A Call to Gender Justice: A Commentary on Equality and Equity in the COOLJC
Maridada, Thomas G.
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CitationMaridada, Thomas G. 2021. "A Call to Gender Justice: A Commentary on Equality and Equity in the COOLJC." Harvard Divinity School.
AbstractThis paper explores how some interpretations of scripture and other sacred texts have been used to subjugate women particularly in the COOLJC (Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Inc.). We will examine the historical epistemologies that have produced the Black female body politic and how these incendiary tropes have been used to justify why women should not serve as preachers in the Black church. In Black Pentecostalism we often trace our lineage through the spiritual bloodline of the ‘Fathers of the Faith’. The significance of this work is that it breaks ranks with Pentecostal tradition. While we honor the men who have led these organizations, we also know that the Black church certainly would not exist nor would it have the same impact without the contributions of Black women. Therefore, I trace my spiritual lineage through my grandmother and other Black women who spent countless hours indoctrinating me, as well as spiritually forming and molding me to become a devotee of a Christianity that comes with a high moral and ethical mandate for restorative social justice, equity, fairness, and equality (although in many cases, she had not reaped the benefits of the fairness and equality of which she preached). This work pays homage to the countless number of Black women who formed networks to advance spiritual, economic, social and racial uplift, I trace my spiritual lineage through them. In summary, we will offer a call to action for the Black Apostolic Pentecostal Church to reflect on its interpretation of scripture as it relates to gender justice and equity.
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