A Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church

Year B

Wilda C. Gafney

Jul/2023, 360 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640655706



The next installment in the critically acclaimed lectionary series that focuses on women's stories.

In this second volume of the three-volume Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church, widely praised womanist bible scholar and priest Wil Gafney selects scripture readings that emphasize women's stories. Focusing especially on the Gospel of Mark, Year B of A Women's Lectionary features Gafney's fresh, inclusive, and thought-provoking translations of every reading, alongside commentary on each reading. Designed for liturgical use or scriptural study, this resource offers a new perspective on the Bible and the liturgical year.

“Gafney's paradigm-shifting scholarship will influence biblical preaching and teaching for generations to come."
National Catholic Reporter

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 Sojourners, Huffington Post, Feasting 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. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

“In her stunning new lectionary series, Wilda Gafney has restaged the old, old story by recentering it on those who lived mostly at the edges—women with their own stories to tell, now blinking in bright new lights long trained on the men in their lives.”
—Barbara Brown Taylor, coeditor of Feasting on the Word

“Dr. Gafney's A Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church has been a renewal for All Saints Church. Not only do the inclusion of different stories give new life for preachers who have been tied to the traditional lectionary, but the powerful divine feminine imagery in her translations has been moving and even exhilarating!”
— Rev. Mike Kinman, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, California

“With scholarly rigor and pastoral embrace, a painter’s attention to detail and a sculptor’s care for craft, the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney has given the Church a tremendous gift. A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church helps the reader to encounter the Divine with fresh eyes and a renewed spirit.”
—Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America

“With the precision of a biblical scholar and the faith of an Episcopal Priest, Wilda Gafney reconfigures our biblical gaze and expands our theological imagination, bringing us closer toward understanding the image of God in which we are all created. A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church is an essential tool for all ‘who seek to know God more clearly and to
follow God more nearly.’”
—Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, Bill and Judith Moyers Professor of Theology

Praise for previous works:
“Gafney's paradigm-shifting scholarship will influence biblical preaching and teaching for generations to come."
National Catholic Reporter
". . . some of the best of recent biblical scholarship . . . "
Anglican Theological Review
“Gafney’s resource will transform how the Bible gets read and preached in our churches, bringing us closer to the totality of God’s love.”
—Rev. Karoline M. Lewis, PhD, The Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary, and Program Director, Festival of Homiletics
A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church is not only a resource for liturgy and preaching. I believe it is also a tool for contemplation on the mighty works of God on behalf of all people.”
—Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Episcopal Bishop of Texas and author of Embodied Liturgy
“For anyone wanting to read and meditate on scripture and be nurtured by the word without being harmed, this text is indispensable.”
—Willie James Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies, Yale Divinity School
A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church challenges the androcentric landscape of our most common readings, upending customary theological constructs to uncover the presence of the feminine Divine.”
—Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, Associate General Minister, Justice & Local Church Ministries, The United Church of Christ
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