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Empowerment Starts Here with the Reverend Dr. Valerie Bridgeman (click here to listen).
This episode is the fourth conversation in the Black Lives Matter series where empowerment starts here with Reverend Dr. Valerie Bridgeman. In this call, Rev. Valerie links BLM to the spiritual. She talks about God as not sharing, about Jesus being a black woman, and about uprooting historical systems such as the police department so we can properly replant and rebuild.
To listen to the show: https://eshpodcast.libsyn.com/the-case-of-blm-with-reverend-valerie-bridgeman
More about Dr. Bridgeman…
Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, as well as Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School of Ohio. She also is founding president and CEO of WomanPreach! Inc. —the premiere non-profit organization that brings preachers to full prophetic voice. She has been in licensed or ordained ministry since 1977.
Dr. Bridgeman is active in several professional guilds and has been inducted into the Society for the Study of Black Religion. She also sits on several boards, including the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference.
She served as general editor and consultant for the United Methodist Church’s Africana Worship project and has published several book chapters and articles. Her publications also includes her role as associate editor and author for The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora(2009), Norton’s Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present (2010, and co-editor of Those Preaching Women: A Multi-Cultural Collection (2008). Her most recent work is a co-authored volume on Hosea for the Wisdom Commentary series, due out in 2020. She currently is working on a commentary on Job, also for the Wisdom Commentary series.
Dr. Bridgeman earned her Ph.D. in biblical studies (Hebrew Bible concentration) and secondary studies in ethics from Baylor University. She earned her master of divinity from Austin Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas and a bachelor of arts degree with a double major of Communication and Religion from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
She is a peace activist and advocate for human rights, and was inducted into the 2010 class of Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars and Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.