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Chanequa Walker-Barnes


Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a highly esteemed scholar, theologian, and clinical psychologist whose work focuses upon healing the legacies of racial and gender oppression. A professor of practical theology and pastoral care at Columbia Theological Seminary, Dr. Chanequa is the author of Sacred Self-Care, I Bring the Voices of My People, and Too Heavy a Yoke. With her compelling insights and thought-provoking work, she has emerged as a leading voice in the pursuit of social change and healing in the Christian church.

At the core of Dr. Chanequa's work is a deep commitment to dismantling intersectional oppression and promoting justice and healing in the Christian church and the broader US society. Through her research, writing, and speaking engagements, she examines the effects of racism and oppression on mental health and spiritual well-being, aiming to foster healing and resilience within marginalized communities and to inspire people to transformative social action.

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Chanequa spends most of her professional energy writing and ministering to clergy and faith-based activists, and generally caping for women of color engaged in Christian social justice activism. Her faith has been shaped by Methodist, Baptist, and evangelical social justice communities as well as by Buddhism and Islam. She was ordained by an independent fellowship that holds incarnational theology, community engagement, social justice, and prophetic witness as its core values.

In her thirty years in higher education, she has been a Hurricane (U. Miami), Gator (U. Florida), Tar Heel (UNC-Chapel Hill), Blue Devil (Duke), and Bear (Shaw & Mercer). Yet somehow, she is still not a sports fan.

Festival Years: 2024