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Welcome!  I am grateful that you are interested in my work.  My aim is to add my voice to the chorus of African-American women and men whose creativity and embodied genius nurtured joy and fought for liberation.  I write to honor the ancestors, to create a path for the babies yet-to-be-born, and to teach with those who are here right now who yearn for wholeness and healing.

 

Nancy Lynne Westfield, Ph.D. writes about the religious, educational and spiritual experiences of African-American people, especially the women.  She is a womanist.  She grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Her father, Lloyd Raymond Westfield, born in Cleveland, Tennessee, was a school psychologist and reading specialist for the Philadelphia Public School District.  Her mother, Nancy Bullock Westfield, also born in Cleveland, Tennessee, was a volunteer activist who fought for equal education for minoritized children.  Father and Mother were also gifted musicians, known throughout the city of Philadelphia in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Dr. Westfield earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Murray State University, Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Scarritt Graduate School, second Masters in Theological Studies from Drew University Theological School, and Doctorate in Philosophy from Union Institute.  Currently, she is Professor of Religious Education at Drew University Theological School.  She is also an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church.  Nancy’s first book was a children’s book entitled All Quite Beautiful: Living in a Multicultural Society.  Her second book was a publishing of her doctoral dissertation entitled Dear Sisters: A Womanist Practice of Hospitality.  Her books written in collaboration include: Being Black/Teaching Black: Politics and Pedagogy in Religious Studies and Black Church Studies: An Introduction.  Nancy is a regular blog contributor for Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Religion and Theology.  Known for her insightful, creative and experiential teaching methods, she is a sought after teacher, facilitator of workshops and retreats, keynote speaker at conferences, and consultant for seminaries, non-profits and local churches. She is currently director of the Social Justice Leadership Project at Drew University, supported by a grant from the Luce Foundation.