Brittini Gray and Lorren Buck: "Unholy Wars: A Womanist Exploration of White Supremacy in the Repression and Suppression of Black Folx Spirituality"
Meet Brittini Gray
Brittíni is a master strategist who creatively works to heal oppressed communities from trauma. She currently serves as InPower Institute's Healing Justice Fellow & Artist-in-Residence, is co-founder of Lewa Farabale- a Womanist Gathering, a film director & producer, and social entrepreneur focusing on political education, healing justice, artivism, and organizing.
Meet Lorren Buck
Rev. Lorren Z. Buck, MDiv. is a spiritual teacher and theological companion whose healing activism reflects her bold sentiments that the Creator desires womxn to experience sexual pleasure and healing from the legacy of sexual violence and repressive ecclesial pedagogy. This is a holy act of resistance. Lorren has a background in church leadership, sexual health education and executive non-profit management. She leads and co-creates spiritual growth and discovery workshops intersecting spirituality, sexuality and gender as the Pastoral Fellow at InPower Institute. Her monthly womanist gathering, co-founded with Brittíni “Ree Belle” Gray and Dietra Baker, centers liberation through the lens of biblical interpretation and black women’s cultural experiences.
As a former health educator, Lorren developed comprehensive sexual health curricula for Missouri and Illinois schools. Both Lorren’s profession and her passions led her to consider the effects of gender oppression within faith communities on female sexuality. Lorren earned her master’s degree in Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary where she examined ways black women can reclaim their bodies as sacred and embody a liberated sexuality. She is also the Director of Administration and Operation at InPower Institute, a center for community healing and optimal living. Lorren is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and a native of St. Louis Missouri.
"Unholy Wars: A Womanist Exploration of White Supremacy in the Repression and Suppression of Black Folx Spirituality"
Part 1: Diasporic Injury (presentation)
As Christianity, racism, and sexism are integral parts to the maintenance of white supremacy, many black churches are not safe spaces for women. Moreover, the global threat and terrorism of white supremacy, as a colonizing and imperial force, continues to suppress the practice of religions of African descent across the diaspora. This presentation traces the emergence of the womanist tradition, and its importance in expressing the moral wisdom of Black women. This womanist gospel of resistance will be examined as a practical response to religious racism and sexism.
Part 2: Womanist healing practices (workshop)
After discussing the ways Black folx and their experience shape the culture and consciousness of Black religious experiences and reflecting on some of the crises and conflicts that attend this experience, this healing workshop will model ways black folx can retreat and provide self-care when navigating those toxic space.