. Mitchell (1918-2008) was a teacher, preacher, devoted wife, mother and outstanding author. She is known as the "dean of Black women preachers." Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Mitchell graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she met her husband Dr. Henry H. Mitchell, with whom she has ministered for over sixty years. Together, they have served as co-mentors in the Doctor of Ministry Program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and were founders of the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies in Los Angeles. Dr. Ella was the first woman Dean of Sisters Chapel at Spelman College and also taught at the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the School of Theology at Claremont. Dr. Mitchell was the editor of five volumes of the series, Those Preaching Women, and, with her husband, completed their joint autobiography, Together for Good, which shares the secret to lasting love and friendship. In October of 2007 she celebrated her ninetieth birthday surrounded by family and friends on a birthday cruise.
Valerie Bridgeman Davis, PhD, MDiv, is associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Preaching & Worship at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is a performing artist and widely published poet. Rev. Dr. Davis is ordained by the Church of God (Anderson, IN).
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