Rev. Tawnicia Ferguson Rowan will be teaching Womanist Theology starting this Fall term, August 10 – October 18, 2022. Rev. Tawnicia is an Assistant Professor of English and Religion at Florida Memorial University, a published author, a licensed minister with the Universal Foundation for Better Living, and a faculty member at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College, a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts degree in English from Vanderbilt University. In 2022, she was selected as a fellow of the 9 th Annual Black Leadership and Theology Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Rev. Tawnicia serves in the Spiritual Education Ministry at the Universal Truth Center in Miami, Florida, where she and her husband have been members since 1999. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Dade County Chapter of The Links, Inc., and the Miami Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. Rev. Tawnicia is passionate about good writing, spiritual activism, and womanist thought. She is the founder of Well-Written Words, LLC, an organization focused on uplifting people through literacy.

About the Class: The word womanist was coined by Alice Walker and defined in her book In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens (1983). It offers the language and space for Black and brown women to confront the intersecting challenges of racism, sexism, and classism. Womanism as an approach to daily life centers Black and brown women’s cultures, traditions, perspectives, and voices. Womanist theology brings that same lens to the study of spirituality and religion. This class is a 10-week introduction to the groundbreaking scholarly and creative work of the womanist theologians, biblical scholars, and ethicists who insist that Black and brown women’s experiences, too, are legitimate entry points for examining divine activity in the manifest world.

It is with gratitude that we welcome Rev. Tawnicia and this class to our UUMS family!

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