#TrustBlackWomen — April 25, 2022

This issue has been turned over to Black women to highlight and center the voices of these trustworthy leaders, scholars, theologians, writers and artists. Framed by the barrier-breaking leadership of Katie Geneva Cannon, contributors highlight issues of representation, call for rest as a form of resistance and advocate for the needs of Black women and girls. The call of this issue is the call of the faithful: trust Black women. Listen to them. Learn from them. Honor them.

God of the Black woman Cole Arthur Riley, liturgist and author, writes a prayer to the God of the Black woman.

Trust your voice Rev. Patricia Bligen Jones remembers what her foremothers taught her about self-worth, and how she, and other Black women, have to fight to value themselves.

What we mean when we say #TrustBlackWomen Outlook’s Shani McIlwain sits down with the Disparities Experienced by Black Women and Girls Task Force to debrief their silent protest at the 2020 General Assembly and why their work and voices are needed in the PC(USA).

Are White Christians ready for Black women’s voices? Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes reflects on the pressures Black women experience and the need for true White allyship.

Rest as resistance and refuge Activist, artist, and public theologian Tricia Hersey looks at the radical biblical instruction to rest and how claiming it can be a form of resistance.