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Sparkling in the Darkness: Joy in Pauli Murray’s Story

The lives of caregivers are often weighted down by stress and vicarious suffering. Mary Moschella, Yale Divinity School Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, explores narratives of care that “make room for joy.” In her new book Caring for Joy: Narrative, Theology, and Practice she offers glimpses and glimmers of joy-in-action, found in the narrative accounts of five Christian caregivers. The practices, beliefs, and values identified in these narratives are analyzed so that they might inform a practical, pastoral theology of joy.

This presentation highlights one of these figures, Pauli Murray, the noted attorney, poet, and early civil rights activist who later became the first African American woman ordained as an Episcopal priest. Murray’s autobiography, seen in its historical context, offers clues illuminating the ways in which joy undergirded the struggle for justice that was her lifelong quest.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact RCWMS at rcwmsnc@aol.com.

Co-sponsored by The Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South (RCWMS) and the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI.


September 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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919 668 1911