For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. Psalm 139: 13-16 (NIV)
Our mission is to create a space where black women can safely explore the intersection of Christianity, blackness and womanhood. For us, safely means freedom of expression, freedom to question popularly held beliefs and doctrines and converse without condemnation. We want every woman that comes into this space to leave with the confidence that God does and has specific interest in her, that the Bible recognises her experiences, her struggles and her desires. We are here to encourage black Christian women to discuss; keeping Christ at the centre of it, race and gender.
We do this in two ways:
- Articles – black women telling stories about God, life, love and everything in between.
- Meetups – building community by taking that conversation further than the internet.
We believe that God chose the bodies that frame our inner most parts both as women and as black women. Our ‘frames’ were a deliberate choice because God was putting a reflection of himself in us. Being black is not a short straw draw but God’s choice for us. He loves us as an extension of himself not despite our difference in skin tone/gender from him. Our inner most parts are what counts in terms of how we act, love and serve both God and his creations.
At the same time, the core of who we are both inside and out is unique. We are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ so that each of us is unique to him. Our uniqueness is both a reflection of God’s multi faceted nature but also a sign that God holds us in high esteem.
We welcome you to Black Sisters Network, we hope you stick around for the journey.