Renita J. Weems

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Renita J. Weems (born June 26, 1954) is a Hebrew Bible scholar. Her work in biblical studies is frequently cited in feminist theology and womanist theology.


Weems earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, and earned her Master's and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.[1]


Weems is a popular speaker and writer on biblical texts and issues of spirituality.[1] She is a contributing writer on religion and race at The Huffington Post.[2]

She is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.[1]

Weems taught biblical studies at the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN (1987-2003). She served a two-year appointment at Spelman College as the William and Camille Cosby Professor of Humanities. Currently, she serves as Co-Pastor at Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN. Also, she is the former Vice President, Academic Dean, and Professor of Biblical Studies at American Baptist College in Tennessee, ending her time in 2017.


Her 1999 book, Listening for God: A Minister's Journey Through Silence and Doubt (Simon & Schuster), won the Religious Communicators' Council's prestigious 1999 Wilbur Award for "excellence in communicating spiritual values to the secular media."[3]

She was the first African-American woman to deliver the Lyman Beecher Lecture at Yale University (2008).[4]



  1. ^ a b c "Dr. Renita J. Weems - SheSource Expert - Women's Media Center". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  2. ^ "Renita Weems | HuffPost". Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  3. ^ Howard, Cam. "Wilbur Awards | Religion Communicators Council". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  4. ^ "Yale University Divinity School Library: Lyman Beecher Lecture Series". Retrieved 2018-01-01.