Bishop Phoebe among contributors of new book

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Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry praised This Band of Sisterhood:

“There are so many nuggets of wisdom to be found in the conversations

between these remarkable Black women bishops that when you have finished the book you will need to read it again for a second, third, and fourth time! The reflections, experiences, and profound humanity that my sisters share in these pages are indeed priceless.”

This groundbreaking new book brings together the first five Black women to be elected diocesan bishops within the Episcopal Church for a candid conversation on race and the future of the church.

Guided by Westina Matthews, Bishops Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows (The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis), Carlye J. Hughes (The Episcopal Diocese of Newark), Kimberly Lucas (The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado), Shannon MacVean-Brown (The Episcopal Diocese of Vermont), and Phoebe A. Roaf (The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee) offer honest wisdom and experiences relevant to this complex time in American life. Their faith journeys have been informed by history, yet they pioneer new territory for Black women —and for all people of faith with their vision for the future.

“The Episcopal Church has elected six amazing women diocesan bishops who are continuing a long legacy of resistance. Their stories, contained in this book, about their respective paths to this point inspires, brings the reader to tears, and makes the reader wish to stand a bit taller and to be a bit more courageous. Their stories show us their humanity as well as their fierce and uncompromising pursuit of life as they want it to be.”

—From the foreword by Dr. Catherine Meeks, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing

This Band of Sisterhood: Black Women Bishops on Race, Faith, and the Church

Edited by Westina Matthews, Foreword by Catherine Meeks, Afterword by Paula Clark
Morehouse Publishing



Release Date: July 20, 2021

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Morehouse seeks to expand and deepen the Church’s ministry by publishing leading-edge titles in genres as wide-ranging as spiritual practice; social justice, including racial equity and LGBTQ+; curriculums; faith formation; and books for children. Morehouse Publishing is an imprint of Church Publishing Incorporated.

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