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.

2023-2024 Online Courses:

(Elective Course) Reproductive Justice, Tuesdays, July 11-August 15, 2023  |  6-8 p.m. Eastern Time

Led by: Dr. Toni M. Bond, Adjunct Faculty at Claremont School of Theology (CST) and Methodist Theological School in Ohio

(Elective Course) Introduction to Africana Religions, Thursdays, January 11-February 15, 2024  |  6-8 p.m. Eastern Time

Led by: Iya Dr. Funlayo E. Wood, Founding Director of the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association, Chief Priestess at Ile Ase Ire, Inc. Ifa-Orisa temple, and Founding Dean of Ase Ire Communiversity, an independent Africana Studies Institute

(Core Course) Womanist Theology: A Primer, Tuesdays, February 13-March 19, 2024  |  7-9 p.m. Eastern Time

Led by: Dr. JoAnne Marie Terrell, Kenneth B. Smith, Sr. Professor of Public Ministry and Associate Professor of Theology, Ethics, and the Arts at Chicago Theological Seminary

(Elective Course) Global Womanisms and Perspectives: Inventing Women and Subverting Gender in the African Public Sphere, Thursdays, April 4-May 9, 2024  |  6-8 p.m. Eastern Time

Led by: Dr. Georgette Ledgister, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, and People Experience at DoubleVerify (DV)

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 open. Click here to register or for details.

Course Descriptions and Leader Bios can be accessed on the Registration website.

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

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