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New Hosanna! Peoples Seminary Program: SisterTemples

SisterTemples: Testimonies of the Body from Where We Stand

We’re thrilled to announce our September 2011- May 2012 programming! Whether you’re interested in building communities and missions accessible to all, or participating in free, supportive, and challenging anti-racism training and community for white folks, or practicing womanist/feminist preaching on the body in a community of sisters, we have something for you this year!

Special Communion readers are especially invited to our new learning/preaching circle, SisterTemples: Testimonies of the Body from Where We Stand meeting fourth Tuesdays, 8-9PM EST by video conference. Please be sure to register by August 31st. Programming is (as always) FREE but spaces are limited!
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Sadly Colorism Reigns in Religious Communities…

This post is from an African Muslim woman concerning the colorism in her faith community. As I was reading this post it reminded me of what occurs in many Black Christian churches in regards to romantic relationships. Sadly many “first ladies” in the Black church look a “certain” way. In the past some black churches would not allow you to join if you were darker than the wooden door. Though we want to ignore this issue we have to admit that even in houses of worship women are judge according to the society’s beauty myth.

Islam and Colorism

Debunking the Beauty Myth and Standing Against the Sentinels

by Onleilove Alston & Kari Morris (first published on Ecumenical Women at the U.N.)

Naomi Wolf author of The Beauty Myth discusses how images fueled by consumerism are used against women.  Wolf points out that the beauty myth becomes harsher  after times of political gain for women, thus distracting us from the cause of equality. As  Ecclesiastes 1:9 states “their is nothing new under the sun” because in the Song of Songs (a.k.a. Song of Solomon) we can hear the protest of a woman who does not fit into her society’s beauty myth:

“I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon. “Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has burned me.My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.” Continue reading