On the Lived Theology Reading List: Freedom Faith

Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall, by Courtney PaceThe Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall

Freedom Faith, by Courtney Pace, examines the life and philosophy of Rev. Dr. Prathia Laura Ann Hall, an undersung leader in both the civil rights movement and African American theology. Pace chooses to focus mainly on her her civil rights activism, her teaching career, and her ministry as a womanist preacher, all while examining the most central concept of Hall’s theology: Freedom Faith, the belief that God created humans to be free and assists and equips those who work for freedom.

Although Hall is relatively unknown today, she was a pioneer in activism and ministry, fusing womanist thought with Christian ethics and visions of social justice. She influenced figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and was one of the first women ordained in the American Baptist Churches. Later in life she joined the faculty at the Boston University School of Theology as the Martin Luther King Chair in Social Ethics, where she continued to preach her visionary doctrine.

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