2020 Continuing Education Institute

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Preston Taylor Institute

Tuesday, March 10th  and Wednesday, March 11th
9:00am- 10:00am

Rev. Yolanda M. Norton
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black Church Studies 
PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University


Rev. Yolanda M. Norton is the Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and H. Eugene Farlough Chair of Black Church Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Professor Norton is a womanist scholar who has published for Working Preacher, The Interpretation Journal, I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader, Global Perspectives in the Old Testament, and Liturgical Press’ new feminist commentary on the Psalms (Books 2-3).

Prior to her position at SFTS, Rev. Norton was a Visiting Instructor at Moravian Theological Seminary and adjunct faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary.  In addition to courses on the book of Ruth, Beyoncé and the Hebrew Bible, and Methods of Exegesis courses, she has interests in experiential and contextual learning. She has led a number of trips to Israel/Palestine for various seminaries, focusing on social and political issues alongside experiencing the social material world of ancient Israel through archaeology.

She is ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) clergy who has deep commitments to the church, having served in various ministerial capacities in the Washington, D.C. area and Nashville, TN.  She also preaches and teaches across the country in a range of diverse ecclesial contexts. She is the creator/curator of the Beyoncé Mass, and has been featured in Essence, Ebony, the New York Times, and a host of other print and media platforms for her creative worship design and innovative preaching.

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