Exploring Black Religion & Sexuality
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Minister Candace Simpson is a sister, preacher and educator. She is a graduate of Trinity College and Union Theological Seminary. She is an associate minister at
Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York. Minister Simpson is especially drawn to Christian education as a political education tool for Black
liberation. She is also the host of Inspiration with Candace, a weekly talk show featuring healers, activists and organizers at American Urban Radio Networks. It is Candace's philosophy that Heaven is a Revolution that can happen right here on Earth. She is the lead writer and curriculum designer at Fish Sandwich Heaven, an online resource for dreaming a freer world Zaynab Shahar
Zaynab Shahar is a writer based in Chicago, IL. Currently Zaynab is pursuing a doctorate in comparative religion at Chicago Theological Seminary. Their
research focuses on the relationship between gender, ritual obligation, and
public religious space within Jewish and Islamic Law. Zaynab also researches
and writes about spiritual abolition and the theological imagination, as well as
abolition and disability.
Biko Mandela Gray
Biko Mandela Gray is assistant Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. He reads, writes, and thinks about black life, religion, and ethics. His first monograph, Black Life Matter, is scheduled to be published next year with Duke University Press. Outside of academia, he loves anime and video games.