Rev. Professor Dr. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan
Loving the Fullness of Me
March 12, 2022
After of decades as a theological educator, most recently Professor of Religion and Director of Women’s Studies at Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, NC, the Rev. Professor Dr. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan is now retired and on the move. Known as one who moves at various intersections, from professor and poet, to preacher, performer, and polyhistor, Professor Dr. Kirk-Duggan is an avid athlete (who completed her first full marathon, 2010); a musician, and hot yoga aficionado/teacher. A Great grandmother, family is central to her life. She loves to tinker with her roses, embraces laughter as her best medicine, and engages the quest for a healthy, holistic, spiritual life as foundation, rooted in God/LOVE.
Professor Dr. Kirk-Duggan served as visiting Black Religious Scholar and Crump Professor, 2019-2020 at the Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, TX. 2009, 2011, 2017 Recipient of the Excellence in Academic Research Award, Shaw University, Kirk-Duggan is also the 2011 YWCA Academy of Women Honoree in Education, a 2011 Black Religious Scholars Group Honoree, a 2012 Womanist Legacy Honoree Recipient, March 2012, New York City; the 2013-2014 National Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty member of the Year, Shaw University, 2013 Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession of the Society of Biblical Literature Mentor Award Winner; 2015 Austin Seminary Association of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary as Distinguished Alumna for Distinguished Service to the Church. She was the 2016 Westerfelt Lecturer at Austin Seminary. She received the Shaw University Outstanding Achievement Award as International Recognized Womanist Scholar, 2016. Her current research includes: theology, justice, violence, sexualities and sexual misconduct, spirituality, faith, and health; the Bible and culture; Womanist studies; women’s religious history and leadership experience; pedagogy; rage, grief and transformation; gender theory. Summer 2018 was a time of International Travel: Paris, France for the Society of Black Religion; Salvador, Brazil, for the 2018 Consultation of the African and African Diasporan Women in Religion & Theology, and the 14th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford, England: experiences for scholarship and ministry. In 2020, Kirk-Duggan appeared in “17 African American Women Theologians You Should Know About.”
An author and editor of over 25 books and numerous articles, Kirk-Duggan enjoys inspiring people to go from idea to completed document, finding their voice, and doing so with joy, creativity, and efficiency. Her books include: on Exorcising Evil: A Womanist Perspective the Spirituals; Misbegotten Anguish: A Theology and Ethics of Violence; Wising Up: Bible Study for Women on Proverbs; The Sky is Crying: Racism, Classism, and Natural Disaster. Coeditor: Africana Bible; Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Mothers and their Children in the Bible; Women and Christianity; Wake Up!: Hip Hop, Christianity and the Black Church; Baptized Rage, Transformed Grief: I Got Through, So Can You, and her most recent work, Breaking Free to Write: From Fear to Finish (2021). Kirk-Duggan helps people embrace their organic, authentic, sacred selves, through love by helping them create a language to identify and make peace with loss, grief, and trauma in their lives.
Join Rev. Professor Dr. Kirk-Duggan as she engages love and self in her talk.