Because the recipient of Duke College Chapel’s C. Eric Lincoln Theology and Arts Fellowship this 12 months, Duke Divinity College scholar Kaiya Jennings will current an exhibition of audio recordings and images documenting the testimonies of Black girls pastors.
The exhibition, “On the Shoulders of Our Sisters!”, will likely be obtainable for viewing within the chapel and on the chapel’s website starting Sunday, Could 23. To view it in-person, sign up to spend time in the chapel during available hours.
A Baptist workers pastor, Jennings is enrolled within the Divinity College’s physician of ministry program, whereas additionally working as an adjunct professor and religion and repair coordinator at Wesleyan Faculty in Macon, Georgia. She grew up in Suffolk, Virginia, the place she was formed by the ministry and care of Black girls pastors in her group.
“There are numerous devoted African American girls in Virginia, who’ve been referred to as and affirmed to pastor church buildings or to steer as workers pastors and group liaisons, despite the fact that they face a lot opposition attributable to race, gender, and sexuality,” she stated. “This exhibition will present how African American clergywomen are main and dwelling out their callings inside the church and the group.”
“It’s my need that by means of this exhibition, individuals will have the ability to see themselves within the tales and work of those Black clergywomen in such a manner that it challenges their religion and grows their love for all humanity,” she stated. “It’s going to present how, regardless of the obstacles which have tried to dam them, these girls are nonetheless standing, main and urgent to construct a extra inclusive group.”
A committee led by the chapel’s Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon, director of Spiritual Life, chosen Jennings to be this 12 months’s C. Eric Lincoln Fellow.
“By way of these photographs and prayers, Jennings amplifies often-unheralded fashions of religious management, fashions which can be innovated by these Black girls clergy in communities throughout Virginia immediately,” Lester-Bacon stated. “On this exhibit, we take one other step in direction of giving these religious leaders the honour they’re due.”
The chapel’s arts and theology fellowship, named in honor of the late Duke faith professor C. Eric Lincoln, offers funding to a scholar for a sacred artwork undertaking that employs theological ideas, illuminates one’s private religion, and engages the subjects of gender, race and faith.