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Expanding Horizons

by | Jul 15, 2021

 

July 25, 2021

10:30 am via You Tube Video Link

Seminarian Chastity Jones

 

  
Chastity will reflect on the patriarchal traditions of Christian theology and how to decolonize our faith! Traditionally the Holy Trinity is associated with maleness (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  However, this week, we will reimagine the Holy Trinity in a way that elevates the Divine Feminine, challenges how we relate to the divine, and explores the connections between the many facets of the Holy in various traditions.
 

Chastity is a new mom with a beautiful baby girl named Lola and is in the graduate degree program at Boston University School of Theology in their Master of Divinity program. Originally from Louisiana and raised in an evangelical protestant tradition, since leaving home to go to college chastity has cultivated her long interest in Black women’s health launching yoga programs in Seattle and Boston.  She became a Krista Colleague while a Community Organizer at Faith Action Network in Seattle and in Global Ministries in the United Methodist Church. Now a divinity student at Boston University she is considering ordination.  

 
Chastity recently launched Fourth Wave Revolution in an attempt to educate and decolonize ( facebook.com/fourthwaverev and patreon.com/fourthwave ) !  Fourth Wave Revolution was created to transform racial justice work by introducing colonialism as the origin of racism into the conversation.  By understanding colonialism, we are better equipped to dismantle white supremacy.  As a Black woman, currently decolonizing her mind, Chastity embraces her context unapologetically. Therefore, she centers Black Liberation and Womanist theologies to explore the intersection of racism, religion, and spirituality through accessible education.
 
For the last five years, Chastity has pursued her activist work in various ways: sermons, adult Sunday schools, workshops, individual and collective consulting, yoga and mindfulness, support groups, and more!  It was her hope to one day give birth to a movement that would transform the way we engage in anti-oppression and anti-racism work while maintaining and furthering our own self-recovery. Her papers presented to academic religious conferences (The American Academy of Religion) are receiving highly favorable responses.  She’s also very interested in understanding how traditional African-oriented practices in spirituality are shunned often within the black church community.  She considers herself a Womanist theologian, a decolonizer, and a liberationist.
 
 
 
 

Virtual Social Hour

After our Sunday morning livestream service, you’re invited to our Virtual Social Hour on Zoom, starting at 11:30am, or as soon as the Sunday service ends.

To log on after the service, click this link: https://zoom.us/j/93241794876? Please refer to your Bell Notes for the passcode.