Contemplating Now
Contemplating Now
Feb 16, 2022
The Sacred Black Feminine: A Conversation with Dr. Christena Cleveland
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In this episode Dr. Cleveland shares the importance of recognizing the sacred Black feminine in Christian tradition and her own life. Her newly released book, "God is a Black Woman," weaves personal pilgrimage and societal reckoning to dismantle the cultural “whitemalegod” and uncover the sacred black feminine—and ultimately hope, healing, and liberation. Dr. Cleveland defines mysticism as a "connection with one’s inner spiritual authority," and names the ways in which mystics and mysticism has failed the importance of intersectionality and therefore cannot necessarily be considered activism.

“I hesitate to connect mysticism with activism without a huge asterisk because the vast majority of people whoo call themselves mystics are really just  help white people connect with some sense of peace and they’re not in solitary with like Black trans women and they’re not trying to think about ‘well what does mysticism look like in this context.’ And they’re not working against the systems off capitalism that keep people working 80-hours a week just to put food on their table. They’re not working for any off the things that would create some space for other people to connect with mysticism.”
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