A Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church

Year W

Wilda C. Gafney

Aug/2021, 360 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640654747

What would it look like if women built a lectionary focusing on women’s stories?

What does it look like to tell the good news through the stories of women who are often on the margins of scripture and often set up to represent bad news? How would a lectionary centering women’s stories, chosen with womanist and feminist commitments in mind, frame the presentation of the scriptures for proclamation and teaching?

The scriptures are androcentric, male-focused, as is the lectionary that is dependent upon them. As a result, many congregants know only the biblical men's stories told in the Sunday lectionary read in their churches. A more expansive, more inclusive lectionary will remedy that by introducing readers and hearers of scripture to “women's stories” in the scriptures.

A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church, when completed, will be a three-year lectionary accompanied by a stand-alone single year lectionary, Year W, that covers all four gospels.

Read an excerpt.

WILDA C. GAFNEY is a Hebrew Biblical scholar and Episcopal priest, a former Army chaplain, and congregational pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She is a graduate of Duke University (PhD) and Howard University (M Div). In addition to her biblical scholarship, she has written for SojournersHuffington PostFeasting on the Word, and Working Preacher. She is also an editor and essayist and author of several other books and teaches at Brite Divinity School.

“In a predominantly patriarchal world that still diminishes the lives, gifts, contributions, and voices of women, Professor Wil Gafney offers a distinct, bold, women’s lectionary for the whole church and academy.”
—The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Dean, Duke University Chapel, and Associate Professor of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School
“As someone who has learned so much from the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, I commend it to every congregation and classroom. It is a prime example of
revolutionary scholarship.”
—Brian D. McLaren, author of Faith After Doubt
“Wil Gafney has offered the church a treasure in this Women’s Lectionary, and we would do well to make use of it quickly and thoroughly.”
—Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, author
“I did not know how much my soul needed A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church until I began reading it, but now I suspect that I will never
prepare another sermon or devotional without consulting it. Every pastor, indeed every Christian, needs this among their collection.”
—Chanequa Walker-Barnes, PhD, author of I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation


  • 2020 Outstanding Mentor Award
  • Women’s studies
  • gender
  • inclusion
  • feminism
  • womanism
  • Bible
  • Bible study

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