Karen Baker-Fletcher here seeks to recover and renew the often strong
historic tie of black peoples to the land,
sometimes broken by migration and urbanization. Cultivating the
ecological side of black womanism, she
combines a keen awareness of environmental racism with reflection on
her own journey and a keen
constructive theological vision. She works the biblical and literary
metaphors of dust and spirit to address
the embodiment of God, Spirit, Christ, creation, and humans and to
fashion a powerful justice-oriented
spirituality of creation.
Baker-Fletcher evinces a strong
sense of God in nature. She appreciates the glint of broken glass in
alley as the shimmer of a waterfall in the wilderness. And she writes
in a simple, direct style, "a small
effort at embodied theological wording, writing from the heart, where
spiritual life lives, dances, and
breathes more deeply."
Its earnest, reflective character makes
this small volume ideal for individual, adult study, or classroom use.
Dimensions5.25 x 7.75
Publication DateAugust 28, 1998
"Our task is to grow large hearts, large minds, reconnecting with earth, Spirit, and one another. Black
religion must grow ever deeper in the heart."
from the Preface
Table of Contents
The Sisterist Twist
PART ONE: DUST AND SPIRIT
To Live as People of Dust and Spirit
Nativity and Wildness
Why the Hurricane?
Gardening and Ancestry
PART TWO: EARTH CRIES FOR HEALING
Re-Membering Who We Are
A Time to Heal
Sisterist Voices, Sisterist Memories
What about the Children?
PART THREE: LOVES THE FOLK, LOVES THE SPIRIT, LOVES THE SELF, REGARDLESS