Rev. Dr. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan

Rev. Dr. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan is a Professor of Religion at Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, NC, and an Ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. 


     Dr. Kirk-Duggan has written: African-American Special Days, Abingdon Press, 1996; It’s In the Blood: A Trilogy of Poems Harvested from a Family Tree, River Vision, 1996; Exorcising Evil: A Womanist Perspective on the Spirituals, Orbis Press, 1997; Refiner’s Fire: A Religious Engagement of Violence, Augs¬burg/Fortress, 2000. The Undivided Soul: Helping Congregations Connect Body & Spirit, Abingdon, 2001; Misbegotten Anguish: A Theology and Ethics of Violence Chalice Press, 2001; Soul Pearls: Worship Resources for the African American Congregation, Abingdon, 2003; Welcome Speeches, Abingdon, 2003; Mary Had a Baby: Advent Study on the Spirituals, Abingdon, 2003; More African American Special Days, Abingdon, 2005; Wising Up: Bible Study for Women on Proverbs, Abingdon, 2005; Violence and Theology, and her edited The Sky is Crying: Racism, Classism, and Natural Disaster, both Abingdon, 2006. Coeditor, Africana Bible, 2009; Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Mothers and their Children in the Bible, 2009; Women and Christianity, 2009; her recent co-written is Wake Up!: Hip Hop, Christianity and the Black Church, 2011. 


     Dr. Kirk-Duggan has the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude, in Voice & Piano, University of Southwestern Louisiana; Master of Music in Voice, University of Texas at Austin; Master of Divinity, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Philosophy in Religion, with special emphasis in Theology and Ethics, Baylor University. 


     Dr. Kirk-Duggan has memberships in: American Academy of Religion (AAR); Colloquium of Violence & Religion; Sigma Alpha Iota; Society for Christian Ethics; Society for the Study of Black Religion; Society of Biblical Literature (SBL); and Golden Key. She is listed in Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in American Women, and Who’s Who in Black America. She is a former Associate Editor for Semeia, an experimental journal in biblical criticism, Series Editor for the Greenwood/Praeger Women and Religion Book Series, the Past President of the Western Region of the American Academy of Religion, a former CME Denominational Representative to the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches. Named the 2001 Quintessential Womanist Scholar of the Year, by the Womanist Approaches to Religion & Society, of AAR, Dr. Kirk-Duggan is featured in Malka Drucker’s White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America, Skylight Paths, 2003, and was elected to the American Theological Society, Spring 2007.


     Dr. Kirk-Duggan was the 2009 and 2011 recipient of the Shaw University Excellence in Academic Research Award, the 2011 YWCA Academy of Women Honoree in Education, and a 2011 Black Religious Scholars Group Honoree. 


     Dr. Kirk-Duggan’s current research includes: theology; justice; violence and religion; music; ethics; humor; the Bible and culture; Womanist and feminist studies; faith, spirituality, and health; women's religious and leadership experience; pedagogy; rage, grief, and transformation; gender theory; sexuality, and popular media as a praxeology for constructive and narrative theology. Currently, she is working on a systematic theology, a commentary on Joshua and Judges, and a volume of poetry.

Known for her 6 P’s as: professor, preacher, priest, prophet, poet, and performer, Dr. Kirk-Duggan is an avid athlete (who completed her first full marathon in 2010 (5 hr. 26 min. 07 seconds) and musician, who loves to tinker with her flowers, is working on a quilt, and embraces laughter as her best medicine, amid the quest for a healthy, holistic, spiritual life as foundation. With the recent death of her beloved husband Mike, in gratitude, she lives a heavily graced moment-by-moment life.




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