Womanist Leadership Institute Online Courses

To view the 2022-2023 Program Flyer, click here.

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

Models of Womanist Leadership

Womanist Biblical Interpretation

Womanist Literature and Theological Imagination

Electives will vary year to year.

NEW 2022-2023 Online Courses:

(Core Course) This Womanist Work: Models of Womanist Leadership, Tuesdays, July 19-August 23, 2022  |  6-8 p.m. EDT

Led by: Rev. Melanie Jones, Instructor of Ethics, Theology and Culture & Director of the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership, Union Presbyterian Seminary

(Elective) Womanist Ways of Worship, Mondays, September 19-October 24, 2022  |  6-8 p.m. EDT

Led by: Rev. Dr. Lisa Allen-McLaurin, Professor of Church Music and Worship, Interdenominational Theological Center

(Core Course) Womanist Biblical Interpretation, Mondays, January 9-February 6, 2023 (except January 16)  |  6-9 p.m. ET

Led by: Rev. Dr. Kimberly D. Russaw, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

(Elective) Black Women’s Mental Health as Resistance, Thursdays, April 20-May 25, 2023  |  7-9 p.m. EDT

Led by: Dr. Jessica Young Brown, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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.

A scholarship fund is available to subsidize costs for course participants upon request. Please direct scholarship inquiries to our Program Coordinator.

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 open.

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


2021-2022 Online courses offered:

(Core Course) Womanist Theology: A Primer

(Elective) Womanist Activism & Public Witness

(Elective) Proto-Womanist Thought

(Elective) Womanist Social Ethics