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Religions 2017, 8(9), 175; doi:10.3390/rel8090175

Black Lesbians to the Rescue! A Brief Correction with Implications for Womanist Christian Theology and Womanist Buddhology

Pastoral Care and Counseling and Interreligious Chaplaincy, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 3000 5th Street, New Brighton, MN 55112, USA
Received: 14 July 2017 / Revised: 18 August 2017 / Accepted: 22 August 2017 / Published: 1 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Race and Religion: New Approaches to African American Religions)
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Foundational Black Womanist Christian Theology has suffered from the focus on Alice Walker’s 1983 four-part womanist definition at the exclusion of her 1979 short story, Coming Apart. The focus on the 1983 definition and the exclusion of Coming Apart has left an invisbilizing effect on the centrality of reliance on African-American lesbian literature and wisdom in womanist Christian methodology. The invisibilization can be corrected, in part, through interpolating Coming Apart with the 1983 definition, utilizing a Black Buddhist lesbian Womanist hermeneutic, and additional Womanist engagement in Womanist Consultations. This correction has implications for Christian theologies that may be heterosexist, homophobic, and patriarchal, Biblical interpretation, preaching, and epistemological processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: African-American; black; Buddhism; Christian; ethics; hermeneutics; Lesbian; theology; Womanist African-American; black; Buddhism; Christian; ethics; hermeneutics; Lesbian; theology; Womanist
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Yetunde, P.A. Black Lesbians to the Rescue! A Brief Correction with Implications for Womanist Christian Theology and Womanist Buddhology. Religions 2017, 8, 175.

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