Womanist Leadership Institute Online Courses

The Womanist Leadership Institute online course program is co-sponsored by The Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership and the Leadership Institute of Union Presbyterian Seminary. This program is a series of online courses to promote and support Womanist scholarship and leadership within a continuing education and lifelong learning environment.

To complete the program, participants will engage in three (3) core courses, and three (3) elective courses. The program will be ongoing, with electives varying year to year, allowing participants to complete the requirements within an extended period as needed. Courses are open to all, and no application is necessary. Interested participants will simply register for the courses, and participants may engage the courses without pursuing the program in its entirety. Each course will be capped at thirty (30) participants. Continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded to those participants who complete the courses; however, no course grades or degree credits will be provided.

The three core courses for the program include:

Womanist Theology: A Primer

Models of Womanist Leadership

Womanist Biblical Interpretation

Electives will vary year to year.

Online Course Format:
  Weekly class meetings via Zoom Technology, along with assignments posted on Blackboard, the seminary’s learning management system (login credentials provided).

Cost: $175 per course

CEUs: 3.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for this event.

Online registration for 2023-2024 courses is now closed. Check back later this summer for the 2024-2025 list of courses and registration details.

Once registration is open, Course Descriptions and Leader Bios may be accessed on the registration website.

When a course capacity is reached, a waiting list will be started.

2023-2024 online courses offered:

(Elective) Reproductive Justice

(Elective) Introduction to Africana Religions

(Core Course) Womanist Theology: A Primer

(Elective) Global Womanisms and Perspectives: Inventing Women and Subverting Gender in the African Sphere


2022-2023 online courses offered:

(Core Course) This Womanist Work: Models of Womanist Leadership

(Elective) Womanist Ways of Worship

(Core Course) Womanist Biblical Interpretation

(Elective) Black Women’s Mental Health as Resistance


2021-2022 online courses offered:

(Core Course) Womanist Theology: A Primer

(Elective) Womanist Activism and Public Witness

(Elective) Proto-Womanist Thought

(Elective) Womanist Social Ethics