This Band of Sisterhood

Black Women Bishops on Race, Faith, and the Church

Westina Matthews

Jul/2021, 128 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640653511



Get to know the first five Black women diocesan bishops.

During this moment, with the #metoo movement, Black Lives Matter, and the increased feelings of division in our country, Black women clergy in the Episcopal Church have voiced a need to come together, believing that their experiences and concerns may be very different than those of other clergy.

That need is answered here in This Band of Sisterhood. The five Black women diocesan bishops featured in this book can provide a compass for how to journey along these new paths. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Carlye J. Hughes, Kimberly Lucas, Shannon MacVean-Brown, and Phoebe A. Roaf offer honest, vulnerable wisdom from their own lives that speaks to this time in American life. It is an historical moment specifically for the Episcopal Church, and their stories need to be told—and heard.

Both women and men will find this book invaluable in discerning how God might be calling them to use their own leadership skills.

WESTINA MATTHEWS is an adjunct professor for the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary where she has taught contemplative spiritual direction for several years. A graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Matthews is an author, public speaker, spiritual director and retreat leader whose practice reflects contemplative living through “holy listening.”



  • leadership
  • race
  • social justice
  • diversity and inclusion
  • discernment
  • vocation
  • feminism

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