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 four (4) core courses, and two (2) elective courses over a two-year period. However, 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 can 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 four core courses for the program include:

Womanist Theology: A Primer (offered Summer 2021)

Models of Womanist Leadership (offered within the 2022-2023 academic year)

Womanist Biblical Interpretation (offered within the 2022-2023 academic year)

Womanist Literature and Theological Imagination (offered within the 2022-2023 academic year)

Electives will vary year to year, with three (3) electives being offered in the 2021-2022 academic year.


Online courses to be offered in the 2021-2022 academic year:

(Core Course) Womanist Theology: A Primer, Tuesdays, July 13 – August 17, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST

Led by Dr. Michelle Watkins, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego

(Elective) Womanist Activism & Public Witness, Tuesdays, September 21-October 26, 2021  |  7-9 p.m. EST

Led by Dr. Teresa Smallwood, Associate Director of the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative, Vanderbilt Divinity School

(Elective) Proto-Womanist Thought, Tuesdays, January 11-February 1, 2022  |  6-9 p.m. EST

Led by Dr. Jean Derricotte-Murphy, Associate Minister, New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church

(Elective) Womanist Social Ethics, Mondays, February 21-March 28, 2022  |  6-8 p.m. EST

Dr. Nikia Robert, Ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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 early registration per course

Note: Early registration per course ends 2 weeks prior to the first class start date–at which point the cost of a course will then increase by $50.

CEUs:3.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for this event. Note: CEU certificates can be generated upon request at the time of the event.

Online registration is open. Click here to REGISTER. Course Descriptions and Leader Bios can be accessed on the Registration website.

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

To view the Womanist Leadership Institute Program flyer, click here.