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Writer. Clergy. Independent Scholar. Memorist. Educator. Creator. Tinkerer.

meet rev. dr. renita j. weems

An Introduction

Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems is a writer, a minister, a biblical scholar, and a person who has been journaling for more than 30 years. She was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in Old Testament studies. Rev. Dr. Weems has taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Spelman College. She has served as academic dean at American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee. Rev. Dr. Weems received her received both her Doctorate and Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary; and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.

She has lectured and written widely on topics of religion, women in the bible, and women’s spirituality. Among her written works includes the award-winning “Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Doubt” (2000), which won the Religious Communicators’ Council’s prestigious 1999 Wilbur Award for “excellence in communicating spiritual values to the secular media.”

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Places of Reflection + Thought

My Community

Located in Nashville, Ray of Hope Community Church is a warm, welcoming, and uncommonly casual atmosphere. We are a church for all people, fully hoping to draw all who want a relationship with an inclusive God.

We strive to be a non-judgmental community of worshipers of Christ, our core culture being to accept people where they are, to create a church community that helps people grow to become their best selves in Christ, and to be a justice-loving and justice serving ministry of believers.

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My words

I am a writer, as such, enjoy sharing my thoughts. My blog, Listening for God, highlights webinars, events, and topics ranging from Christianity to politics, to technology, to womanism, to quilting, and much more. I will share pieces on mindset motivation, communication strategies, and self-care to empower ourselves to be who God calls us to be.

Through my writings, musings, and thoughts, I hope to inspire a community of believers and faith thinkers to discover new ways of listening for and thinking about God.

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My voice

I’ve launched The Womanist Salon, our podcast is an intergenerational, woke, womanist “shop” (beauty shop) talk that integrates the popular, political, practical, and prophetic. This podcast plays up the hair salon as a social, secular yet sacred point of departure for exploring Black women’s culture in the context of authentic sistahood.

Podcast host are Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas (aka “The Salon Maven”), Rev. Melanie Jones (aka “Doc-In-Training”), and myself (aka “The OG”).

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