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Soul Pearls encourages reflection and empowerment within the congregational community.

In addition, each  topic provides a scripture text, quotation from a prominent African American

 

 

Soul Pearls: Worship Resources

for the Black Church

By Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan

 

Throughout history, the black church has consistently been a place where African Americans turn, not only for spiritual growth, but also for emotional support -- particularly when living in the midst of a society that often devalues and limits them.

In Soul Pearls: Worship Resources for the Black Church, Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggen offers a year's worth of worship resources designed to help pastors and worship leaders address the ongoing need for emotional support and encouragement that occurs specifically within African American congregations. Organized around 52 topics of significance to African Americans, such as community, heritage/culture, family ancestors, freedom, race, dignity, self-worth, and disappointments. Soul Pearls encourages reflection and empowerment within the congregational community. In addition, each topic provides a scripture text, quotation from a prominent African American, reflective commentary, prayer, litany, and benediction that is suitable for use in corporate worship, Bible Study, special day programs (for example, Women's/Men's Day), sermon preparation, or other church meetings or bulletins.

Black pastors know that a part of their responsibility is to encourage hope and renewal in their members each Sunday as they prepare to go back "into the world." Soul Pearls is the resource that will help them do just that.--Publisher 

 

Soul Pearls is a set of gemstones for building and accentuating worship celebrations. Kirk-Duggen has molded, gathered, and now offered a resource that boldly affirms the integrity and beauty of God's diversity. This is not only for the Black Church: this is a gift to the whole church.--Vance P. Ross, Senior Pastor and Chairman, Convocation for Pastors of African American Churches Design Team

 

The Reverend Kirk-Duggen has done an absolutely outstanding job of capturing the essence of the human spirit on paper. Whether used as a worship resource or read for personal spiritual renewal, Soul Pearls is a "must have" for the church universal and the Black Church in particular.--Lydia Jackson Waters, Senior Pastor, Crossroads United Methodist Church, Compton, California

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Soul Pearls: Worship Resources

for the Black Church

By Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan

Contents 

 

Acknowledgements

6

Introduction

7

Part I: Balanced Living
1. The Body/Sensuality

9

2. Community

12

3. Evangelism

15

4. Food/Eating

19

5. Freedom

22

6. Health

25

7. Heritage/Culture

28

8. Laughter

31

9. Recreation/Play

35

Part II. Communal Living
10. Funerals

38

11. Marriage

41

12. Reunions

44

13. Sacraments (Sacred Rites)

47

14. Worship

50

Part III: Emotional Landscapes
15. Anger

54

16. Death

57

17. Disappointment

60

18. Doubt

63

19. Fear

66

20. Grief

69

21. Life

72

Part IV: Empowerment
22. Accomplishment/Achievement

76

23. Education

79

24. Entrepreneurship

82

Part V: Human Virtues
25. Dignity

86

26. Music

89

27. Responsibility

92

28. Sexuality

95

Part VI: Institutions
29. Family/Ancestors

99

30. Prison

102

Part VII. Sociopolitical Focus
31. Class

106

32. Gender

109

33. Leadership

113

34. Politics/Power

116

35. Protest

119

36. Race

122

Part VIII. Spiritual Wonders
37. Blessings

126

38. Creation

129

39. Creativity

132

40. Forgiveness

135

41. Glory

138

42. Grace

141

43. Joy

145

44. Justice

148

45. Love

151

46. Mercy

154

47. Ministry

157

48. Mystery

160

49. Prayer

163

50. Self-Worth

167

51. Soul/Spirit

170

52. Testimony

173

Scripture Index

177

Subject Index

179

Soul Pearls: Worship Resources for the Black Church Abingdon Press / Attn: Publicity Department / 201 Eighth Avenue South / P.O. Box 801 / Nashville, TN 37202-0801 / or Nancy Selah nselah@abingdonpress.com  (615) 749-6751

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Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan is Director of the Center for Women and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and Assistant Professor of Theology and Womanist Studies. She is author of Refiner's Fire: A Religious Engagement with Violence (Fortress Press, 2000), Exorcizing Evil: A Womanist Perspective on the Spirituals (1997), and African American Special Days: 15 Complete Worship Services (1996). She is ordained in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. 

http://www.gtu.edu/faculty_directory.php?fid=88

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