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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF ESSAYS ON BLACK CATHOLICS, October 14, 2009
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This review is from: Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States (Paperback)
Diana Hayes teaches theology at Georgetown University, and has written significant books such as Hagar's Daughters: Womanist Ways of Being in the World (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality : 1995). Cyprian Davis is a Benedictine monk, and the author of the excellent book, The History of Black Catholics in the United States. They have put together an excellent resource book on the subject.

Although Black Catholics do not get a lot of attention in the mass media, "Today they number two million in the United States and if viewed as a separate denomination would be one of the largest in the nation." This helpful book contains essays with information about information about African-American priests, black women "religious," as well as Black Catholic theological symposia, organizations, congresses, and newspapers, as well as the work being done in the liturgy.

The book includes sections on "Historical Context: (featuring a lengthy essay on "Black Catholics in American Catholic History" by Davis), "Aspects of Black Catholic Theology," "Ethical Implications," and "Pastoral and Liturgical Implications." Hayes also writes an interesting essay on "To Be Black, Catholic, and Womanist."

This book is an excellent introduction to the subject.
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Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States
Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States by Diana L. Hayes (Paperback - Oct. 1998)
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