Self-Care for the Ministry and the Burden of Strength
A Conversation with Chanequa Walker-Barnes
Dr. Walker-Barnes began her career as a research psychologist who focused on adolescent development and ethnic minority families. Upon being called to ministry, she left that vocation to attend seminary, where her focused broadened to racial and gender identity, community development, and reconciliation. In her teaching and writing, she draws upon her diverse experiences as an interdisciplinary scholar, a clinician, and a minister to advocate for individual, family, and social healing in the body of Christ. Her work is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing upon pastoral theology, womanist/feminist theology, cultural studies, and the social sciences.
In her first book, Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, Dr. Walker-Barnes seeks to heighten awareness about the inordinate burden that the icon of the StrongBlackWoman places upon women of African descent and to provide a framework for liberative pastoral care with African American women. Her second project will focus upon racial reconciliation. Her articles have been featured in a wide variety of publications, including the Journal of Pastoral Theology, the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Horizons: The Magazine for Presbyterian Women, and Geez.
You can purchased a signed copy of her book, Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, here.