Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a clinical psychologist, womanist theologian and ecumenical minister whose work focuses upon healing the legacies of racial and gender oppression. She is the author of I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation and Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength. She is professor of practical theology and pastoral care at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Are White Christians ready for Black women’s voices?

Black women in theological and ecclesial spaces are what sociologist Patricia Hill Collins refers to as “the outsider within.” These spaces were not built for our leadership. They were designed to be organized and controlled by men, often White men in particular. Black women exist within these spaces but often never fully as insiders.