You are invited to join the United Community in welcoming Yolanda Norton to United for the Susan Draper White Lecture on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 7:30 pm. Rev. Norton will be speaking on “Ready for Resistance: Jezebel and Rizpah as Agitators of the State”.
The Susan Draper White Lectureship is named for the grandmother of a graduate of United Theological Seminary. This annual lecture is designed to bring a nationally known speaker on feminist thought to United. The vision of Women’s Studies at United has been to create a place to explore the great diversity of women’s experiences as they inform contemporary religion, theology, and ministry. Our challenge is transformation, both individual and communal, that will create visions of religious life adequate for a changing culture.
Rev. Yolanda M. Norton is the Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black Church Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). During her time at SFTS, she has implemented several programs, including a womanist symposium, Black Church revival, and experiential learning through international courses on biblical archaeology in Israel/Palestine.
Her current research interests include narrative and literary criticism, the Persian period, and she is especially committed to womanist biblical interpretation. As such, she focuses on the implications of reading the text alongside Black women, and her work continues to interrogate how various portrayals of women in the Hebrew Bible impact the vilification and/or oppression of women of color who encounter the Bible today.
Professor Norton has published chapters in I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader, Global Perspectives in the Old Testament, and Liturgical Press’ new feminist commentary on the Psalms (Books 2-3), and has additional articles and chapters pending in a Westminster John Knox publication on God and guns and Liturgical Press’s Wisdom of Solomon commentary.
Prior to her position at SFTS, Norton was a Visiting Instructor at Moravian Theological Seminary and adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary. She taught courses on the book of Ruth, Beyoncé and the Hebrew Bible, and Methods of Exegesis.
Norton is ordained clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and she has deep commitments to the church, having served in various ministerial capacities in the Washington, D.C. area and Nashville, TN. She also preaches and teaches across the country in a range of diverse ecclesial contexts.
Professor Norton is completing her Ph.D. work at Vanderbilt University and holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies degree from Wesley Theological Seminary as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Syracuse University.
She has been featured in Essence, Ebony, The New York Times, and a host of other print and media platforms for her creative worship design and innovative preaching in the creation and curation of the Beyoncé Mass, a womanist worship service. She has hosted the mass in venues around the world, including New York City, Lisbon, and Los Angeles.