Parting the Waters Beneath the Cross: Sacred Music Honoring Black Women Preachers

Event time: 
Friday, April 8, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Sterling Divinity Quadrangle (SDQ ), Marquand Chapel See map
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Free, but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public
Event description: 

An evening of music and conversation

presented in association with the Program in Music and the Black Church

Live audience (vaccinated individuals only) by registration. Also via livestream (no registration needed) 

Abiding under a womanist lens, Parting the Waters Beneath the Cross: An Evening of Sacred Music Honoring Black Women Preachers centers and offers a deep reflection on the sacred sermonic work of Black preaching women in literature, music, and theology. This concert is a manifestation of Dr. Melanie R. Hill’s forthcoming manuscript Colored Women Sittin’ on High: A Phenomenology of Womanist Sermonic Practice in Literature and Music.


Dr. Melanie R. Hill, moderator and violin

Bishop Dr. Barbara M. Amos, Founder, Faith Deliverance Christian Center (Norfolk, VA)

The Rev. Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, AMEC Supervisors Council (International)

The Rev. Dr. Sharon S. Riley, Senior Pastor, Faith Deliverance Christian Center (Norfolk, VA)

Ruby Sales, The SpiritHouse Project (National)

The Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Ray of Hope Community Church (Nashville, TN)


Chaz Shepherd, organ

Calvin Sellers, bass

Marcus Johnson, drums

Live audience policy and registration

Vaccinated individuals must register to attend in person online in advance due to capacity limits. Click the registration link for details.

C L I C K   T O   R E G I S T E R  (for an in-person seat at the performance)

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