The article discusses African American women's religious activism. It references the book "Jesus, Jobs and Justice: African American Women and Religion" by Bettye Collier-Thomas. Particular focus is given to the challenges posed by racism and sexism. It is suggested that notions of divinely-imposed human hierarchies are connected to both the enslavement of African Americans and to the subordination of women. Details related to the author's experiences and views as a womanist liberationist theologian are presented. African American women's fundraising and missionary activities are also discussed.
Cannon, Katie G. 2011. “Intellectual Faith Practitioners: African American Theological Education in the Twenty-First Century.” The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center 37 (1–2): 17–24.
The first component of our mission as intellectual-faith-practitioners is to carve out epistemological space so that we chronicle intergenerational and multigenerational life paths to God, our Creator and Sustainer. The second component is this; theological educators must grasp the innermost, nitty-gritty essentials of the canon within the canon, in order to broaden our religious imagination through paradigms of cross-cultural and intergenerational interactions. Those of us in the inner circle, responsible for training the next generation of religious leaders, we must decode, decipher, and translate that which is present and available, but is not readily assessable or recognizable. KT.
Cannon, Katie G. 2012. “Cross-Cultural Service as a Source for Intellectual Bridge-Building.” The Review of Faith & International Affairs 10 (1): 53–55. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15570274.2012.648383
Dr. Cannon accepted an invitation from James H. Robinson to participate in Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA) in 1971. She had a desire to travel to Africa in memory of her ancestors who had been forcibly driven from their homeland, and her OCA group was the largest group of African American Crossroaders since the program began in 1958. The lessons she learned building a library alongside Liberian coworkers apply to her role today as a theological educator; the contextual nature of womanist epistemology is similar to the international work camp: both require the participant to cross new boundaries with care.
The author comments on an essay which reflects on the theme that was discovered in the Teaching Theology and Religion consultation roundtable held in May 2008 at Texas Christian University which aimed to bring together women of color teaching religion and theology. Topics covered include the racist misogyny encountered by women of color encounter in religious studies classrooms, and social construction of gendered racism and concrete policies of inequities facing women of color.
Blount, Brian K, Katie G. Cannon, Jamie Thompson, and Samuel L Adams. 2017. “Exploring Race/Racism Past and Present: A Forum at Union Presbyterian Seminary.” Interpretation 71 (4): 371–97. doi:10.1177/0020964317716129.
This article is based on the transcript of a forum on race and racism held April 6, 2016, at Union Presbyterian Seminary, in Richmond, Virginia. Participants Dr. Brian K. Blount, Dr. Katie G. Cannon, the Rev. Jamie Thompson, and Dr. Samuel L. Adams (moderator) discussed memories of growing up in a segregated America, the Civil Rights movement, and their observations of and experiences with racism today. Questions were generated by the panelists before the forum, and panelists had the opportunity to edit and add to their discussion points for publication. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Cannon, Katie G. 2003. “Entering Creatively into the Life-Transforming ‘Way of Wisdom’: The Usefulness of the ‘Moving Step Exercises.’” Teaching Theology & Religion 6 (4): 211. doi:10.1111/1467-9647.00178.
Lessons learned in the academic teaching of ethics and biblical studies; Use of sacred texts in the teaching of a course on feminism; Commitment of the students to work as covenant-partners in completing the 'Moving Step Exercises' part of the book. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9647.00178
Towner, Margaret E, Katie G. Cannon, Susan Ruth Andrews, Judy A McKay, Winona Jones DuCille, Laura S Mendenhall, Deborah A McKinley, Anita Miller Bell, Doris Arnett Whitaker, and Michelle D Witherspoon. 2005. “Reactions/Reflections.” The Journal of Presbyterian History (Philadelphia, PA: 1997) 83 (2): 118–40.
Reply to Bendroth, Margaret Lamberts. An understated tale of epic social change: women's ordination 50 years ago and now. The Journal of Presbyterian History (Philadelphia, PA: 1997). 83: 2 ( undefined-undefined 2005), 105-117. ISSN: 1521-9216
Berman, Donna, Rebecca T. Alpert, Emily Neill, Mary C. Churchill, Katie G. Cannon, Susan Shapiro, Carol P. Christ, and Judith Plaskow. 2007. “Celebrating Judith Plaskow’s Work.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (Indiana University Press) 23 (1): 5–41.
This article presents the Spring 2007 issue of the "Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion," focusing on the celebration on the work of Professor Judith Plaskow. It includes an article, which describes Plaskow as a prophetic voice for truth by Rebecca T. Alpert. Another article by Emily Neill which addresses the contributions of Plaskow to the field of Jewish feminism for more than 30 years.
The article focuses on the disturbing Christian beliefs in the U.S. The author interprets the Christian beliefs about race and develops terminology to describe the process of Christianity one racial group. It states that a chattel slavery served as the foundation for the process, which has used stereotypes and social acceptance of important views of certain groups that have extended beyond black Africans to women and to other people of color. It also highlights the patterns of oppression by means of religion. However, it mentions that there are practices that also attempts to reflect on the same materially real Christian imperialist constructivism. DOI: 10.2979/FSR.2008.24.
Cannon, Katie G. “Out of the Shadows of Death: Representations of Womanist Homiletical Praxis in the Sacred Rhetoric of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.” The Princeton Seminary Bulletin 21, no. 2 (2000): 196–210.
Cannon, Katie G, Mary E Hunt, Elizabeth Pritchard, Kathleen McPhillips, and Letty M Russell. “Publish Not Perish: Celebrating 15 Years of Struggle.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 16, no. 1 (Spr 2000): 95–125.
The author 1) reviews the history of the "moral situation" for Black women from the period of slavery to the present (45-101); 2) provides a brief overview of literary publications by Black women during these various periods and justifies the use of such materials for their insight into the moral sensitivity or "moral wisdom" of Black women; 3) interprets Zora Hurston's life and work under three categories: "invisible dignity" (Hurston's life as a writer) "quiet grace" (her fiction), and "unshouted courage" (her non-fiction); and 4) views the "moral wisdom" of the avowedly non-Christian Hurston as lacking something; its limitations are best illustrated by Hurston's falling into "neurotic passivity" after a false charge of sodomy. The elements "missing in the Black women's tradition" can be found in the theological views of two of Hurston's contemporaries: Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Their teachings lifted up the divinely appointed value and equality of all created humanity, the biblical demands for both love and justice, and the crucial significance of Christian community for the sustenance of the oppressed.
"The purpose of this paper is to unravel the various threads of ideological hegemony that lie behind the legacy of slavery in the Christian Church community, in terms of ana-lyzing the political-social commitments which tolerated, justi-fied and sanctioned racial chattel slavery, in order to demonstrate the interconnectedness of ideology and hermeneutics. I explore three basic myths of white Christian apologists and comment on how their oppressive practices influenced the dominant hermeneutical principle of the times. As the slave apologists thought and lived, so did the hermeneutical principle take shape."