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Religions 2018, 9(2), 46;

Quilting the Sermon: Homiletical Insights from Harriet Powers

Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 25 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 3 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Race and Religion: New Approaches to African American Religions)
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Sermons come in a variety of forms. For Harriet Powers, an African American artist and former slave who lived from 1837–1910, sermons took the form of quilts. Unlike most quilts crafted during her lifetime, Powers’ quilts told biblical stories, recounted legends, and carried messages of divine judgement and hope. This article offers a brief account of her life, a description of her quilts, and a reflection on her spirituality. Rather than approaching her quilts solely as folk art, this essay places them in the African American preaching tradition. View Full-Text
Keywords: quilt; preach; sermon; voice; proclaim; Harriet Powers; African American women quilt; preach; sermon; voice; proclaim; Harriet Powers; African American women
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