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What does humility have to do with the body? How did some feminine mystics live this? What is withness? What can we learn about humility and eroticism from Sojourner Truth? What does humility have to do with activism?  Listen as I talk with Dr. Hanch and we ponder these questions and more.

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Further Resources:

Mechthilde of Hackeborn


African American Female Mysticism: Nineteenth-Century Religious Activism By Joy Bostic

Vulnerability in Resistance Edited by Leticia Sabsay, Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches By Audre Lorde

Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality By Jennifer C. Nash

Sojourner Truth's America By Margaret Washington

Narrative of Sojourner Truth By Sojourner Truth. Compiled by Olive Gilbert and Frances W. Titus. With a History of Her Labors and Correspondence Drawn from Her “Book of Life.” Also a Memorial Chapter, Giving the Particulars of Her Last Illness and Death.


“Love, Knowledge, and Mystical Union in Western Christianity: Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries.”  by Bernard McGinn, Church History v. 56, no. 1 (1987): 7–24.

“‘Uses of the Erotic’ for Teaching Queer Studies (The Uses of the Erotic, The Erotic as Power)." by Nikki Young, Women's Studies Quarterly v. 40, no. 3–4 (2012): 301–05.

Seminary for the Rest of Us, where everyone is welcome to God-talk, is hosted by Sabrina Reyes-Peters, sound engineered by Mason Mennenga, web engineered by Charles Peters, and the theme music is by Matthew Scott. Find us on Twitter: @seminaryshow. Contact:

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