Friday, December 22, 2006

Dr. Renita Weems is Coming to Louisville

By: Paula McCraney
President, NCNW - Louisville Section

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc./Louisville Section will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Breakfast on Saturday, January 13, 2007. The event will take place at the Galt House in the Archibald Room, from 9 AM - 11 AM. The keynote speaker for the celebration is the Rev. Dr. Renita Weems

Dr. Renita J. Weems is the author of several widely-acclaimed books on women's spirituality and wholeness, Just A Sister Away (1987/1st Edition), I Asked for Intimacy (1995), and Showing Mary: How Women Can Share Prayers, Wisdom, and the Blessings of God (2003), What Matters Most (Ten Passionate Lessons from the Song of Solomon (2004). Her latest book, Just A Sister Away (2nd Edition) was released in November, 2005.

Dr. Weems has spoken at national and international religious, civic and sorority gatherings, local churches, community-wide events, and on radio and television programs. Her work as a scholar and a religious thinker has led to invitations to serve as a panelist for Bill Moyer’s 1995 PBS award-winning “Genesis Project,” for various A&E, BBC, and Hallmark cable programs on topics as wide ranging as miracles in the Bible, women in the Bible, and religion and politics. Her latest appearance was on “FlashPoints USA” with Bryan Gumbel and Gwen Ifill on the role of religion in politics, government, and public life.

Ordained an elder in the Methodist tradition, Dr. Weems has written about the waxing and waning of faith all believers endure on the spiritual journey. Her 1999 book, Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey through Silence and Doubt (Simon & Schuster), won the Religious Communicators’ Council’s prestigious 1999 Wilbur Award for “excellence in communicating spiritual values to the secular media”.

She earned her undergraduate degree (BA) from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, and her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Weems taught from 1987-04 on the divinity faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN as a professor of Hebrew Bible. She served as the William and Camille Cosby Visiting Professor of Humanities at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA (2003-05).

Tickets are $30 each/$240 per table. Tickets can be obtained by calling 295-9188, or by e-mailing request to me at Deadline for ticket purchases is Monday, January 8. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

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On this Blog I have posted a list of suggested books by Black authors. Stony The Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation, edited by Cain Hope Felder is one of them. I read Stony from cover to cover and was amazed. Dr. Renita Reems, and other black Ph.D. scholars present this book in a way that challenges the intellectual and captivates the average Christian. Check out my January 3rd review of Stony The Road We Trod, and consider adding this textbook to your library today! It is a must-read for the serious-minded student of the Word of God.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!


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